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The Smart Buyer's Guide to Financing Your Used Car

Posted on 21 February 2024

In the exciting journey of purchasing a used car, finding the right financing option can make all the difference. At Enterprise Cars, we know how important it is to make a smart choice. We're here to help. Know Your Affordability: Before diving into the world of used car financing, it's crucial to understand your budget. Knowing how much you can comfortably afford ensures a smoother and stress-free buying experience. Use our easy-to-use…

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Tips for Applying for a Used Car Loan

Posted on 23 November 2023

Buying a used car is exciting, but financing can be confusing. At Enterprise Cars we understand that securing a used car loan is a crucial step in making your dream car a reality. To help you along the way, here's a handy guide for getting the best possible car loan finance for your budget.  Set a budget for your car finance  Before you start looking at cars, it's important to decide on…

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Gizzy local wins Isuzu ute giveaway at Fieldays 2023

Posted on 25 August 2023

Having not been to Fieldays for a couple of years, Tairawhiti resident Callum Thompson never thought that he would walk away the winner of a brand-new Isuzu D-Max. “I saw the Isuzu utes at the gate when I arrived at Fieldays, but never ever thought I would win” said Callum, who is still in shock after receiving the call from New Zealand National Fieldays Society CEO, Peter Nation.  “No one ever knows…

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There will never be a better time to buy a second hand Hybrid import

Posted on 10 May 2023

Changes to hybrid rebates coming in July Changes to the Clean Car Discount mean most hybrid rebates will end in July – and popular SUVs may get more expensive There’s been a lot of talk this month about changes the Government is making to its Clean Car Discount programme from July 1 – specifically, how it’ll have a detrimental effect on buyers by taking rebates away from hybrids and increasing fees even…

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What's the difference between hybrid cars and EVs?

Posted on 29 March 2023

What's the difference between hybrid cars and EVs? Gone are the days of just petrol or diesel fuelled vehicles for Kiwis to buy, instead there are now alternative power vehicles to choose from. In 2022, more New Zealanders bought non-traditional powered vehicles than ever before, due in part to high petrol and diesel prices and the continuing bonus of the Government’s Clean Car Discount.  The result is an electrifying trend in the…

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Advantages of buying a Hybrid car in NZ

Posted on 27 January 2023

It’s a great time to buy a hybrid Rising fuel costs and the government’s Clean Car programme have both had a huge impact on car buyers in recent times – because both can cost motorists a lot of money. In turn, hybrids have become an equally hot topic because they have the potential to really reduce the cost of owning and driving a car – and potentially even put some cash…

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Buying a second hand Hybrid in NZ - what you need to know

Posted on 24 January 2023

Is a Hybrid car worth it? Hybrid cars in New Zealand used to be driven only by taxi drivers who had a Toyota Prius, but now they're for every day Kiwi families too - but what's changed? Well, not only are they better for the environment, but they also use less fuel and in April 2022, the NZ government started giving money back to buyers of environmentally friendly cars in the…

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To Trade or Not to Trade?

Posted on 13 July 2022

For most people, trading in your car at a dealership is a convenient solution to a problem, especially if you still owe money on it. You simply drive your car into the dealership and they appraise it. This means they inspect and research information about the vehicle - in many ways it is a similar process to yours when deciding to buy a car. You can request a valuation of your vehicle for trade…

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Our top selling Toyota cars

Posted on 22 March 2022

Toyota is a legendary brand among used car buyers looking for practicality, quality and reliability. Our top selling Toyota models cover an incredibly broad range: hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, a people mover  - and of course Toyota’s most famous van the Toyota Hiace. Corolla is small-car royalty 2016 Toyota Corolla The Corolla is the Toyota car NZ buyers have come to trust perhaps more than any other. It’s an institution… an icon even. That’s not…

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Why Mazdas are good cars

Posted on 13 March 2022

Mazda is an innovative brand Enterprise New Lynn Customer with new Mazda CX-5 Mazda has a reputation for placing engineering and intelligent design first in its products, but it’s also different from many mainstream brands in being fiercely independent. It made nearly 1.2 million passenger vehicles in 2021, which sounds like a lot. But that only makes it the world’s 22nd largest maker, and what’s more it still makes most of its…

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Why Toyota is such a popular brand

Posted on 11 March 2022

It’s well known that Toyota is one of the world’s largest carmakers. In 2020 it was second only to Volkswagen and sold an incredible 10.7 million vehicles globally. The brand is even more important in a New Zealand context: it’s been number one in the new-vehicle space for decades and that means it also dominates the second hand market. Incredibly, one in five cars on NZ roads is a Toyota, which…

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Our most popular second-hand Mazda cars

Posted on 10 March 2022

Mazda is definitely a mainstream brand, but there’s something about the Japanese brand’s cars that makes them quite aspirational. And they do tend to be cars: while a Mazda SUV is still a sought-after product, this type of vehicle is a relatively recent phenomenon for the maker. Our most popular used Mazda models are hatchbacks, sedans and station wagons: the Axela, Atenza and Demio. Axela accelerated Mazda’s sporty image 2014 Mazda Axela Our…

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Why Nissan is one of our top-selling brands

Posted on 01 March 2022

There’s something about the Nissan brand that really resonates with our customers. It’s one of our most popular brands overall and several Nissan models are among our individual top sellers. A reputation for reliability has something to do it. Nissan consistently appears in the top spots of reliability tables in New Zealand and around the world. It was a very well-publicised number one in Consumer NZ’s annual report in 2019, which…

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Our top selling second-hand Nissan cars

Posted on 03 February 2022

Nissan is one of our most popular brands, partly because its cars meet the needs and tastes of New Zealand buyers so well: it offers a great range of SUVs and utes in particular. So let’s take a look at our best sellers. Nissan X-Trail Many people talk about “Goldilocks” cars these days. They’re the rare ones that seem to get everything perfectly in balance to create a truly great product. You could argue…

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Good Credit Counts - for Car Loans and More

Posted on 19 January 2022

You may not think your credit position is important, but as lots of other people do, it’s a good idea to take ownership of your credit situation. You should be aware of exactly what’s in your credit report and what you can do to make sure your credit score is as high as possible. Clean credit reports make it easier for you to borrow money. You can enjoy better interest rates…

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The Basics of Finance

Posted on 10 January 2022

Car finance is an alternative to saving. Choosing finance lets you get your car now and pay it off in easy weekly payments. What is pre-approval?As part of your decision-making process you will need to determine your budget.Getting pre-approved does not commit you to buying from that dealer or taking the car finance! It allows you to browse cars knowing up front what you can afford. Get pre-approved now by completing an online application. Payment termsMost…

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“Awesome staff, great service, great deals”, said over 2,000 everyday Kiwis!

Posted on 08 December 2021

Each year the Reader’s Digest conducts the Quality Service Awards survey, seeking out NZ companies delivering excellent service to their customers. This year we were chuffed to have been voted #1 for Quality Service, taking the top spot in the Used Vehicle Dealership category!   The survey is carried out by longstanding independent research agency Catalyst Research and 100% voted by new Zealand consumers. Over 2,000 New Zealanders are asked to rate…

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Why buy a 2nd hand ute?

Posted on 07 December 2021

Look among our used utes for sale and you’ll find almost as much variety in style, equipment and specification as the types of vehicles that we used to perceive as being much more mainstream – SUVs for example. That’s because the days of utes being simply commercial vehicles to carry bricks to the building site or lug hay around the farm are long gone. A second hand ute is just as…

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Our best selling second-hand utes

Posted on 30 November 2021

Utes, or “one-tonners” as many like to call them thanks to the carrying capacity of their trays, are aspirational vehicles for many. The big brands like Ford, Nissan and Holden have broadened this type of vehicle considerably. So, if you’re looking for a second-hand ute, you will find everything from solid workhorses to luxurious double cab models that can replace a conventional family car. The Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara and Holden Colorado…

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Why buy a used SUV, and what makes them so good?

Posted on 30 November 2021

We really can’t talk about mainstream and family cars these days without talking about SUVs. It’s a type of vehicle that absolutely dominates the new-vehicle market, which in turn means they enjoy a prestigious image and high demand in the used SUV market. It seems buyers simply can’t get enough of second hand SUV models, and there’s multiple choice even within the same brands: everything from the practical and comfortable Nissan…

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Our best selling second-hand SUVs

Posted on 25 November 2021

SUVs have become incredibly popular over the last decade, overtaking more traditional types of family cars likes hatchbacks and sedans. That means a lot of choice when it comes to buying a second hand SUV, to the point where it can become confusing. There are so many variations on SUV cars for sale. But if you look to our most popular used SUV models, some clear favourites emerge. The Nissan X-Trail,…

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Buying A Used Car Online

Posted on 08 October 2021

We’re proud to be able to offer our customers a 100% paperless process!  Apply for car finance without lifting a pen Our online finance application is fast and easy. We use Credit Sense, a safe and secure platform that instantly sends us the bank statements we need for your application. It's really easy, super secure and almost instant! Once you have finished your online application all you need to do is check your email and follow…

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Tips for Test Driving a Car

Posted on 07 October 2021

If you’re planning on buying a car, it’s a good idea to take it for a test drive. Even the most experienced drivers can get distracted from the details when they’re driving something different. We recommend you read our guide to getting the most from a test drive. It will help you to ensure you come away from your next test drive with the information you need. Before you begin Decide what you’re looking for; how much…

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No Deposit Car Finance

Posted on 27 August 2021

One common question that we get asked is “what sort of deposit do I need to finance a car?” and the answer is: well, that depends. To help make things a little clearer, here’s what it can depend on. When you apply for car finance, the finance company (in our case Community Financial Services or CFS) are making a decision about risk. What are the risks that you won’t be able to afford…

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Thanks for trusting us again New Zealand!

Posted on 27 April 2021

Last year we were voted one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands, this was the first year that Used Vehicle Dealerships became a unique category separated from manufacturer brands and our inaugural Highly Commended was a proud moment for us all. The pride and excitement did not diminish when we received the same award this year, which is why we are saying – Thank you for trusting us again New Zealand!…

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Thanks for trusting us New Zealand!

Posted on 01 February 2021

We are proud to have been named one of NZ’s most trusted used car brands in the Readers Digest 2020 Trusted Brands Survey. For a very long time now, we have known that our customers trust us. We get to see that every month when we welcome back over 100 returning customers, their friends and family and when we ask them how their experience was, they overwhelmingly tell us 10/10. What makes…

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How to Buy a Car - the First Steps

Posted on 29 June 2019

With so many different makes and models available these days, deciding what type of car to buy can be scary! A good place to start is to think about what is going to be the most practical for you and your family. Here are some things to consider when you start thinking about buying a car. If you already have a car, this can be a good place to start What are you…

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Top Four Tips to Get the Most out of Your Car Loan

Posted on 13 March 2019

So you signed up for your car loan and bought your car. Now you can rest easy and enjoy driving around in your new wheels, safe in the knowledge that you did a good job. But hold on, is that really what you should do? Sign up for your car loan and then forget about it until it’s paid off? Our answer is ‘No’. If you want to make your car…

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Ten Tips to Reduce the Cost of Running Your Car

Posted on 15 October 2018

It’s good to have a smart attitude when it comes to spending money on your car. Not just when you buy one, but also when you are dealing with the day-to-day running costs. If you’d like to learn the secret to making your money go further, read on. Here are our top ten tips to reduce the cost of running your car. 1. Invest in good service and repairsRegular servicing ensures…

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Safety counts! Assessing safety features when buying a car

Posted on 07 August 2018

If you’re in the process of buying a car you’re probably busy considering all the features and fittings that you’d like to invest in. Are you keen on a bigger engine or fatter tyres? Or perhaps you’re prioritising interior space so you can fit in the kids, the dog, and the weekly shop. Everyone approaches car buying with their own unique set of priorities. If you haven’t already, it’s worth adding…

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Short Guide to Buying Your First Car

Posted on 30 July 2018

If you’re buying your first car, then you’re probably facing a few decisions and managing a tight budget. Here’s our quick guide to choosing the right vehicle for you – helpful tips to avoid being swayed by the car with the flashiest paint job and then finding you can’t afford to run it. Your first car is an exciting purchase. It’s probably the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought and offers…

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So You Need a Family Vehicle?

Posted on 17 July 2018

There is something that seems rather unglamorous about the family car. Perhaps it is the practical decision making process that goes into choosing it. Or maybe it’s the knowledge that what was once pristine will soon be filled with toys, apple cores and discarded clothing… Whichever is true, there is no doubt that choosing a family car is an important decision. Start by being realistic about your needs for the duration…

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Buying your child's first car

Posted on 16 July 2018

So your child is ready for their first car and you’ve decided to help them on their journey. We take a look at how to consider your finance options and some tactful ways to steer them away from a sports car and towards a smart purchase. Let’s talkHowever you choose to manage the car purchase, a great starting point is to sit down and talk. You’re dealing with a teenager/twenty-something, so…

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Driving on Winter Roads

Posted on 02 July 2018

Winter can be a challenging time to be on the roads. There are a variety of weather conditions that can make driving more challenging than normal. It’s not unusual to encounter extreme weather that can lengthen your journey time and threaten your safety on the road. The good news is that it’s possible to plan ahead and prepare yourself for whatever the winter roads have in store for you. So what…

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How to Be Smart with Your Car Loan

Posted on 12 May 2016

If you’re getting ready to jump into the driver’s seat of a new car, you might be tempted to accelerate the process and make your purchase as soon as you can. And that might mean getting your car finance approved. But before you apply for a car loan, it’s worth getting some details clear. Buying a car isn’t just about finding the right make and model to suit your needs -…

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Car Finance Interest Rates

Posted on 15 April 2015

When you start looking around the internet for car finance you can expect to see a wide range of car loan interest rates advertised. Making sense of them can sometimes be tricky when at the end of the day all we are really interested in is 'what rate will I get?' The thing with car loan interest rates is they will vary depending on many factors. As a general guideline, the…

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Bad Credit Car Finance

Posted on 01 February 2015

Nowadays you see a lot of people advertising Bad Credit Car Loans or Poor Credit Car Finance, but what does it really mean? And who will qualify for this? Most of the time, when a finance company talks about ‘bad credit’ they are referring to a low credit score or poor credit report, but all finance companies definition of bad or poor will vary! Why will I have a low credit score? Your…

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Car Smart Buyer's Guide

Posted on 13 January 2014

Buying a car is a big decision and making sure you get the right car is important. The Car Smart Buyer's Guide combines our knowledge and experience in an easy to follow format, designed to help take the stress out of buying your next car. This free eBook will tell you everything you need to know when you start thinking about buying a used car. It covers topics like:Deciding what to buyHow…

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All about Insurance

Posted on 05 December 2013

You may have already heard of comprehensive car insurance, but how much do you really know?Here is a quick and easy summary of some of the key points.While I have tried to use every day English, some terms were hard to avoid so I have included a brief explanation for those to help as well. The question, "Is car insurance compulsory?" is a tricky one to answer. Under New Zealand law…

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