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  • What car to own for 5 or 6 weeks?
  • reeksy
    Full Member

    OK, i’m aware that it could already be decided that an Octavia is the answer … but anyway.

    Looking at visiting the UK and Europe for an extended holiday riding and walking and am considering travel options.

    Rough idea is a bit of family stuff (Devon, Midlands, maybe Lake District), a bit of time in Scotland.

    Then head to the Pyrenees and work across the bottom of France through northern Italy to Slovenia.

    Zig zag back through the Alps to Blighty.

    Rough cost of hire cars plus trains (London-Toulouse) (Brussels-London) is 3,600GBP

    So, if we spent four grand on a vehicle instead and sold it at the end (I could get family to help with some of the logistics hopefully) we’d save a bit.

    We’d be 3 adult size people and a kid. If there’s something we could fit all of us inside plus bikes we’d bring three bikes, but accept we maybe have to hire bikes along the way.

    But what would a good bet be for that kind of money?

    frankconway
    Full Member

    Used volvo estate – but you’re a bit late as a recent/current thread shows.

    vlad_the_invader
    Full Member

    Grrrrr…just typed out a longer response then STW crapped out and I lost it. Anyway, can you get car insurance for your own car without a UK address/licence?

    reeksy
    Full Member

    I have a UK licence. I can use a family member’s address, and even register it in their name and take out a temporary period of insurance.

    daviek
    Full Member

    People carrier of some sort, Alhambra maybe?

    hot_fiat
    Full Member

    Skoda superb estate. Then beg/borrow/ order from roofbox some roof bars & mounts for a bike. It’ll swallow luggage and still have plenty room for proper people. 4k should get you a 2010 or newer with the 170tdi lump.  You’ll put 3-4k miles on it in that time and it wont dent any residual value. Lower mileage the better obviously. I’d look out for one with a changed timing belt otherwise that engine should just run and run.

    with anything like this budget for brakes, tyres and possibly rear shocks/springs.  Familiy holidays can be quite hard on vehicles used to plodding up and down motorways 1-up.

    Use the government MOT checker to see how well looked after it has been.  One this to consider: really you should have the actual V5 with you at all times when travelling in Europe. They’re usually pretty quick in delivery but it’s something to beware of.

    hot_fiat
    Full Member

    Having said go for the tdi, this tsi looks lovely. this tsi looks lovely. 

    reeksy
    Full Member

    People carrier could be useful. Not sure about the extra hassle of roof bars etc – keeping the theft risk down would be good.

    Good tip on the V5, ideally i’ll get things worked out before we arrive and that will give time for the V5 to get sorted.

    hot_fiat
    Full Member

    I doubt you’ll find anything big enough to carry bikes and luggage inside a people carrier.  Really you’d need to look at a kombi van of some sort – we’d struggle with our caravelle.

    reeksy
    Full Member

    You’re right … I think it might be easier to just hire them and it’s one less thing to worry about.

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Ill sort you out a nice big euro estate car if you sort me out a V8 ute when i come to Aus.  I can do the mullet without help😎🤣

    reeksy
    Full Member

    Maaaaaate, you don’t want a big flash fancy car, you want a

    chakaping
    Free Member

    As mooted above, have you considered a crew cab van?

    I’d suggest a Vivaro/Trafic and £4k should get you a decent enough one, have a look on Van Trader and Gumtree.

    The key thing here is you can keep the bikes all out of sight in the back, freeing you up to do your other touristy things with less worry.

    StuF
    Full Member

    Could you bump the budget? The only objective is to sell the car for more than  £x- £3600 – insurance at the end and you’ve saved over hiring.

    reeksy
    Full Member

    Yeah, budget could probably be flexible.

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    Something with a V12 or if you can’t find one you’d need to settle with a V8.

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    All seriousness, I’d look at a big Lexus, you’d get a car with: comfort, decently powerful engine and Toyota reliability. And they can be bought quite cheap.

    Edit:- I’m tempted to buy this myself.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/355541140779?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=qbr9bpi9saw&sssrc=4429486&ssuid=WUD0UrAWSYG&var=&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

    reeksy
    Full Member

    As mooted above, have you considered a crew cab van?

    I’d suggest a Vivaro/Trafic and £4k should get you a decent enough one, have a look on Van Trader and Gumtree.

    Need four seats…Not sure the kids would last five weeks fighting over who goes in the back.

    alpin
    Free Member

    That’s quite some journey for 6 weeks….

    Have you forgotten how much busier, narrower and winding European roads are compared to Australia?

    johnnystorm
    Full Member

    We’d be 3 adult size people and a kid. If there’s something we could fit all of us inside plus bikes we’d bring three bikes, but accept we maybe have to hire bikes along the way.

    That has Kombi/Crew Cab vab written all over it, particularly as you don’t intend to keep it forever or have to do commutes/town centre shopping trips in it.

    Need four seats…Not sure the kids would last five weeks fighting over who goes in the back.

    5-6 seats in a Kombi and loads more space than in an estate car with 6 weeks worth of belongings.

    cookeaa
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    If you want to get it purchased and registered, within budget and ideally before you land in blighty then I reckon ubiquity is the key, needs to be common and at ~£4k budget it’s most likely going to be a decade plus old.

    Sadly estates are in decline here, so a Qashqui isn’t actually a bad suggestion or even a Dacia (duster is basically the same thing innit?) “family SUV” is now the British norm, there’s tons of them about, you might score a Kuga for £4k (if you can trust a ford) or if an MPV feels like a better option a zafira could work, but generally for your timescales and budget keep it common and stick to basic spec, 2L TDI type versions…

    Might be worth getting your relatives to put it through a service for you too before flying out, just to be sure fluids/filters/belts have been done before you rely on it for a Euro road trip. Factor that into the costs too.

    reeksy
    Full Member

    That’s quite some journey for 6 weeks….

    That’s no bother. Aside from Slovenia  I’ve driven all the routes before in much shorter times.

    boblo
    Free Member

    I’d look at a 1.8-2.0l petrol Japanese estate – but check for rust. The simpler the betterer.

    WorldClassAccident
    Free Member

    Surely if ‘you come from the land down under’ you need to ‘travel in a fried out Kombi’

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Need four seats…Not sure the kids would last five weeks fighting over who goes in the back.

    It’s two up front and two in the rear seats, though you can fit three in each.

    Just sold mine a month ago, or I could have sorted you out 😉

    duncancallum
    Full Member

    Nissan nv200?

    thisisnotaspoon
    Free Member

    If you can either strip the bikes down into tiny parts, or live with them on boot-rack.

    Older Mk1 or facelift Ford C-Max 1.6 petrol for <£1000.

    The engine is pretty indestructible because there is nothing complicated to go wrong.

    It’ll do 40-42mpg.

    The legroom in the back is brilliant because it’s tall.

    Boot is OK (it’s a MK2 Focus estate floor with more headroom, so the boot floor isn’t quite as generous as a MK1 focus), you can remove the center rear seat if you don’t need it (and slide the main seats in/back to make it even more limo like if you don’t need the whole boot).  Generic roof racks are cheap and easy to install (bolt on mounts hidden in the roof gutters) or there are plenty with towbars.

    I had one for 8 years / 160k and the sum total of it’s maintenance outside of the service schedule and tyres was:

    1 set of pads and disks

    1 set of front suspension bushings

    1 power steering hose

    1 alternator + belt

    Cheap, comfy, reliable, nice to drive, and £3k less risk if it does suffer a terminal problem on the wrong side of Europe.

    Might be worth getting your relatives to put it through a service for you too before flying out, just to be sure fluids/filters/belts have been done before you rely on it for a Euro road trip. Factor that into the costs too.

    Do you have a mechanically minded relative who can look at them for you?  Brit’s seem to be getting worse and worse at looking after cars.  There’s loads for sale round here that are just objectively a shiny money pit, they’ve spent £20 at the local human trafficking ring’s car wash to get in shiny, but it’s not been serviced for 2 years, the tyres are bald and the EML is on but that’s OK because it goes out when you switch it off.  The elusive perfect car owned by someone’s grandparents and serviced every 500miles for the last 10 years with 4 new Dunlop tyres is really elusive!  As someone said, either pick something ubiquitous so there’s a lot of choice , or pick someone you trust to go and look at a few cars that meet the requirements and buy the best one.

    Cletus
    Full Member

    I would look at the Ford S-Max. Lots of space with the option to carry 7 people and you should be able to get something decent for £4k.

    The likes of Qashqai’s are great for what they are but have limited luggage space – I would want something bigger for a 6 week trip for four people.

    andy8442
    Free Member

    With all those big motorway miles, fully loaded, don’t look at anything but a diesel. As said previously, a Skoda Superb est is the way to go, there is simply nothing else out there ( except an E-class est) with as much room. And you won’t loose a penny when you sell it on!

    RustyNissanPrairie
    Full Member

    Unimog.

    andy8442
    Free Member

    I’ve just been on Autotrader, there’s a 275k Superb on there ( the link won’t work ) for £1999.00. I dare you!

    roverpig
    Full Member

    A few things to bear in mind (if you haven’t already).

    A £4K car is much more likely to breakdown (possibly involving a long stay in a garage to fix) than a new hire car (which you can just change for another if it breaks down). Also, you’ll be driving on the wrong side of the road for quite a few miles. Hire cars mean you can hire the most appropriate vehicle for each leg of your trip.

    But, yeah, if you do want to buy, a Skoda is the obvious choice I guess.

    5lab
    Full Member

    How did you get yo £3600 for renting? Plugging a random 5 week date onto the avis home page gets prices from around £200 a week, and that’s unlikely to be the cheapest option.

    I think getting paperwork for a car you buy delivered to somewhere in time for you to then sell it again might prove limiting

    molgrips
    Free Member

    I have heard that this used to be the thing back in the day but given the used car market now the idea fills me with fear. Doing it with a £300 small car, which was entirely feasible 20 years ago means you’re only on the hook for £300 if it dies. If you buy a £4k van and it goes wrong you’ve got to fix it. That could take 6 weeks on its own!

    tractionman
    Full Member

    forget the car, I’d be going for one of these!

    Interrail Global Pass Adult1 month

    1st class

    1 month of unlimited train travel

    Travel on as many trains as you like for 1 month straight – perfect for a fast-paced, flexible trip.

    1 x Adult

    € 884

    hot_fiat
    Full Member

    Have you considered this mad idea: two little cars? Proper road trip, will take all your stuff and your bikes. I got two big bikes, a pile of wheels and all our stuff for a week’s alpine riding in the back of my old Abarth.
    we spent £200 on each of these corsa Bs, drove them from Birmingham, to turin, on to nice via col de tende and back to brum whereupon we scrapped them. With your budget you could do a damned site better  IMG_897420150829_052742934_iOS

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Ford Galaxy.

    reeksy
    Full Member

    21(!) years ago a mate and I bought this for £300.*

    We did a bit of fettling, painted it works livery and then joined some others to drive from London to Nice in 24 hours, then back to London via the windy roads to complete in 72  hours.

    IMG_7572

    Whilst it was epic I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be quite the same with family or with both adults driving…putting aside the fact that from Turin on Sunday afternoon to Strasbourg in Monday morning rush hour we were constantly replacing the white cloud that kept escaping from the exhaust. We left the car to be recovered and got an Octavia to the ferry!

    *actual photo is a few years later running  a Rover V8

    reeksy
    Full Member

    @tractionman the train idea is appealing too, but pretty much all the places we want to go will be hard to access that way, especially when we have to lug all our gear plus the youngest ones as he can’t carry as much.


    @5lab
    the prices are what I got when I punched in 2 weeks in the UK, 3 weeks in Europe and the specific train trips…

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