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More new cars to flow into WA

THE flow of new cars into WA is improving.

Recently, PrixCar Services set up an on-wharf processing facility in part of the old Victoria Quay passenger terminal.

The aim of the new facility is to eliminate double handling and storage by allowing direct delivery of imported vehicles from the port to dealerships.

PrixCar State manager Paul Turvill said the new facilities had not only increased the company’s storage but also provided room for the operation to expand in the future.

PrixCar is a storage and processing facility for new motor vehicles from manufacturers including Hyundai, Suzuki, Lexus, Ford, Honda, BMW and Volvo. Two other facilities in WA cater for the remaining vehicle manufacturers.

About 50,000 new motor vehicles are shipped into WA each year of which PrixCar handles around 15,000.

Normally, WA would receive one shipment a month from each of the main manufacturers. A separate service would supply the eastern States markets.

However, recent deliveries to WA have been handled by carriers plying the eastern States routes.

Mr Turvill said that had been partly to save freight costs and partly because the new car demand in WA was down.

“However, we’ve been told we can expect car numbers to jump in the new financial year,” he said.

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