We are traveling through New Zealand for 8 months and bought a Motorhome that is built onto a 1994 Ford Trader Diesel truck.

We are on our way to the South island and appear to have an oil leak and want to get it fixed before we cross over.

How does one go about finding a good mechanic in Wellington?

There is Yelp and TripAdvisor for typical traveling searches, how would a kiwi find good services?

We have never owned a truck before and google searches don't appear to be helping.

There are some sites: localist, nocowboys, trademe but it is hard to know if they are for real or not.

  • Not sure that this is even related to travel.
    – Karlson
    Oct 25, 2014 at 20:21
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about living in New Zealand.
    – Karlson
    Oct 25, 2014 at 20:22
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    I edited the question to be more clear, we are on the road in New Zealand and need car help.
    – digidigo
    Oct 25, 2014 at 20:30
  • Awesome! Is that what kiwis use? Localist?
    – digidigo
    Oct 25, 2014 at 23:54
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    Most businesses of that type are probably listed in the yellow pages, at yellow.co.nz however that won't help you filter them based on quality. I'd suggest you phone up some businesses in the Wellington region that obviously own trucks, and ask them if they can recommend a mechanic. (Would have posted this as an answer, but was too slow and the question got closed while I wrote my answer! A shame, as I think the rewording makes it worthy of staying open.) Oct 27, 2014 at 7:28

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I would ask on one of the motorhome forms, e.g. http://www.nzmotorhome.co.nz/NZMotorhome/index.html

  • Probably best as a comment, but as a new user he can't comment. @mindcorrosive?
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 30, 2014 at 8:45
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    The question is "How does one go about finding a good mechanic in Wellington?" and specifically relates to a motorhome. The answer directs the user to a specific motorhome forum where people with that knowledge (who are unlikely to be on S/E) reside. How is that not an answer? They said Google searches haven't helped and they don't know whether the other standard sites (No Cowboys, etc) are reliable. When you want someone reliable you have to go by people's first-hand experience, which is available by asking on a specialist forum.
    – Darren
    Oct 30, 2014 at 9:08
  • For what it is worth, I did try this route. But did not get any response on the forum.
    – digidigo
    Feb 23, 2015 at 6:48

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