Are you moving across the country, or did you recently sell your vehicle and need to ship it across state lines? You have options! Learn what’s required to ship by trailer, train or boat, and then find the perfect solution for you.
Hiring a Car Transport Company
Shipping by truck is often the most popular option. Putting your vehicle in the hands of another saves you time and money. Depending on the distance traveled, expect to spend between $10,00-$2,000 for door to door service. While the price varies, you can negotiate based on flexibility of delivery dates and the type of trailer you choose (open vs. enclosed).
Shipping by Train
Shipping by train can be one of your most affordable options, ranging from $400-$1,500. However, it may take the longest for your vehicle to arrive. Because trains use a direct route and often switch trains during their journey, it can mean a longer overall delivery. If you’ve got the flexibility and you’re on a tighter budget, traveling by rail is a smart option.
Shipping by Boat
Many car owners find that they save money shipping their vehicle by boat because everything is already there and accessible. No overnight stays at a hotel, no extra gas to worry about. This is often the best decision when you need to ship overseas. Factors that go into the cost include:
- The cost of fuel
- The car’s age and height
Be sure to do your research so you can find the best transporter for your needs. Doing your homework means you’ll likely receive the best quote as well.
Hire a Reliable and Reputable Company
Do you have a car to ship cross country, but you don’t know who to trust with your vehicle? Ship A Car Direct is a unique car shipping company! They offer each customer a ‘damage free’ guarantee, door-to-door service and no upfront costs. Contact them today for a free quote at (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.