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Was wondering if anyone had any experience/advice on shipping cars from UK to NZ. We are weighing up if it's worth selling both our cars and buying when we move or taking them with us...

Over here private sale one is worth 2,000 and the other 3,000...if we were not moving we wouldn't be considering changing cars...

I was also wondering if anyone had an idea about cost of shipping, one is a ford fiesta, the other vauxhall astra...

Look forward to hearing from you...

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Haven't done it yet but am in the process of arranging shipping for my vehicle.

Quotes are ranging from 1400-2000, but this is for a VW Transporter van that I have converted into a camper so much bigger than a fiesta. One advantage tho is I can get quite a lot of household goods shipped inside the van.

A camper would be a v cool in NZ and the vw transporters are worth more there than in the uk so for me it's worth the cost of shipping. I have read nz has a good 2nd market for cheap Japanese cars so if you have cheapish cars here it prob isn't worth taking them. Also there are various costs to pay one you get the car to nz as well to add to the import costs.

Unless you are emotionally attached to your cars I'd prob sell here and buy second hand ones in NZ.

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Was wondering if anyone had any experience/advice on shipping cars from UK to NZ. We are weighing up if it's worth selling both our cars and buying when we move or taking them with us...

Over here private sale one is worth 2,000 and the other 3,000...if we were not moving we wouldn't be considering changing cars...

I was also wondering if anyone had an idea about cost of shipping, one is a ford fiesta, the other vauxhall astra...

Look forward to hearing from you...
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We have just moved to NZ and our cars are on transit newish mini convertible and 4 x 4. Cars seem more expensive here tho. Saying that we have bought our daughter a 2005 hidden barina 1.4 (uk equivslent of a corsa) for $6000 about 3 k. Cost to bring over in a 40 ft container with our household goods was around 6k.

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hi ive been here in NZ for 3 weeks now and our cars are currently in transit from UK and it turned out to ne cheaper to bring them both over. As the cars over here seem to be more expensive an also,you have to have a very clear idea of what your looking for. Mostcars over here are older cars than UK and are mostly automatics. Also not a verywide range of choice of colour or types of cars. At the end of working this all out it is cheaper brimging then over in transit and you also have your car with you as a memory from the UK.

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hi ive been here in NZ for 3 weeks now and our cars are currently in transit from UK and it turned out to ne cheaper to bring them both over. As the cars over here seem to be more expensive an also,you have to have a very clear idea of what your looking for. Mostcars over here are older cars than UK and are mostly automatics. Also not a verywide range of choice of colour or types of cars. At the end of working this all out it is cheaper brimging then over in transit and you also have your car with you as a memory from the UK.
Lol know what you mean about the colours - there aren't a huge number of bright ones!

I must say that we have not found cars expensive - in fact quite the opposite. And we have bought a right selection from a brand new one (Hyundai Accent CDi - list price $35,995 - but bargain!) to a real cheapy for a friend's daughter who's just emigrated ($2,000 for a Toyota Cavalier from a dodgy second hand car dealer - it got them to Gisborne so it can't have been that bad).

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Hi Hopers7,
No don't do it.
My advice is sell them both in the UK.
Shipping them is a complete waste of money.
First of all you need to make sure the cars conform to NZ safety & emissions standards.
Be careful as some shipping companies will overlook this so when you get it here NZ Transport won't let you use it on the road unless you have spent thousands making it conform to the more stringent rules.
Putting these costs aside it will cost you approx £1500 per car then there are further fees of approx £400 to get them through customs and Maf then there's all the red tape to have them safety tested, WOF (equivalent of UK MOT) which is every 6 months for an older car at the moment, then registration plates etc.
Plus it will take 10 - 12 weeks to get here.
Plus your car is UK spec so speedo and odometer is in miles & mph. NZ is metres & Kmph here so you very much run the risk of getting done for speeding as the Kmph dial is tiny on a UK spec car.
Last but not least you will never sell it here. Nobody wants a manual car and especially one thats UK spec.
Sorry to sound all doom and gloom but this is the reality.

We bought a new top of the range 2011 Pug 4007 HDi GT 7 seater 4x4 suv in June 2011 to bring it with us, but after investigating the shipping and all the red tape a few months before we started the travelling we gave up due to the costs.
Was much easier to sell it.
We only had it 7 months, did 8000 miles in it and lost £3000 in that time but it would have cost more to ship it etc etc so we cut our losses and this was a new car.
It made the decision about taking my 2005 Seat Toledo all the more easier. We sold that as well.
All in all we received £23500 for both cars in the UK before we left and for the same cost in equivalent NZ$ we bought a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander which is virtually identical to the Pug 4007 we had although it's a year older and I've got a fantastic Subaru Legacy 3.0ltr R Spec B SI Tiptronic beast - a car I've always wanted but couldnt afford the fuel in the UK or the insurance.

The 2nd hand car market here is great.
There are loads of vehicles of every manufacturer and the Asian import stuff is obviously cheaper as its nearer.
If you don't mind a car with a bit of Japanese on the buttons there are loads of Japanese imports. My Subaru is one of these. There are some buttons that are Japanese and the sat nav doesn't work as you cant change it to read an NZ map disc but I have an English handbook so I can understand and change all the settings.

The Japanese are sticklers for keeping their cars tidy and well looked after. When they get time for their first MOT a lot of them are sold as their first MOT's cost around £1500 so I'm led to believe. This is why there's such a massive market for Japanese imports.

If these aren't your cup of tea there's the NZ Autotrader and every big town has a street full of main dealers with new & used motor's for sale and the saying that cars here are expensive is a myth.

Also, fuel is cheaper - petrol currently $2.20 per litre so approx £1.10
Diesel is a lot cheaper than that but all diesel cars have to pay an additional diesel levy here so this makes the overall cost the same as for a petrol car.
Servicing is cheaper.
Road Tax is cheaper.
Car insurance is about half the price of the UK.
Hope I've convinced you :-)
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Hi Hopers7,
No don't do it.
My advice is sell them both in the UK.
Shipping them is a complete waste of money.
First of all you need to make sure the cars conform to NZ safety & emissions standards.
Be careful as some shipping companies will overlook this so when you get it here NZ Transport won't let you use it on the road unless you have spent thousands making it conform to the more stringent rules.
Putting these costs aside it will cost you approx 1500 per car then there are further fees of approx 400 to get them through customs and Maf then there's all the red tape to have them safety tested, WOF (equivalent of UK MOT) which is every 6 months for an older car at the moment, then registration plates etc.
Plus it will take 10 - 12 weeks to get here.
Plus your car is UK spec so speedo and odometer is in miles & mph. NZ is metres & Kmph here so you very much run the risk of getting done for speeding as the Kmph dial is tiny on a UK spec car.
Last but not least you will never sell it here. Nobody wants a manual car and especially one thats UK spec.
Sorry to sound all doom and gloom but this is the reality.

We bought a new top of the range 2011 Pug 4007 HDi GT 7 seater 4x4 suv in June 2011 to bring it with us, but after investigating the shipping and all the red tape a few months before we started the travelling we gave up due to the costs.
Was much easier to sell it.
We only had it 7 months, did 8000 miles in it and lost 3000 in that time but it would have cost more to ship it etc etc so we cut our losses and this was a new car.
It made the decision about taking my 2005 Seat Toledo all the more easier. We sold that as well.
All in all we received 23500 for both cars in the UK before we left and for the same cost in equivalent NZ$ we bought a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander which is virtually identical to the Pug 4007 we had although it's a year older and I've got a fantastic Subaru Legacy 3.0ltr R Spec B SI Tiptronic beast - a car I've always wanted but couldnt afford the fuel in the UK or the insurance.

The 2nd hand car market here is great.
There are loads of vehicles of every manufacturer and the Asian import stuff is obviously cheaper as its nearer.
If you don't mind a car with a bit of Japanese on the buttons there are loads of Japanese imports. My Subaru is one of these. There are some buttons that are Japanese and the sat nav doesn't work as you cant change it to read an NZ map disc but I have an English handbook so I can understand and change all the settings.

The Japanese are sticklers for keeping their cars tidy and well looked after. When they get time for their first MOT a lot of them are sold as their first MOT's cost around 1500 so I'm led to believe. This is why there's such a massive market for Japanese imports.

If these aren't your cup of tea there's the NZ Autotrader and every big town has a street full of main dealers with new & used motor's for sale and the saying that cars here are expensive is a myth.

Also, fuel is cheaper - petrol currently $2.20 per litre so approx 1.10
Diesel is a lot cheaper than that but all diesel cars have to pay an additional diesel levy here so this makes the overall cost the same as for a petrol car.
Servicing is cheaper.
Road Tax is cheaper.
Car insurance is about half the price of the UK.
Hope I've convinced you :-)

Well said I could not agree more. We brought a new car over in 2001, but would never do it again.

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My partner has said when we come over he is not leaving his classic mini cluban estate. Its about a 1969 and we believe it to be one of the first ever made, everything we can see so far is original. At the minuite it is a work in progress, but i have read on other forums that for historic vehicles that are restoration projects as long as they are free from rust its quite simple to bring them through. It will not be on the road i shouldnt think by the time we come over. It has no engine in it at present, and both subframes have been removed so the car can be stripped and sanded ready for a respray.
Can this be shipped with our household belongings in the container or does it need to be shipped separately? And would we be able to bring all the spare parts we have for it???

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My partner has said when we come over he is not leaving his classic mini cluban estate. Its about a 1969 and we believe it to be one of the first ever made, everything we can see so far is original. At the minuite it is a work in progress, but i have read on other forums that for historic vehicles that are restoration projects as long as they are free from rust its quite simple to bring them through. It will not be on the road i shouldnt think by the time we come over. It has no engine in it at present, and both subframes have been removed so the car can be stripped and sanded ready for a respray.
Can this be shipped with our household belongings in the container or does it need to be shipped separately? And would we be able to bring all the spare parts we have for it???
I'd say it shouldn't be a problem so long (as you say it is free from rust and clean as a whistle) and yes everything goes in the one container. Spare parts shouldn't be a problem also. You can even pack stuff in a vehicle.
The problems will come when and if you ever decide to put it in the road here as it won't conform at all although you may be able to investigate the possibility of an exemption being a classic car? There are lots of old American cars here so other people have done it in the past and satisfied whatever rules NZ Transport Agency have. Must admit there's a classic mini just at the bottom of the road here in Woburn, Lower Hutt 😁

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My partner has said when we come over he is not leaving his classic mini cluban estate. Its about a 1969 and we believe it to be one of the first ever made, everything we can see so far is original. At the minuite it is a work in progress, but i have read on other forums that for historic vehicles that are restoration projects as long as they are free from rust its quite simple to bring them through. It will not be on the road i shouldnt think by the time we come over. It has no engine in it at present, and both subframes have been removed so the car can be stripped and sanded ready for a respray.
Can this be shipped with our household belongings in the container or does it need to be shipped separately? And would we be able to bring all the spare parts we have for it???
Contact Mini Car Club of Auckland - if it's a classic (and it sounds like it is) then they'll welcome you with open arms and will probably be able to give you good advice about how to import it.

If it is a classic above a certain age it may not have to completely comply with current requirements either - but I'm not sure what the cut-off age is...

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