For vehicles and finance, John & Lea Knowles

Assisting with professionalism and integrity so you can buy with confidence

After more than 40 years, Economy Cars Ltd is departing from Moorhouse Ave and moving to an online service.
Please call John on (03) 366 0440 (03) 366 0440 or email
John and Lea will continue to buy, sell and trade vehicles and assist you with all your financing needs.

  • Vehicle brokerage
  • Sourcing cars
  • Imports from Japan
  • Buy, sell, trade
  • All financing

Tailor Made Finance Packages

Tailor Made Finance Packages

Economy Cars Ltd has a wide range of options from no deposit finance if required and extended terms if it suits your needs, all clients are treated with absolute confidentiality.
We understand every person has different needs and varying budgets. Our belief is meeting, discussing, and working with you to tailor a payment package that suits your own requirements, so that your new vehicle is a pleasure to own and comfortably affordable.
Please feel free to call in and see us or apply online by pressing the apply now button.

Why Choose Us

Established more than 40 years ago and going strong today

It means we've adapted as the retail business of supplying quality used vehicles to great people has changed. John Knowles is renowned as a stalwart of the industry in Canterbury and New Zealand having served terms as National President of both the former Motor Vehicle Dealers Institute and the Motor Trade Association, supporting Dealer education and values through the years.

- Personal Selection

If you have specific requirements in a vehicle, John Knowles can personally broker a deal for a specific choice of vehicle you need.
You will be involved in the purchase process so as you ensure you are getting exactly the vehicle you are looking for with the finance package that suits, or the cash price you wish to pay.

- Nation Wide Delivery

Economy Cars Ltd, in most instances can offer a door to door service Nationwide at extremely competitive rates.
We endeavor to make your out of town purchasing as pleasurable as if you were standing in our dealership and in many cases will do our best to supply delivery free of charge.

- Warranties & Insurance (MBI)

Economy Cars Ltd is an Audited, MTA approved dealership which ensures all vehicles leave with an MTA warranty.
If for any reason you wish to extend the period of protection, we also provide 12, 24, and 36 month MBI's for extremely competitive rates, which protect your motoring needs nationwide, for a term you feel comfortable with.


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  • Great service and great communication
    Jan 2021
  • Great service! Highly recommended. John is absolutely lovely! Extremely patient and definitely not… [Read more]
    JULIE P, Christchurch
    Jun 2021
  • Lovely staff. Pleasant experience.
    KAYOKO K, Christchurch
    Dec 2020
  • Mine was an unusual situation, needing to purchase a car before arriving in Christchurch. Based on… [Read more]
    JAN B, Auckland
    Jan 2021
  • Once again Economy cars and John Knowles are very supportive throughout the process of trading in,… [Read more]
    CALEB J, Christchurch
    Feb 2021
  • They r the best at what they do and couldn't have been more helpful and john exceedingly helpful
    PAULINE B, Christchurch
    Mar 2021
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