Buying motor vehicles
Learn about the All of Government (AoG) motor vehicles contract, through which schools can purchase passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles, such as minibuses and vans.
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AoG contracts are optional for schools to join. If not joining the AoG contract and buying from the public market instead, it is still recommended that schools consider the advice on this page.
- Benefits of joining this AoG contract
- How to join the AoG motor vehicle contract
- Key vehicle considerations
- Further information
Joining an All of Government contract is likely to save a school both time and money, while also reducing risk.
Learn more about All of Government contracts.
The AoG motor vehicles contract offers the following benefits to schools.
- Schools are projected to save 7% or more (depending on the vehicle selected) when buying vehicles through this AoG contract, compared to the best prices available through the public market.
- Schools can select the vehicle that best suits their needs from a catalogue of options, including standard passenger vehicles, minibuses and vans.
- Vehicles in the catalogue have been chosen based on their estimated Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over a 5 year/100,000km period.
- Passenger vehicles in the catalogue meet a minimum 5 star ANCAP (or equivalent) safety rating, while the minibuses and vans meet a minimum 4 star rating.
- All vehicle suppliers offer:
- a warranty of at least three years/100,000km as standard
- a minimum four years/100,000km extended warranty as an option
- service plan options of 80,000km and 100,000km
- roadside service for mechanical breakdowns during the warranty period (including any extended warranty period).
The process for joining the AoG rental vehicles contract is similar to that for other AoG contracts.
Before you begin
If your school hasn’t signed up to an AoG contract before, you will need to complete a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) available on the New Zealand Government Procurement website(external link).
Read about the contract and the memorandum of understanding (MoU)
Log in to the New Zealand Government Procurement website(external link) to access more information on the contract. You will need to be using your school-linked RealMe account, as you will gain access to commercially sensitive information.
Read the MoU for the motor vehicles contract in the ‘Contract documents’ section on the New Zealand Government Procurement webpage(external link). The MoU sets out the obligations of the schools participating in the contract.
Complete a Letter of Accession (LoA)
Request a Letter of Accession for the contract by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completing the LoA confirms your school agrees to the terms set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Your completed LoA must then be emailed to email@example.com.
Once the LoA is processed, you will receive a confirmation email.
You can now begin engaging with suppliers. Supplier contact details can also be found on the NZGP page (when logged in with a school-linked RealMe account).
Determine your requirements
Consider how your school will be using the vehicle(s).
Review the vehicles catalogue and select your vehicle(s)
Research the vehicles listed in the AoG catalogue and assess if they meet your requirements. If you are interested in a vehicle which is not on the catalogue, you can contact the supplier directly to request pricing and access to the AoG contract discounts.
Access the catalogue through the link below (when using a school-linked RealMe login).
Prepare a vehicle shortlist and note information including:
This is a good time to evaluate the vehicles that you have shortlisted in person.
Place an order with your chosen supplier
Select your vehicle(s) and place an order using the purchase order template available in the ‘Contract resources’ section on the NZGP website (when using a school-linked RealMe login).
Send this order directly to your chosen supplier using the information below, rather than to a local dealer.
Collect your vehicle(s) from your local dealer
Your vehicle(s) will be delivered to your local dealer, who is then linked to the vehicle(s) for ongoing servicing and maintenance.
The dealer will complete pre-delivery servicing, which includes an initial WOF, warranty check and groom.
You can now drive away with your school’s new vehicle(s).
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
While a vehicle’s immediate purchase price is important, buying staff should be sure to take into account a vehicle’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This figure is included in the AoG catalogue beside each vehicle.
The TCO is an estimation of a vehicle’s whole-of-life costs (over a five year/100,000km period) including:
- immediate purchase price
- registration fee
- fuel costs
- scheduled servicing and maintenance (excluding parts)
- tyre replacement
- residual value (subtracted from the TCO).
The TCO does not include costs such as unscheduled servicing, replacement parts, accessories or insurance.
Although vehicles in the catalogue have a three-year/100,000km warranty, this warranty can be extended.
Schools should consider extending their warranty as it may be worth paying the immediate extra cost, instead of facing an expensive repair bill in the future.
Schools can choose to buy a service plan with their vehicle.
Service plans differ across suppliers and vehicles. However, they always include the cost of labour for a scheduled service and never include the cost of any parts required or unscheduled repair work.
Vehicles should be maintained by the supplier’s service centre, such as at the local dealer where the vehicle was picked up from (if possible).
This should be done at the intervals listed in the vehicle’s catalogue.
Having maintenance completed by the supplier’s service centre ensures that the vehicle is in good condition.
It is important that the supplier’s service centre is the business that completes the work. Under a vehicle’s warranty, the supplier has no responsibility over any problems that arise as the result of work done on the vehicle by someone other than the supplier.
If a school is leasing vehicles
If a school is leasing its vehicles, the company that the school is leasing from can purchase from the AoG vehicle suppliers at AoG rates on the school’s behalf.
The school can then receive lower monthly leasing costs from the leasing company.
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