Car Carriers between Sydney & Perth ?

Submitted: Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 17:52
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Can anyone help - trying to find a good / cheap carrier to get a 4WD from Sydney to Perth. Cheapest I have is Autotrans at $1225.40; have also tried Indian Pacific but between Sydney & Adelaide they have a height restriction of 1.5 m - so that's a no go. Any help appreciated.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 18:24

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 18:24
I have used Autotrans several times and have found them very good.
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Mike (WA) - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 19:44

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 19:44
Are you wanting transport to get the car over their whilst you fly or to protect the car. A much cheaper alternative if you are prepard to consider it is have someone drive it across for you. Often they will do it for only the cost of the petrol. Of course you need to be pretty confident of their driving record and that your insurance company will still cover you.
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:24

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:24
Mike, thanks but the fella who is purchasing the car & wants it in WA - does not want the extra miles on it.
Cheers Jeff
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 19:54

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 19:54
Thats a bit rich... I checked a few weeks back and got it down to $900 going the opposite direction. I just went thru the yellow pages transport section and called all the mobs in there. Forget the train... depending on the cities you pas thru, "No roofracks, nothing over 1.5m, no aerials..." and they cost a packet with bugger all insurance cover.

I remember I had a good result with TNT.. but their car transport mob may be autotrans... Not sure. Also check out patricks.
Better prices still if you give them 2-3 weeks to send it- ie: leave it in their depot, and they will bung it on the back of a trailer when they have spare room. I managed to get my tyres moved 2000km for free doing this.
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:27

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:27
thanks will try Patricks - TNT too expensive; yep will be doing the depot to depot thing.
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Reply By: Kaz & Dale - Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 22:02

Monday, Jul 11, 2005 at 22:02
Freight rates from Perth to east are half the price of coming the other way because who would want to leave WA .In the process of getting a camper trailer delivered from Melb to Perth and the cheapest price I got was from JJs car transporters ph.0401 935 382 might be worth a try were about $300 cheaper than auto trans. jj transporters
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 09:39

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 09:39
And I thought it was because the trucks heading west were full of products, food and equipment that easterners kindly make for the sandgropers. The trucks heading back east are mostly empty because parochialism and xenophobia don't take up much space and they refuse to cart WA's main product, bull____ :-)
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Follow Up By: Quartzy - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:01

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 12:01
Yes Bob thats right - not much goes east nowdays from the WEST, since Electronic Funds Transfer was invented!!!!
Quartzy
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:31

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:31
Thanks I have just e'mailed them.
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Reply By: Allan-TPWA - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 23:54

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2005 at 23:54
Beddo

When my car was moved from Brisbane to WA autotrans didn't do a very good job of it. When it was strapped down 1 of the straps was over the flexible front brake line and broke it out of the crimped fitting, they lost the ignition key and had it replaced with one that was a bit dicky and later I found out it did not open the fuel tank filler, it had a flat battery and they lost part of my trailer coupling that was also transported. When I picked the car up it was idling and the brake warning light was on so lucky I relised this because they didn't bother telling me about any problems. After I complained about it they brought to my attention the fine print of the contract which said that they do not take any responsibility for any damage caused. My employer ended up paying for it, lucky autotrans.

I don't know how they can call themselves profesionals if a car arrives like that. Surely one bloke could not have done all that, maybe it is a trend. Other people that I know haven't had any problems with autotrans but I have heard other horror stories about other carriers top loading vehicles by using a forklift under the car to load it.

My car was ageing and looked the part but that is no reason to treat it badly.

Good luck

Allan
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Reply By: fozzy - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 15:25

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 15:25
beddo
cant help but a question worth checking is what you can carry in your 4wd on their trucks(unless 4wd is empty)
looked at sending one from melb to cairns and back so could do the cape and had problems with height restrictions(raised and roofrack) and also problems with them wanting car empty-not loaded with camping gear gas bottles,etc
better to find out now than when u front up on day of drop off
cheers

fozzy
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Follow Up By: Beddo - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:33

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005 at 20:33
Thanks everyone for your help & Fozzy I will check what you can have with it as I want 2 spares & a roof cage to go with it.
Cheers Jeff
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Reply By: sjy120 - Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 18:20

Sunday, Jul 24, 2005 at 18:20
I have put cars , boats and 4x4's on top of loads coming out of Perth back to the east coast before as the freight rates aren't crash hot going east . We used to charge $ 400 - $ 500 one way . It could be double that going west .
Try calling some carriers that run over to the west , you may get someone that has a resonably low load and will take your 4x4 for a bit of extra money but I can't see anyone doing it for less than about $ 800 +.
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