It’s not everyday that someone has their vehicle shipped, so it can be a complex process for those not familiar with the industry. What many people do not realize is that it is not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to pricing. Shipping rates will vary based on a number of factors. Once you understand the way certain factors affect shipping costs, you can take certain steps to reduce these costs and save money. Here are a few tips for saving money when shipping a car, truck, or motorcycle.
Just as you shop around for the best prices on cars, furniture, and insurance rates, you want to do the same for auto shipment. Get two to three quotes from different companies and compare them. Be sure to ask about all costs associated with shipment including any fees or additional charges. If the quotes are fairly similar, you should be fine choosing the one that is slightly cheaper. If one of the quotes is drastically different, however, this might be a red flag. Watch out for these companies as they could be a scam.
Choose Open Transport
When you are shipping a vehicle you typically have the option to choose between an open or enclosed trailer. Unless your car is a luxury vehicle or an antique, you are fine selecting an open carrier and you will find that this is considerably cheaper.
Avoid Unnecessary Insurance
Oftentimes car shipping companies offer extensive insurance coverage that can end up being very costly. In order to avoid unnecessary options, know the value of your vehicle and only choose an insurance option that is relevant to your needs.
Be Flexible with Shipping Dates
Auto transport companies do not run the same routes every day and their schedules change based on demand. Due to their fluctuating schedules, carriers will typically charge more to pickup or deliver your vehicle on a specific date. Booking your shipment with flexible shipping dates can help you secure the lowest price.
Consider the Season
Just like other industries, the auto shipment industry also has a peak season. If you choose to have your vehicle shipped during the spring and summer months, you can expect to pay $200-$300 more than you would if you shipped it during the winter months.
There are certain unavoidable factors that will impact shipping costs such as the size and weight of your vehicle and the distance of your delivery. The good news, however, is that there are a number of ways to save money and make the process more affordable. These are just a few of the easiest ways to reduce your shipping expenses.