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37 days to transport Melb - North Coast NSW
SMB may be competitive on price, but it seems you get what you pay for. It took them 37 days to deliver a car from Melbourne metro to northern NSW. And that is a from a Melbourne car dealership. No information was ever provided by the carrier, I had to call every few days to find out what was going on. The car literally sat at their Sydney depot for 2 weeks going nowhere. I was told that the car was out for delivery 3 times and obtained the necessary Unregistered Vehicle Permits and booked in a Blue slip inspections etc, only to have them not s...how up. No phone call to say don't come. 37 days is possibly the worst delivery time possible. When asking SMB to try and explain what went wrong, rather than simply say "I agree, that is pretty bad", they chose to get defensive. First it was a truck breakdown, then driver hour limits, then blah blah. I don't think any level of excuses can cover for a 4 week delay in delivery.
Transported a trailer for me within the Perth area. Unfortunately the business is full of incompetent people. Trailer was damaged and once they finally admitted the damage i was told i would be contacted by the insurance department. No contact and it has been months now of me calling, sending quotes etc but they just ignore the calls and emails. If using this company be prepared for your stuff to be ruined.
These companies need to be avoided at all costs
I booked through CAR TRANSPORT EXPRESS, paid the money they wanted, then two days after, CAR TRANSPORT EXPRESS asked for more cash!!!! said they under charged me, so i paid more which i was not happy about. A week after this i received an email saying SMB was taking over. I did not realise that CAR TRANSPORT EXPRESS use SMB Australia. The car was shipped from Victoria to Perth , when you email both these company's about the progress and ETA the emails from both SMB AND CAR TRANSPORT EXPRESS are lies there was no truth to any of the emails i sta...rted to wonder if my car was really going to get here. Received the car but it wasnt on time at all. Car was not damaged and was a bit dusty but that was to be expected. Would I recommend these companies no!!!! Charged to much staff are rude emails are lies and car was late
Terrible service and car covered in tape and residue - needed detailing as a result. Disgusted.
As other reviews state, customer service is DISGUSTING here. I took my car to the Melbourne depot. The truck driver was working alone and there was no one in the office. He said he was filling in. I tried to pay him, and he said to pay on the other end in Darwin as he doesn’t know how. Then, after a whole month (yep, a month) my car arrives in Darwin. However, I was told to transfer before I can pick up - after it had arrived. I told this to [Name Removed] via email, she then proceeded to say this hadn’t happened and called me a liar. I’m absol...utely shocked to say the least. NEVER, ever choose SMB. They’re the cheapest for a reason. Disgusting. EDIT: Be careful, they will damage your car paint! Car was picked up and found to be covered in duct tape, sitting in the sun. This company have zero care in the world for your vehicle. I left a 50K 4 month old car in their care and got it back covered in sticky tape residue, including caked over the paint work and the $1K window tint. It cost me $150 to get the car detailed externally to remove the melted tape residue covering the entire car. DO NOT USE SMB - they have NO CARE AT ALL for your car. Again, read the google reviews, they tell an accurate story about this company. I will tell a soul itself anyone who will listen, for the rest of my life, DO NOT use this negligent company.
Damage on my vehicle
As I picked up my vehicle from the depot it had a dent and paint scratched off the boot. They clearly reversed into something and took no responsibility. I wouldn’t recommend this company
Vehicle arrived weeks later and damaged.
I chose to go with this company to transport my vehicle from Brisbane to Perth as it had the best price and fastest delivery as per quote. 17 business days was the quote I received on the 30th of November. My car was then available 49 days later with a damaged tail light and missing aerial. I was given multiple false days of arrival which I had booked time off work to collect. My cost of the transport has added another $1000 for the parts I will now have to replace. In trying to justify these damages I’ve sent multiple emails & calls & no one seems to care or reply. I will never be using this business again & recommend anyone one of thinking to use them to read the countless reviews.
My vehicle was damaged. Rude and unorganised!!
There are not very good processes to keep track of clients vehicles and possessions, or their associated delivery timelines. Communication is also severely lacking. I had to contact numerous people to find out when my vehicle was going to be delivered, all individuals were extremely rude and unhelpful. P & S paid their subcontractor SMB (contrary to other correspondence received) for the delivery of a vehicle that hadn’t even been delivered. In the original email and quote I was told the ETA was 16 working days and after booking and finalising...payment I was told 20 working days. After my car had finally arrived after 31 working days (6 weeks) I came to find dents and marks in the roof (where the straps must have been placed) and my antenna missing. Would I recommend P&S Logistics or SMB Car Transport? Absolutely not. To pay so much for a service to have my vehicle damaged, awful communication, rude service and an unrealistic (and extremely late) delivery time is absolutely disappointing to say the least.
BAD SERVICE AND UNRELIABLE
We purchased a new van which was modified for use with a wheelchair and the supplier sent our finished van from Adelaide to Orange NSW with SMB. The delivery was very time critical as we needed the vehicle to travel and we can't just hire another car. The Adelaide depot was told that the vehicle had to be delivered within the 7 day time frame they advertise but the vehicle didn't arrive until a week later than promised.
I had to phone the head office everyday to chase up what was happening with the vehicle and was told they would ring me with u...
I used these guys to transport my car from WA to NSW and they bent the control rod on my car where it had been strapped down on the truck. It was a very scary drive from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast (after a wheel 'specialist' also missed this crucial default). They also said it would take 2-3 weeks for my car to arrive but it actually took just under 5 weeks. There was no communication, I was constantly having to chase them up for information. I chose these guys because they were cheap but it was futile because I had to pay to get my car fixed. When I tried to contact them to get some compensation they wouldn't return calls or emails. I will never use them again and warn all my friends and family against using them.
Communication was disgraceful
Communication was crap, and car was late didn’t even know about it till I rang up to ask where it was lol, never again! I’ll be definitely transporting with someone else next time and I suggest the same for everyone else. Peace out
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Car was damaged and they took no responsibility
My car was damaged when it was transported from Perth WA to Sydney NSW. The driver that delivered the car pointed out the damage to me. When i contacted SMB I was told i would receive a call back about the matter. I never did. After 5 months and multiple calls i finally received a response saying that they are not take responsibility for the damage. What a joke!!
Bad experience with this Company
Had my car transported from Perth to Darwin in Feb 2020. Car arrived damaged on the front valance. SMB will not take any responsibility for the damage, and we are left with a damaged car that was checked thoroughly when I dropped it off at their depot. They now say there is an $800.00 dollar excess, which was not part of our agreement with the agent we used called Moving Cars. Too many middle men, who will not offer any assistance either, would not use this company again.
Would not recommend
- Car transported Perth to Brisbane
- Very hard to get into contact with Perth office. Left a message with name + number and they never called back
- Kept having to call back for any updates on estimated drop off and felt like I was annoying them for wanting to know where my car was
- Workers seemed very unsure and couldn’t give clear answers and then was lied to about whereabouts of my car by other worker. Was told car was to arrive on certain day and that it was running late because of truck break down, called back closer to this estimated day to find out it wasn’t even placed on a truck yet?
- I would not recommend SMB transport, have been without my car for nearly a month and it’s still estimated to arrive in another week still
Fake 5-star reviews. 25 days for car to even leave the depot
Shipping a sedan from Perth to Sydney, quoted $950 and given an indicative time frame of 6 to 12 business days. Dropped off my car on February 10 at Perth Depot and completed the paperwork. With this time frame, I was expecting to be able to collect my car on February 25/26.
After 11 business days (February 25), I started to call once a week to ask about the status of my transport and each time I was told "It's on it's way, it definitely should be coming in next week". I would ask if I could have a copy of the processing history provided to m...e, and they told me that it would be sent to my email, but they never did that. On March 11 (23 business days, over a month since dropping it off), I called again and finally was told actual information, "The truck is scheduled to come in tomorrow, but probably won't be available for collection while we process it". I asked when my car was actually loaded onto the transport truck, and when the truck left Perth depot and was told "It was loaded onto the truck on March 7". Which means that when I called on February 25 and on March 4, the staff were lying/unhelpful/uninformative as they said that the transport is "on it's way" and not "waiting to be loaded onto transport". This also means that it took 18 business days for my car to even leave the depot, far exceeding the indicative time-frame for drop-off to collection. As I was hiring a car interstate in the meantime, I had only booked it for until February 28 (remember that I was expecting to collect my car on Feb 25/26), and kept extending my car rental by 7 days under the assumption (based on the information that I was given), that my car was already on its way. If I had been told upfront that my car was waiting for a spot on the transport truck and not lied to, I could have booked my car rental for until March 13, instead of extending my car rental week by week.
Spent $1742 to get car transported from Melbourne to Darwin. Car sat in Melbourne depot for a month and Adelaide for a week. While in Adelaide my car was damaged. No contact was made to me. Car arrived in Darwin and only contact was to pick the car up. Arrived and nothing was mentioned about damage. Personal details for Andrew (owner) provided but all correspondence has been ignored and I have been made to feel like it’s my fault. Damage worth $3000 and company not willing to pay or compensate. Would definitely avoid this company at all costs
Questions & Answers
So far I am unhappy with SMB service. They should know that there is a holiday (Easter) during the process. I made 3 phone calls before Easter and asking when will my car arrive to Darwin from Melbourne and they said it would the there on 06/04 in the first call and then the end of 6th week and then 12/04 and today 06/04, they said it would arrive at the end of next week (16/04). The reason for these delay is because of Easter holiday!!! I have read all the review from the top and feel like they did this with more than 70% customers here. I will wait until my car come to officially write a review about thier servicw as one of the big issues here with them is they damaged customer car (I hope it will not happen to me but ...)
how hard is it to track where my car is I'm not cranky just can't figer out your tracking system HELP please
Honestly Anthony, I have transported many cars with SMB, and I never needed to track my cars because it didn't make any difference in terms if delivery time. SMB is slow but cheap, they also transport non-running cars. Their estimated time is always correct if they said 4 weeks it will be 4 weeks knowing that the car still in depot or transit isn't important for me.
If you need urgent transport they are not your best option.
I hope this helps
thanks for that just a little to keen to get it i guess
Hi Anthony, we do not have an online tracking system at this time.
You're more than welcome to call us 8.30-5.30 EST Monday - Friday to get an update on your vehicles.
1300 362 085 is for our Head Office or you can send through an email to email@example.com for updates.
Hope this answers your query. Thank you, Daniella
Car transport from Tasmania to Darwin?
I would not use them again. My car was two weeks late, with no communication from them whatsoever. My hat was also stolen from my car, with them not caring one iota
Hi Autoalfamo D. We can transport on this route. If you still wish for a quote or question please call our office 1300362085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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