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roadtrip round europe - rent or buy campervan? (only 19)

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1. Posted by sophie18 (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

hi,
I am 19 and from England. Will 3 of us be able to rent a van to road trip round europe or would it be cheaper to buy an old van in england before we leave? how old do you have to be to rent?
please help
sophie x

2. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 8y

I'm 17 and would like to second this question!

There are four of us who are going to do something this summer after our exams in Eastern Europe, and I want to road trip it.

Just had a quick word with my dad and he reckons a motorhome you would definately have to be 18, most likely 21. A campervan, just like a VW Camper my dad reckons it would cost the same for me to rent it as it would for him (when I'm 18 of course, and providing I have no points on my liscence). So a VW would be feasible.

Obviously rent costs depend on the company.

Quick Friday Ad search for Camper Vans - everything from £500 for a 1980 2.0 to £7000 for a 2.4 turbo deisel.

I dunno, just buying something cheap looks better really...But of course, if you buy one in England it will be right hand drive, but you'd want a left hand drive one...Probably renting in Europe is cheaper than in England. I don't know I'm just speculating here. If you perhaps got the train to Paris then connected to Germany I reckon Germany would be a good place to look.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Rental sucks. It is expensive. It is better to buy an old van. However, these vans (VW and similar) are very expensive too compared to other cars of same age and mileage.

If you want it cheap it would be better to buy an old Mercedes or BMW (watch the amount of fuel the car needs) and throw camping gear (tent, matress, gas cooker) into the back.

This has the advantage that you can buy the car for more than just your trip. You can keep it and don't need to sell it afterwards like it would be sensible with the transporter. You'll also be more mobile - instead of cruising around with a Titanic-sized battleship of a transporter you'll drive a normal car.