What’s the Best Way to Move My Wheels Interstate?

When choosing a car transport company, there are numerous options and a lot of things that can go wrong.

These range from choosing the wrong type of transport to not understanding the terms of your contract,.

There are a lot of potential mistakes you can make and sometimes, the actual carriers are not very helpful.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the different types of car transport options and help you choose the one that’s best for your wheels.

What to Look For In a Car Transport Company

Finding a quality company to move my wheels?

A quality carrier to move your wheels means a transport company that specialises in moving vehicles as opposed to transport companies that will move anything.

Specialist companies are experienced in the industry, their equipment is in good working condition and their drivers are knowledgeable about both their trucks and different types of wheels they need to move.

Why is it so expensive to move my wheels?

Let’s face it, car transport companies are in business to make money. But, they should also offer fair pricing with the best quality vehicles.

Keep an eye on the prices being charged to move your wheels. Compare prices with those being charged by other companies.

If you feel they are charging too much, chances are you’ll be able to get a better deal elsewhere. Note also that as the price goes down, so too might the level of service you get.

Ultimately, it’s a balance between the best service and the cheapest price.

Quick Tips to Choose the Best Carrier to Move Your Wheels

The best car carrier for you depends on what type of transport you’re in for and what kind of car you’re transporting.

If you’re transporting a luxury car, we recommend that you focus on the highest levels of service. This includes enclosed carriers which, while they will be more expensive, they’ll ensure that the car is protected from damage.

If you’re transporting a large number of cars to or from the same place, you’ll want to choose companies that have the right experience.

If you’re transporting a single car, the cheapest options may be  good option for you but remember…cheap car transport may be an indication of some underlying problem with the carrier.

Open Multi-Car Carriers

Open carriers are the most common, budget-friendly options for vehicle transportation that allows for multi-vehicle transportation from state to state.

While vehicles are loaded on an open carrier, they are exposed to weather elements like rain, hail, and dirt. However a professional auto transport company takes measures to protect your car from damage.

Enclosed Car Carriers

For prestige, classic or rare vehicle that needs extra care and attention an enclosed service may be your best bet. This is a safer option that protects your car from dust, dust, grime, and other road elements.

Enclosed carriers cater to a smaller market for rare and exotic vehicles and come at premium rates of up to 40-60% more than the open carrier.

Door-To-Door Service

Door-to-door services are offered by most car shipping companies and allow your car to be picked up and dropped at your preferred location.

Door to door services are slightly more expensive but usually preferred by customers.

Depot-To-Depot Service

Unlike the door-to-door service, depot-to-depot services are often a cheaper option.

Larger, national carriers operate depots across the country and can provide a (sometimes) convenient location for you to either pick up or delivery your vehicle to.

More and more though, we’re seeing an evolution of moving wheels towards an increased focus on door-to-door services.

For smaller carriers, depot shipping can actually cost more. This is because they need to find a storage facility for you and, sometimes, that location will charge their own fees.

When comparing prices to move your wheels, be compare like-for-like. Sometimes it’s not so obvious and quotes might appear misleading.

What’s the Right Price to Move my Wheels?

In many cases, the “cheapest” car carrier may not give you everything you need.

For example, car transport that’s cheap, may not be as safe as a car carrier that’s more expensive.

The same goes for other things like insurance rates, fuel and overall service. Some companies may not have the systems and processes to support moving large numbers of vehicles.

The best way to get a good price is to be honest with your car carrier.

Tell them what you’re looking for. They’re generally helpful and you’ll be able to find a car carrier with a price that meets your specific needs.

Avoid Companies That Offer a “Too-Good-To-Be-True” Deal

Do your research and choose a reputable company that will handle your vehicle safely at all times whilst in their care.

There are plenty of carriers that will claim to offer the best rates or the best services, but it is best to steer clear of those. (Or, at the very least, be completely comfortable with the findings of your research on the company.)

You should only work with a companies that combine fair deals with a good experience

Remember…You’re the Customer!

When choosing your auto transport company, there’s one thing you should keep in mind right from the start.

You’re the customer!

Evaluate a range of carriers and choose a company based on their experience and reputation. The best companies have been in business for years and offer a large variety of services.

It’s important for you to choose a company that has demonstrated good customer service or can provide you with a single point of contact to make sure you are satisfied with your transport.

Last but not least, look for car transport companies that offer the specific services you’re looking for. These services can include enclosed transport, goods in vehicle and guaranteed delivery timeframes.

January 25, 2024.
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Very good response from a good number of possible providers, at least six.
Alanna Utting
Alanna Utting
January 22, 2024.
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Received several quotes with plenty of options for drop off and pick up destinations. All received within 24hrs, great service.
Julian Jong
Julian Jong
January 22, 2024.
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Easy, not too demanding and fast response
Mia Pearce
Mia Pearce
January 19, 2024.
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Was in the early stages of planning a temporary move from WA to NSW. Instead of requesting quotes for different logistic companies, Car Transportation Services allowed me to send one email and receive numerous quotes in one go. Great service and time saver. Thank you CTS!
Ian Clark
Ian Clark
November 30, 2023.
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Very fast turnaround. I received 4 quotes within a couple of hours. Saved a lot of chasing around
October 12, 2023.
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Very easy to get multiple quotes.
mark dolan
mark dolan
October 9, 2023.
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they were very good to deal with the information given to me as in cost etc was better than any other company i looked at.
High Tower
High Tower
September 27, 2023.
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Gave details of what I needed and had quotes rolling in quickly
Carol Peterson
Carol Peterson
September 27, 2023.
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I received 4 good quotes within hours. I am very happy with this service.

Check on-line reviews and comments.

As much as 51% of car owners who have transported their vehicles claim to have had a negative experience at some point so, if you’re wondering what other people have thoughts about a car carrier, it’s a good idea to check online reviews.

You can find reviews on review sites like Google and Product Review.

You’ll want to make sure that the company you choose has a good reputation and is a good fit for your needs when it comes to choosing the right auto transport company..

We recommend that you ask the following questions when choosing your auto transport company.

  • Why should I trust you to move my wheels?
  • When was the last time you transported a [vehicle make/model]?
  • How do you handle customer complaints?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • What additional services and options can you offer?
  • How do you conduct pre- and post-transport inspections?

If a car carrier has good reviews, it’s likely that they’ll to be a good option for you to consider.

Of course, this isn’t the only way you can find out about a car carrier.

If you’ve had friends and family previously transport a car, you can also ask them for their opinions.

They may know of a car carrier they haven’t used and can compare it to the car carrier that you’re interested in.

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Customer Success Story

Why Car Transport Services Exists Today!

When I had to move my car from Melbourne to Perth, the journey of finding the right transportation service felt almost as daunting as the 3,400 km drive itself. Through trial and error, a bit of luck, and a few missteps, I learned a great deal about how to select the best service for such a task. Here’s my experience, and I hope it can guide you smoothly through your own process.

Start with Research

The first thing I learned was the importance of research. Initially, I made the rookie mistake of choosing the first service that popped up in my Google search results. Big mistake. The company had hidden fees I hadn’t anticipated, and the service was far from satisfactory. What I learned was to dig deeper. Read reviews on multiple platforms, ask for recommendations from friends or family who’ve undertaken similar moves, and don’t skip on checking the forums where real customers discuss their experiences.

Check for Licensing and Insurance

One good decision I made was ensuring the company was licensed and insured. Insurance is important. Transporting a vehicle across such a long distance has its risks, and you want to ensure that your car is covered in case of any mishaps. Verify the transporter's accreditation with transport authorities and ensure they have valid insurance that covers your vehicle during the transit. This gave me peace of mind, knowing my car was in safe hands.

Compare Quotes

Getting multiple quotes was another area where I initially faltered. I assumed all prices would be roughly the same and didn’t bother shopping around. However, after a pricey quote from the first company, I decided to get several more. The price differences were significant, and some companies offered more comprehensive services at lower costs. Always compare quotes from at least three to five companies. This not only gives you a better idea of the price range but also allows you to negotiate better terms.

Understand the Service Types

I wasn’t aware initially, but there are different types of car transport services: door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal, open carrier, and enclosed carrier. Each has its pros and cons. I chose an open carrier for its cost-effectiveness, but in retrospect, considering the long journey across Australia, an enclosed carrier would have been better to protect my car from the elements. Understanding these options beforehand helps in making a more informed decision based on your needs and budget.

Communication is Key

One of the best decisions I made was selecting a company that had excellent communication practices. They provided updates at every major juncture of the journey, which eased my anxiety. Ensure that the company you choose has a point of contact who is reachable and willing to update you throughout the process. This is vital for peace of mind and to ensure that any issues are quickly addressed.

Timing and Flexibility

I learned the hard way that flexibility is key when transporting a car such a long distance. The initial service I chose promised a delivery within a week, but it ended up taking more than two weeks, which disrupted my plans significantly. Ask about the expected delivery times and check if the company can offer guarantees or compensation if they exceed the estimated delivery times.

Avoid Rush Decisions

A bad decision I made was rushing into booking without fully understanding the terms and conditions. This led to unexpected charges for additional services I wasn’t aware I had agreed to. Take your time to read the fine print or have someone else review it. Make sure you understand every aspect of the service contract.

What I Wish I Knew

If I knew then what I know now, I would have placed more emphasis on checking customer feedback about their post-service experience, especially regarding how companies handle damage claims and disputes. Knowing a company's track record in these areas can save you from potential headaches if something goes wrong.

Open vs Enclosed Car Transport

Open car carrier with new vehicles

Open Car Transport

Open car transport involves shipping vehicles in an open-air trailer, exposing them to weather and road conditions.

This method is cost-effective and widely available, making it a popular choice for transporting vehicles quickly and economically.

The main benefits include lower costs due to multiple vehicles being transported simultaneously and quicker delivery times. However, the downside is the potential risk of damage from environmental elements and road debris.

moving cars in an enclosed car carrier

Enclosed Car Transport

Enclosed car transport uses fully enclosed trailers to provide maximum protection for vehicles against weather, theft, and damage during transit.

This method is preferable for high-value, classic, or luxury vehicles requiring extra security. Enclosed transport is more expensive and less readily available but offers higher insurance coverage and peace of mind.

Specialised services include GPS tracking and expert handling, ensuring vehicles are delivered safely and discretely.

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