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Vanlife Europe: Hire, lease or purchase?

Full disclosure: We have been supplied by low cost Citroen Europass Australia for our leased car. In alternate, we agree to offer particulars of the Citroen Europass program and advantages, and thus add to their web site this text.

A lot of choices

After we determined that we needed to return to Europe for a few weeks we already knew that we needed to do it by van.

It’s our forth time again within the "previous nation" and we might not consider it might be simple to drive dwelling in Australia. However so we knew that there could be so many hidden spots to hike, surf or {photograph} off the overwhelmed path that will not simply or cheaply be accessible by public transport – as nice as it’s!

However the query what, ought to we hire, or purchase a van for ourselves? What could be the most suitable choice by way of bang-for-buck and ease?

We wish to have a break within the park, within the park, in city areas, and nonetheless have area to sleep and retailer our gear. As a bonus, so we have now been residing in Europe.

In commonplace style, we spent many late nights trawling by web sites, on-line boards, fb teams and sending out messages and emails to simply about anybody that will give us some suggestions or info.

After a number of weeks of analysis and dialogue, we got here to the conclusion that we had the funds to purchase, then promote, a car!

So how did we get to that conclusion?

Right here's a abstract of what we discovered:


Renting a car in Europe is mostly fairly costly for longer intervals.

As soon as we factored the rental payment, limitless km payment, insurance coverage and different charges, our quotes ranged from $ 4,500 to about $ 15,000 for 3 months; relying on the car and insurance coverage choices.

Renting a campervan was notably costly.


Leasing a French model car by their numerous vacationer leasing schemes, similar to a Citroen, Peugeot, or Renault, supplied model new autos and vital reductions for longer intervals. It simply occurred that 90 days in the past the 89 days.

The lease charges additionally embrace limitless km, Europe-wide zero-excess full complete insurance coverage (a will need to have on these slim nation lanes), and free roadside help.

Quotes ranged from $ 3,200 to about $ 8,000 – once more, relying on the car, gas and transmission choices. Diesels are dearer, and automatics additionally price a good bit additional.

An unplanned profit in order that Citroen had a number of places round France and Europe to gather the car; together with a choose up location simply outdoors Geneva, Switzerland, which is only a quick drive or practice journey from the place our household at present reside!

The principle draw back of the leasing scheme, which we couldn’t make is to make everlasting modifications, and we have been due to this fact restricted to the fashions.

Shopping for

Shopping for the most suitable choice on the floor – so what did you say after we spent 4 months touring round Chile and Bolivia in 2015?

However the issues arose after we got here to the logistics and sensible issues.

As a result of we have been foreigners with no native driving or insurance coverage historical past. The few firms didn’t have any excellent extra declare charges due to our standing.

Registration, even with household to assist by offering tackle to make use of, which suggests full of pink tape and hurdles. It could possibly be remedied, however not rapidly or simply, or with out some side of fraud.

And at last, the fact that’s discovering, shopping for, registering, insuring, changing after which promoting. In Chile we spent virtually three weeks securing, changing after which promoting our automotive – and we have been caught in Santiago the entire time and having to pay hire.

Breakdown and repairs on the street would come out of our journey finances and price us extra time.


Fairly merely, it was simply definitely worth the time, effort and cash that we must put money into a car.

Renting was too costly and restrictive for the kind of journey we needed to do.

However leasing, particularly by the French vacationer scheme, what the golden ticket!

We spent a while researching campers on numerous small minivans and van-lite multi-purpose autos (MPVs) and got here to the conclusion that MPV, such because the Citroen Berlingo, leased immediately by Citroen Europass Australia, would simply be massive sufficient to deal with a primary area for meals, water and our gear.

It additionally didn’t damage that we designed, constructed and traveled in small vans and wagons (similar to our Corolla wagon and ours Montero sports) up to now.

We knew that it might be tight, and there could be some concessions, however we additionally knew it might be helpful and environment friendly car in Europe. We'll discuss extra about our journey prices and finances in a future article.

Months later, as we write this text, we’re nonetheless 100% certain that we made the fitting determination.

So what about you? Have you ever traveled round Europe with your personal car? What possibility did you are taking and the way lengthy have been you on the street?

We'd love to listen to your tales and experiences!

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