Applied Logistics offers a comprehensive car carrying service around Australia, although we are unable to beat or match prices that are available online. Typically, we provide this service for our clients who are using our self pack container removal service.
Typically car carriers do not accept non-running vehicles or permit any personal effects to be sent inside vehicles.
In our experience, commercial clients are looking to relocate a vehicle to a job site or to another office. These commercial clients typically offset the cost of faster transport against the daily cost of vehicle hire or lost productivity whilst the vehicle is being transported. We can also arrange for your tools to travel in your vehicle.
This service is best for transporting vehicles long distance – such as to and from the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
With traditional car carriers having extended transit times (often 10-20 days), we can offer a solution through our general freight network that is between 4 and 5 days between all Capital Cities.
We load your vehicle onto a scheduled road train or rail service, however, where car carriers can accommodate 6-7 vehicles per trailer, a standard semi trailer can accommodate 2 light commercial vehicles or 3 small
cars. Naturally this has a significant impact on the rate per vehicle required to cover costs and turn a profit.
Have you seen car carriers with one car above the cab of the truck? That one extra car is usually the profit for the entire truck – the others pay for all of the costs!
Larger vehicles, such as busses, trucks and camper vans, are often able to be transported quite economically as freight, but our height limit on rail is 2.7m. We can also provide coastal shipping options, which are only cost efficient for large vehicles and machinery.
Interested in sending your vehicle overseas for a holiday?
We can help! We recently sent a cute Alfa Romeo Brera to New Zealand for a holiday. The process is really simple and quite affordable – you don’t even need a Carnet or even need to cancel your registration. The owner reported that the cost was roughly the same as long term storage in Brisbane!
How do car carriers work?
If you are interested in how car carriers load cars onto trucks, we recommend watching the below video by Top Start Trailers – one of Australia’s Car Carrier Trailer Manufacturers. It involves very precise parking and many hydraulics!
Applied Logistics specialise in self pack container removals – but what if you don’t have enough to fill a 20′ container?
Most general freight carriers have a policy of not accepting personal effects and many reject consignments of second hand goods.
The likelihood of the goods being consigned not being packaged suitably for travel are the main reasons for this attitude. These carriers are not set up to handle these shipments; the chances of damage occurring are significantly increased; personal effects and coils of steel, for example, don’t mix. Typically with these types of consignments, the chances of a customer not being home all day is high, and generally they don’t have a forklift. In many cities, these general transport companies don’t already have trucks in many residential areas, which means special trips. All of this means that handling these types of shipments significantly increases the costs to the carrier.
Traditional Removalists will happily handle your personal effects – that’s what they do, but, they have considerably greater minimum charges, higher per unit charges and often your freight has to wait for a load to be organised. Over the past five years, these minimum charges have increased considerably.
Express parcel carriers like TNT are good options – low minimum charges, and reasonable per unit charges. However, their systems are automated, so your freight needs to be packed into solid, secure cartons. You certainly can’t send unpackaged items. For larger shipments, these carriers can get relatively expensive, as they do not offer lower rates above certain weights.
Fortunately, by partnering with a freight forwarder like Applied Logistics, you can access the services of general freight carriers. There are a few hoops for us to jump through – we may need to arrange another carrier to collect and deliver to and from your private address. You will want to have your freight securely packed on pallets – simply because the easier you make it for the carrier to handle your freight, the less likely damages are to occur. You will need to invest in some shrink-wrap (like an industrial sized roll of glad wrap).
If you need help in this area, we can supply you with a pallet, a pallet bin, or a crate.
Please remember that Australia is a big country with large distances involved and we aren’t known as a cheap place either. For example, if you want to send a table and chairs, or a refrigerator to another city, it will be cheaper and easier to sell yours and purchase another.
If you are happy to work with us in terms of packaging your freight, then please give us a call.