Bye Bye Bella :-(
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I knew the time would come when Bella and I would have to part, and I wasnâ€™t looking forward to it because I knew it was going to be a tall order to try and flog her off to another backpacker. Iâ€™ve had several problems during my journey and a few times I even wondered if she would make it all the way to
I gave my self 4 weeks max to get rid of her and as soon as I arrived in
It worked, the enquiries started coming in. The first was a South African chap, I arranged to meet him outside his hostel. Much to my horror, 3 hours before the viewing I noticed an unusual hissing noise coming from the engine. I stop the car and discovered water trickling from the bonnet like a busted shower head, oh no!! Stop crying Bella! Almost as if she knew I was going to give her awayâ€¦ I drove back to the house, search on the web for the nearest wrecker and paid him a visit. I ended up replacing the expansion tank for the cooling system, as mine was badly cracked (I did think about using some good old Duck tape, but it would have been obvious). I made it to the viewing on time, but it turned out that the chap only wanted some of my gear.
To cut a long story short, both buyers made an offer and I played them against each other. Not only I managed to make what I originally paid for her, I ended up taking home a whopping profit of $1000! Unbelievable, I canâ€™t stop blowing my own trumpet!
Hereâ€™s a few figures for anyone who is thinking about repeating my trip, ie driving from
Cost of car: $1800
Repairs: $ 800
3 lots of Rego: $ 532 (registration for 9 month, though I had her for 7)
Extra Insurance: $172 (year cover but you can get a prorate refund)
Road side Recovery: $62 (year cover, but you can get some refund)
Length of trip 4400km
Considering I sold her for $2800 and I had petrol contributions of $300 from a few lifts I have given, my final balance is $1736. I also slept 20 day in the car, saving a further $500 (at $25 average per night) and I could have slept a lot more but it was blooming winter time! I had Bella for exactly 214 day, so she cost me an average of $5.78 per day. Thatâ€™s much cheaper than any hire car you can find, so Iâ€™m happy with that!
Hereâ€™s a few tips I have learned:
1) SA and WA are the best places to buy a car because you donâ€™t need a safety certificate to register the vehicle.
2) A great number of backpackers will buy a car in
3) If you find one, buy an LPG converted vehicle. It is much, much cheaper. My old Bella covered 4400km with $1470 of unleaded petrol. A full tank cost $80, so she averaged around 240km per tank, thatâ€™s really poor, believe meâ€¦ even the engine of an oil tanker is more efficient than that!
4) Buy Holden Commodore, instead of Ford Falcon. Commodore are easier to repair, thereâ€™s more room around the engine and you can do some work your self. Spare parts are available everywhere and they are cheap.
5) A car sells better if you add a load of useless accessories and items. Besides the bike, the bed and my screwdriver, I hardly used any of the other things, but they sold the car!
Incidentally, I just happened to find the safety report from the Garage up in