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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Yo - how's everyone doing? Things are looking good here, a few extra squiggles at the end of posts, a few more repeated posts (and ensuing arguements wink ) but all looks well biggrin

So, me and the (now poi-ing biggrin ) Mrs will be hitting Perth (and the west coast) for a month in a week or so, and after that we're flying to Adelaide, then out of Sydney potentially 3.5 months later.

It seems to make sense to either buy or hire a car of sorts for both legs of the journey, and was hoping some people could give us some advice on what to do...

Hiring seems expensive, but then buying (or more accurately "selling") could be quite hassely - what if we haven't sold by the time we need to fly out? Also, I've heard it's difficult selling a car from a different state than where it was bought...

Some companies seem to offer both one-way rental, and others offer gauranteed Buy-Back deals.

Does anyone have any companies they can reccomend (or advise against)? And rough costs of both things?

Size-wise, we don't neccessarily want a campervan - if there's space in the boot/back, we can just chuck a matress in the back and sleep in that (or a tent) biggrin But nothing too small either - we've got a lot of crap - i mean stuff - to carry with us smile

Cheers m'dears and I hope to see some of you soon biggrin


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nearly_all_gone
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton

Total posts: 1626
Posted:http://www.travellers-autobarn.com/new-design2/rentals-stationwagon.shtml
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She's a beauty... about as cheap as you'll find I think.


What a wonderful miracle if only we could look through each other's eyes for an instant.
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Parafinfairy
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

Parafinfairy

old hand
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 845
Posted:Don't use the dodgy guy in Byron who sells/rents vw campers!!! So anyway fatty are you going to come to Adelaide before I go? ubbangel hug

Slicing the Loaf as we speak.

I need it..... Trust me!

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hamamelis
BRONZE Member since Jan 2006

hamamelis

nut.
Location: Bouncing off the walls.

Total posts: 756
Posted:Hm.. I'm hoping to go visit Australia later this year too.. But I'd probably be there a year or so.. Any tips would be great..

THE MEEK WILL INHERIT THE EARTH!


If that's okay with you?

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MiG
GOLD Member since Apr 2004

MiG

Self-Flagellation Expert
Location: Bogged at CG

Total posts: 3415
Posted:There's a newspapery thing, called the trading post (at least here in SA, not sure about over in the west), where you can usually find really cheap cars. Like, in the $500AUD range (about 200-300 pound). Buy it, drive it, when you're finished/it starts dying, sell it off or blow it up or something smile

Only thing is, for about that price, you're going to get a box of snot. it'll go, stop and turn, but don't expect much more. Good thing is, if it's really not coping, it can be sold off, if you go to a wreckers, you should get at least a fifth of your money back.

That being said, 9/10 times, public transport isn't too bad...


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"master"
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"There was an arse there, i couldn't help myself"
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Docta
GOLD Member since Oct 2005

Docta

member
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 81
Posted:Written by: Parafinfairy

Don't use the dodgy guy in Byron who sells/rents vw campers!!! So anyway fatty are you going to come to Adelaide before I go? ubbangel hug



is that the 1800 - WICKED vans???


Doc smile


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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:There's quite a lively market in used cars, and some specialise in 'backpackers' cars...vans, station wagons etc often with tents and stuff thrown in. Some friends recently bought a diesel post office van through the trading post, did it up a bit with a platform for a bed and some curtains, threw in a tent,cooker and saucepans and made a profit! If you do decide to hire, check out carefully the mileage and 'offroad' restrictions. Public transport is just OK if you just want to go the beaten track, carry everything!
Selling 'across states' is not that hard, you have to get a roadworthy certificate and the new person has to change in the licence plates cos they are done on a state by state basis. In many states you have to get a roadworthy to sell in any case.


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FireTom


Stargazer


Total posts: 6650
Posted:Is the Kings-X car market in Sydney still alive?

Bought a camper and a Landcruiser there, all fully equipped, drove it everywhere and further and sold it off after with only little lost... Buying and then selling with a profit is possible (though maybe morally not waterproof) - but ALWAYS check on your travel dates and the seasons. You'll have a hard time buying/ selling in/ off season...

When buying check the roadworthy certificate and best opt. might be to have the car checked once again from a certified mechanic.

Be careful when buying a car from travellers/ backpackers anyways... wink Why? ^ look up MiG's post... ubblol Many locals won't buy from travellers for those reasons rolleyes Buying from locals (trading post), selling to travellers sometimes is a good opt. to consider.

Besides: A car needs more than just petrol... be aware on Kennedy development Road or anywhere in the outback... it's not only 300k's to the next gas station, but sometimes also days for the next car to pass...

So much from my side

Good luck


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Medusa
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

Medusa

veteran
Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...

Total posts: 1433
Posted:It's called the Quokka over in the west (similar to the Trading Post but different name and company).

Brilliant little newspaper if you are wanting to buy anything fairly cheap and second hand...comes out every Wednesday or Thursday (can't remember which).


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Eera


old hand
Location: In a test pit, Mackay

Total posts: 1107
Posted:Be cautious with those places that buy your car back unless they have a set rate of depreciation based on milage; if you're leaving the country and desperate to offload a vehical they've got you over a barrel.
Don't be afraid of big engines either; to a European mind a 4.0L Falcon seems stupidly enormous, but for long distances they'll prove more economic than a smaller one.
Cars you can offload the easiest are Falcons and Commodores, plus they are easy to work on if they go wrong, just be careful on dirt roads if you're not used to rear wheel drive.


There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

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Parafinfairy
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

Parafinfairy

old hand
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 845
Posted:Docta - no its not the Wicked Vans! I've never hired one but I've only ever heard very good things about them! No its a guy who lives in Byron who only rents out the old classic vw kombis and he let me down big time and I nearly lost $800 over it! He also does the buy-back but to be honest you'll lose a couple of grand over that too!

Slicing the Loaf as we speak.

I need it..... Trust me!

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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:I agree that to buy from a local is better than buying from another traveller. Chances are they've not flogged the poor old thing knowing that they are just going to sell it on and disappear. I would personally not get a Holden or Ford. I've had them and they're tinny. Toyota mate. Toyota. (well, I own a Subaru cos they are the best but not so easy for parts outback)

.....Can't juggle balls but I sure as hell can juggle details....

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Valura
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 6391
Posted:we are selling our much loved kombi, shes a beaut...that way we have a way of bribing you to Brisbane for a spin.
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TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Mojojo
GOLD Member since Mar 2005

Mojojo

wandering dingo
Location: Aussie in London

Total posts: 167
Posted:The quokka is online also - http://www.quokka.com.au
might be worth a browse before you get here!

Just by chance, as we are leaving to the UK in May we have a couple of vehicles for sale in Perth.... But the nice big comfy one (NIssan Pathfinder) well suited to cross australia travel may be a bit expensive for ya, and the good value little cheap to run cheapy (mazda 121) might be a bit small.



You are right, buying will be easy, selling harder. But much more betterer than hiring.



Also in WA there is one main auction house, which sells government, ex rentals, and repossessed vehicles. I've bought from there twice over the years. They have twice weekly auctions. http://www.autogroup.com.au/Home/default.asp

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Adya Miriyana
GOLD Member since Feb 2005

Adya Miriyana

*slou?
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 6554
Posted:heya durbs!

there's the Tradingpost cars website, most probably the cheapest option through that type thing.

there's also the carsguide, though tends to be much more on the expensive side.


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afghan_bingo
SILVER Member since Sep 2005

afghan_bingo

member
Location: Calgary, Canada

Total posts: 116
Posted:BUY A HOLDEN, V8 O'COURSE!!

we were somewhere near barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold...

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