You may have found yourself in need of auto transport and you might be wondering how the whole process works. Since auto shipping is not something people typically do often, many people are not well-informed on the process. Like many other industries, there are several myths surrounding the auto transport industry and this can lead to confusion. Here we have put together a few of the most common car shipping myths to help you better separate fact from fiction.
Many people would prefer the convenience of shipping their car but they assume it is more expensive than driving it themselves. However, this is simply not the case. When it comes to transporting a vehicle across the country, the driver has to factor in the cost of fuel, food, lodging, and possibly even vehicle maintenance, and repairs. In addition, it may also require the driver to take time off work, which could result in a loss of income.
FACT: When all things are considered, it is cheaper to utilize transportation services with a reputable car shipping company.
While the distance you will be shipping your car certainly has an impact on the overall cost, it is NOT the sole determinant of price. In fact, it is one of many factors that is used to determine your quote.
FACT: The cost of car shipping depends on a number of factors including: the make, model, and size of the vehicle, the preferred pickup, and delivery dates, location of pickup and delivery, the time of year, the condition of the vehicle, the type of transport (open or enclosed carrier).
You may be concerned about handing your vehicle over to a shipping company, and understandably so. Your vehicle is one of your most valuable assets so you want to be sure it does not get damaged. You might be considering the possibility of your vehicle being damaged at some point during the shipping process.
FACT: Car shipping is actually the safest option for transporting your vehicle a long distance. Driving your vehicle is much riskier, given that most people are not accustomed to driving long distances. Fatigue can easily set in, which can be very dangerous. Furthermore, your vehicle is subject to road and weather conditions as well as flying debris. All of these can potentially cause damage to your vehicle. Car shipping eliminates the need for driving, which immediately makes it your safest option. In addition, your car is securely fastened to the carrier and is not subjected to heavy mileage and wear and tear. In the unlikely event that weather conditions cause damage to your vehicle, your auto shipping company will have insurance to cover such damage. If you need extra precautions for a luxury or antique vehicle, you also have the option to ship your vehicle in an enclosed carrier for optimum protection.
Everyone can appreciate a good deal, but when it comes to shipping your car, cheaper doesn’t always mean better. While it is certainly recommended to shop around and compare quotes, you also want to look for companies with a good reputation.
FACT: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t be fooled by spectacular deals as they are usually a scam. If one company provides a quote that is drastically different from everyone else, that is probably a red flag. Some car shipping companies will lure customers with cheap quotes only to hit them with fees and additional charges upon delivery of their vehicle.
Are you looking to ship a car that isn’t running properly? Not a problem! Most of your reputable car shipping companies can accommodate vehicles that are not in running condition.
FACT: You can absolutely ship a car that is not running. However, keep in mind that this is usually more expensive, as it requires special equipment to load, unload, and transport it.
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.