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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 8y

so as part of my RTW trip ive planned it so i have around 8 months in Oz ... landing in Sydney then heading up and down the east coast ...

i plan to buy myself a 'cheap' but reliable little van .. pack the boards and clothes in and then just roll on my journey ... but not before living the hostel life and meeting some awesome people to join me on the adventure ;)

my question(s) for anyone thats done this ... what sort of price range should i expect to pay for the insurance ... i have x amount of years no claims here which i very much doubt will make any difference over in Oz ... i hope that car insurance in Oz is no where as bad as here in the UK ...

obviously the best way to get the van is bumping into a fellow traveller who is leaving Oz and needing to sell his/hers ... but the chances are slim haha! .... budget for a 'reliable' van in Oz ?? .... just a bal park figure?

i thank you and goodnight - much love!

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting makka

so as part of my RTW trip ive planned it so i have around 8 months in Oz ... landing in Sydney then heading up and down the east coast ...

i plan to buy myself a 'cheap' but reliable little van .. pack the boards and clothes in and then just roll on my journey ... but not before living the hostel life and meeting some awesome people to join me on the adventure ;)

my question(s) for anyone thats done this ... what sort of price range should i expect to pay for the insurance ... i have x amount of years no claims here which i very much doubt will make any difference over in Oz ... i hope that car insurance in Oz is no where as bad as here in the UK ...

obviously the best way to get the van is bumping into a fellow traveller who is leaving Oz and needing to sell his/hers ... but the chances are slim haha! .... budget for a 'reliable' van in Oz ?? .... just a bal park figure?

i thank you and goodnight - much love!

Depending on how much, or little, you intend to pay for the van, I'd consider not insuring it. By that I mean only insuring it for accidents that might be very expensive. Have a look at http://www.nrma.com.au/pub/nrma/motor/tppd.shtml

3. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 8y

i figured i dont want to be spending silly amounts on the van ... same goes with the insurance, i'd certainly be looking at only insuring it to cover the 3rd party! .... is it a similar format to here (UK) when it comes to buying a vehicle, filling in the correct paper work, and sending it of to the 'Oz' equivilant of the DVLA (Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency) ?? ... will i need a fixed adress for this to get done?

do many backpackers avoid this paperwork and hope for the best? ... not really something i would consider as i wouldnt want to be looking over my shoulder every time i step foot in the car! ... not to mention the previous owner wouldnt be to pleased!

thanks for the link james!

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Like the UK, cars here need to be registered and the registration period lasts for 1 year. So try to find a van that has as much "rego left on it" as possible; i.e. one that doesn't need to be registered for 6 months or so.

To get the registration, the vehicles have to have a "pink slip" which is the piece of paper that a mechanic produces once he's ascertained that the vehicle is road worthy. Getting a pink slip is not too much of a hassle, and doesn't cost much money as far as the inspection goes. In fact when I get my car done I wait while the guy does it. The cost can blow out when the inspection says that repairs need to be done.

You take the pink slip to the Roads & Traffic Authority (that's what they are called in NSW, not sure about other states), and then you pay for the registration. You do all of this every year.

On top of the registration, you then pay for comprehensive insurance if you so choose. This is done with an insurance company and is independant of the government. They are pretty good with "no claims" and may take your UK history into account. An average annual price for an old van might be around the $500 mark (two hundred pounds) but that's just an estimate off my head.

This might help http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registration/index.html

As for comprehensive insurance, have a look here...

http://www.nrma.com.au/
http://www.aami.com.au/
http://www.gio.com.au/gio/index.html

One area where car insurance in Australia is different from the UK, is that in the UK you have to nominate the drivers of the car. In effect, the car is only insured for the specified drivers. This is not the case in Australia; it's the car that is insured and anyone can drive it.

5. Posted by Sgtjb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

heres a more specific question. Im heading out to oz in august and im after a VW Camper on the old ones. How easy are they to pick up out there and what sort of price. anyone know.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

I used to have one of these, and it was quite handy when it wasn't in the mechanics shop.

They are pretty rare now, although I noticed one this morning on the way to work.

My only advice is to go for the 2.0 litre engine - give anything else the flick.

You might be able to find one here.... http://www.drive.com.au/

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