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5month USA Roadtrip - Buying a Car!?

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1. Posted by Joe91 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I’m new to these forums but I imagine I’m going to get heavily involved as it seems like a great resource and helpful community!

Roughly speaking I’ve just graduated and am saving, looking ahead to travel USA from around April time for something like 5 months. I have contacts to stay with dotted about, and I plan to fill the gaps with couchsurfing and friends of friends etc (ideally I won’t pay accom the whole trip!).

I want to buy a car! Is this possible as a UK citizen who’s coming to travel? Does anyone have any information or advice about this? I’ll be 23 with a English Driving licence.

Thanks y’all ;)

Joe x

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5088 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

How are you going to stay in the country for 5 months? On a visa waiver you're only allowed to stay for 90 days.

As for the car: Look up some threads here in the North America forum by vegasmike; he has helped a number of overseas visitors with buying a car, and should be able to give you a lot of tips and advice. (My impression is that it's not trivial to do this, but doable, and especially for those under 25 (for whom renting is extra expensive) it can be a pretty good idea.)

3. Posted by Joe91 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the tip Sander. In regards to visa (I'm finding all the official sites a nightmare to get my head around!) is it not possible to get a non-immigrant visa and keep extending my stay?

I thought it should be ok (maybe too naive) as I was viewing myself as a long-term tourist who's just coming over and pouring a chunk of money into the USA economy and then leaving.

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2575 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Research B-2 Visas.


5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

2 guys from Denmark I helped stayed in the US 5 months. It is possible to get a 6 month visa. Check with the US Embassy. I have photos of several couples that I have helped buy vehicles. 1 on page 1, several on page 2. Story of Anders & Jen is here. Good luck with your planning.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Aug-2013, at 22:47 by vegasmike6 ]