Buying a car in Australia

Buying a car in Australia

If you are in possession of a driver’s license, the most economical and easy way to travel is to buy your own vehicle (car or mobile home) Besides being the most economical way, it is certainly the most adventurous way!

If you aim to travel at least 2 to 3 months, it is very well possible to buy a vehicle for yourself instead of going by public transport. In most cases buying will be the cheaper option over renting, even if you buy a misfit or even when you can’t get your car sold at the end of your trip.

 

Check out what you would pay on rent for your travel plans on the websites of a car/bus/camper rental. From this you will have an estimation on what you would pay to buy your own vehicle and make a worst case scenario (can’t sell the car afterwards) and best case scenario (will sell car for purchase money). You can already get a good car for as little as a $ 1,000.-, camping gear included.

 

One way to save a lot of money is simply by buying a second hand car. Most travellers buy their car from a backpacker who just went around Australia and most probably the car has already gone several times around the continent. Therefore, be very much aware of what you purchase. A tip to avoid this is to buy a local car from a private individual who did a good yearly check (+ repairs) on the car. Of course, nothing is guaranteed so get yourself some good advice if you are not too much into cars.

 

Australian websites for second hand cars:

Carsales

Autoweb

 

If something seems too good to be true ...?

Use your common sense when buying a car, it is your hearth and home and if it breaks down in the wrong place, this may have very unpleasant economical and physical consequences. Just as humans, a car has an inner self and an outward appearance. That monstrously looking car may perform just fine whilst that shiny 4WD could immediately break down around the corner.

 

So do not concentrate too much at the appearance of a car even though you should keep in mind that you will eventually want to sell it again. If you are not technically literate enough to judge a car by yourself, take it and its seller to a garage and spend those 20-30 bucks on a technical check. It’s very much worth your money. Discuss the things that need to be repaired, or simply replaced, for a safe trip, complete these repairs and proceed with confidence on the road. Better feel the pain in your wallet beforehand than in the desert or jungle where it will hit your wallet 3x as hard. Besides, you will easily gain back your $20-$30 as you can start negotiating on the price once you both know what needs to be done.

 

Please do have a look at “Car Tips” for more information on cars in Australia!

NOTE: Bear in mind the hundreds of kangaroos and other wildlife that become active at dusk/night. As a result, the chance of a collision increases strongly at dark. Preferably drive at day times ONLY!

 

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