While we develop ways to make travel a bigger part of our working life, it became a priority to find work in New Zealand in order to save up funds for the expensive adventure activities of South Island and if we could, break even on the expenses already incurred on our travels. Initial flight costs, buying a car, and travel insurance were the biggest chunks to be torn from the body of our budget and we had to factor in the possibility of not being able to resell our car when we decided to leave New Zealand as well as the exorbitant price of crossing the Cook Straight to the South and back with a car. Time to work abroad!
In our previous post, we covered why, in our opinion, it’s a better idea to buy a car to travel New Zealand in than to rent or use public transport.
We’ll now talk about how we researched the best car to buy, the process of buying it and all related aspects of the process we have so far encountered.
One of the biggest decisions we made before travelling to New Zealand was whether to buy a car, rent a camper or try and travel using public/ backpacker transport. The main factor affecting this decision was that before travelling in August 2014, neither of us had passed our test! Yes, we left it pretty late compared to a lot of our peers to get on the road but we hadn’t really needed to before and the cost of running a car in the UK at that point presented a tricky financial prospect. Public transport in the UK is pretty decent if a tad expensive at times (we’re looking at you Chiltern Railways!) but it still worked out more cost effective than running a car. With the possibility of not being able to drive while travelling lingering in our minds, we decided to create a plan A and a plan B much like cartoon villains. Cue maniacal laugh…