Auto shipment has become an increasingly popular industry and there are several companies offering different auto transport services. Some companies offer terminal to terminal shipping while others offer door to door shipping. How do you know which service is right for you? Before you decide, you need to have a basic understanding of each so you can choose the method that best meets your needs.
Terminal to Terminal Shipment
Much like an airport, many auto shippers have terminals which allow for fast and easy loading and unloading as well as storage for your vehicle. With this type of shipment, you will have to drop off your vehicle at a specified location but most of the time these terminals are located on common routes of travel. That is one of the main benefits because carriers don’t have to travel as far to get your vehicle. Terminals are also convenient for people who have to drop their car at a specific time and day. Furthermore, if you cannot be around when the vehicle needs to be picked up a terminal is a great solution because you can store your vehicle there until you are ready to pick it up. This flexibility can make it possible for you to get your car faster.
Door to Door Shipment
As the name implies, door to door shipment means that your vehicle will be picked up at your home or another nearby location and then dropped off at another location of your choosing. The best part about door to door shipment is the convenience of not having to drive your car very far to drop it off. Door to door shipment is a great option for those who live within city limits or close to the highway. However, it can be more difficult to arrange if you live in a rural area. Many people also assume that door to door shipment is more expensive but it will be much cheaper than leaving your vehicle stored at a terminal for several days. If you can make yourself available for the delivery, door to door shipment might be your best option.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of shipment and it really comes down to which drop off location is most convenient for you. Are you flexible enough to work around the driver’s schedule? Do you require additional storage? Do you live in a metro or rural area? The answers to these questions can help you decide which drop off location is best suited for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.