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1. Posted by rusty650 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

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hi, we're headed to oz in september for a year and are thinking of buying a campervan... any ideas on prices, where to buy, what to buy, etc? like to start in cairns and go from there. thanks!

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 11y

I usually suggest, as they have branches in most cities.

3. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

you can try and look in the cars guide online or another one is
you might be able to find something second hand there....

4. Posted by rusty650 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

ok now i have a good starting point, thanks for your replies.

5. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 11y

Cairns and Sydney are the best places to buy and sell, as this is where most people come into or leave the country.
Travellers autobarn has got a very good reputation (they were recommended to me thru STA).
Also, try local hostels. They have notice boards with tons of ad's on.


6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y

Another site to try is

I don't know about campervans; there's so much clapped-out rubbish out there.

Hey one thing. When you have your eyes set on one you can contact an organsition that will come to the car and check it over for potential problems. I'm not sure how much they charge (maybe $200 - not cheap) but it can save you money in the long run.

In New South Wales, this organisation is called the NRMA and quite often if you tell a potential seller that you want to "obtain an NRMA inspection" they might get a bit edgy, thus indicating that the car is no good.

Have a look at

Good luck

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y

Sorry, one more thing.

If you are looking at Volkswagen Kombi/campervans, try to find out the engine size. I think these came with either a 1.6 litre, 1.8 litre or a 2.0 litre engine.

Steer clear of the 1.6 litre engines as they are pretty small for the size of the car, and have probably been driven pretty hard.

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