About Us


Raw Hire services the Pilbara and greater Western Australia with long term hires. Offering the widest fleet range and backed with local knowledge and 15 years experience, you can rest assured that you will get to site on time and with the correct specifications. Supplying customised hire agreements and a flexible fleet capability that can be scaled and adapted to your projects needs.    We pride ourselves on quality vehicles, ranging from light commercials, being utes, wagons, 4WDs, 2WDs, 12 seat to 57 seat buses, 4WD buses, flatbed trucks, crane trucks, tipper trucks, 4WD trucks and 2 to 12 tonne trucks. We also cater for specialty vehicles including water carts and trailers. This allows us to  customise fleet solutions.    Choose the right rental company for your job, 100% locally owned with experienced customer service and support, competitive rates and a one stop shop for your car hire, bus hire and truck hire needs. Call us now on 94748900.   


McLaren Hire was founded in 1998 by Karratha husband-and-wife team Sean and Lisa Clarke to provide local vehicle hire. Since the first hire of just one 4WD. 

McLaren Hire was established in 1998 when owners Sean and Lisa Clarke hired a Toyota Landcrusier from the Karratha caravan in which they lived. The business has now grown beyond the original goal of 50 vehicles to today having including wagons, utility trucks, small and large buses, tipper trucks, crane trucks, water carts, trailer and cars. Efficiently services the region with vehicles professionally equipped to suit resources sector environments, the company also rebranded from McLaren Hire to demonstrate a new level of business maturity and complement a strategic move into supplying heavier vehicles, meeting the demands of the booming Pilbara industries. 

Sean and Lisa launched their vision with a single four-wheel drive vehicle operating out of the caravan where they lived. Today, as a result of their hard work, dedication and professionalism and lasting relationships with a long list of satisfied loyal clients, Sean and Lisa look to the long term plan for the company with strategic planning for the future. 

In 2013 Raw Hire celebrated 15 years of operation, recognising the milestones achieved and the plans to grow beyond being a leading vehicle hire operation in the Pilbara to Western Australia and beyond. 


Operating in the mining sector, the projects within the area are one key indicator of the markets the company operates in or aspires to do business with. These are documented in the media on high frequency with further detail on these from ProjectConnect, as part of looking into emerging markets. Some of the current projects that Raw Hire supply vehicles to on varying scales include:

-       Wheatstone
-       Gorgon at Barrow Island
-       CITIC Pacific Sino Iron at Cape Preston
-       Cape Lambert
-       Dampier Salt
-       Onslow Pipe Project
-       Marandoo
-       Hedland Inner Harbour Project 


Raw Hire always accommodates us well as often special paperwork is required to get the vehicle on site and it is always prepared promptly. Now Hire Gill and the girls at Raw always look after us and we are completely happy with them. Terry, Goodline

All the staff at the Raw office are fantastic, easy to deal with, efficient and we have not had any problems with any of the vehicles. The vehicles are well presented and maintained and all communications are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Damien, Laing O’Rourke

Raw Hire is always easy to deal with. We deal with both the sales team and the service centre and the entire team are knowledgeable and professional. Liam, AGC

It’s definitely an excellent and easy process to hire with Raw. They always provide a consistent service and all queries and responses are handled in a timely manner. Richard, McConnell Dowell

Our situation is unique, the Gorgon Project is also unique and has its own set of difficulties. Raw Hire were efficient, the vehicles brand new and offer a good level of service. Craig, Toll Energy (Gorgon)

Every staff member I have dealt with at McLaren’s has been able to assist and done so efficiently. Any queries I have had have always been dealt with promptly from them. Sunny, Bechtel

Raw Hire are the only ones I would deal with. Their prices are fantastic and they make things very easy and they are very helpful and pleasant. Andre, Leighton


Over time Raw Hire have been recognised for our customer focus, quality, commitment and integrity. We're proud to say that we've been awarded: 

-       2013: Hire & Rental Industry Association, Hire Business of the Year Finalist 
-       2012: Port Hedland Business of the Year 
-       2012: WA Business News Rising Star Award 
-       2010: KDCCI Hall of Fame Inductee 
-       2010: GWN Regional Small Busines Award, Best Business 
-       2010: KDCCI Best Business 11-20 Employees 
-       2010: Sean & Lisa Clarke WA Business News 40under40 winners 
-       2009: KDCCI Best Business 6-10 Employees 
-       2008: KDCCI Best Business 6-10 Employees 

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