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what car should i look for and where??

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1. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

planning to buy a car or somthing and head up the east coast got any ideas on what kind of car? and where to buy?
any websites for cheap cars??
my price would be around 2000 Oz.
scotty

2. Posted by AussieGirl (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Well of course you have used cars yards around the place. The trading post is good and free in newsagencys and is available online at www.tradingpost.com.au.

Also similar is http://www.drive.com.au/.
These cars from both private sellers and car yards and all the local papers will have classifieds.

For the type of car... im a chick so you know im not an expert but as a general rule Toyota's are the most reliable and you cant really go wrong with one. Kia's are crap. Hyundai excels are also the most likely to be broken into.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Why on earth would you break into a Hyundai? What would you find apart from old pizza cartons?

Go an old Mitsubishi Magna or a Toyota Camry.

4. Posted by scotty85 (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

cheers guys iv had a look at those cars, was thinking along the lines of a ford falcon or holden commodor?? if thats how you spell them.
so anoying im big in to my cars back here in uk but not a clue what to look for over in aus ha, ironic!
scotty

5. Posted by dranki (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

just sold my car in Oz. had a ford Falcon. try travelers autobarn
for buying a car. you cant go wrong with a ford or holden loads of places able to fix them if you have a problem. And if you buy your car from them you get free camping stuff with it. well worth the money. the hardest part is selling it.

6. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 45 posts) 10y

Scotty,

If there are more than one of you travelling together I'd recommend buying a cheap station wagon (Ford XD/XE/XF (1980’s), or Holden Commodore VN,VP (late 80's early 90s)). Plenty of them around under AU$2000, they are reliable, common (easy to get parts and service), they are in demand by travellers and you will have a decent chance of selling when you’re all done.

They're spacious - they can double as accomodation and have stood the test of time (and travellers).

The downside is they are not cheap to run with petrol edging up to $1.50 a litre and not likely to be heading south. You'll find a few vehicles that have been converted to run on LPG which is about $0.60 a litre - note you dont get the same number of km/litre running on Gas but overall you will save.
(fuel prices summarised here http://www.exploroz.com/OntheRoad/FuelPrices/NSW.asp)

Before you do the legwork - as stated earlier the www.tradingpostonline.com.au is a great place to get your bearings on what's out there. Then if you are in Sydney - I'd get on a bus heading for Parramatta along Parramatta Road (basically west of Sydney CBD). As you go along in the bus - you'll see heaps of second hand car yards. Its a batsrad of a job, but at least you'll have plenty to choose from.

Travellers Autobahn seem to be ok from other posts. I've not used them so can't really comment.

If you are on your own - as stated earlier - pretty much any 4 cylinder Toyota (model names: corolla, camry, crown, corona) is a good bet, or if you really want to go spartan - a datsun 120Y (1970's model) wagon ain't a bad option.

Also you might want to have a quick look at this forum - maybe some useful stuff in there.
"Driving In Oz - Please Help"

enjoy,
Rosco.

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting OzRocco

Scotty,

The downside is they are not cheap to run with petrol edging up to $1.50 a litre and not likely to be heading south. You'll find a few vehicles that have been converted to run on LPG which is about $0.60 a litre - note you dont get the same number of km/litre running on Gas but overall you will save.

What !! $1.50 a litre !! outrageous wow your paying the equivelant of £75p a litre, try 98p a litre (approx $1.96) here in the UK.
LP gas is running at approx $1.40 a litre, so I don't think the fuel costs are going to worry too much - apart from the longer travel distances.

As for car recommendations I think Rosco has made some good suggestions.