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.

good range of options on multiple quotes
Lindsay Usher
Lindsay Usher
June 23, 2022.
Highly recommend using ICTS for price discovery and transparency. I directly approached a few transport companies to move our car from Darwin to Cairns yet somehow the quotes from the same companies via ICTS were very much more competitive. Saved around $800!
David C
David C
June 1, 2022.
Even though i didnt go with your companys carriers .all your quotes were prompt and clear .just lacking in completeness from transport from the auction house to depot or port and when added in ,one had a more complete picture to make a complete decision on total cost of transport.I think standardising this as as an option as some companies didnt offer this transport option ,would help in the future prakash
Prakash Dayanandan
Prakash Dayanandan
May 29, 2022.
kamrul hasan
kamrul hasan
May 26, 2022.
Fast reply. Good communication. Got me a bunch of quotes from suppliers. Highly recommend.
Greg Stacey
Greg Stacey
May 11, 2022.
Yes it was great, but how can you fairly justify a car weighing 800 kg ( Holden scurry) with a wheel base of 1400mm 1700 height tiny box micro van cost the same amount as a Toyota land cruiser. Over $2000 for WA to nsw, others are paying $1400 for commodores from WA to Perth. The rules stink for little cars.
Nick V
Nick V
April 27, 2022.
Mark Ward
Mark Ward
April 12, 2022.
Fast response and detailed clear quote.
Hubert Gall
Hubert Gall
February 22, 2022.
Answered promptly with a range of possible car transport companies. Their online site was easy to navigate.
Robert Birch
Robert Birch
February 3, 2022.
Great service, I received 5 quotes promptly, Thank You
Leigh Angyan
Leigh Angyan
January 23, 2022.

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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