NEW ZEALAND // A New Zealand-wide auction company is extending its highly successful "Wrecks to Riches" series of car auctions due to popular demand. Since September, owners of 250 old or deregistered cars have sold their cars free of charge through Turners Auctions, with the profits from the sales going to the owners. "We've had a rusty old 1974 Chevrolet Caprice with missing panels which went for $350 right through to a 2001 Toyota Altezza Gita that sold for $4,800," says Todd Hunter, director of sales and marketing for Turners Auctions. Hunter says the company is concerned about environmental issues associated with used vehicles and hope this initiative provides an easy solution to the problem. The auctions in Turners locations across New Zealand were originally going to end on December 1 but owners of old cars will now be able to get rid of their old cars this way until December 14.