Transporting vehicle west-east

Submitted: Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 21:16
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I need some advice from anyone who has experience in transporting vehicles from Perth to Melbourne. ie. possible contacts and costs. I have heard that owner operators are the best to strike a deal with, but am unsure as to their reliability. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: FAY-d-away - Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 22:34

Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 22:34
Buy a CB and talk to the truck drivers
Check vehicle requirements above for type to look for
Bill
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Reply By: Truckster - Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 23:24

Friday, Mar 28, 2003 at 23:24
Does the rail still do this??

Mates old man talks of long ago stories of big trips on the train with car etc etc...
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Follow Up By: Member - Jo - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 20:55

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 20:55
The Indian Pacific
http://www.gsr.com.au/fares/indian.htm#m

$314 for car from Perth to Adeleide, look at website for transport between Adeleide - Melbourne (The overland). Just make sure your car fits....

JoJo - A viking in a desert :-)
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Reply By: Member - John- Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 01:10

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 01:10
Knackers,
If your vehicle is valuable, ie. cost you a lot of money and/or still owes the finance company lots, then don't muck about with trying to find a trucky looking for an opportunistic backload. Your vehicle will be looked upon as just that ... an opportunistic back load and you may only save a couple of hundred dollars.

Call Autotrans. Door to door service, professional, full insurance, dedicated vehicle transport company. I had my Land Rover 110 shipped from a Sydney used car yard to Derby, WA and that's about as far as you could ship anything in Australia. Cost was $1600 door to door, no fuss, good service, nothing bent or missing.

I checked out a backload option and it would have saved $200 and I would have had tranship to another carrier to bring it from Perth to Derby. Admittedly Perth to Melb is simpler.

JohnS


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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 11:27

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 11:27
Autotrans from Alice Springs to Queanbeyan NSW is $776 for an LX470. I am doing it in April and flying home. Thay have been very helpful with the booking etc. I'll let you know on 28 April how it went. One glitch is that they discourage luggage in the vehicle. The other is that roof racks etc are extra. Doesn't affect me.
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Reply By: Radar - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 22:45

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 22:45
Hey Knackers,

I am a GM for a company that provides a West - East service for vehicles every week. Vehicles are secured in fully enclosed containers and cost is approx $350 - $400 plus GST.
Email me at transit@ihug.com.au for further info.

Regards,
Radar.
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Reply By: damien - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:11

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:11
Knackers, the previous advice about Autotrans is spot on.

I had my Jackaroo sent from Perth to Melbourne, door to door for $604
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Reply By: Truckster - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:28

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:28
Why not drive it?
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Reply By: R.J - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 11:11

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 11:11
Auto-Trans - wouldn't go near them.
Harley bike -Melbourne - Cairns.
Paint damage and bad scuffing. Falsified Documents.
(after fight paid up)
80 Series -Sydney - Cairns.
Missing aux battery
Tuff, no damage so no liability.
Freelander -Sydney - Cairns.
Missing moulding strips & door damage. Missing wheel cover.
Same as above for missing mouldings. Door damage quote cut to 25% of quote.
Townsville manager not interested. Spoke to him once and never a return call. That's why we went through head office.
Perth (Head Office) would not return calls once they knew we were making a claim. Dispute carried on for 4 months. A lot of running around as you have to get repair quotes.
Who ever you chose, read the conditions carefully as they are worded to protect them not you.
These are all seperate instances and span over a 12 month period.
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Follow Up By: Knackers - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 13:45

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 13:45
Thanks all for your candid and informative responses. Will do some research and let you know how I go.
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