How we buy a car in Australia for our long road trip?

How to buy a car in Australia for our road trip

How to buy a car in Australia for our road trip

We have planned to travel around Australia with our own vehicle for a year. We have already organized many different things from Switzerland. We have applied for the Australian Visa, we have opened a bank account and we have already browsed the internet and looked for some vehicles. We have found different vehicles that would be suitable for our road trip. Our favourite vehicle is located in the Adelaide area. But how do we buy a car in Australia?

Since our favorite vehicle is located in Adelaide, we have booked a one way ticket from Switzerland via Singapore to Adelaide. In 2009 we have already been to Australia for eight months, so we have a pretty good idea what car we want to buy and how all the paper work works. In Adelaide we also have good friends and luckily they are helping us a lot with organizing all the necessary things.

For a camping trip around Australia, we want to have a reliable four wheel drive vehicle with a camping setup. The Toyota Landcruiser Troopcarrier is the perfect car for the Outback of Australia. The vehicle that we want to buy has a high top roof canopy with a double bed, a small kitchen and a fridge. It has a double Diesel tank, two batteries and many other things you will not find in normal cars.

How we buy a car in Australia for our one year road trip

On our second day in Australia we have a meeting with the seller of the vehicle. Our first impression of the car is very good. There are a few things that we have to fix before we will start our road trip but that is O.K. for us because the price for the car seems reasonable. On a test drive we can hear no unusual noise or strange sounds.

Toyota Landcruiser Engine

How to buy a car in Australia? It’s important to check the car before you buy it.

Before we can buy the vehicle we have to organize the money. Because we have already opened an account with an Australian bank and transferred some money from Switzerland, we only have to do an identity check and finalize the account. After that we can already get a check to pay the car. But to buy a car, we first need to register the car and to register the car we need a customer number from the road traffic department. To get that customer number we need a residential address in Australia. Luckily, we can use the address of our friends and so we can register the car. Now we can buy the car and after two days in Australia we are already owner of our own Toyota Landcruiser.

Our Toyota Landcruiser

Our Toyota Landcruiser

There are many different insurance companies where you can get insurance for your car. We are looking for a third party insurance for our car. To find a cheap insurance, we browse the internet, fill out some online forms and compare different quotes. To get the insurance, we just have to fill out some online forms and then we can pay by credit card.

Now we own a car and are insured, but we also need some furniture and fixtures, tools and spare parts. Our Toyota Landcruiser is converted into an off-road camper with a bed, a fridge, a stove, dual Diesel tank, two batteries and a water tank. A lot of things like bedding, kitchenware and small things we find in Ikea in Adelaide. To buy tools and spare parts, there are many shops close by from where we stay.

Shopping for our car

Shopping for our car

Since we have planned to travel to remote areas and will completely rely on our car, we have to proper check our car and make sure, that everything is fine. Luckily our friend is helping us a lot with these things. We change the oils and filters of our car, grease all the transmissions, fix the internal lightning, change the rear brake pads and tighten the front wheel bearings.

Maintenance on our Toyota Landcruiser

Maintenance on our Toyota Landcruiser

More work on our Toyota Landcruiser

More work on our Toyota Landcruiser

Changing brake pads on our Toyota Landcruiser

Changing brake pads on our Toyota Landcruiser

All this work takes a while. During this time we can stay with our good friends close to Adelaide. In the first week we can already enjoy the Australian hospitality. We have our own room and we can use all the tools that we need to fix the car. Only a short ride from the house, there is a big shopping mall where we can buy all the things we need. After 10 days we are ready to start our long road trip. We feel prepared and are confident, that our car is in perfect condition for this big adventure.

Swiss Nomads on tour

Swiss Nomads on tour

 

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4 thoughts on “How we buy a car in Australia for our long road trip?

    • Hi Irene and Chris,
      Yes, we are back in Australia for another long road trip.
      Sorry to hear that you sold your camper but we assume, that you are still travelling.
      All the Best from Down Under

      • i am on face book under chris r weigl and we are in the philippines until feb.
        how did you get 12 month visa in aussi
        we just did the volendam cruise around aussie.
        we travel 6 months every year
        cheers chris.

        • Hi Chris, wanted to invite you on Facebook but maby you have blocked that. Im on Facebook as Marcel Kaspar.
          The visa for Oz was quite easy. As Swiss citizen we can apply for a visa max. 1 year and have to proove, that we have enough funds available (bank statement).
          We are not allowed to work vith that type of visa though.
          How do you like the Philippines? Want to do some diving there.
          Cheers Marcel

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