My partner and I plan to travel Europe for about 6 months next year. Our ultimate dream is to buy a used car and do the ultimate road trip. I intend to write some articles and hopefully turn them into a book. We think we will fly to Frankfurt and buy a car there. Does anyone know about registration, insurance,etc.? Can we buy a car in one country and drive it all over if we are not residents? Are the policies different in different countries? Any information on this topic would be greatly appreciated. We do have family in the Czech Republic if that makes a difference.
We are aware of Eurorail, etc. and are not looking for information regarding that sort of transport at this time.
Thanks in advance for any advice anyone can give!
I can only speak for the netherlands. I know it is hard to register and expensive to insure a car, if you don't have a residential address.
What might be not a bad idea, is going to the czech republic, buy a car there and register it at your family's address. Driving around shouldn't provide a problem, as most european borders are open. Just check if you might need an international driver's license for some countries. (I wouldn't know)
Have you considered renting rather than buying?
Demian and Mikey...thanks for the input. So far it seems Germany is the easiest place to buy a car. Apparently we can purchase a car and register/insure it for 6 months without being residents. Still trying to figure out how much that costs. We do have international drivers licesences so that is not a problem. Germany is our first choice because they make great cars, but we always have the Czech to fall back on. As for renting...it's pretty expensive. We're hoping to buy something cheap (around the $3,000 CD range) but running well enough to get us around for 6 months. Any comments on that? I haven't had a chance to really look into the cost of vehicles yet. First want to find out if it's realistic. We are both "road trip" people and the thought of a big road trip around Europe is out of this world!
Again, thanks for your input. I'm very new to this and so far am finding extremely informative and enjoyable to get the views of so many different people. Thank you!
3000CDs should get you something ok.
Please let us know how you get on - it's a great idea you have and we'd like to be able to answer similar questions in future.
We aren't going until next August (I'm just a little excited about planning!!!) but we will definitely let you know how it goes. So far it seems that we will be able to purchase a car in Germany and get a 6 month registration/insurance and be allowed to drive throughout the EU.
Are you sure about the 6 months without being residents in Germany? I live here and I know that as a non-resident foreigner you can tempoirary register a car here for three months under the condition that you export it. They could have changed the law recently, but last time I checked it was 3 months, not 6.
As for cost, see this thread:
Fuel cost are currently around 1.30 EUR a litre in Germany.
BTW, also check your travel plans against visa reguirements. If you intend to spent six months continously in the Schengen zone, you'll need a special visa. A normal 3 months Tourist visa won't do.