My wife and I are in Boston, about to launch ourselves on a great roadtrip across country. We're from New Zealand, although my wife is American-born and we're off to live in San Fransisco for a while. Exciting, but also a little scary.
We're now confronting the realities of buying a car in a few days time. We're planning to head up to New Hampshire to buy, to make the most of the fact it doesn't have sales tax. We're thinking Concord or Manchester... Anyone know the best dealers there or can advise where to go? And is around $8000 a reasonable amount for a car to make the trip? We're planning to head up into Maine, then turn around and head south through - roughly - Penn, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California... We've got 6-8 weeks.
I've read some of your other postings and tips, but would value any advice you could offer on car-buying for such a long trip... What official paperwork will we have to complete? How hard will it be to get insurance? Given my wife has a US passport, will that make it simpler? And will we be able to 'borrow' my brother-in-law's address in San Fran as our own?
Also, we've looked online for an indication of accommodation costs, and just keep hitting hotel chains - Best Western, Super8, Ramada etc... And they're all $60-$130/night, which is more than we hoped (can afford!) to pay. We're after motels, rather than hotels, which from a NZ viewpoint means a humble room more around the $30-40 mark and perhaps with a kitchenette or at least a stove or a microwave in the corner so you can cook something yourself. Do such things exist here?
Hope you can help...
Thanks heaps in advance,