Make sure you are comparing like with like.
Oneway Relocations/Standby Vans
If you have ultimate flexibility, use www.standbycars.com who often give campervans for free or as little as $1 a day in order to return vans to their original destinations.
You can book about 2-3 weeks in advance. Now that really is a bargain! There are more websites like this including www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au Please check out my advice though at the bottom of my Cheap Car Rentals Australia page as there are some watch outs with this method.
Buy A Campervan
Another option for camper rentals Australia, if you are planning a big road trip or on a tight budget, is to buy a car or campervan and then give it back for a guaranteed price. If you are planning to hire for more than 3 months, it's more economical to buy.
These guys do it well and its worth exploring as a cheap option if you have the cash upfront. Cars 4 Backpackers
Otherwise head to somewhere like Bondi in Sydney and check out the ads in the local cafes. You'll find heaps of ads for campervans for sale.
The NRMA offers a service where they will come out and check the vehicle before you buy it to make sure it is mechanically sound.
To buy a car or campervan in Australia you need to complete a small amount of paperwork. You need to transfer the vehicle into your name by completing a form that the last owner should give you. There is a charge by the RTA called stamp duty which is a % of the vehicles value (about 4%)
The other thing to watch out for is the Rego. This is the equivalent of the tax disk in the UK and needs to renewed every year. The sticker goes on the windscreen and shows clearly the renewal date. If you have to renew the rego, it can get expensive. About $300 for the rego, another $400 for third party insurance (green slip) and a service (pink slip) $30 to check all is in working order. If it fails the service, you need to be able to put it right before you can renew your rego (a bit like the MOT)
A few watch outs
When searching online for camper rentals Australia, it's wise to check the small print.
Many campervan hirers restrict certain roads, particularly unsealed roads. When you are planning your trip, make sure the van you pick is suitable for the type of roads you are traveling on.
Campervans are heavy on fuel. Make sure you factor fuel prices into your budget. That said, fuel prices in Australia are still lower than in Europe.
Most camper rentals Australia allow one way travel i.e. you don't have to pick up and drop off from the same point. They usually charge a one off fee but generally it's worth it.
Book in advance! To get
camper rentals australia
with the best vans and the right equipment you need to book WELL ahead of time. This should be something you book when you book your flights!
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