I'm a 19 year old UK resident, I'd like to buy a car in America and roadtrip for 6 months, would I be able to get insured on a van and for under $2000 ?

I'm travelling through America from California down through Mexico, through Central America down to South America and would like to know if it's possible to buy a car and insure it relatively cheaply at the age of 19. cheers

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    That road trip is impossible.
    – gerrit
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 10:57
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    1. US insurers won't cover you outside the country. 2. You most likely won't be able to register the car. 3. What are you going to do with it once you reached your destination?
    – Karlson
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 12:48
  • @Karlson expand on those and you might have an answer.
    – CMaster
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:13
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    @CMaster Too broad to expand on those. There are 48 states in the continental US with fairly broad regulatory base for insurances and car registrations. I don't really care at the moment to research them all.
    – Karlson
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:15
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    Define cheaply. With a car insurance you don't just insure YOUR $2000 bucket, but also the other guys new shiny sportscar you might crash into. Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 0:33

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  1. $2000 is not enough to buy a van that you could rely on for a long trip. Are you a mechanic?
  2. Registering it might be a problem: you probably have to be a resident of the state. On the other hand, if the van has plates, you can just drive it on those plates and sell it to used-car place when you are done.
  3. American insurance is only good in the US and Canada. You would need to get special insurance in Mexico (they sell it at little shops along the border).
  4. A lot of Mexico and Central America is... sketchy. It is not particularly rare for a tourist to come home in a body-bag. Or several separate body-bags.
  5. As a Brit, you may not have a good sense of just how big North America is. Land's End to John o' Groats is 1400 km. The equivalent journey in the US would be from Marathon, Florida, to Anchor Point, Alaska, 8500 km. The US is forty times larger than the UK, so six months in the US is less than five days in Britain. Canada is bigger still (although largely empty).
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    Point 4 is over dramatic and opinionated. Yes it can be dangerous, but I met many people who traveled in Mexico and Central America, they had a fantastic time. One thing is, it's probably not the type of place to go to if you have no previous travel experience.
    – Adriano
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 1:21
  • @AdrienBe -- I recommend you not Google "decapitation mexico". Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 1:23
  • have you ever traveled in Latin America yourself? I'm wondering if your opinion is based on experience as many times our prejudices (or what we think is knowledge) are proven wrong when actually trying things.
    – Adriano
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 1:28
  • @AdrienBe, I have traveled only superficially in Mexico, but I can read the newspaper. Maybe you should Google "decapitation mexico". Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 1:30
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    I think I have my answer :)
    – Adriano
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 1:36

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