Is it Worth Paying for Interstate Car Transport?

In Australia, there are thousands of motor vehicles being transported interstate on a yearly basis, the many thousands of Australians that need to move their cars across state borders have asked themselves that one question. Is it worth paying for interstate car transport? Considering Australia is such a large continent, moving a vehicle between states or multiple states can be a frightfully frustrating job. Car enthusiasts, motor heads or just moving the family car, the process doesn’t get any easier as so many of us have become so attached to our cars, we require it on a regular basis and rely on them to get us to where we want to be.

For any Australian, relocating a bulky asset like a car or motorcycle is unlike moving all your furniture in a moving truck, the options are relatively a few. The choices available when it comes to relocating automotive vehicles are to drive interstate or seek the service of professional interstate car transport providers.

Driving the Car Yourself VS Interstate Car Transport Company


On average, an interstate drive between major capital cities require at least 8 hours of continuous driving. Compare this to an hour flight between some Australian cities and by coordinating your flight based on when your car is due to arrive at your new location, will ultimately save you time that could be better spent on something else.


Depending on where you are driving your car to, it may take more or less time, however one thing is for certain and that it the expenses are bound to pop up. The first that comes to mind is the expense of fuel, no doubt a more fuel efficient car will save you more money on the open road but if you have a fuel guzzling V8, expect to fill up more than a couple times. Meal breaks is another expense that most people tend to forget, unless you packed you lunch, expect to pay top dollar at the diner that is conveniently situated along the trip. Accommodation is something you’ll have to look into to get decent shut eye, having rest and adequate sleep is crucial to arriving safely to you destination but that adds to your expenses in moving your car. On the other hand, a plane trip between destinations may be more expensive but you could search for cheap flights and plan your trip around that to bring down costs.


Driving on a highway over 100 km/h for an extensive period of time is not for everyone and there is always a chance of driver fatigue when the roads in front of you seem to go on forever. There are also other drivers on the road that you need to be careful of. Wildlife and road kill are all prevalent on the roads and driving requires strict concentration and discipline whilst driving at night can be extremely dangerous. Car carrying companies employ professional truck drivers that are trained and skilled on long haul transportation. Operators of heavy trucks are required to keep a strict log book of compulsory breaks taken during their shifts and are highly trained to lookout for road hazards.


No doubt that driving a car yourself interstate may be the first thing that comes to mind when deciding to move a car. It may automatically seem like the most budget friendly option compared to the services of professional car transport companies.  Like any business, interstate car transport companies are there to provide a service at the same time make a profit to allow them to run a successful business. Paying for interstate car transport is worth it after all, it is actually saving you time driving, saving you taking time off work, providing cost savings on expenses that you didn’t think of, less wear and tear, eliminates the chance of an inconvenient break down in the middle of nowhere and  overall a safer option.