Common questions asked about Ed’s Campervans

Self Contained Vehicles

What is a self-contained vehicle?
A self-contained vehicle must meet the Caravan Self Containment Certification standard. You’ll need to be able to live in it for 3 days without getting more water or dumping waste.

It must have:

  • a toilet – You need storage capacity for 1 litres per day for 3 days, so 3 litres per person in the van.
  • fresh water storage – You need storage capacity for 4 litres per day for 3 days, so 12 litres per person in the van.
  • waste water storage – This means a sealed sink that is connected to a grey water tank. Grey water would include water from brushing teeth and washing dishes. Grey water is not human waste. You need storage capacity for 4 litres per day for 3 days, so 12 litres per person in the van.
  • A rubbish bin with a lid (a sealned bin) – there is no set capacity for this.
  • Evacuation Hose – which must be 3 metres in length.
What are the main benefits?

The main reason people like buying a certified self-contained vehicle is the convenience.

There are more places you are allowed to park your vehicle up for the night than if you didn’t have the self-contained certification.

A great way to see the difference is to download a popular camping app like Wikicamps, Department of Conservation, Camping NZ or Campermate and compare the amount of places you can stay when you are Self-Contained.

Environmentally, you will leave less of a footprint on the landscape with facilities for toileting, cleaning and cooking within your vehicle.

Will it save me money on accommodation?

It sure will. Sleeping in a vehicle has it’s challenges but the average night for accommodation in a dorm room in a hostel, is around $27. That is sharing a room with up to 8 others.

If you wanted a private room in a backpackers, it would be approx. $75. 

More importantly, self containment means you can park up and stay the night in some pretty special parts of the country.


What about sleeping in a car without the certification?

Edgar provides plenty of vehicles that are not certified self-contained, but they do still have a bed in the back and if space allows will have a small storage and cooking platform. You can still access a high number of free campsites in New Zealand.

Doesn't it all get a bit....squished?

Sleeping and living out of a vehicle can have its ‘unromantic’ moments especially when you are travelling with a friend. 

There are plenty of tips shared in online forums about how to maintain you hygiene and your sanity when you are travelling New Zealand by Campervan.


How do we dispose of our waste?
There are a large number of waste disposal stations around the country. It is a quick and easy process.


Buying Before You Arrive

I love the concept but why not wait till I get to New Zealand?

At certain times of the year (mainly August through to February) there are thousands of travellers a week arriving into New Zealand. This includes students, working holiday makers and other visitors who want to buy a car or campervan for their travels.

Ed’s makes it easy:

  • no competing with others to buy a car,
  • no panic buying,
  • not spending days test driving cars
  • Not paying for mechanical checks only to find the car is not worth buying.

Most travellers rate ‘Buying A Car’ as one of the most stressful aspects of their trip here, so once you have bought your vehicle you can relax knowing this is taken care of.

How would I know what vehicle I am getting?

When you enquire with us, the first thing we do is send you a Vehicle Price List, that way you can see what we have available and at what prices.

You let us know what vehicles you are most interested in and we can then send you further information and photos. We’d expect you to have questions and are happy to answer them all.

You can also arrange a video call with Edgar and he can show you the vehicle.


How much do I have to pay and how do I pay you?

To secure a vehicle we require a 50% deposit. Most of our customers use TransferWise. As soon as the money arrives into Ed’s account, we send you a receipt of payment.

My parents are worried. What if this is a scam?

Don’t worry! Concerned parents are a good thing.

We would advise them (or you) to read our reviews on Facebook, Google and to phone Edgar talk to him. You can also look him up on New Zealand’s Motor Vehicle Register.

Edgar is a Licensed Motor Vehicle Dealer. His number is M378028. Head to this website and insert his trader number for verification. 

I'm not coming to New Zealand anymore, can I get my deposit back?
Absolutely. We understand that plans can change. 

About Our Vehicles

What kind of vehicles do you sell and how much are they?

We sell a range that includes both Certified Self Contained and Non Self Contained. 

These include:

    • Cars ($3,995 to $5,995)

  • Station Wagons ($4,995 – $7,995)
    such as Ford Mondeo
  • People Mover ($5,995 – $7,995)
    such as Mazda MPV, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Estima
  • Vans ($8,995 to $19,995)
    such as Mitsubishi L300, Toyota Hiace, Nissan Caravan

Edgar buys vehicles that have a proven track record when it comes to travelling New Zealand. 

How do I know what vehicles you have in stock right now?

We update our vehicle stock list every two to three weeks. Take a few minutes to fill out our form and we will email you a vehicle price list. 


What do your vehicles come with?

The Nuts and Bolts

– A new Warrant of Fitness. This is a car safety check that has to be performed on every vehicle in the month prior to sale.

– Fully serviced engine with new oil and filters.

– Good tyres with safe tread depth.

– One month mechanical warranty on the engine, gearbox and differential. If you have any mechanical issues in your first month, Edgar will fix these at no extra cost to you.

– Option to extend your warranty for up to 20,000km for an extra cost of $1,000. If you do not need to use it, we will refund you $500 when you leave New Zealand. 

– 6 Months Roadside Assistance Membership with the New Zealand Automobile Association (important for unexpected flat batteries, running out of fuel or locking your keys in the car).

Brand New Bedding 

– A weighted duvet/comforter/doona inner for maximum warmth and comfort. It’s machine washable for easy cleaning and hyper- allergenic.

– Two medium weight pillows (hyper-allergenic and machine washable for easy cleaning)

– Cotton sheets, pillow slips and duvet cover

– A high density foam mattress for comfort

For extra warmth on cold nights:

 – 1 x hottie (a hot water bottle)

For privacy

– All round curtains

For comfort inside:

– Bed frames that convert into a couch or table (available in vans only)

Camping Equipment included:

 – Two fold up camping chairs, easy to wipe clean and compact for storage

 – Utensils (knife, fork and spoon set)

 – Plastic dinner set including bowls, dinner plates, side plates, and cups.

 – Compact gas stove to use either inside or outside the vehicle

The Practical

– Squeegee (this is a best friend to anyone who sleeps in their vehicle. It quickly dries up condensation to create a drier environment inside your van)

 – One litre of oil and our handy maintenance guide to help keep your vehicle running smoothly

– A New Zealand travel kit that includes a Map of New Zealand, DOC camping booklets as well as a guide to driving in New Zealand


 The Buy Back Option

When it is time for you to leave New Zealand, Edgar will pay up to 50% of the purchase price of your vehicle. Terms & Conditions apply but this is one of the Best Buy Back Rates on the New Zealand Market

Top Notch Service

 Edgar is with you every step of the way to help with:

 – Paperwork (change of ownership and insurance)

 – Driving. Edgar will take you out for a drive (or two or three) until you are comfortable driving on the left side of the road

 – Got questions. We are here to help. You can contact us at any time before you arrive in New Zealand or after

What does it mean when you say you customise vehicles?

This could include:

– Custom making a bed frame for someone who is extra tall

– Positioning the cooking area at the front (rather than the back) of the vehicle

– Attaching an awning on the side (these cost $190)

– Fitting Roof Racks to hold surf or paddle boards (average cost is $400 to 600 depending on type of racks)

– Fitting a roof mounted tent on the roof of a vehicle that sleeps 2 people (cost of tent including roof racks is $1,000)

– Installing a solar panel and second battery (cost of panel and battery is approx. $1,000)

What other costs do I need to consider?

It is great planning to factor in the following:

Fuel costs. Price Watch is a great website for calculating this

Diesel Miles. In New Zealand the cost of diesel per litre is cheaper than petrol, but you do need to purchase ‘Diesel Miles’. These cost approx. $75 per 1000km and can be purchased from any post office

Registration. Your car will come with a current Warrant of Fitness, but you may
need to purchase car rego, depending on how much is left (it may have expired). This costs between $80 and $180 for 12 months. You can learn more about that here

Insurance. We recommend you purchase full (comprehensive) or third party (liability) insurance. The Automobile Association is one of the most popular and cost effective places travellers buy it

  Kitting Out Your Vehicle. We do not provide items such as fry pans, a kettle, lamps or cooking utensils. K-mart, The Warehouse, Briscoes, Storage Box and Farmers are all popular shops for goods

Ferry Crossing. To get between the North and South Island (Wellington to Picton), the cost will be approx. $250 depending on the size of your vehicle. Interislander and Bluebridge are the two operators that sale between the two Islands

Buy Back Option

Do I have to sell my vehicle back to you?

No, not at all. It is an option available to you but entirely optional

How much can I expect to really get back?

Edgar regularly pays up to 50% for a vehicle. The terms and conditions are made clear here

New Zealand’s Warrant of Fitness rules have been tightened recently (2018/2019) and Edgar is noticing that many vehicles that are going in for a Warrant before being sold back to him, are failing to pass inspections. The average cost to repair vehicles to pass their Warrant of Fitness is approximately $300 to $400 (your vehicle might sail through with nothing to fix)


How much notice do I need to give to sell my vehicle to Edgar?

Please contact us at least a week before you are coming to Auckland