Whether it’s because you are offered a job transfer or have a kid going off to college or if you happen to find your dream car for a great price at a dealership seven hundred miles away, car shipping to another state becomes a necessity.
While it’s not something every family experiences regularly, car shipping across long distances is a thriving industry unlike any other transport service.
As you begin your research into shipping a car to another state, you may be surprised to learn that there is no major transport provider like Greyhound, Amtrak or United Airlines.
There aren’t obvious hubs or a grand centralized schedule of trucks going set routes. Shipping a car to another state is not like booking a seat on a regularly scheduled train out of an established station.
Instead, there are independent car haulers who set their own routes and schedules based on the best paying jobs available in the regions they serve. Their schedules vary from week to week based on the customer transports available, traffic, weather and truck maintenance.
Long-distance car haulers book their customers through transport brokers and must fill their truck with 6-8 customer vehicles going the same direction at the same time.
Transport brokers are a little like travel agents without access to a grand centralized schedule. Since brokers can’t anticipate independent haulers schedules, brokers offer jobs to a pool of licensed haulers and are dependent on carrier availability and response for each customer.
For most routes there are only a few trucks available each week, so successful brokers price transport jobs to appeal to the driver as well as to the customer.
The bottom line is, when considering car shipping to another state it’s best to find a reputable transport broker who knows the business. That broker will be able to explain the process to you and help you find the best options for your transport needs.
If you have any questions about the process and/or your specific transport needs, ask a Safe Direct Car Shipping representative: 866-221-1664.
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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