Cars play an important role in the lives of most Australians. If you need to travel to work, to the shops, to transport children to school and activities or just to ‘get around’, you may decide on buying a car. Victoria is more compact than other states, so your running costs may be less.
On top of the purchase price of the car, you will need to budget for:
For more information, see Driving in Victoria
Australians often drive quite long distances, so running costs in Australia can be different from those in other countries.
To find out what it costs to run different cars, visit the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) website
Melbourne and regional Victoria have many car dealers selling new cars. Car dealers in Victoria must be licensed.
Used (second hand) cars can be purchased through a car dealer or directly through private sale or auction. Used cars in Australia are often in good condition, without the rust common in countries with snow.
There are many car websites available:
If you are buying a used car in Victoria, it must have a roadworthy certificate. Also, you need to transfer the ownership of the car within two weeks of purchase through the Victorian Government’s traffic authority, VicRoads
You can hire a car from one of the large number of car hire firms in Victoria. You can pick up your rental car from the airport or any of their offices in Melbourne or regional cities. You can also rent four wheel drive vehicles, motorhomes or caravans for exploring, although there may be restrictions on where you can drive these.
Car hire costs are usually calculated by the type of car and the number of days you hire for. Sometimes the distance you drive is also a factor. There are normally additional costs for:
You will need a credit card to pay the security bond when you pick up the car.
The costs of insurance are normally included in the rental costs. Everyone who intends to drive the car must present their driving licence at the car hire depot and only these drivers are covered by insurance.
All drivers must be fully licensed and obey the road rules. Each car hire firm will also have a list of terms and conditions which you should check carefully before booking your hire car.
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