Interstate Quarantine Checklist for Car Transport

Car transport companies will generally do their utmost to advise and protect your vehicle but sometimes factors outside of their hands may make this difficult.

Quarantine inspections are one such factor.

If you’re transporting your vehicle to and from Western Australia, it will be required to undergo a quarantine inspection.

Quarantine Regulations when Travelling within Western Australia

Movement of plant products into and/or out of the following zones is regulated:

Carnarvon and Kununurra areas

Only certified bananas can enter the Carnarvon area. Banana plants, leaves and soil must not be removed from the Carnarvon and Kununurra areas.

Kimberley region

Broccoli, lettuce and spinach are prohibited in the Shires of Broome and Wyndham East Kimberley from parts of Western Australia outside the Kimberley region, unless certified by Quarantine WA.

Ord River Irrigation Area

Uncertified citrus and stone fruit are prohibited entry into the Ord River Irrigation Area (Kununurra) from 1 April to 30 November.

Uncertified cut flowers, foliage and leafy vegetables are not allowed out of the Ord River Irrigation Area (Kununurra).

Broome area

Uncertified palm plants and foliage are not allowed out of the Broome area.

Gin Gin and South-west

Potatoes imported into WA from another state/territory (except Tasmania) are not allowed entry into the potato-growing areas of the state.

Australian Interstate Quarantine

The costs can be high so it’s well worth taking the necessary steps to make sure your vehicle is completely empty. That means making sure all personal and loose items have been removed from your vehicle, check compartments such as glove box, console, CD stacker, boot etc.

You will also want to clean your vehicle of quarantine risk material to make sure it clears the quarantine inspection process.

Find out more about interstate quarantine for travellers

Quarantine Risk Material (QRM)

Quarantine Risk Material includes the substances such as plants, flowers, seeds, hay, soil, honey, insects, nuts, food scraps, fruit or vegetable packaging etc and can usually be find in and around:

  • Seat Covers
  • Carpets/Mats
  • Boot and Spare Tyre
  • Engine (engine oil and grease are not a quarantine risk)
  • Grill
  • Radiator Core
  • Recess under wiper wells
  • Wheel Arches, Mud Flaps and Tyre Rims (particularly rear side)
  • Axels and Diffs
  • Spare tyres on 4WDs (suspended underneath) are high risk areas.
  • Water tanks
  • Steps and Running boards
  • Chassis rails and channels
  • Toolboxes and mounts

If your vehicle fails a quarantine inspection you will be required to pay to have your vehicle cleaned to a satisfactory standard for entry into the state and $100 for re-inspection by a Quarantine Western Australia (QWA) officer before your vehicle can be release to you.

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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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