Understanding Your Quote

How Quotes are Priced

This is a rough guide to assist you in understanding a few components transporters consider when providing you quotes on Delivery Quote Compare.

Transporters factor in several things when providing you a quote. Making every job unique and causing prices to change regularly.

To keep things simple, we’ll look at 3 key considerations; weight limits, cargo size, and distance/fuel consumption.

Vehicle weight limits

Scales to weigh your items for a quote

Weighing your items ensures accurate quotes

Every vehicle has a weight limit. Transporters need to factor the weight of your item when providing you a quote as this will impact the amount of cargo they can carry. The heavier the item, the fewer items a transporter will be able to carry per trip.

Some weight limits of typical transportation vehicles you know of:

  • Ute: 1100 Kg
  • 6 cubic metre van: 1300 Kg
  • 2 Flat tray: 5500 Kg
  • 36 cubic metre tautliner: 4920 Kg

How much weight can a vehicle carry?

The total weight a vehicle can carry, including passengers, is called the ‘payload’. We can assume the average weight of 2 passengers would be between 100 Kg – 200 Kg and as such, the payload is reduced before anything is loaded.

For most items the weight will match the size of the item, which we’ll discuss further on. However, some items are small yet heavy. For example, two speakers and an amplifier take up very little space yet potentially weighing approximately 100 Kg combined.

It’s easy to think “if doesn’t take up a lot of room, that it should be cheap”. Due to weight limits, size isn’t everything and it’s important to be mindful of this when viewing and accepting quotes.

What will fit in a vehicle?

The amount of space in a vehicle is the most common thing that comes to mind regarding transport. In Australia, we measure this in cubic metre. This allows transporters to know exactly how much room items, especially unusually shaped ones, will take up.

Transporters take great care to ensure your items are transported safely and arrive undamaged. Measuring in cubic metres ensures your items aren’t packed too tightly or placed recklessly on top of other items. This reduces the likeliness of damage during transit.

It’s easy to understand that larger items take up more space and therefore, incur higher pricing when quoted. If you factor the size of your object along with the weight of the object, you begin to gauge how transporters formulate quotes.

How does fuel and distance factor into my quote?

Truck fuelling to delivery on your quoteAustralia is a vast country with long distances between our Capital cities. It’s easy to understand that transporters will charge for their time as well as the cost of fuel.

Some of the most popular routes are along Australia’s East coast. Spanning a massive 3500 Km with several Capital Cities, highly notable tourist locations, and several major rural towns, it’s easy to understand why the East Coast is a busy route for transporters.

As an example, smaller sized tauliners which are popular with long distance jobs use approximately 27 litres of fuel per 100 Km. The price of petrol from Brisbane to Sydney (900 Km) at an average price of $1.33 in Australia (November 2018 – February 2019) equals about $323.19 one way.

Considering your Quote

These are a few considerations transporters factor in before providing you a competitive quote. These topics give you an insight into the thinking behind most quotes provided on Delivery Quote Compare. Other factors may be; time, insurance, additional workers, or international fees.

Industry professionals provide you quotes that offer value for money, and protection of your goods, as well as obeying road laws, and staying within the safety guidelines of manufacturers.

We encourage you to ask our transporters questions when you receive a quote to make sure you are fully informed before paying the deposit. Should you have any other questions, the team at Delivery Quote Compare are happy to assist you.

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