We are in Perth at the moment and want to buy a camper to travel up to Darwin and then down through to Adelaide and then maybe across to Sydney....
We know NOTHING about mechanics so we're thinking of buying an ex-rental vehicle from Travellers Autobarn or Wicked Campers as we're thinking it would have been well-maintained and should come with a warranty...
Has anybody done this? Do you think this is a good idea or are we just paying more for nothing??
I'd recommend what you are doing. It will give you piece of mind. Yes, you pay a bit more but it could cost you way more if you buy a camper that breaks down on you.
We went through autobarn and bought a van then they bought it back from us at the end for a guaranteed price. Another good thing.
As long as you plan to have the van for 3 months or more it's better to buy than hire a van.
Sounds like you have an amazing trip ahead of you - enjoy it!
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
I've read many posts from people moaning about rental vans, so don't expect anything extra if you're buying from them.
I'm also planning to buy a van. I'm going to buy privately and get a mechanical check done before I hand over the cash. You'll get more van for your money going private.
Ex-rentals will probably be high mileage and driven carelessly so it might be worth steering clear of them. Remember most wicked vans are ex-tradesperson vans (you can sometimes see the stickers under the wicked paint job) and so have been used and abused twice. If it comes with a warrenty for the duration of time you'll be driving it then it might be worth looking at but I agree with Appro, you will probably get more van for your money if you buy private and get a mechanic to check it over.
OK, thanks everyone. We're going to have a look at a few and make a decision - if we go private we'll definitely have a mechanic check it over, although there doesn't seem to be too many around at the moment to choose from in our price range (we're looking for a hitop).
The warranty with Travellers Autobarn doesn't sound that great to be honest - It's a 5000km warranty for engine and gearbox, and a 2-week total warranty (both only up to $1000), but if you break down outside of a 50km radius of the CBD (Perth) you have to pay towing costs yourself...
We've definitely decided against Wicked though - as timtravels said, they're ex-commercial vans and have obviously been used and abused!
not going for Wicked is definitely a good call - the Travellers Auto Barn warranty is probably still the best on the market (even so towing costs can be a real pain - but then again, you would face the same if you buy privately privately). Definitely a hard choice - probably check out a few different campers from private sellers as well as dealers and then make a decision.
I guess it all comes down to the fact what to do when your van really breaks down - you will be relieved if you are able to call a dealer then who will look after you. Good luck.
I have bought a number of ex rental cars and never any problems as they are so well maintained, by reputable companies Check out www.backpacker.com.au or britz.com.au and see what they have for sale.