Direct auto shipping, also known as door-to-door service, is a convenient and hassle-free way to have your vehicle picked up and delivered to your destination. The other option is to have your vehicle picked up and delivered at a terminal, which could be several miles away depending on your location. When you are in need of shipping a car, you want the process to be as simple as possible. That’s why direct auto shipping is such a popular choice for many people. This convenient service definitely has its advantages, so let’s take a closer look at how the process works.
Door-to-door service is by far the most convenient option, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It works best for people who live in a major metropolitan city with wide streets that can easily be maneuvered by a large auto trailer. This would not be an ideal option for someone living in a rural area with dirt roads or windy roads. In addition, there is a higher demand for car shipping services in major cities, meaning it’s more convenient for the carrier. You also want to keep in mind that direct auto shipping is more expensive, given the added convenience of the service. The shipper is using their fuel and time to deliver your vehicle directly to you, so this is reflected in the overall shipping cost.
If you know you want direct shipment, look for a company that offers door-to-door service. Though many companies will give you the option, some only offer terminal to terminal shipment. Therefore, you want to inquire specifically about the service and make sure it is available in your location.
Next, you will have the option to choose between open and closed transport. As the name suggests, open-air transport means your car is shipped on an open-air trailer that will be exposed to the outdoors. This is the most common and affordable option. If you choose enclosed transport, your car will be shipped in an enclosed trailer where it is sheltered from the outdoor elements. This is a more expensive option, but it may be ideal for luxury, brand new, antique, or exotic vehicles that may require additional protection.
Another advantage to using door-to-door shipment is that you get to personally meet the driver. You will have the opportunity to see your vehicle loaded on and off the trailer and you can ask the driver any questions you may have. You may also be able to get their contact information, which can be helpful for estimated delivery times as well as general peace of mind.
You will need to be present when your vehicle is picked up so you can show proper identification, registration, and proof of ownership. You will also need to be present upon delivery to handle payment and to sign the Bill of Lading.
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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.