Car transportation preparationMany drivers and car owners will need to transport a car at some point. This could be a short distance, local move or a much longer haul across Australia. For many reasons, it may not be practical for you to drive the vehicle and this is where a car transport service comes in. Shipping your vehicle can save you mileage, wear and tear and valuable time. Here's how it works.
Don't leave vehicle shipping to the last minute. The process can take time and there are different companies and options open to you.
Consider which method is best for your move. Various car transport methods have different delivery times, reliability, and pricing.
The most common mode of transport is by open multi-car carriers. Your car will be transported with up to 10 others and will be exposed to the elements.
If the vehicle is expensive, vintage or classic, you may want to consider enclosed transport. This can cost more but using an enclosed trailer will protect your vehicle from damage.
Rail, drive-away, and flatbed services are all viable options.
Check your vehicle for any damage prior to shipping, and make sure the car is in working order. Shipping a non-running vehicle is possible but may cost you more. You will also want to make sure you are fully insured and the company you are shipping with also holds the correct insurance for the task.
Car transport quotes on Shiply
Shipping a car can be costly, but with Shiply you can save up to 75% on regular prices. As always, the best option is to shop around for as many quotes as possible. You could do this by phoning every company in a directory, or you could let us do it for you. Shiply allows you to compare hundreds of companies across Australia, ensuring you get the best deal.
Once you receive quotes you should confirm the type of transportation being offered. A large car carrier is considerably cheaper than a flatbed or enclosed transport.
Expect a Wait
For longer moves, your arrival time estimate may not always be accurate. Breakdowns, weather, and road closures can have an impact on your delivery time. Your shipping company will usually inform you of any delays and you can also keep abreast of current road and weather conditions online.
On Shiply, you can tag a vehicle as urgent or include delivery dates so prospective companies know your move date. They will try to ensure your vehicle delivery is on time, but this is not always guaranteed.
Hire a Car in the Meantime
If you are moving city you may want to hire a car while you are waiting for yours to arrive. This will ensure you aren’t caught out if there are any delays.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
How Can I Contact Shiply?
You can send an email to Shiply support at .
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
Does Someone Have To Be Present For Pickup And Delivery?
In most cases, the car delivery company will require you to be in attendance for the pickup and delivery of the vehicle. This is because there are likely to be release forms that you need to sign, as well as handing over the keys for the car.
Can I Keep Items In My Vehicle?
Most car delivery companies will be fine with you keeping some personal items in the vehicle when it is transported. However, there are two important things to remember: 1. The weight of the items may affect the price of the vehicle delivery, and 2. Any items in the vehicle will not be covered by insurance for the transport of the car itself.
Can I Transport My Vehicle If It Isn't Running?
You can transport your vehicle if it isn’t in running condition, however, this will be more expensive as specialist equipment is required to load and unload the vehicle.
How Shiply Works
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How Shiply Helps The Environment
By utilising spare capacity of vehicles running on the road, Shiply helps reduce the number of otherwise wasteful journeys needed to transport the item.
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