Frequently Asked Questions:
What range of vehicles do you have available?
In general, we supply nearly all American made special vehicles. Alongside the American muscle cars, we also supply the big American pick-up trucks. Our network has more compliance approvals in place than any other company in Australia. Please click here to see our available range of vehicles. We carry a good assortment of vehicles on hand for immediate delivery. If you are looking for something different than we can certainly help you with that. From Hellcat’s to Cadillac’s, and F trucks to Chevy Trucks we have it all covered with the best in business conversion, back-up, service and support.
Is a special driver’s licence required to drive a GMC Sierra 2500 or a Chevy Silverado 2500 pick-up truck?
The 2500 series GMC and Silverado pick-up trucks have a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4,536kgs, this can downrated to under 4,500kgs (4.5 ton) , requiring only a normal driver’s license to drive the vehicle.
Do I need a special driver’s licence to drive a GMC or Chevy Silverado 3500 pick-up truck?
The 3500 series pick-up trucks have a gross vehicle mass of well over 4.5 ton and are considered heavy vehicles. Accordingly, a light rigid driver’s licence is required.
How Fuel efficient is the GMC Sierra or the Chevy Silverado?
Given its size, horsepower and extreme towing ability it is quite fuel efficient. Being a turbo charged 6.6 litre diesel engine, the engine runs at extremely low rev’s, far lower than a conventional petrol engine. Its peak torque of 1,234 Nm is at 1,600rpm. Once the motor is run in, we have found an average of 12 litres per 100 km’s, and under a towing load between 15 and 18 litres per 100 kms is quite achievable. (These figures will vary depending on the road, your driving style and what you may be towing).
What is the towing capacity of the GMC and Chevy Silverado 2500?
The 2500 is rated to tow 4.5 tons from the tow ball and 6-8 tons from a 5th wheel hitch. They are fitted with electric brake control, a tow haul gearbox mode and exhaust brakes as standard equipment. The GM vehicles are the ultimate towing machine.
The GMC Sierra & Chevy Silverado 2500 produce 332 kW (445 Horsepower) at 1600 rpm, and 1,234 Nm (910 lb ft) of torque at 1,500 to 2000 rpm. If you are looking for increased performance and improved fuel economy we have performance packs available providing an additional 220 Nm of torque, providing a total of 1454 Nm of torque. Consequently, this is a great boost for towing and will greatly improve fuel economy.
What kind of conversion warranty is offered?
Conversion from left to right hand drive does incorporate the use of many custom made or modified automotive parts. These components and the installation are covered by a two year or 20,000 km, repair or replacement warranty. Which-ever comes first. Please be aware some companies don’t even give you a conversion warranty, all they offer is sales talk and other nonsense.
What kind of vehicle warranty is offered?
In addition to the conversion warranty you have a three year Sentinel NWC warranty. The Sentinel warranty is unlimited kms and unlimited claims during the warranty period. The three year Sentinel Warranty can be extended up to five years, it is delivered through National Warranty Company (NWC). With approximately 1000 approved repairers Australia wide you can have the closest NWC approved service centre perform the work. Payment under the warranty is made directly by the warranty company. It also comes with the benefit of 24/7 roadside assistance. A copy of the vehicle warranty will be provided at the point of sale. For further details, you can visit their website at: https://www.nwc.com.au
How good are your left to right hand drive conversions?
Firstly, not all Australian conversion companies move the steering box to the right hand side during the conversion process. They keep the existing steering box on the left side, then add two gear boxes and use a cross shaft. This is done to transfer the movement from the steering wheel, increasing the number of components in the steering system. As a rule this gives more play in the steering system and often increases the turning circle of the vehicle. This is commonly referred to as a Cross Shaft Conversion (”CSC”). Furthermore, Before purchasing any converted vehicle make sure you check to see what type of conversion method was used.
Claims of other companies
The more websites you look at, the more confused you become, everyone claiming to be the leader or have the best conversions. In the four or five years before we received our approvals, we used several different companies to do conversion work directly for us. Generally these companies, made great claims. At the end these claims only left us greatly disappointed.
First of all, at American Car Company, all our conversions are ”full conversions” with the steering box moved to the fight hand side. As a result of this process, our dash panels are fully moulded. A side by side comparison cannot determine which one is the factory original (except on the basis, one is left hand and one is ride hand drive). Airflow through the cooling system has been improved beyond factory performance. Every facet, every angle has been considered and we will never rest on our laurels. We will continue to provide the conversion quality that so many have promised but failed to deliver!
Be careful not to be caught up in an attractive lower price offer. Break-downs and continual problems relating to the conversion will be frustrating and costly. We see this often with previous customers of our competitors.
Do you sell spare parts for the vehicles you sell?
We carry a good selection of spare parts required for servicing the vehicles. Namely oil filters, fuel filters, air filters, engine belts and brake pads. In addition, other items can be supplied from the US, generally within 2 weeks.
Do you sell accessories for the vehicles?
We have a good assortment of accessory items to personalise your vehicle. Everything from nudge bars to bullbars, side steps, sports bars, bed rails, fifth wheel tailgates, tonneau covers, floor liners, vehicle tracking, location devices and performance packages. We have the largest range of accessory for American pick-up trucks in Australia. However, if you require items that are not in stock these will take approximately two weeks, depending on availability.
Can you register the vehicle for me, so it is ready to drive away?
We have a Department of Motor Vehicles close by. We will gladly accompany you to the DMV to assist in transfer and registration of your new vehicle. Also, afterwards we will head back to our workshop to fit your number plates, so you are good to go.
Can you ship the vehicle to another State for me?
We often do this on behalf of our customers. We will contact several vehicle transportation companies and secure the best possible rate for you. You can then make payment direct to the transport company. Also, we strongly suggest insuring the vehicle in transit.
What if I fly in to collect the vehicle?
We can collect you from either the Brisbane Airport or the Gold Coast Airport both are about 50 minutes away depending on traffic and the time of collection. Also, we will provide you with the documentation to register your vehicle in all Australian States and Territories.
What is your customer service like?
Of course everyone will say they have great customer service. However, we have always taken the extra steps to make sure our customers are happy up to the point of sale, and well beyond. Old time service with a modern approach. We look forward to welcoming you aboard as another one of our satisfied customers.
Please call us for further details:
Office: 07-5665 7546