Shipping a car across the country is something most people only do once a lifetime (if at all), so the process is unfamiliar. A great way to gain confidence about it is to read one of our car shipping reviews from an actual customer.
Our customer Karen R. left feedback for us after she transported her car from California to Maryland. She even had a false start with another transporter before finding us. Here is what she says about the experience:
Needed to move my SUV across country from CA to MD. Had used another transport service for move from MD to CA and was very dissatisfied. Had to sign an upfront contract and pay an upfront deposit for service with that company. They did not keep me informed and contacting them was difficult (long hold times, etc.) 30 days past my original pick up date, they finally did find a carrier but when the carrier contacted me for pick up directly, I was asked for several hundred dollars over contracted amount. Obviously, hadn't been notified of this in advance by the transport service.
Dealing with Safe Direct was an entirely different experience. Selected them by the Transport reviews and ratings. No upfront signing of a contract, no deposit until a carrier was assigned. Company provided very informative video links explaining all aspects of transport process. David, who was my contact person, kept me well informed throughout via email or telephone.
When no carrier had picked up my transport five days after my initial available date, David worked with me to make sure my vehicle was picked up within the time parameter I had provided.
I did end up having to 'sweeten the deal' somewhat to make my transport more attractive to a prospective carrier and also had to be willing to adjust my drop off destination somewhat, which amounted to my being willing to drive a little over an hour to a nearby destination. However, I did not feel manipulated into paying more than my estimated amount by Safe Direct because David was very forthcoming with information on the trips in my time-frame that had been picked up, the rates agreed to, etc.
After a carrier was assigned to me, David was accessible in case I had any problems and followed up after my transport was complete.
The carrier that ultimately accepted my transport (M&T Transport) turned out to be very professional and in the end, actually delivered my car early to my destination! They also were very good about keeping in contact with me about the status of their arrival and most importantly, my vehicle was delivered to me in the same excellent condition it was picked up in.
I would definitely recommend Safe Direct and plan to use them again in the future based on this experience.
How's that for informative feedback?! Thanks, Karen!!
If Karen's experience inspires any questions about car shipping, please give us a call. Our friendly representatives are happy to explain the process and the quotes are free!
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.
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