Story: Cars and the motor industry

El Cheapo Cars

El Cheapo Cars

El Cheapo Cars in Petone, Wellington, sells imported Japanese second-hand cars. Like many other car dealers it caters to demand for inexpensive vehicles. Over the 1980s and 1990s government protection of the New Zealand auto-assembly industry was reduced and restrictions on importing used cars were eased, resulting in a flood of used Japanese cars entering the market.

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Demise of the car-assembly and component industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22846/el-cheapo-cars (accessed 16 October 2021)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014