How to Get Your Car From House to Port?

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An often overlooked part of shipping your car is how to actually get the car from your house to the port. While not quite as complex a process as shipping your car across the world, it can nonetheless cause a few headaches if not planned for properly.

Read on to find out about the best way to get you car from your house to the port!


There are two main ways to get your car from your house to the port. These are dropping your car off at the shipping company yourself, or getting the shipping company to pick-up your car. The method you choose will depend on a few variables, including:

● The shipping method (container or roll-on/roll- off)

● How far away you live from the port

● Your type of car

You will also need to think of a convenient date to pass over your car, as well as making sure you have fully prepared your car for shipping before this date.


If you live close to your port of departure it is possible to simply drive your car into the port yourself.

All you need to do is arrange your drop off date with your shipping company, and drive your car to the port on that date. The drop-off date is usually around three to five days before shipping which ensures that nothing is being left to the last minute.

This is a fairly simple option and other than the problem of how to get home once your car is in the port, there isn’t much to worry about.


This is probably the easiest option, although may result in a slighter higher fee than if you drop the car off at the port yourself. It is perfect if you live too far from the port. Also as you may be arranging other things relating to your move or trip, getting your shipping company to pick up your car can save you a lot of hassle during a busy time.

Like with the drop-off method, you must arrange a pick-up date in advance and this will be around three to five days before your shipping date.

Another benefit to getting your shipping company to pick up your car comes when you are shipping via container. Depending on the size of your car and the size of your container, you may be able to put some additional things into the container.

This can be a massive help if you are moving abroad and have a lot of personal possessions that you need to take with you.

The pick-up method is also the best method if you are shipping a classic car that has any mechanical problems as it means you won’t have to worry about driving your car to the shipping company.

At Willship we can ship all types of vehicles overseas such as cars, motorcycles, motorhomes, caravans, boats and most other large vehicles.

If you need any help or extra info about how exactly to get your car from your house to the port, please don’t hesitate to give Willship a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements. Or get an instant quote now.

Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping a Vehicle Overseas

Shipping a car, bike or motorhome overseas is an incredibly safe and easy way to send a vehicle to another country. Whether you are moving house, going on an extended holiday, or simply selling your car, shipping is often the best way to do this.

However, in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible, there are some mistakes you should avoid when shipping a vehicle overseas. Read on to find out what they are!


When moving house to another country or going on a long trip you are bound to have a ton of stuff you need to move. As such, filling your car with as much of these things as possible may seem like a great way to move some of this stuff to your new home.

Things like clothes and bedding aren’t fragile, don’t have sell-by- dates and will easily fit in a car’s trunk or the inside of a motor home. Because of this, transporting them in your vehicle seems perfect!

However, if you are shipping via the Roll on/ Roll off method (the cheapest/most common method), you are unfortunately unable to put anything in your car. In fact, you must make sure that absolutely everything has been taken out of your vehicle’s interior.

If you really want to fill up your car, then you will need to send it via a shipping container. However, this is a more expensive option.


Not only will cleaning your vehicle fully mean it arrives at your destination looking at it’s best, not cleaning it could lead to delays getting through customs.

Any plant material stuck in your wheel arches, the floor of your car, or anywhere else could lead to it either not being allowed on the ship or it being quarantined on arrival at its destination.

If you are worried about not cleaning your car well enough, you can pay someone to fully detail your car. This is especially useful if you have an off road vehicle and it should ensure your car makes its journey without any problems. Please check out THIS link for a more info on preparing your car for shipping.


While the 24 hours plus it takes to takes to travel to the UK from Australia by plane may seem like a long journey, that is nothing when compared to the 70 odd days it will take your vehicle to travel by boat. New Zealand, however, is a much shorter transit, shipping times can be as little as only 4 days (Melbourne to Auckland) although can extend to up to around 21 days if shipping in a container from Fremantle across to the south island of New Zealand.

As such you will need to think carefully about when exactly you will need your car to arrive at the destination and try to set up a shipping date to best accommodate this.

You can view the current roll on roll off (RORO) shipping schedule here.


While it may not seem like much, things like checking your tank is around a quarter full, making sure you have extra keys and checking your car is working properly are all crucial things that you must do before shipping.

Forgetting about any of these requirements could cause delays so it is best to double check everything is fully prepared before shipping your vehicle!

Shipping your vehicle with a professional shipping service is one way that you can reduce the chances of anything going wrong during its journey. To find out how WIllship can help please feel free to give us a call on 07 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements.

Shipping to NZ – What Documentation is required?

The documents needed to ship a vehicle to New Zealand are very basic and easy to get together. The best part is once you pass it all on to us, we do the rest! You won’t ever have to deal with customs directly, and we can accept your documents as emails, faxes or even high-resolution picture messages.

The exact paperwork needed will depend on your individual circumstances. If you are eligible for a GST exemption we will need some more specific paperwork than if you aren’t, further information on these options below:

1. An individual with a personal vehicle applying for the GST exemption

If you have owned and used the vehicle for more than 12 months in Australia, NZ customs requires some specific paperwork:

If you have any trouble getting any of these documents together we can use things like insurance certificates or transaction records in support of the abovementioned docs.


2. Shipping a company owned vehicle/individual that doesn’t meet all of the GST exemption criteria:


If you don’t meet all of the GST exemption criteria (see the list here LINK) or your vehicle is owned under a company name, then 15% of the vehicles ‘landed’ value will be payable to the NZ government on arrival. It can get a bit tricky working out the landed value, so feel free to get in touch with us and we can give you an idea of what you’d be up for.

If you aren’t eligible for a GST exemption, we will need the following paperwork to ship your vehicle:




What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Best Way to Ship Multiple Cars Overseas

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Perhaps you are moving home, perhaps you are a car dealership who has just taken a big order from one client, whatever the reason shipping multiple cars to one destination brings up its own set of challenges.

However, the main choice is essentially the same as if you were shipping a single vehicle. That is, whether to ship via the Roll-on/Roll-off shipping method or the container shipping method.

Both methods have their upsides and downsides so please read on to find out about each shipping method.


Roll-on/Roll-off is generally a great way to ship a car. It is a fairly easy and cost effective way to send you car overseas.

However, when it comes to shipping multiple cars, there are a couple of extra things to take into consideration when thinking about Roll-on/Roll-off shipping.

First is the basic problem of how to drop your car off at your shipping company. If you are just shipping one car, it is simple enough to drive it in. Shipping two cars, on the other hand, means either making multiple trips or using a car carrier trailer. Whether this a good idea for you will depend on a number things including your budget and how far you live from your shipping company.

As well as this, you should remember that while Roll-on/Roll-off shipping is generally the cheapest option for shipping your car, every car that you add will increase the cost. This means that if you ship three or four cars, the price will be three or four times as much as if you just ship one car.

To learn more about roll on roll off (RORO) shipping and to see photos of the vessel please visit this page.


This brings us to the main advantage of container shipping. If you choose to use the container shipping method, you will be able to ship up to four cars in the same container for no extra shipping cost. This is because the space taken up by a container on the ship is the same no matter what is inside the container.

You will also get the extra benefits of container shipping such as a higher number of potential destinations and a slight reduction in the chance of superficial damage to your car. This can also be beneficial if you are planning to ship high value cars.

When it comes to down to which method of shipping is best for you, the main factor will likely be the overall price.  We’ve written another article to help you better understand which shipping method would be best for you visit this link. To get a quote or to find out more information about which is the best shipping method for your needs please don’t hesitate to contact Willship. You can give us a call on (61) 7 3267 3694 or email us at to discuss your requirements.

Europe’s Best Roads to Drive On

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With the traffic, stress and congestion associated with day to day car use, it can be easy to forget about the joys of driving on an open and free road.

Taking a road trip can allow you to use your car for what it was made for, all the while taking in some spectacular scenery on the way.

There are few places in the world that combine as much varied scenery into as small a place as Europe. From Alpine climbs, to coastal roads, a journey through Europe can see you take in a huge variety of different types of scenery and roads in one trip.

What’s more is that the roads in this part of the world are often well kept, which can make your ride even more comfortable.

Here is a look a look at five of the best roads to drive on in Europe.


This road through the Carpathian Mountains, with a high point of 2,145m, is sure to take your breath away. It is 140km long and full of breathtaking views, brilliant valleys, and long mountain top plateaus.

Thought to have been first built in the second century by the Roman Empire, it twists and winds its way throughout central and western Romania.

A word of warning, though, it is closed in winter due to snow and ice caused by its elevation so be sure to check it will be open before planning a trip.


This road, with a high point of 2807m, is the highest in Europe. It offers spectacular views of one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world and all on a really well looked after road.

Used by the Tour de France, you know the inclines, twists, and turns on road will be a real test of your driving metal, although the surrounding scenery and panoramic views will be the perfect reward!


Another road with its history based in Roman times, this 50km stretch in Austria follows the Mur River valley and all the twists and hairpin turns that go with it.

As one of the lesser known roads on this list, it is unlikely to be too busy. This means you will have stretches of the pristine countryside completely to yourself.

On a clear day, and depending on where exactly on the route you are, you will have views into both Hungary and Slovenia.


No prizes for guessing what the name of this road translates to! However, once you see the fairytale castles and palaces that line this road you will know exactly how it got its name.

Roaming through Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, this road takes in such sights as medieval villages, spa towns, castles and rivers all before finishing just after a 15 million-year-old meteorite crater.


If you want to keep things closer to sea level, this could be the road for you. It is a beautiful coastal road that twists and winds its way past the types of stunning beaches and cliffs that Italy is famous for.

A trip along any of the roads in this article is sure to be a memorable experience. If you are planning a trip to Europe and want to take the stress out of bringing your car get in touch with Willship to find out how we can help you with shipping your car! Also check out this page for more information on shipping to the UK.

How to Properly Store a Classic Car

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Nothing beats the thrill of taking a classic car out for a ride on a crisp spring morning. The purr of the engine and the feel of the roads in the first ride after a long winter is a true feeling to behold!

However, to make sure this experience is a good one, not one of stress and a hefty repair bill, you must make sure your car is always stored properly. If not when you take your car out for that first ride of the year, the experience may be less than expected.

Read on to find out how to store a classic car properly.


This is the easiest thing to do, and also one of the most important. If you are storing your car for any period kind of extended period of time, having a full tank of gas should protect the fuel tank from moisture and damage.

Use the best quality of gas that you can, and add some fuel stabiliser to give you take an extra layer of protection. After adding your fuel stabiliser make sure to go on a short drive to make sure it spreads throughout the system.


Before storing your car, make sure you fully wash both inside and underneath your car. Let it dry in the open air (to help this process along you can go for a short drive), then fully wax the car to protect the paintwork during the car’s time in storage.

Also be sure to check the car’s interior for forgotten dirt and rubbish, especially any foodstuffs.


This step is especially important if you are leaving you car in storage for a long time. By placing your car on a jack you will stop your car’s tires from gaining flat spots and take the pressure off the suspension during its time in storage.

If you are just keeping your car in storage for a short amount of time and you don’t have any jacks, pumping the tires up fully will give you some protection from flat spots. However, it is best to stay on the safe side and simply use a Jack.


Changing the oil in your car will help prevent rusting as the old oil may contain acid or water. Changing the coolant will have a similar effect, although admittedly this is not quite as necessary as the oil change.


If you are having trouble with any of these steps, or if you want to best possible storage for your car you can always use a professional service to store your car.

As well as performing all the steps seen above and clearing up some space in your garage, a professional storage company will be able to add some extra protection by ensuring the storage unit is at the correct temperature.

This way you can be sure that when you take your car out after its time in storage, it will be in the best condition possible.

If you are interested in shipping a classic car overseas you can visit this page for more information.

Melbourne Classic Car Destinations and Activities

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From marvellous museums, to ‘blast from the past’ collections, be sure to check out some motoring memorabilia next time you’re in town.


The Fox Classic Car Collection showcases an awesome collection of classic vehicles collected by trucking businessman Lindsay Fox. Over a period of 30 years Fox collected Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce models. Many of these are one off prototypes and some have been owned by celebrities. Housed in the historic Queen’s Warehouse in the Docklands precinct, the collection is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Geelong is around an hour’s drive south-west of Melbourne but car lovers won’t mind hightailing it to the Geelong Museum of Motoring + Industry (GMOM for short). The port town has a fascinating automotive and manufacturing history and this is reflected in the museum which follows Australia’s journey throughout the 20th century to becoming a car-centric nation. The museum is open every day of the week except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and everyday during the school holidays.


If you’re part of a classic car group and looking for a place for an event then get in touch with the Morris Minor Garage in Harcourt. Around an hour and half drive north of Melbourne this art deco designed garage is open to Car Clubs and groups of 10 or more by appointment only. A blast from the past it has a private collection of Morris Minors and other historic vehicles dating back to the 1920s. It also has a cafe themed on the same era. Phone Kim on 0409 351 509 to reserve your date and time or email them through the website.


If you’re in the market for a luxury, exotic or classic sports car, or just want to drool a little, then look no further than Dutton Garage. Situated in the heart of Melbourne in Richmond, the showroom has an eye-opening array of modern and classic sports cars sourced from all over the globe. Rather than salespeople, it’s run by car experts and motoring enthusiasts. You’ll find everything here from classic Porsches and vintage Ferraris, to a lineup of current prestige models. Dutton Garage is open every day of the week but Sunday.


What better way to explore Victoria than with a classic car tour? From the comfort of your own privately chauffeured classic Rolls Royce, no less. Triple Roffers classic car winery and scenic tours through the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong Ranges. The tours are ideal for small groups (up to 7 people) wanting to spend a memorable day out from Melbourne at a relaxed pace. They can customise the tour to your own itinerary or provide one, they’ll even throw in a complimentary bottle of bubbly. Make an enquiry through their website.

Moving with Shipping Containers and What Costs to Expect

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Roll-on/Roll-off vs Container Shipping: Which is Right for You?

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When looking to ship your car overseas you will likely come across the shipping terms Roll-on/Roll-off and container shipping. But what exactly are these two methods of shipping? And which is the correct one for you?

In this article, we will look at exactly what you can expect from each type of shipping, as well as analyse their advantages and disadvantages. This will help you make an informed decision about how exactly you should ship your car when sending it to another country.


Roll-on/Roll-off (often written as RoRo) is generally the simplest way to ship cars, motorbikes, trucks or any other kind of wheeled cargo. It is fast, efficient and the most cost-effective method of transporting a car.

As you may have guessed from the name, RoRo ships are designed so that cars and other vehicles can be driven or towed directly onto the ship using their own wheels. Once on board, they are safely secured to the deck of the ship in a wind and watertight vessel – picture it like a huge underground carpark. (click here if you want to see what a RoRo vessel looks like)

RoRo is the ideal mode of transport if you’re just looking to move an empty vehicle on its own, it’s far cheaper than container shipping, although the downside to shipping via this method is that you are not allowed to include any personal effects along with your cargo, it needs to be completely empty except for things like spare tyres / jacks / log books etc – all these are treated as ‘part of the vehicle’ can travel with the car as they normally would in everyday use.

For example, if you are moving abroad you may have extra items, tools, equipment or furniture that you need to send across as well as your car then it can be worth wild getting a 20ft or 40ft shipping container and filling it up with your car and other personal items.

At Willship, we commonly use 20ft shipping containers to move vehicles. Once a vehicle is loaded into a 20ft container there is often still enough room for a chest of draws or a few boxes of personal belongings. You can also fill your vehicle with whatever you like as long as you keep a list of the contents. If you would like to see what you can fit inside a 20ft container please click here to view our article on how much space is inside a 20ft container.

Shipping a car in a container is the safest option and the preferred option for valued vehicles as it is least likely to incur any damage during transit. However container shipping is the more expensive option to move your car.


A consolidated container is when you share a 40ft container with someone else who is going between the same origin and destination as you, at roughly the same time. The benefit of this method of shipping is that you often use the space equivalent to a 20ft container for a much lower cost point. This means you can ship personal effects along with the vehicle without having to bear the cost of a 20ft container all to

The downside of this option is that it’s difficult to be time specific, if you need the vehicle and personal goods within a set timeframe then this method of shipping is not for you. In order to utilize this consolidated option we need to wait until we have someone else going between the same locations, who are looking to ship around the time as you. Because of this, we can only offer consolidated serviced on the most popular routes (eg: Brisbane / Sydney / Melbourne to Auckland) otherwise the wait to find enough cargo would be far too long.

If timing isn’t a huge concern of yours, going for this option can save you around 30% of the cost of getting your own 20ft container, which can equate to well over $1000 depending on your port combination.


All in all the shipping method you choose will eventually come down to your own personal circumstances. If you are sending a car and you want the cheapest option then RoRo will be the method for you.

On the other hand, if you are shipping many items together or have a high value car, then it could turn out that container shipping or a consolidated container service is the way to go.

Shipping your vehicle or personal belongings with Willship is easy and straight-forward. We can help you ship a car, motorhome, motorcycle, caravan, boat or any other vehicle. Moving overseas can be an overwhelming process without the right help, so give us a call today on (61) 7 3267 3694 or enquire online to find out how we can help you!