When it comes to car shipping, times are changing! Where it once used to be cut and dry – shipping your vehicle to point A to point B with multiple companies putting their hands in the pot – now technology is doing a far share of the work.
Technology Rules in the Car Shipping World
Technology has slowly been dominating the car shipping industry. From online quotes within seconds to route management software, to transport management, shipping has become popular as a consumer tool.
How Does the Online Quote Work?
At Ship A Car Direct, we make the first step in the process – the online quote – easy and hassle free.
Simply enter in a few details:
- The current location of your vehicle
- Where you want your vehicle to be delivered to
- Make, year and model of your vehicle
- If it’s currently running or not running
- Carrier type: do you want open (less expensive) or closed?
Once you enter your information into the contact form, it sends an estimate back to you via email within minutes. When you know all the details about your shipping needs, contact a SACD customer service representative who can answer all of you4r questions, find the exact right shipping company for you and move the process along in one easy swoop!
How Trustworthy is Online Technology and How Accurate?
Your total online price breaks down into two parts: the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount). If you’re receiving multiple quotes (we’d recommend it), keep in mind: everyone you contact for a quote is going to broker your move. Meaning, you’re going to deal with brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the carriers (the ones actually moving your vehicle!) There are also an equal number 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.
At Ship a Car Direct, our online calculator technology is accurate, without being sneaky. Meaning, you’re only going to be matched with the shipping carriers we deem worthy.
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.