Darwin - Melbourne, buy car?
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Mar 21, 2013 6:25 AM Last Post By: brother_no_2
Dec 4, 2012 12:01 AM
Darwin - Melbourne, buy car?We will arrive in Darwin in January from Dili. Maybe you can help me plan our trip. We would like to buy a car or van and then drive Darwin, Kakuda, Alice springs, King Canyon, Uluru, Adelaide, Melbourne. How much time do we need for this trip do you guys think? We can both drive. And do we need to drive back from Melbourne to Darwin to sell our car or are there other possibilities?
Dec 4, 2012 2:28 AM
Dec 4, 2012 2:30 AM
2Depending on the weather, it may be difficult to drive to Kakadu in January. It will also be extremely hot in Alice Springs and Kings Canyon. If you are buying a vehicle, air-conditioning is a must, as it is not safe to drive outback roads at night, or around dawn and sunset.
You can sell vehicles anywhere, but anticipate making a loss, not a profit.
Dec 4, 2012 4:12 AM
3Great information! Were are thinking about doing this trip in about 5 weeks and also drive all the way to Sydney. Still thinking about renting a car instead of buying.
How are the road conditions. Can we just get a van or can instead of a 4WD?
Dec 4, 2012 4:39 AM
4Sell your car where ever you like, it's the buyers problem to get it registered.
In Victoria while the buyer needs to complete the transfer of the registration it is the SELLERS responsibility to provide a certificate of roadworthiness unless you are selling to a registered second hand car dealer.
If you wish to transfer interstate registration to your name in Victoria you may need a road worthy inspection -
In Victoria they are pretty tough on roadworthy inspections and it could cost you a fair bit to get a car up to the required standard.
So yes you could sell your car in Victoria but be prepared for a shock if it is an older car with plenty of kms on the clock.
Car registration (and road rules generally) in Australia are the responsibility of state governments and can vary considerably from state to state. Unfortunately buying and selling cars in different states in Australia can be a bit of a nightmare.
Dec 4, 2012 4:49 AM
5How are the road conditions. Can we just get a van or can instead of a 4WD?
The main roads are all sealed and access to the main points of interest if not sealed roads will generally be good to reasonable unsealed surfaces. You won't need a 4WD unless you want to get well off the beaten track and this is not advisable for the inexperienced as people get lost and die!!.
In northern Australia some road access may be limited during the wet season (November to March), especially unsealed roads.
Bear in mind that hire cars will generally restrict you to sealed roads only (apart from a small distance to say a national park) so check the fine print.
Dec 4, 2012 7:27 AM
6well if you rent you MUST not leave the paved sealed road or your car not covered for damge etc. perhaps long term rental your better option since renter covers the repair if it breaks down. checkl km allowance . as for buying think too much paper work for inter state selling plus not much time. roads where you want to go are pretty much sealed other than kakadu where some are not but on way to litchfield is fine nice park and you can go on a crocodile boat ride on way to there and see the jumping crocs very good i enjoyed it great photos of them. the drive down to alice is quite easy but a long one. , road is paved. carry 4ltr water ea person. keep eye on gas gauge keep tank topped up also carry spare fuel just in case.
Dec 4, 2012 8:26 PM
7You may get a better deal buy buying a car in Darwin, and then sell it in Melbourne (or even better: Sydney), because the prices for cars in Darwin are rather low, and much higher in big cities like Melbourne and Sydney.
A 2WD station wagon is fine for your trip, and all the popular tourist spots have easy road access. 4WDs are more expensive when you buy them, cost much more in maintenance, fuel and repairs without offering any benefits on the 99% of paved roads you will encounter between Darwin and Melbourne.
You could also call the big car rental companies (britz, apollo) ans ask for relocation offers. This means you have to drive a car back to a different garage for them in a set timeframe, but without you having to pay a rental fee (just insurance).
Dec 5, 2012 12:06 AM
8Now if this seems like stupid advice to some people, feel free to mention, because I probably haven't thought this advice through too carefully...
However, one way to look at it could be to budget approx. $2000 for the purchase of a car, which is going to cost less than hiring one and then if selling it at the end is too much of a hassle just sell it to a wreckers for some pocket change. Think of it as a transport expense that you woudln't otherwise get back if you were renting a vehicle any way. If you know much about cars, you could find something that would do the trip for about $2000.
NSW & Qld vehicle sale rules are the same as Vic. The seller can not sell a registered vehicle without a roadworthy certificate. You can only sell an 'as is' car if it is no longer registered and plates have been handed back. Doing this means you're not going to be able to sell it for as much.
Dec 5, 2012 4:26 AM
9NSW & Qld vehicle sale rules are the same as Vic. The seller can not sell a registered vehicle without a roadworthy certificate
At least in NSW, being registered implies a current road worthy certificate. You don't need another one to sell the car.
I totally disagree with the "advice" of poster #9
Dec 5, 2012 4:32 AM
10I wouldn't risk not registering the vehicle as #9 suggests.. You're better off buying a vehicle that is already registered with enough time left on it for your trip. Registration costs include compulsory third party insurance. If you were to accidentally hit someone or another car and injure people while driving an unregistered vehicle, you could end up with a HUGE debt, not just a fine.
Dec 5, 2012 5:14 AM
11Registration costs include compulsory third party insurance. If you were to accidentally hit someone or another car and injure people while driving an unregistered vehicle,
Just to clarify the above. Compulsory third party insurance (that is paid with your rego) covers injury to any people injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Comprehensive insurance covers damage to your car and any other car involved in the accident - this is not compulsory but if you cause damage to another vehicle (for example a Rolls Royce) and you don;t have it and you are in the wrong you are liable
Third party PROPERTY insurance covers other the car(s) BUT NOT your car - this is not compulsory but covers your potential liability of damage to other vehicles. Generally pretty cheap ($200 pa?)
Dec 5, 2012 6:19 AM
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Dec 6, 2012 2:15 AM
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