The cost of shipping a vehicle from one place to another involves many factors that can affect the overall pricing. Many businesses and entrepreneurs who are new to auto shipping might not be fully aware of all of the factors that go into determining these costs. As a result, they might find that they have underestimated the actual cost of shipping or they could end up paying more due to lack of knowledge. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when determining car shipping costs.
Insufficient Knowledge of How Pricing Works
Many people are not completely familiar with how auto transport companies calculate their shipping costs. Many things can impact shipping costs, and some of these factors even fluctuate. There is no “one size fits all’ when it comes to the price of auto shipping. Things like the size and weight of the vehicle, the shipping distance, the pickup and delivery location, the type of transport used (open or enclosed), and extra features such as expedited shipping or door-to-door delivery might cost more. Fuel prices are also a determining factor, and since these change on a daily basis, your price could change if you book far in advance.
Not Choosing an Experienced Shipping Company
There are a myriad of car shipping companies but few of them actually have the experience and expertise to provide quality transportation services. If you choose a shipping company with the ‘lowest price,’ you may not be getting an accurate quote. Oftentimes, these less experienced shipping companies will lure you in with lower prices, only to hit you with surcharges and additional fees upon delivery. Furthermore, these companies might not be reliable and could pose a high risk to your vehicle if you ship with them. In some cases, you might not even receive compensation if your vehicle is damaged during transport. Always do ample research and check reviews before choosing a shipping company. You also want to make sure that the shipping company has proper licensing, registration, and insurance.
Not Considering Insurance Coverage
In many cases, a reputable car shipping company will provide some form of insurance to their customers when shipping their car. That said, you will need to read the insurance policy thoroughly to understand more about the coverage. In some cases, you will need to purchase additional coverage to ensure that your vehicle(s) are properly protected.
Not Considering the Time of Year
Many factors can impact shipping costs including the time of year. Peak season for auto shipment typically runs from spring through summer and you could pay up to twice as much during peak season. If you want to avoid paying the highest price, you should schedule your shipment during the off-season to save money.
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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