Moving your car interstate may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re planning on having your car transported for you, there are certain things you need to know to make your move easier. This guide will help you prepare for your interstate car transport so you can have a stress-free moving experience.
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How to prepare your car
Before your interstate car transport you need to make sure it’s ready for moving. To prepare your car, you will need to remove all personal items from the inside. This is for safety and warranty reasons, and it also saves you from losing any valuable belongings.
You also need to make sure your vehicle is in good driving condition, or let the removalists know if it is inoperable. The car will not be driven much during transport, but in case it is, it needs to be ready. Make sure the battery is fully charged and you have topped up all fluids. Leave around a quarter of a tank of petrol in your car, as this allows it to be driven but also reduces the weight.
Final checks on moving day:
- If you own a convertible make sure the top is secure
- Fold in the mirrors
- Retract the antenna
- Remove or secure fog lights
- Turn off or disable your car alarm
What to expect from your movers
Your movers will handle your interstate car transport from start to finish. From the day they collect it until the day they deliver it to your new home, your car will be in safe hands. Your removalists will secure your car carefully and ensure it has minimal risk of damage. It is also possible to have your car moved in an enclosed carrier.
The removalists will do their best to cater to your needs and requirements so that your move is stress-free. You can expect clear communication, great quality of service, and honest time frames from your removalists. These are standard expectations for any move, and your interstate car transport is no different.
What to ask your movers:
- Who will my main point of contact be?
- Can I get an accurate interstate car transport quote?
- Are you insured and accredited?
- What other services can you offer?
- Are there any hidden costs in the contract?
How long it will take from start to finish
The time it takes to transport your vehicle will vary depending on where you are travelling to. The further you go, the longer it will take to move your car. If there are specific transport legs on the route to your new home, or special requirements for the journey, this can add time onto the move.
There may also be events that are out of your removalists control, even if they are the best interstate car transport company. This includes bad weather, car accidents, and road works. Sometimes delays are unavoidable, so the removalists will do their best to move your car as safely and quickly as possible. If you want an estimate of how long your car will be in transit for, look at the distance it will be travelling.
Average driving time:
- Sydney to Melbourne – 8 hours 49 minutes
- Melbourne to Perth – 36 hours
- Perth to Darwin – 43 hours
- Darwin to Brisbane – 38 hours
- Brisbane to Sydney – 10 hours 2 minutes
- Melbourne to Adelaide – 8 hours 17 minutes
- Darwin to Adelaide – 32 hours
What happens on arrival
When your car arrives at your new home, you will need to be present to collect it. A vehicle inspection is carried out when it is first picked up and when they deliver it to you. This ensures that any damage done to your car is accounted for.
Once the removalists have inspected your vehicle you can collected your keys and you can go on your way with your car. If there is any damage to your car, make sure you document everything and compare it to the photos you took beforehand. Although there shouldn’t be any damage to your car, make sure you get moving insurance just in case any accidents occur.
When you collect your car:
- Write down any chips, scratches, dents, or cosmetic damage
- Take pictures of any damage that has occurred
- Date the photos and written records
- Make sure your removalists have also made a note of any damage
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