I Backpack Canada » Car http://ibackpackcanada.com A backpackers travel guide to Canada Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:26:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 The Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Across Canada in 2 Minuteshttp://ibackpackcanada.com/canadian-travel-video-across-canada-in-2-minutes/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/canadian-travel-video-across-canada-in-2-minutes/#comments Sun, 20 May 2012 14:52:36 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4603 We’ve all had that weird feeling before, you know the one I’m talking about. You arrive at this new destination that you’ve been talking about for months, maybe even years. It could be a museum, a landmark, or a scenic drive. Then you see it. Chain stores, chain restaurantes, chain hotels, it’s like you can’t […]

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We’ve all had that weird feeling before, you know the one I’m talking about. You arrive at this new destination that you’ve been talking about for months, maybe even years. It could be a museum, a landmark, or a scenic drive. Then you see it. Chain stores, chain restaurantes, chain hotels, it’s like you can’t get away from them. Here you are at this amazing destination and those Golden Arches are sneaking into your photo, making you feel cheap, used, and possibly even making your whole trip feel “less authentic”.

Fact of the matter is, it’s hard to get away from the Chains. In Canada, you’ll come across them more often than I’d like to admit. But should you choose so, you don’t have to give them your hard earned money. There’s enough local gas stations, restaurantes, hotels, and stores to shake a stick at, it just requires a bit of planning.

Reb Stevenson recently tried this on for herself, cleverly titled “The Retro Roadtrip”. She documented nearly the entire series in little webisodes, and compiled the whole trip down to a 2 minute cross Canada video. Have a watch, and get inspired to try new things, local things, non-chain things. Looks like it was worth it! Be sure to check out Reb’s Retro Road Trip adventures!

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5 Things English speakers need to know when Traveling through Quebechttp://ibackpackcanada.com/5-things-english-speakers-traveling-through-quebec/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/5-things-english-speakers-traveling-through-quebec/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2010 13:31:27 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=1461 5 Things English speakers need to know when Traveling through Quebec is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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As many of you are aware, Quebec has the most French speaking Canadian citizens. The majority of Quebec’s people know plenty of English, many are even good enough to find grammatical errors in pretty much everything I say and write. Most Quebecois’ know more English than you know French. However there are some people, primarily in smaller remote towns, both in Quebec and New Brunswick, who haven’t had a need to work on their English all that much. Brushing up on your French can help out tremendously in many situations, even if you know how awful you are at it, people will smile knowing you’re at least trying.

1. Ask to speak in English

When speaking to a local stranger, be it gas station attendant, bistro staff, or just looking for directions, ask politely if he or she speaks English. You’re more likely to be treated kindly by doing this than by speaking blindly in English with no regard as to whether they speak it or not.

Pardon, madame/monsieur/mademoiselle, parlez-vous anglais?

Which translates to: Excuse me madam/sir/miss, do you speak English?

Most of the time you’ll find out that “Oui“, they do, however if they say “Non“, you’re on your own. Just hope that you’re both good at Charades.

2. Understanding French Road Signs

There are large parts of Quebec where the road signs will stop showing up in both English and French. If you know very little French this can be frightening. Stay calm. There are certain words that you can pick out of those signs to get you in the right direction.

When you see:

FrenchEnglish
NordNorth
SudSouth
OuestWest
EstEast
EntréeEntrance
SortieExit
RenseignementsInformation
InterditProhibited
OuvertOpen
FerméClosed
Cédez la PrioritéGive Way
Défense de StationnerNo Parking
Interdiction de doublerNo Overtaking
PéageToll
RalentissezSlow Down
Sens InterditNo Entry
Sens UniqueOne Way

Of coarse having a map will significantly increase your chances of not getting turned around. Whenever I travel through Quebec I always do some pre-driving preparations just to make sure I know which Highways to get off and on. My last bit of advice for french road signs, follow the herd. As long as you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you’re probably not breaking any laws, of coarse you might not be heading in the right direction, but there’s no fines for being a lost tourist.

3. Know your French Food Terms

Food and Quebec go together like bikini’s and beaches, popcorn and movies, and peanut butter & jelly. Quebec can be a foodie’s paradise, but ordering your favourite dish can be confusing if you know little to no French. For the most part, pointing to what you want on the menu will normally suffice, but if you want to look extra cool, and not make the mistake of ordering something you didn’t want,  knowing a bit of french can make all the difference.

Food Terms

FrenchEnglish
Je voudrais…I’d like (a)…
Je suis allergique…I’m allergic to…
…aux abeilles…bees
…aux noix…nuts
C’est combien?How much is it?
Est-ce que je peux payer avec…Can I pay with….
…ma carte de credit…my credit card
…ma carte de débit…my debit card (ATM/ABM)
Petit-dejeuner (or) DejeunerBreakfast
Dejeuner (or) DinerLunch
Diner (or) SouperDinner / Supper
MangerEat
la SoupeSoup
la SaladeSalad
le DessertDesert
le repasmeal
avoir faimto be hungry
…click here for more French food translations

You may have noticed there are a couple ways to say breakfast, lunch, and supper. That’s not a type-o, Quebec french is a little different than traditional French. It can sometimes be confusing if you were taught traditional French. Most French speaking Quebec people will call breakfast “dejeuner”, lunch “diner”, and supper “souper”. However they’ll completely understand what you’re trying to say should you say “petit dejeuner” in lieu of “dejeuner”. Just smile while you’re saying it and you’ll be fine.

4. Booking accommodations in French

If you plan on booking a hotel, bed and breakfast, campground, or a dorm in a hostel, there’s a chance you’ll end up having to do so in French. Knowing what to say in person and over the phone can make booking a place to stay in another language much less stressful. If you’re not comfortable speaking in French you can always book through one of the travel agencies in Quebec.

Accommodation Terms

FrenchEnglish
Je cherche…I’m looking for a…
…un Hôtel…hotel
…une auberge de jeunesse…youth hostel
…un camping….camp ground
…une pension de famille…guesthouse
Est-ce que vous avez des chambres libres?Do you have any rooms available?
Je vourdrais…I’d like a…
…une chambre à un lit…single room
…une chambre pour deux…room for two
…une chambre avec des lits jumeaux…room with two beds
…me coucher dans un dortoir…dorm room
Quel est le prix…?How much is it…?
…par nuit…per night
…par personne….per person
Je pars aujourd’huiI’m leaving today

5. Understanding some Transportation lingo

If you’re not going to be the one driving there isn’t much need to know about the road signs. However if you plan on catching a bus, train, plane, or ferry, you’ll probably need to know a few french phrases to keep up with all the hustle and bustle going on around you.

Transportation Terms

FrenchEnglish
Quel heur le (…x) arrive?What time does the (…x) arrive?
Quel heur le (…x) part?What time does the (…x) leave?
…le bateau…boat
…le bus…bus
…l’avion…plane
…le train…train
Je voudrais un billet…I’d like a … ticket
simpleone-way
aller-retourround trip
de première classefirst class
Je vourdrais louer…I’d like to rent/hire…
une voiturea car
un quatre-quatrea four wheel drive
un véloa bicycle
le numero de quaiPlatform number
le guichetticket office
la garetrain station

Quebec is a stunning example of Canada’s mosaic of languages and cultures. Whether you know how to say ‘Bonjour‘ or not, you’ll have a good time regardless. Still, brushing up on your French can help you out a lot on the road. Even if you only end up using it a couple times. I compiled the translations into a more “Printer friendly” version, should you decide to print these out and give ‘em a go along the way.

Click here for a Printer Friendly version of the translations.

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Wicked Camper Van Rentals in Canadahttp://ibackpackcanada.com/wicked-camper-van-rentals-canada/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/wicked-camper-van-rentals-canada/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2009 17:07:50 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=1200 Wicked Camper Van Rentals in Canada is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Fact #1. Camper vans rock.

Fact #2. Buying & Selling vehicles can be a pain.

Fact #3. Saving money by sleeping in a Camper Van is clever.

Wicked CamperVan Rentals VancouverFor those who don’t know, Wicked Camper Vans are one of the many transport options backpackers have to travel across Canada. They’re an affordable way to see Canada the way you want to see it. Plus they have cool paintings on them, which makes losing them in a parking lot difficult. I did a quick online search for how much it would cost me to pick up a van  and was surprised how cheap it was. Some might even say its ‘Cheap Like Borscht’ (find out what Borscht is here, it’s delicious and it  turns your pee pink!)

So using Wicked Campers online booking gizmo, I pretended as if I were planning an awesome 2 week winter vacation in Canada starting December 1st from Vancouver, British Columbia. Knowing there’s already plenty of snow, I’ll likely be hanging around the Mountains, as that’s what people do in B.C during December. So pickup & drop-off will be done in Vancouver.

Traveling by Camper Van can get cold during the winter, so let’s do some more pretending and say a really good looking girl who happens to find me incredibly attractive wants to come with and do some of that ‘heat-sharing’ I hear so much about. Let’s call her Megan…Megan Fox. I’ll need at least a 2-person camper-van as one must have a decent amount of room to make sharing heat a pleasurable experience for both, thankfully they have one in stock. Click.

Wicked Camper Van Prices

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According to the Wicked Camper Booking Gizmo, I can rent a campervan for $50 a day. Insurance will set me back an extra $10 a day. Knowing I’ll get lost at least once, renting a GPS is a good idea. GPS rentals go for $3 a day.  I also know that I won’t be going to the Alaska, Yukon, or Northwest Territories, so I won’t need to pay the extra $550 fixed price. With taxes and a few other small surcharges we’re sitting at $1,027.00. At first glance this might seem like quite a bit, but remember, “campervan” is just another word for “uncomfortable home on wheels“. Accommodations alone can almost cost that ($65 double bed at hostel X 14 days = $910) This could be your ticket to a budget backpacking trip through Canada. Keep in mind, this rental is for “off-season prices”, during Summer they’ll likely go up a tad.

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Ride Share in Canadahttp://ibackpackcanada.com/ride-share-canada/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/ride-share-canada/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2009 05:51:05 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=1072 Ride Share in Canada is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Ride share canadaWith thousands of kilometers between major city centers, it can be mega difficult and expensive to get from where you are, to where you’re going. There’s several ways, including grabbing a train, taking a bus, finding a cheap flight. All of which can cost quite a bit. If you’re looking to save some money, help the environment, and make a new friend, Ride Sharing can be more effective than any major transportation system.

Ride sharing is getting more popular in both Canada and the United States. Particularly due to the increase in popularity to ridesharing websites, such as LiftSurfer, PickupPal and RideShareOnline. You’re best chance of finding a ride share in Canada will be between major city centers, such as Vancouver to Calgary, Toronto to Montreal, etc. However, with enough searching, and some careful planning, you can get just about anywhere, particularly if it’s along the Trans-Canada Highway.

For anyone unfamiliar with Ride sharing, here’s how it works.

  • Somebody with a car posts online where they’ll be going, when they are leaving, and how long they plan on taking to get there.
  • People looking for lifts check online, contact them through the websites or by email, and decide on conditions (usually you’re expected to split the cost of gas/petrol, and sometimes a bit of driving on long haul trips)
  • Somebody looking for a ride could also post a request listing, and if somebody is about to drive that way, they’ll reply to you.

I suggest you give your self at least one week to find a ride, as it can sometimes be a waiting game until you find the ride you’re looking for. You can also check Backpackers & hostel notice boards, sometimes ride sharing fliers will be found on them.

Just like hitchhiking, you should use common sense, and let as many people know who you’re going with, where you’re going, and when you’ll be getting there. Keep in contact with friends or family along the way. Feel free to confirm the identity of anyone you’ll be riding with. Despite the possible dangers, you’ve got a way better chance to see a locals perspective on Canada, and the chance to make a new friend. Ride sharing can be a great way to save some money and the environment, just remember to stay safe, use common sense, and have fun.

Start looking for Ride Shares at LiftSurfer and RideShareOnline and PickupPalRidesharing Pickup Pal

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Free RV/CamperVan Parkinghttp://ibackpackcanada.com/free-rv-parking/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/free-rv-parking/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2009 20:05:50 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=297 Free RV/CamperVan Parking is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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When you picture road tripping across Canada, the first thought that comes to mind is unlikely that of a mass parking lot of a mega-chain store. However, if funds are running low, and RV/Camper Parking is nowhere to be found, then drive to your nearest Wal-Mart and look for other campers tucked away in the far corners of the parking lot.

The majority of Wal-Marts across Canada allow RV/Campervans to park free of charge in their parking lot. Be sure to check all entrances for a “No Overnight RV Parking” sign, however these signs are rare. Free camper parking walmartThere are some Wal-Marts that refuse free RV and Camper parking, but they are few and far between. Many Wal-Marts have taken an underused portion of their lot and use it to encourage the RV/Campervans to stay. Knowing perfectly well that you will likely use their facilities and perhaps even stock up for the next leg of your trip.

One thing worth mentioning, is this is free parking, not free camping. Unfortunately you can’t just pitch a tent in the parking lot, despite how cool that would be. In order to reap the benefits of free RV/Campervan parking, one needs to have a RV (motorhome) a campervan, or at least a car to sleep in.

I highly recommend you use this as a last resort, the campgrounds in Canada are truly unique. Many are next to rivers, lakes, and beautiful scenery. Each offering it’s own view into the Canadian Wilderness. It’s very rare you’ll experience this kind of beauty in a Wal-mart parking lot.

The thought of sleeping on the doorsteps of a mega-chain store might sicken you to your stomach, considering you are traveling Canada to experience the “Great Outdoors”, not the “Great parking lots that destroy the great outdoors”. Keep in mind, the damage is done, and I’m rarely one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

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How to Buy a Car to Travel Canada Withhttp://ibackpackcanada.com/how-to-buy-a-car-to-travel-canada-with/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/how-to-buy-a-car-to-travel-canada-with/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2009 05:56:00 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=9 How to Buy a Car to Travel Canada With is a post from: I Backpack Canada

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Road tripping across Canada isn’t for everyone. Some will prefer to travel by bus.drive across canada Others by plane. And the real die-hards may even choose hitch hiking. But depending on how many destinations you’re planning on seeing, and how long you plan on  travelling, buying a cheap car may not be all that crazy. Driving across Canada is long. Very long. (100-120 hours to drive from West coast to East coast) But the freedom you have with owning your own vehicle is immense. Not only that, but if the vehicle survives the road trip, you can actually make some of your money back. First things first.

Finding your wheels

There are countless resources available to help you find a vehicle.

  • Grab a local newspaper –  check the classified section. You’re bound to find countless vehicles for sale in there.
  • Check bulletin boards – Most hostels have bulletin boards with vehicles for sale
  • Autotrader.ca – This website lists vehicles for sale all over Canada, search by make, model, year, cost, and location
  • UsedVancouver.com or UsedToronto.com – or other used”cityname”.com – An online sales site where you can find anything from used desks, beds, and even Vehiclesbackpackers board

Keep in mind however, buying privately can save you money (especially if marked o.b.o “or best offer”) – Feel free to try and get them to lower their price, but once the vehicle is out of their hands, they aren’t held liable for anything wrong with the vehicle. You are buying it “as is” – Where as if you buy through a used dealer, at least you have someone to call up and yell at if your vehicle dies a week after you bought it.

Licence,  Registration, and Insurance

You might be wondering how legal it is for someone from outside of the country to buy a vehicle, and drive the sucker. Especially if you’ve never driven on the right hand side of the road. Well you should be happy to hear that it is very legal. So long as you have your licence in your home country, you are eligible to drive in Canada for up to one year. If you do happen to have a run in with the RCMP or local police due to speeding or some other traffic violation, you’ll want to be sure you can show them your licence and vehicle registration, and maybe even your passport. Another thing worth considering is signing up for an international drivers permit. There’s no formal test or anything, you just send some money to them and they send you a card which is more or less a “global drivers licence” – although this isn’t necessary. Read more into it at CAA Website.

As soon as you buy a vehicle you’re going to need proof of purchase, normally the registration papers and a ‘Bill of Sale’ with the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and the sellers and buyers signature. You’ll also need the cost of the sale on the bill of sale. (Under $2000 will normally exempt you from paying taxes when done privately) Once you’ve got the bill and papers in order you can head to a local insurer to get some license plates, the registration put in your name, and of coarse the insurance. In Canada basic auto insurance is mandatory. Some Canadian provinces provide public auto insurance (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec) which is normally a lot cheaper. While the private insurance in the other provinces jack up the prices. So keep that in mind when buying a vehicle.

Vehicle Roadworthiness

Just because you found a sweet ride that’s in your budget, doesn’t mean its going to survive the long hours of driving at highway speeds. Before buying any vehicle,  especially one you plan on travelling across Canada, there are a few things to check for.

  • Tire tread – Watch for real bald tires
  • Colour of exhaust fumes – Black = Burning oil
  • Oil levels – Check the dipstick prior to buying
  • Coolant levels – If coolants low the engines been running hot, that’s bad.
  • Headlights – Low & High – Make sure both are working, you’ll need them.
  • Turn signals / Hazard lights – You’ll be using these, make sure they work.
  • Breaks – Test their responsiveness, listen for grinding sounds. That’s bad.
  • Kilometres – Be realistic, old vehicles have lots. But 250,000+km’s…Bad.
  • Leaks – check pavement where car has been parked
  • Loose belts – Check how loose the belts are, look for cracks too.
  • Spare tire / Wheel wrench / jack – Make sure the vehicle has these.

If all checks out you may have found your vehicle. If you suspect anything elroadtrip canadase needs to be looked over, take it into a mechanic, this will cost you, but sometimes a good tune up is all a car needs. Might save you money and headaches down the road.

You might also want to buy an emergency kit for your car, just in case you end up stranded on the highway far from any towns. A basic emergency kit for your car should include:

  • Jumper wires
  • Tire sealer-inflator can
  • Tire gauge
  • Couple of rags and work glows
  • Flashlight
  • Simple tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers and set of most common sockets.
  • Consider also a spare headlight bulb and a couple of fuses, bottles of engine oil, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze, an emergency stop sign or flares, a duct tape, an electrical tape, spare ignition key, etc.
  • Don’t forget your personal emergency kit with First Aid kit and items like a blanket, a bottle of water, couple of energy bars, etc.
Cost of fuel

You’re bound to hear it while you’re in North America. People love to complain about rising gas prices. It’s on the news. At the supermarket. In the bars. But considering how much you may have been paying for gas back home, you may find gas surprisingly cheap. It usually hovers around a dollar per litre. That’s a loonie per gas in canadalitre people. It’s not that bad. Check out Gasbuddy to find out gas prices around Canada.

Depending how bad your vehicle is on gas, you’re going to need to do quite a bit of filling up along the way. So any help you can get with gas is usually worth it. Leave a post on the hostels bulletin board, informing people where you’re going, and when you’ll get there. Let them know they can join if they pitch in for gas. This can cut costs quite a bit, especially if you’ve got the room. Although you may end up stuck with someone who’s less than fun to be around. Which is why I normally suggest posting only for shorter haul trips. Vancouver to Calgary for example, 10 hours of driving. Then just find somebody new in Calgary if you need to. If you’re not having much luck finding anyone to join, try eRideShare – an online service that connects drivers with joiners.

Driving on the Right Hand Side

If I can learn how to drive on the left, anyone can learn to drive on the right. It’s not really that different. The only problems I found when switching sides was parking. (I tended to look in the wrong direction for traffic coming, it almost got me in trouble a couple times) Just remember to pay attention at all times, try practicing if possible. Give yourself a day or two of training in quiet residential areas, then work your way up to more busier streets. If you were worried at all about roundabouts you’ll be happy to hear there are very few of them in Canada. Maybe 3. Most of North American traffic is controlled by Traffic Lights & 4 Way Stops.

If you’ve got time on your hands, and want to go over the Canadian Rules of the Road, read SGI’s Drivers Handbook – this book goes into everything from Traffic Signs to driving laws. Definitely worth skimming through.

Freedom Camping

One of the great things about owning your own vehicle in Canada, is how easy it can turn into accommodation for the night. Although it’s not always legal, even if you get caught, the most you’re looking at is a small parking fine, normally the cops will just tell you to take off. It’s just a matter of finding somewhere to park where you’re not bothering people, and they’re not bothering you. Truck stops are always fair game, but then there’s the fact that they’re probably the creepiest places to sleep. Parking lots, beaches, parks, and even quiet residential streets are usually the safest places to check out. Just be quiet, and respectful. Getting wasted in your van outside of some poor fellows house may not be the smartest idea.

If being on the lookout 24/7 and worrying who you may be bothering isn’t for you, just grab a campsite. It’ll cost you roughly $25 split between a couple people. Plus you have access to toilets and facilities. Which is always much more comfy than squatting on Mr. Hendersons front lawn.

Winter driving

If you’re not used to driving in the icy road conditions, there are a few things you should know.

  • Tap the breaks – When slowing down for a stop sign or anything really, tap the brakes, if your wheels lock and you’re still going fast, you’re going to keep sliding, so tap them until you come to a stop. winter in canada
  • Keep your tank half full – If you do end up stuck in a whiteout, you’re going to want to keep warm, stay in the car, keep the engine running and the heat on. Just remember to keep the window open a crack, carbon monoxide poisoning in situations like this kills several people a year.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you, the icier it is, the more distance you should leave. If he slams on the breaks, you don’t want to go sliding into him.
  • When passing snowploughs be extremely careful. Do it slowly.
  • Avoid driving in extremely icy conditions. If there was recently freezing rain, stay off the roads.
  • Take everything slowly, slow starts, slow stops, slow turns, you name it. Nobody will mind, you won’t look strange doing it, everybody does it. Those who don’t can usually be found in the ditch.
  • Get a window scraper – Scrape all your windows before driving. Not a tiny hole in the windshield. You need to see what’s going on around you.
  • Practice – If you’re worried you’ll end up hurting yourself or someone else, go practice in an empty parking lot or on some quiet streets.
Repairing your vehicle

Before you set off on your next leg of your road trip be sure to check over your vehicle. Check fluid levels, tire treads, tire pressure, etc. If however, your vehicle does decide to die on you, there are a few things you should know. First off, write these numbers down, or save them in your phone. Call 1-800-CAA-HELP/1-800-222-4357 OR *222 on your mobile phone. Should you ever be stranded, and need a tow to a mechanic, call these guys. Ask them how much it’s going to cost you to get your vehicle to the closest shop. They should know.

Finding a mechanic in a city you’ve never been isn’t always the most fun way to spend a Tuesday afternoon. A few things to note should you need to find one.

  • Speak to CAA – if they helped tow you, they should be able to help you find a mechanic
  • Call 0 on any touchtone phone to speak to the local operator, or 00 for long distance operator. They should be able to help out as well.
  • The Yellow Pages – Any public payphone should have a phonebook as well (so long as it hasn’t been stolen or torn to pieces) – A quick check under automotive or mechanic should bring up several businesses willing to take your money.
  • If you can make it to a gas station, sometimes you’ll luck out and find a helping hand from either the station attendants or just a caring citizen willing to help out. Remember you’re in Canada, we’re rarely in a hurry, and most of us have had a car die before. We’re an empathetic country.
Selling your car after the trip

So you’ve managed to pull it off. Saw as many things as possible, all the while keeping your car in a worthy condition. Selling it is very similar to the buying process. The only thing is that you’re going to have lower your expectations. Especially if you don’t have a lot of time to sell it. Just because you paid $1500 on a vehicle doesn’t mean you can sell it for that. Be realistic. If you put a few thousand kilometres on it, and you sell it for even half of what you paid, you ended up covering transport costs forsell car backpacker just over  $700. That’s roughly the cost of a round trip ticket inside Canada. Just be sure you give yourself plenty of time to sell it. At least 2 weeks. Three to be safe.

Make up a poster with the vehicle details on it. Make sure you’ve got a picture or two as well. Post it everywhere you can think of. Coffee shops. Bulletin Boards. Hostels. Put out some online posts, be sure to post via Autotrader.ca – and UsedToronto.com – the more people who see it, the more likely you’ll get it off your hands.

What happens if you can’t sell it? Well, you’ve got a couple options. Take it to a scrap yard, they’ll give you a few hundred dollars at least for it. Or you can always give it to somebody. If you explain to a fellow backpacker that you’re leaving right away and need this off your hands, I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to take it. You could even try asking for a couple hundred dollars. It’s up to you.

When it’s all said and done, whether you make money, or lose money off your vehicle, just remember that if you had spent that money on a bus trip, or a flight, you don’t receive any money back. There are no refunds. Buying a vehicle is kind of nice that way. You might get some money back. If buying a vehicle is the right thing for you, I suggest you start thinking of what you’re going to name it…

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