The New Zealand public is being given the chance to feel like the Prime Minister with 34 government cars going up for auction. The BMW 730LD limousines will be up for grabs via Turners Auctions before the end of the year.
Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the Dog and Lemon Guide
, said the cars would likely fetch between $55,000 and $65,000. Each had a recommended retail price of $170,000 three years ago.
Although it would appear to be a hefty saving, buyers may be up for a large bill come service time.
"They [the buyers] can expect to spend thousands for even a basic service," Matthew-Wilson said. "Any major repair will probably cost you about the same as a new Chinese car they are not recommended for beneficiaries."
The public has the chance to own one of the limos due to PM John Key's fleet of vehicles being overhauled for newer models. The Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand's 2003 Jaguar XJ8 and 2007 Holden Caprice will also be auctioned off in coming months.
"The vehicles have been very well maintained and would make the perfect addition to a limousine and luxury car hire fleet, or a personal car collection," says Graham Roberts, Chief Executive of Turners Auctions.
Despite the novelty value, Matthew-Wilson believes there'll be little demand for the cars.
"There's nowhere near enough customers in New Zealand to buy those vehicles," he said. "I suspect that the more they sell, the less they'll get."