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 different 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.

Of course the environmental reasons are important, and you’ll save money on food with the water storage facilities and cooker (Edgar provides one) in 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. If you wanted a private room it would be around $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 definitely have its challenges, especially when you are not travelling solo.

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 there?
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 a dud.

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 some questions and are happy to answer them all.

If you would like you can also arrange a video call with Edgar so 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 will 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, phone Edgar in person to talk to him and look him up on our 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 money 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 can 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. Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles are ‘work horses’ that have reliable engines.


How do I know what vehicles you have in stock right now?
We update our vehicle stock list every two to three weeks. Contact us via Messenger or info@edscampervans.nz to request our latest list.


What do your vehicles come with?

All vehicles come with:

– Built-in bed (with storage underneath)
– Brand new mattress (made from high density foam)
– Curtains for privacy
– Cooker (small gas cooker)
– Cutlery (knives, forks, spoons)
– Plates and mugs/cups.
– Two fold up camping chairs

You will also get:

– A new Warrant of Fitness certification (this is a compulsory test to ensure that motor vehicles meet required safety standards
– Roadside Assistance for 6 months (important for unexpected flat batteries, running out of fuel or locking your keys in the car)
– One month warranty on the engine
– The option of a buy back when you leave the country.


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 to add. 

– 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 (cost of tent including roof racks is $1,000)

– Installing a solar panel and second battery (cost of panel and battery is approx. $1700)


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.

Bedding and Kitchen. We do not provide items such as blankets, storage containers, cooking utensils and pillows, as so many customers like to select their own. 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. The average cost to repair vehicles to pass their Warrant of Fitness is approximately $300 to $400.


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

Please contact us a week before you are coming to Auckland so Edgar can ensure he is available.


Still need help? Send us a note!

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