Along with the many other advantages that modern mobility provides your family, a new method of transporting vehicles from one end of the country to the other is increasingly appealing. The door-to-door transport of cars is a viable and reliable service that many Americans are either considering or using.
For many Americans, however, the question of the practicality and cost of having their vehicle moved to a different location makes them hesitant to make this choice. However, Ship a Car Direct is here to answer your questions and concerns about door-to-door auto transport.
The Ins and Outs of Door-To-Door Auto Transport
The first question we need to answer is, “What is door-to-door auto transport?” Just like the name implies, we’ll pick up your car from the exact location you specify, provided it is easily accessible for an 18 wheeled carrier and deliver it to the destination address you provide. Nothing could be easier!
What might you use this car shipping service for? Here are two possibilities:
The first is to surprise someone with a gift. Imagine your grandmother or your 18-year-old daughter waking in the morning to see a brand-new vehicle outside their home. The reaction to seeing this gift is priceless, a once in a lifetime event that can never be duplicated.
The second event that door-to-door auto transport can be used for is one that is occurring more and more every year. Families are spending half their year in different locations, often at different ends of the country. The practice started with retired persons moving with the seasons for the comfort of consistent weather -- such as spending half the year in the northern states and the other half in places like southern California or Florida.
Today, it’s not just these “snowbirds” who enjoy splitting their year between different parts of the country! As people travel across the country to visit family members or explore other parts of the country, transporting the family vehicle with a door-to-door auto transporter while flying to the destination is the most comfortable way to go.
Methods of Door-To-Door Auto Transport
There are two methods we use to transport vehicles from one place to another cheaply. You see car carriers on the road all the time. Dealerships use these “open carriers” to move vehicles from factories or ports to the dealer’s lot all the time. Cars on an open carrier are kept in place through a series of chains, usually attaching the carrier to the frame of the car.
The second method is the “enclosed carrier.” Though you have probably seen these on the road, you probably did not realize that the cargo included autos! With our enclosed carrier service, autos are tethered to the inside of the container via soft straps. Of the two methods of auto transport, the enclosed carrier option is by far the more expensive but also protects the car more completely from damage, dirt and debris.
The Pros and Cons of Door-To-Door Auto Transport
- We deliver your car to a location either directly outside your house or a place close to you, depending on the rules, regulations, and street size of where the delivery is to take place.
- We add little or no mileage to the vehicle during transport.
- At the time of pickup, the vehicle is inspected to ensure it is delivered in the same condition.
- All vehicles transported through Ship A Car Direct are fully insured.
- Sometimes, the delivery location may not be at your door. Some states or communities have regulations about where large trucks can move. Make sure to check out the locations available for delivery.
- If you live in an area where an 18 wheeler cannot deliver, but you still desperately need door to door service, it is still possible but will cost extra. Carriers can work with local flatbed services to hand your car off to them for delivery at your door, but it can get pricey. Talk to one of our representatives about your options.
- There may be mishaps that interfere with the timing of the delivery. Be prepared to adapt if natural or human-made problems occur that delay the delivery of your vehicle.
Is Door-To-Door Auto Transport For You?
In the end, the choice of whether to rent a car at your new location, drive from one end of the country to the other, or to have us move the vehicle for you is your decision. Make sure to check out our delivery record, methods of delivery, and overall reputation as a vehicle shipping company. If you are moving on a budget, use our Quote Calculator to get a quick estimate so you’ll know what to expect and can maintain budgetary room for emergencies.
Contact us today with any questions you may have, or to get a quote on the door-to-door auto transport!
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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.