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    Default Getting a car transported

    I'm sure this has been asked before but I must be too stupid to pick the right search terms, so I'll just have to embarass myself...

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    My past attempts at getting cars transported from interstate have always ended in frustration. Reasons for carriers refusing to take the jobs have ranged from the car not being registered or able to drive on/off the truck etc to just being too damn lazy to answer my questions.

    I'm sure someone here has succesfully managed to move a car from one capital city to another when it's been a non-mobile parts car or restoration job.

    Specifically, I might want to move car from metro Sydney to metro Melbourne. Can anyone recommend a company that will do this without making life difficult and give an idea of the cost involved?

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    I had a non-going car trucked by a bulk hauler (name escapes me just now) from Mildura to Sydney for $900. They cracked the tail-light though. That kind of outfit will also only deliver to a depot, so you need to factor in a tow-truck at each end. Ideal for a real basket case as they pick it up with a forklift...

    There is a vehicle transporter company that claim to specialise in cars of a not-going variety -- peruse your yellow pages. You'll be looking at over a grand any way you do it. If you have, or know someone with, a decent tow vehicle you may be better off to hire a car trailer and do it yourself.

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    Thanks. My best estimate for hiring a trailer and something to tow it with comes out to $600. Cheaper to look for something local, methinks.

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    I once had a Mustang transported by TNT. (from perth to sydney)

    It wasn't your average car, had a big block in it, with straight through exhausts, made an unbelieveable noise.

    When it was loaded on the truck, it was 100% immaculate... when it arrived in sydney, the engine bay had been burnt out. The dumb idiots started it, and pumped the gas a few times to hear her rev, not realising the amount of fuel being pumed into it. I still don't know the whole story, but thankfully the engine was ok, but the bonnet was buckled and all the paint had burnt off.

    If that's not dumb enough, I used TNT a second time (well my dad did) to transport the same car, and exactly the same thing happened a second time.

    Sorry I have no advice...just don't use TNT,
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    Quote Originally Posted by n b j

    Sorry I have no advice...just don't use TNT,
    It's not the first horror story I've heard about them. In fact, all the feedback I've ever got in other forums has been negative regardless of the company.

    Looks like DIY is cheaper and safer, if not a lot of trouble.

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    In the last 5 months I've used TNT twice - PER-ADL and PER-SYD, both times car went in a container (costs extra). Did I feel REAL confident about their service - honestly no, they seemed a bit "dodgy" to me - but did the car get there on time (actually both times 2 days early) and in one piece? YES it did, so I have no real basis for complaint (other than they couldn't find the spare wheel in the 206 hahahahaha

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    any idea of a ballpark figure for transport between Perth and Adelaide XTC?
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    Patricks autocare. They were absolutely fantastic for me, and significantly cheaper than everyone else. Do a search and you will find a decent sized thread i started. (it is in the pond - something like "cheap car transport")
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    just wanted to add that we use patricks all the time and yes they are cheep and ultra reliable. never had a reason to complain and we would get over 1000 cars a year from them plus i send cars all over the place ie adelaide to midura approx $300.00 regards tim k

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    How about having the car anchored using the Panhard bar & mount ?
    Then the company denied any such action & we had the bar & mount fail....that same company with the explosive name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by al
    Patricks autocare. They were absolutely fantastic for me, and significantly cheaper than everyone else. Do a search and you will find a decent sized thread i started. (it is in the pond - something like "cheap car transport")
    "Cheapest car transport company" is the title of the thread, plenty of useful leads. Thanks.

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    Just a note, Patrick Autocare do not move non-goers.

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    Couple of months ago we hired a car trailer for $136 (pick up Friday arvo, return Monday morning) to move an R4 from Tamworth to the Sunshine Coast.
    It cost about $200 in fuel (my diesel Rodeo) & an overnight stay at a motel.

    If you hire a car trailer, don't get one of those silly ones with the ramps in the air. Those ones tow better with the load on (wind over the tow car), the ramps cause serious wind drag & fuel consumption goes up when unlaiden.
    Good ones have the ramps sliding in on the trailer chassis.

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    call it cheap(and kinda shifty) but if its your car and your a member of NRMA, call road service, they'll come n have a look at the break-down. they wont get it going so they'll have to get you(and the pug) home with a few k's free. a friend did it years ago when he purchased a car from brisbane, added it to his membership, waited about 6 weeks n phoned up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by franco
    any idea of a ballpark figure for transport between Perth and Adelaide XTC?
    Our 138 travelled with XTC on TNT cost $230-00 with our airfares of $1_30 each due to points made it more atractive than driving. (There was a special on I think at the time).

    Our car was thoroughly checked for any stone chips etc by TNT before and after and was washed for us in Adelaide. The service coulnt be faulted by us.

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