So we needed to sell our van, and we’d heard about the Backpackers’ Car Market in Christchurch. We went down to check it out and found Richard, Gary, and Sam, the folks that run the place, as busy as ever.
At the beginning of our trip we’d been to the car market in Auckland, and had been disappointed with the way we were treated, and the price of services. In Christchurch we were pleasantly surprised to find that they are a separate company, and don’t apply any of the pressure and dodgy selling tactics we’d experienced in the North.
They are also much more reasonably priced. $85NZ gets you 3 days’ worth of parking for a van at the car market (cars are cheaper still), a kitchen, shower and toilets, and that’s all you pay as a seller as they don’t take commission. We did two lots of three days but didn’t manage to get our Cow sold in time, so we arranged to go for their long-term option. It costs a little more, but the money we’d already paid was taken off the price, and then they keep the van until it sells, probably at the beginning of high season in September or October.
They also offer full mechanical checks and Gary, the resident mechanic, has a full inspection rig on site. They’ll do a legal check for buyers too, so you know there’s no money owing; they can sort you out with insurance, and as a final touch they have great value ferry tickets across the Cook Straight.
If you want to check them out they’re on Battersea St., just off Columbo St., which is the main North-South street in Christchurch. It’s a 5 minute walk South from the free Orbiter bus from the city centre, and from the big supermarkets. They’re also on the web at: http://www.backpackercarschristchurch.co.nz/