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Buying and Selling Backpacker Cars or Campervans

by Chrisie of on March 6, 2012

Buying and Selling Backpacker Cars or Campervans

After our 3-month road trip around New Zealand, in which time we have been able to see so much, as we could go where we wanted whenever we wanted, the time came to say goodbye to our wee cow van and sell it on. We decided the best way to do this was to go to the Backpackers’ Car Market in Christchurch, where they have a large and always-changing collection of vehicles, cars and campervans for backpackers, being sold by other backpackers.

It definitely takes the hassle out of buying or selling, as Gary, their mechanic, does all the checks and any work that the vehicle may need, to ensure it is fully functional and will pass its WOF (which is New Zealand’s equivalent to the MOT in the UK). They are a really nice bunch of guys there and are very willing to help you out in whatever way they can. They can change ownership of the vehicles, sort out insurance, and even book ferry tickets for you at great prices.

There are also many onsite facilities available, including a kitchen, toilets, showers, and a washing machine. It has a nice environment where everyone is very friendly and helpful. There is a good sense of community amongst the backpackers selling their vehicles, and it’s a great place to meet people.

The car market also comes in to its own when you don’t have that long to sell your van as you have a flight to catch. You don’t want to have wasted all your time and taken it out of you travel time so that you could get your van sold before you got on the flight, do you? The Backpackers Car Market solves that problem. You can arrange with them to leave it long term until it is sold, and you are not restricted to a few days or even a week. You pay up to a maximum fee so you don’t have to worry about the longer you leave it the more it will cost you, as it’s the same price. Once it does sell, they just transfer the money to your bank.

So if you are looking to buy or sell a car or van, check out the Backpackers Car Market in Christchurch. They are located on Battersea Street, just off Columbo St. A free bus takes you from the CBD to within a few minutes' walk of the Car Market. Find out more information on their website at:

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