There is so much choice when it comes to buying a new vehicle, it’s sometimes easy to forget to consider three important things about the vehicle you want to drive away in.

Low running costs and convenience

Firstly, there are the running costs. Nowadays new vehicle fuel efficiency can be impressive, and with the increasing cost of a litre of petrol, owning a vehicle that’s economic can mean hundreds of dollars of savings each year. It’s easy to compare fuel efficiency between models as all new vehicles have that information on display, or it’s easily found at the manufacturer or dealer websites. But you may not know that SUVs can be as efficient as 3.8 litres/100km, and electric vehicles can be as cheap to run as 33c/100km.

Three things you need to know before buying a new vehicle Brendan Foot Supersite

A fuel economy label must be displayed on all vehicles, provided a label is available, except for electric vehicles.


Of course there’s more to running costs. Servicing is important to the day to day running of your vehicle and its resale value.

These days some manufacturers provide free servicing on new vehicles for a period of time, meaning you can drive away knowing that you don’t need to worry about servicing costs for a while. Customer focused dealers also offer fixed price servicing. This is a handy way to budget, as the owner has the certainty of knowing the cost of servicing ahead of time.

When it comes to servicing, it’s not unreasonable to want your vehicle to be serviced at a time that suits you. Think about choosing someone with convenient Saturday servicing, or night servicing so you can use your vehicle during the work day. Alternatively you might want to get your vehicle serviced without leaving it for the whole day, and if so look out for those places which can offer a set drop off and pick up time.

Three things you need to know before buying a new vehicle Brendan Foot Supersite

Vehicles are connected to software to check for upgrades, recalls and manufacturer campaigns.


Many people find there are benefits of buying and servicing from the same dealer. So look out for a dealer that has vehicle servicing as part of what they do, as they’ll know their vehicles better than anyone. They’ll also be in contact with you when it comes to software upgrades, recalls or manufacturer campaigns about your model type.

Personalised payment arrangements

The second consideration is working with someone who can provide the best finance arrangement to get you into a new vehicle.

A dealer that has finance facilities with major lenders will offer many benefits, often giving you better options than your bank. You may wish to consider a personalised repayment plan that takes into account times of the year when you are more, or less, likely to make repayments and how often you change your vehicle.  Then there are no or low interest options that might be appealing.

Whether you are a private or company purchaser, a dealer with experienced finance staff will confidentially discuss your options and be able to make recommendations tailored to you.

Three things you need to know before buying a new vehicle Brendan Foot Supersite

(L-R) Business Managers, Emma Waters, Catherine Beal, Chelsea Whittington and Steve Hall.


Peace of mind

Lastly, there’s the peace of mind from having a new vehicle warranty. One of the best things about a new car is knowing that in the unlikely event of a problem, you’re covered. Manufacturers are constantly reviewing their new car warranties, and while three years is standard, there are a number of brands, and even models within brands, that offer five years. Mitsubishi lead the way though with a 10 year warranty – that’s a lot of driving! As always you need to check the terms of the warranty before you buy.

It’s also worth knowing that some dealers can provide No Cost Plans that go above and beyond the manufacturer warranty. These plans cover the cost of mechanical breakdown and are worth looking out for, especially if looking for a point of difference between two dealers offering the same vehicle.

Three things you need to know before buying a new vehicle Brendan Foot Supersite

Calling for roadside assistance in the event of a breakdown is easy with most new vehicle manufacturers.


Another thing to consider is what happens in the unfortunate event of a break down. Most new vehicle manufacturers offer roadside assist, where a trained technician will come out and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Check that this is part of the after-sales service offered with the vehicle you’re considering.

A new vehicle also provides the latest safety features. The industry standard ANCAP rating is a measure to look out for on new vehicles, and you should make sure yours has a 5-star ANCAP rating. The good news is that the standards get higher each year, so a 5-star ANCAP rating on a vehicle today is almost certainly safer than a 5-star rated vehicle from even few years ago.

Three things you need to know before buying a new vehicle Brendan Foot Supersite

The industry standard ANCAP rating is a measure to look out for on new vehicles.


Getting the vehicle that’s right for you is one thing, but don’t forget that driving it away is just the start of your new vehicle journey.

For most people dealing with one company for everything to do with your vehicle is convenient, saves time, and is less stressful overall.

So before you buy a new vehicle, get the right advice, know your expected running costs, work out a finance deal that suits you, and drive away with peace of mind.

There are not many car dealers that offer the customer this range of support, but Brendan Foot Supersite does. We have three convenient service sites, competitive finance options, extended vehicle protection and the biggest range of popular new vehicles in the greater Wellington region. Come and see us today.


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Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition Terms & Conditions, 1 Nov 2021 to 20 February 2022

Win your choice of new car from Brendan Foot Supersite’s selection to take for a night for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown!

1. Promotion Description
The Promotion involves registrants and official volunteers for the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays who are 25 years or older selecting a vehicle from a competition page on the Brendan Foot Supersite website. Before the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event on 20 February 2022 ten lucky people will win for their personal use a prize consisting of:

Their chosen vehicle to be used in conjunction with a one night stay in a Deluxe suite plus breakfast for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown.

The winners will be selected randomly after registration has closed.
The winners will be contacted by the Promoter using the contact details provided in that entrant’s registration. If the Promoter is unable to contact any winner, or that winner does not respond to the Promoter’s contact within 24 hours of the draw, then that winner forfeits the Prize and the Promoter will draw another winner to a total of ten prizes.

2. Terms and Conditions
By registering for this Promotion you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

3. Registration
a) You must have registered for the 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays, or signed up to be an official volunteer for the event.
b) The Registration Period closes 4pm on 19 February 2022.
c) Register via during the Promotion Period and complete the registration form. Entry details must be the same as provided for Round the Bays registration.
d) You must be 25 years or older.
e) By registering for the Promotion you will go into the draw to win the vehicle selected on the Getaway Car page, and a night for two at The White Swan Hotel Deluxe suite, plus breakfast for two.
f) Only one entry for the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car competition per 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays registration, or per official volunteer.
g) A 2022 Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays Family Registration qualifies for one entry in the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition.

4. Prize
Choose Your Get-Away Car and night for two at The White Swan Hotel
Each of the ten winners of the Greytown Weekend & Getaway Car Competition will have for their personal use:
Their chosen vehicle to be used in conjunction with a one night stay in a Deluxe suite plus breakfast for two at The White Swan Hotel in Greytown, to be taken before 1 December 2022.
The accommodation is subject to availability and is to be booked directly with The White Swan.
The winner will need to contact Brendan Foot Supersite two weeks in advance of the date the vehicle is required. The vehicle is to be collected from Brendan Foot Supersite on the day of the accommodation booking and returned the day after. The vehicle collection and return are to be at agreed times and these will be within Brendan Foot Supersite’s opening hours.
Any other costs or charges associated with the vehicle or accommodation use are the responsibility of the prize winner, NOT Brendan Foot Supersite.
In the case that their chosen vehicle is not available the winner will be contacted and offered other choice/s. Specification and vehicle colour will be subject to availability.
The winner will be required to have a full New Zealand Driver’s Licence which is current and correct with no impairments pending, and sign a Loan Vehicle Agreement which outlines conditions covering vehicle driver responsibilities, damage, insurance excess of $3,000, fines and regular maintenance.
Brendan Foot Supersite will have the right to inspect the vehicle at their request during the loan period.
Any damage must be reported to Brendan Foot Supersite as soon as possible after the damage occurred. Reasonable wear and tear of the vehicle will be accepted. Any excess wear and tear may be subject to charges to return the vehicle to a suitable state.
No modification or maintenance of the vehicle is permitted.

5. General
a) This Promotion is not open to employees of the Promoter, Nuku Ora, and their families, its related companies, agents and affiliates.
b) The winner is responsible for all additional costs in excess of the prize value.
c) The prize is not redeemable for cash.
d) The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
e) You agree that if you participate in the Promotion, your name and photograph or any footage from the Promotion may be used for publicity purposes in all media by the Promoter, without remuneration.
f) To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter and Nuku Ora and any other person or party associated with this Promotion shall not be liable to you in respect of any loss, damage or injury whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any direct, indirect, and/or consequential loss or damage), including personal injury suffered as a result of, or arising in connection with, the Promotion or winning (or not winning) the prize.
g) The winner may designate someone else to accept the prize on their behalf only with prior approval from the Promoter. If the winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize, the Promoter may choose an alternate winner.
h) The Promoter is committed to protecting your privacy. The Promoter will collect and use your details for the purposes of running this Promotion and in accordance with these terms and conditions. The Promoter may also use your details to send you marketing and promotional material. You can access and request correction of your personal information, or unsubscribe from any further communication by contacting the Promoter on 04 587 0005 or sending a message to You can also unsubscribe from any Brendan Foot Supersite emails at the bottom of the message. If you unsubscribe you won’t be contacted by The Promoter again.
i) These terms and conditions are governed by New Zealand law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
j) Brendan Foot Supersite is the promoter of this Promotion and may modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel, suspend or change the Promotion or any element of the Promotion for any reason, including any cancellation, suspension or change necessitated by any event outside of Promoter’s control.