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What’s it Cost to Move My Wheels Interstate?

Understanding how the cost to move your wheels is calculated is important because, unlike many other products and services, the cost of shipping a car can change – even from one day to the next.

When you’re looking to ship your wheels from one state to another state, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account before making a decision on how to do it and who to trust with the process.

There are many options out there for car carrying services and several ways of transporting your wheels from one place to another.

Generally speaking, the cost is one of the biggest considerations people make, however, with so much variation in cost between companies and car models, it’s often difficult to know what the fair pricing of this service may be.

At Aussie Car Transport, we want to simplify and remove the mystery from the cost of car carrying and make it easier you to know what an accurate estimate looks like on the true price of shipping your car in Australia.

Once you’ve received your quotes, many companies will hold the rate for up to 28 days giving you time to review and consider before committing.

Here, we’ll break down the cost of car shipping in Australia, to give you a good idea about what’s going on under the hood when we’re calculating a quote for you or providing your bill. 

How Far are you Moving Your Wheels

Distance has a big impact on the overall cost of shipping a vehicle in Australia. It goes without saying that the cost of moving a car between Perth and Sydney will be a lot more costly than moving a vehicle from Melbourne to Sydney.

The number of kilometres your car will need to be transported will likely be one of the largest considerations in your car transport quote.

Generally speaking, the further you travel the more it costs; when moving between capital cities the average cost is 40 cents per kilometre. To give you an idea on pricing, when moving a vehicle between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane you will pay between $300 and $850.

The Size of the Car You Are Moving

There is a lot of variation in the sizes and shapes of vehicles and, as such, it is something that is taken into account when you when pricing your move. Generally speaking, smaller vehicles will cost less to ship than larger cars like SUVs or vans, as they take up less space on carriers.

Quotes are usually based on the models and makes of vehicles, so this will be accounted for in your quotation. 

The larger the vehicle, the more space it requires and the more it costs.  For example, a sedan is more expensive than an SUV and a Van is more expensive again.

The Type of Car Carrying Service You Need

Some companies are able to offer value-added services and this affects the price. 

If you choose a premium service such as an Enclosed service, there are increased costs because they use specialised equipment for enclosed carrier and you receive prioritisation of loading.

For many vehicles, open car carriers are entirely suitable for interstate vehicle transport. They can move your wheels safely across long distances and ensure great timing on delivery. However, there are a number of situations in which vehicle owners may prefer to go with enclosed car transport, which will have an impact on the overall cost involved in the service.

Enclosed car transport is more expensive than a typical carrier and is usually selected by those moving premier or luxury vehicles within Australia. 

That’s because enclosed car transport protects vehicles from the elements; such as wind, rain and dust. It keeps vehicles in pristine condition and is purpose-designed for moving vehicles such as racing cars, vintage cars, prestige vehicles and new models that require privacy pre-launch.

The additional cost of using this service is due to the speciality carriers we use, that provide ultimate security and protection for cars in this service line.

For critical delivery dates, some carriers are able to offer a guaranteed delivery services. This ensures that your vehicle will be delivered on the exact date that you require – some even going so far as to offer a a money-back guarantee if they’re not able to.

Location, Location, Location

If your delivery location is considered remote, the transport costs may increase to cover the deviation.  

Car shipping costs will vary across states and where a vehicle is going, so this needs to be taken into account when a car is moved across the country. If you are moving a car from Melbourne to Perth, or if you are moving a vehicle from Brisbane to Sydney, costs will need to be adjusted to take into account any extra charges from taxes, to fuel.

Door-to-Door Vs Depot-to-Depot Services

If using a larger company that operates depots, you may find a door collection or delivery will cost you an additional amount compared to utilising a depot service. Smaller companies that don’t have the depot infrastructure will often less expensive than their larger counterparts.

If choosing depot-to-depot services, you should also also consider the cost of getting to and from the depot (i.e. Taxi fare).

Forward Loading or Back Loading

On some interstate lanes, volume demand is often strong in one direction but less-so in the return direction. This results in ‘empty’ spaces on the trucks return. 

This is known as ‘back-loading’ where the price will be cheaper in one direction. You will notice this on the Perth to Melbourne run, which is a lot cheaper than Melbourne to Perth for the same distance.