As the title suggested, I need to move overseas for a year and not too sure what to do with my current car. It's just over 4 years old with low KM (around 35k) and perfect condition. I have a few options but unsure about the potential associated issues and costs. I'll be back to Australia after a year and still intend to keep driving this car. I'm a bit skeptical to rent my car out to complete strangers (i.e. Car Next Door, car share scheme) as I'm afraid they'll trash the car and I won't be around to take care of it if there's any problem.
Option 1: Sell the car and buy another car when I'm back. However, I'll need to go through the process of getting RWC, listing, transferring…etc. Plus I really like this car and keeping it will be ideal. I most likely won't have budget to buy a brand new car if I was to replace it and buying a second hand car is tricky too.
Option 2: Get a friend/family to start & drive the car every now and then. But then I'll still need to pay for the cost of rego & insurance for a year even though I'm not driving it.
Option 3: Leave the car in the garage but take out the battery. This is probably the most cost effective way as I don't have to pay for insurance/rego. But I'm unsure if this option is viable and if the car will still operate ok if I leave it idle for a year?
If anyone has any other ideas, please feel free to comment below!
Thank you all in advance.