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Which is best. To buy a car? Or to catch a train or bus?

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1. Posted by SophG2 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

This is my first entry and I'm sure there is many of them already.

Me and a friend are planning a road trip across America towards the back end of next year.

What we would like to know is would it be cheaper for us to buy a car and travel or use bus and train lines?

We will be travelling from the New York area to la and back again, we are planning to go for 3 months.

What we really would like to know is how much would it cost to buy a car as we don't want to have to rely on bus/train times and can stop and see places on the way.

Thanks for your help in advance :)

2. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

It depends entirely on your budget, driving experience and confidence/knowledge regarding buying a car.


3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Have you essentially already half made up your mind that you want to go by car, and you're just looking for verification that the price isn't going to be way more than a bus or train? It'll be hard to give you that, as there are a lot of things that can go wrong with a car that end up costing you money, whereas by bus/train you have the benefit of a fixed price. On the other hand, I've heard of quite a few people buying cars in the US and driving them and loving the experience. It's a GREAT country to drive in, so as much as I'd like to recommend the train, personally my view is that the States is best done in a car, especially if travelling for 3 months. And compared to Norway, cars are dirt cheap, plus they are (nearly) all automatics :)

4. Posted by Mooshu (Budding Member 6 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to be doing the same thing but in April next year.

Thankfully my trusty boyfriend is very good with fixing cars if they go wrong but we're both a bit unsure about what happens with insurance. If it's anything like the uk then you need to have a permenent address to get car insurance which is obviously not ideal. we're both very worried about not having insurance over there so would rather get it and from someone reliable as we both think getting around by car is going to be so much better.

whilst we're on the subject, does anyone know how easy it is to take a car across the border into Mexico? I've heard it could be a very bad move as theres a lot of gang related crime along the border but unsure. if someone can advise that would be awesome. ta! x

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3579 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I have helped 16 TP members buy vehicles here in Vegas. 2 are on the road right now. 16 have come to Vegas because I help them buy a vehicle in their price range and provide an address for insurance & title purposes. Read some of my older posts for details. Or send me a PM and I will try to answer your questions.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-May-2013, at 18:52 by vegasmike6 ]