Most people assume that shipping your vehicle is a costly endeavor. However, there are a few things you can do to save money. Here are a few tips and strategies to help you save on auto transport services.
As with any service, you should always do your homework and compare quotes. Although the lowest price isn’t always the best one, it can still be helpful to shop around and find out the average price for shipping your vehicle. That said, if the price seems too good to be true, do a background check. Scams are everywhere and drastically lower prices can be a warning sign.
Like anything in the moving industry, auto transport services have peak seasons too. Because of this increase in demand, prices can also go up. If you aren’t in a hurry to ship your vehicle, wait and schedule transport during the off-season.
Flexible Pick-Up and Drop-Off Dates
Most auto transport companies will give you the option of when to drop-off and pick-up your vehicle. If you can be flexible with these dates, you might be able to get a better deal. Some carriers offer discounted rates for dates that fit the carrier’s schedule. You can also save money by reserving your shipment in advance.
Choose Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping
While door-to-door services are more convenient, they are also more expensive because they require the carrier to make a special trip to your location. Terminal-to-terminal shipping can save you money because the carrier can drop off multiple vehicles at one location. Check with the auto transport company to find out how far you are from the nearest terminal.
Choose Open Transport
If you are shipping an exotic, antique, or luxury vehicle, then you may want to pay the extra money for an enclosed carrier. However, unless your car is extremely valuable or brand new, you can save money by selecting an open trailer. Open trailers are considerably cheaper and it’s unlikely your vehicle will sustain damage.
Don’t Overpay for Insurance
In order to avoid unnecessary insurance premiums, you should know the Blue Book value of your car and choose a comparable insurance plan. You should also check the auto shipper’s insurance coverage as well as your own personal auto coverage to see if additional insurance is necessary.
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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