Every car shipping company is going to offer you something different Some will only provide a basic service (getting to point A to B), while others will offer you a red-carpet experience. In the end, you’ll get what you pay for. Here’s a quick guide spelling out how to navigate through the process.
What’s Included in Your Quote
One of the most important factors when choosing a car transport carrier is price, as transporting a vehicle (especially from one coast to another) can be costly. However, when you know what’s included in your basic transport quote—as well as those additional fees which are typically added on to your quote, you can budget accordingly. Your initial quote will include/cover:
- The distance your car is traveling
- Type of transport (open or enclosed)
- Gas it will take to transport your vehicle
- Service fee.
Pay Extra Attention to the Reviews
Online reviews of a company can often be found on their website. It’s a great way for a prospective customer to find out how on-time a vehicle is delivered, and how well customers are treated from start to finish. You can search through reviews to answer a few key questions such as: are you current on all required licenses to transport? What insurance do you offer? Are there any hidden/additional fees I need to consider? What is the communication like? Do they offer any ‘perks’ like door-to-door service?
What Level of Service Do They Offer?
Your vehicle has been an important investment, and one you treat with the utmost care. So, shouldn’t your car transport company treat it with the same level of care when it’s out of your hands? Look for keywords when considering a transport company such as ‘guarantee’ (and then ask them what and how they guarantee your vehicle will be returned to you in the same condition you left it!)
When you know what the additional costs are and budget for them accordingly, you can have a stress-free experience! Ship A Car Direct streamlines the transport process for you, by weeding through 80% of carriers that don’t make our cut! Contact us to learn more at 866-221-1664, or simply read through our many positive reviews!
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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