When you are shipping your vehicle, one of the first questions many people ask is “How much will it cost?” This is understandable, given that most people aren’t familiar with how the auto transport industry works. When looking for a reliable and trustworthy auto shipping company, it is important to find out about their rates. While some fees are standard, there are also a variety of ways to save money when shipping your vehicle. Here are a few tips for getting the best price on auto shipment.
Choose and Open Trailer
Customers have the option to choose between open and enclosed shipping carriers. Although enclosed carriers offer a safer option and protect your vehicle from outdoor elements, this is usually a more expensive option as well. Unless you are shipping an antique, exotic, or luxury vehicle that requires additional protection, you can save money by choosing an open trailer.
Choose Terminal-to-Terminal Delivery
There are a number of auto shipping companies that offer the convenience of door-to-door delivery. While there are obvious advantages to this service, it also comes at an additional cost. If you have the time to drive to the carrier terminal, you can save money with terminal-to-terminal transport.
Just as you would compare prices before having a home repair, you should also compare prices when choosing a car shipping company. You can get quotes from various companies and compare rates to find one that meets your needs. You also want to inquire about additional fees so you aren’t surprised with hidden costs.
Select a Reasonable Insurance
It’s understandable that you want to make sure your car is protected in the event that damage occurs, but be on the lookout for overpriced insurance packages. Some people make the mistake of choosing an inflated insurance plan that covers more than the car is even worth. You can save a significant amount of money by choosing a more reasonable plan.
Consider the Season
Just like the moving industry, auto shipping is most popular during the spring and summer months. If time allows, it's cheaper to ship your car during the winter months, as this can save you anywhere from $200-$300.
Have a Flexible Ship Date
You are going to pay a premium price to have your shipping date expedited. If you aren’t in a rush, you can save money by having a flexible shipping date. This allows the carrier to deliver your vehicle when it's most convenient for them, which can mean more money in your pocket.
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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