How do I prepare my vehicle for transport?
Preparing Your Vehicle for Transport
When preparing your vehicle for transport, you need to be aware that strict guidelines are enforced and we want to make sure that the impact on our customers is minimal.
The information provided below will be of assistance to you in preparing for your vehicle for transport.
Please check your booking confirmation paperwork to ensure that all details are correct. Please contact us if they are not.
The estimated delivery date provided on your booking confirmation has been calculated in business days – (weekends and public holidays are excluded) and while every effort will be made to meet the estimated delivery date, sometimes conditions beyond our control impact on transport timing. In instances such as these we will contact you to advise you.
How it Works
The day prior to your scheduled vehicle collection, our planning team will contact you to arrange a 4 hour window to collect your vehicle. Please make sure that you are available within this window. If you will not be available please appoint an agent (another person) to hand your vehicle to us.
On Collection Day, our driver will collect your vehicle and will complete the Vehicle Condition Report with you. You (or your agent) will be required to sign this document.
The day prior to your scheduled delivery, our planning team will contact you to arrange a 4 hour window in which to deliver your vehicle to you.
On Delivery Day, please make sure that you are available within the delivery window you have agreed to with our planning team. If for any reason you cannot be available, please appoint an agent to take delivery of your vehicle and sign the Vehicle Condition Report.
NOTE: Some towns and cities have restrictions for access by large vehicles, and/or have streets that restricted access. If you’ve requested uplift from or delivery to such a location, SMB will discuss alternative arrangements with you for collection or delivery.
On Drop-off Day, you will hand over your vehicle to a SMB Customer Service Officer at one of our nominated Depots (link to depot page)
We will complete the Vehicle Condition Report with you. If you are not able to deliver the vehicle to us personally, you are required to appoint an agent to do this for you. You (or your agent) will then be required to sign this document.
When your vehicle arrives into our Depot, you will be contacted by a SMB Customer Service Officer to let you know that your vehicle has arrived and is available for collection.
On Collection Day, please ensure you have your proof of identity (i.e. driver’s licence/passport) and your booking paperwork. We will then hand the vehicle to you and you will be required to complete the Vehicle Condition Report by inspecting your vehicle and you (or your agent) will sign for receipt.
Combination Service (Door* to Depot / Depot to Door*)
These services are also available and work in exactly the same way as outlined above.
*Where access and service is available.
All the information you need about Quarantine!
If you’re transporting your vehicle to and from Western Australia, it will be required to undergo a quarantine inspection.
Check the following areas for Quarantine Risk Material (QRM). This includes items such as: plants, flowers, seeds, hay, soil, honey, insects, nuts, food scraps, fruit or vegetable packaging.
Carpet / Mats
Boot and Spare Tyre
Engine – (engine oil and grease is not a quarantine risk)
Recess under wiper wells
Wheel Arches, Mud Flaps and Tyre Rims (particularly rear side)
Axles & Diffs
Spare tyres on 4WD’s (suspended underneath) Note: these are high risk areas q Water tanks
Steps & Running boards
Chassis rails and channels
Toolboxes and mounts
If your vehicle is quarantined you will be required to pay: to have your vehicle cleaned to a satisfactory standard for entry into WA and, a $100.00 fee for re-inspection by a QWA officer before your vehicle can be released to you.
For more information please contact SMB Australia.
My vehicle is modified, is it okay to transport?
My vehicle is modified!
At SMB we can transport modified vehicles!
The vehicle needs to have a clearance of at least 15cms at the lowest point.
There is a price and transport time frame increase on modified vehicles due to only some of our trailers can safely transport your modified vehicle, making it a specialized transport movement!
When can you transport my vehicle?
When can I get my vehicle moved?
At SMB our depots are open weekdays, please see here for specific depot times and locations.
Door collections are done during business hours, we will give you a window of time the day before collection so you know we are coming to collect or deliver your vehicle!
Someone must always be present to give our drivers the vehicles and sign our consignment terms & conditions!
Is transporting my vehicle expensive?
No! Think of the time and money you are saving instead of driving the vehicle yourself.
Call us for a quote and you will be surprised at how cheap and effective the vehicle transport is compared to you driving your vehicle!
Think about the time you will save and you won't have to pay for expenses or accommodation along the way.
Items Inside my vehicle
If you have booked your transport with items inside your car make sure that the items are below the window height. This is because automotive glass is built to take significant direct impact, but if the glass it hit or flexed on the edge of the glass it is more fragile! If your items are touching the window in transit this may happen, SMB cannot control this and SMB Australia Car Transport does not hold insurance on items carried inside your vehicle or any damage that your items do to your vehicle.
How long will my car take to transport?
How long will it take to transport my car?
Car transport collection and delivery times do depend on where you are transporting your vehicle too. It can also be impacted by road closures and conditions. If you choose to transport your car with SMB we will keep you updated on your specific transit times so you know when your car will reach its destination.
Can I have dangerous goods inside my vehicle?
No! Before you transport your vehicle remember to make sure there are no dangerous goods inside your vehicle. Goods such as flares, flammable gasses and liquids (BBQ gas bottles) ammunition, aerosols etc.
Do I need to secure my vehicle louvres or rain shields?
Remember to secure your rear window louvre before you transport your vehicle. This is as the vehicles are sometimes transported on our carriers rear forwards. Parts such as rear window louvres are not designed to have the wind pushing the opposite way – sometimes making these items loose.
Secure these before transport so you loose the risk of it coming loose in your car transport!
I have tape marks on my car! Why?
This is as the vehicles are sometimes transported on our carriers rear forwards. Parts such as rear window louvers, rain shields and side mirror caps are not designed to have the wind pushing the opposite way – sometimes making these items loose.
Also with the vibrating of the roads and the vehicles on our trailers these items can sometime fall off.
Our drivers use tape to hold these items in place to protect your vehicle! Sometimes when the tape is on for a few days in the heat the tape can melt onto your vehicle making it a little difficult to come off. But don't worry it won't damage your car!
To remove the tape residue we kindly ask that you use methylated spirits or eucalyptus oil. Rub this lightly with an old rag and the residue will come off.
After this is done just hose down the area so the oil is not on your vehicle.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to call our friendly team!
Can I transport my vehicle with Items?
Want to transport your vehicle with items? Sure can at SMB Australia Car Transport! Make sure that your items are below the window height and not on or around the drivers seat!
Why? Because items can shake, rattle & roll in transit with the vibrations of the road, so having your items below the window height stops the items from hitting the windows and/or damaging the interior of your beautiful vehicle!
Our drivers also need to have room to get in and out of your car safely so make sure there is full range of motion for the drivers seat!
*Please note that items are priced on weight, if your items are higher than the quoted amount you will be charged accordingly. There is a weight limit on items and how much our carriers can carry so be sure to call our office for anything over 80kgs with an accurate quote and time frame. SMB Australia Car Transport does not hold insurance on items carried inside your vehicle*