Why Using A Car Transport Company is a Good Idea

You may be wondering when is transporting your car a good idea? After all, you bought your car for one purpose in the first place; to drive it!

Why would you spend money to move your car when it is perfectly capable of being driven to nearly any destination in the world?

There are many reasons when transporting your car is both logical, and, in many instances, a much better decision than driving it yourself to your final destination.

Petrol Prices

Petrol prices may have stabilised from what they were a few years ago but are still quite high. Shipping your car might save you money when compared to filling up and driving it yourself.

Car transport companies will usually ship multiple cars to the same destination. This means that the cost of fuelling and using the transport service provider will be divided among many customers. This lowers the price and passes the savings on to you, the customer.

Safety

Car transport companies use large, and in some instances, enclosed trucks and transport vehicles which are much less susceptible to accidents and damage.

Auto transport companies may also have insurance policies available that assume all liability of damage if an accident does occur. This means that even if something happens to your car, you pay nothing out of pocket to have it repaired and made good as new.

If you were to damage your car while driving it, you would assume all liability and associated repair costs.

Factoring in Time and Distance

When you ship a car, you’ll also save hours, maybe even days, of time!

Consider the thought of driving your car across the country; it would take you roughly 10 days to drive from Perth to Brisbane or Perth to Sydney, time which could be spent on holidaying, moving into a new home, or spent with your family.

Not to mention that you would add over 4,300 kms to your car, lowering the resale value and requiring an extra oil change to boot.

If somebody else is moving your car for you, it frees up your time so that you can take care of the most important issues that require your immediate attention.

When you use car transport, you are not just paying for a service.

The benefits of using a car shipping company will outweigh the costs and allow you free time and the opportunity to have your vehicle available wherever you may be going.

You’re paying for peace of mind.

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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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