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Campervan - Rent or Buy??

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1. Posted by N1U9F8C7 (Budding Member 47 posts) 6y

N1U9F8C7 has indicated that this thread is about Australia

I'm travelling with a couple of mates from end of November this year, starting in Asia for 6 months and arriving in Australia in either May or June.
We are really wanting to get a campervan whilst we are out there, probably for the East Coast.

Some people i know went out last year and rented a Camper from Jucy for 3 weeks and loved every minute of it, but we are wanting to the campervan thing a lot longer hopefully.

What is the best option, renting or buying and then selling on?

Obviously if we buy one we can then hopefully sell it on when we finish, but there are alot or positves to renting. IE. Insurance sorted, equipment included and 24/7 roadside cover. Whereas if we buy one and break down it could be a real nightmare.

Does anyone have any experience on campervans?

Which would you do?

2. Posted by SJL99 (Budding Member 12 posts) 6y

I wish someone had answered this question as I am looking to do the same as you N1U9F8C7.

Me and my mate are looking to rent a campervan either in OZ or NZ but have little experience.

Please, please reply to this if you have rented before etc....

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 6y

Like most questions on a travel forum this one is also very subjective.

Are you good at negotiating a good price, both in buying and then selling?

Can you tell a clunker from a gem in the dirt? You can take it to be looked at by a garage, but then whats your comfort level in trusting them.?

Can you fix anything?

Will you have the time to sell? Or even to buy, it could take a couple of weeks to find a vehicle that suits, negotiate a deal and do the paperwork.

The time of year you arrive will make a difference too, not only for a cheaper rate on rental, but whether its a good time to buy and a good time to sell. In high season rentals are at a premo price, so are sales, but its a great time to sell. In low season, conversely there are great deals on rentals, its a great time to buy, but a bad time to sell.

Buying from another traveler can be a great option. They often come with all the equipment, bedding, pots, pans etc.

Do your research on vehicles. Some are better on gas than others. Bad gas consumption can add up considerably over a period if you plan on driving a lot. So will the wear and tear on your vehicle. Plan a budget that will allow for maintenance and repairs.

Consider a station wagon too. They are much cheaper than a van, and much cheaper on gas too. Buy a cheap tent and some camping gear and off you go.

Insurance can be arranged easily, and you can get roadside coverage too with AA

You can start researching vehicle prices now, with a number of websites that have vehicles for sale. Try craigslist Gumtree and in NZ trade me

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Mar-2010, at 13:35 by Dodger ]

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