Do you have an unregistered car that you need to move legally? It could be interstate from Brisbane to Sydney, or just a few cities away. Whatever the distance, finding the correct permits to move your unregistered vehicle yourself can require quite a bit of time and effort. In this article, we outline your options for moving your unregistered car and assess the most convenient method of car transportation.
Why move an unregistered vehicle?
There are many reasons why people choose to move unregistered vehicles. A few of the most common may include the following:
- You have purchased an unregistered car interstate, and wish to register it in your state of residence.
- You have parked your unregistered car at a friend or family member’s house while living overseas for a period and wish to re-register it upon returning to the country.
- You are moving house, and need to drive an unregistered vehicle that is used only on private property (such as a caravan or paddock basher) to your new home.
- Your unregistered car is featuring in a parade or festival.
- You have a vintage vehicle that has a permit for an exemption from a vehicle standard, which is to be driven in a rally.
- You are responsible for a display vehicle that’s being used in conjunction with a charity raffle.
Your options for moving an unregistered vehicle
There are two standard ways to transport your unregistered car. Simply put, you can do it yourself or pay someone else to do it for you. However, before you assume that driving your vehicle to the intended location yourself is cheaper, let’s look at the facts.
Applying for an unregistered vehicle permit
To drive an unregistered car, you must have a temporary unregistered vehicle permit. You can apply for one of these online or in person with the transport and roads authority in your state of residence. Rules and regulations regarding the permit vary from state to state. Some permits include the cost of CTP insurance for the duration of your journey; others require you to purchase it separately.
When applying for the permit you must outline the journey you intend to take and drive the most direct route there. You need to time your trip so that you arrive before your permit expires. Some states also place restrictions on how many days an unregistered vehicle permit can be issued for, so if you were planning on making multiple stops for a long-distance expedition, this might not be achievable.
Furthermore, certain types of vehicles are not able to be moved under an unregistered vehicle permit. For example, in QLD, a car that is a left-hand drive or under thirty years old is not eligible for this type of permit. You will also need to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive, which may mean that the transport and roads authority within your state will require a safety certificate upon application for the permit.
As you can see, there is a myriad of rules and regulations to consider when applying for an unregistered vehicle permit. There is the cost of the permit itself, which can become expensive if you are driving a long distance, and also the CTP insurance, and possibly a safety certificate. These requirements can all add up quickly, and may also take quite a long time to sort out before you even hit the road.
Hiring a transportation company
Hiring a professional car transportation company to move your unregistered vehicle requires much less pencil pushing and virtually no running around to sort out paperwork. All you need to do (in most cases, but be sure to check) is remove and surrender the number plates on your unregistered car (if you haven’t done so already) to the transport and road authority in your state. It’s that easy! Transportation companies that specialise in door to door service, such as Door to Door Car Carrying, can even pick your vehicle up from its residing location and drop it straight to its new place. This way, you don’t have to worry about arranging permits to get it to and from depots. It’s convenient, quick and much less hassle for you!
Don’t wade through piles of paperwork and bureaucracy to legally move your unregistered vehicle, or risk copping a massive fine for transporting it on the sly. Contact Door to Door Car Carrying today to move your unregistered car without the stress!