Since I really missed having a car in Australia, I decided to look for one straight away in New Zealand. After having done a couple of days of sightseeing I put my mind to it. Between the websites Trademe, Gumtree and Backpackerboard there were many options at this time of year. It seemed like everyone was ready to leave before the winter started. I was looking for a cheap car though, so my options were limited.
After making a few test drives in a few different cars I thought I’d found mine. The only question was if it was mechanically sound. I remember myself staring at the thing thinking I had no clue what to check or ask. It sounded alright, it looked alright, but what do I know? Since the car was due for a warranty of fitness check, I agreed with the seller that I would buy it if it didn’t need major repairs. I wasn’t prepared to pay hundreds of dollars for new clutches or batteries.
At the workshop I was told I was buying a good car. It just needed a new tire. Done deal! I am now the proud owner of my first
car, house, campervan. Next summer this will be my house on wheels. It’s got a bed in the back that is big enough for two, and the whole space underneath is for storage. Besides that, it comes with pretty much everything you need for camping; gas cooker, plates, cutlery, picnic table, even fishing rods.
I immediately sorted out the paperwork, bought third-party insurance (even though that’s not obligatory here) and registration. For the coming months I’m sorted. It’s a big expense now, but I’m sure it will save me money in the end. As I drove out of Christchurch I felt the immense feeling of freedom. I am ready for the road!