Believe it or not, shipping your vehicle doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are a number of things you can do to minimize the cost of auto shipment. If you are interested in shipping your vehicle to another state, consider the following tips to help you reduce your expenses.
Choose the Right Time
If you aren’t in a hurry to have your car transported, you could wait and have it shipped during an off-peak period. Interstate auto transport is usually busiest between the months of May-September so you could save some money by avoiding peak season.
Choose Open Transport
Many auto transport companies will give you the option to ship your vehicle in an open or enclosed carrier. Although enclosed carriers do provide additional protection, they also come at a higher cost. Enclosed transport usually isn’t necessary unless you are shipping a luxury or antique vehicle. You can save money by shipping your car in an open carrier.
Choose Terminal-to-Terminal Transporting
Although most carriers will give you the option of door-to-door pickup and delivery, this service is generally more expensive than terminal-to-terminal transport. Although you will have to drive to and from a designated terminal, you can save a great deal of money by choosing this method of transport.
Book in Advance
If you don’t have a hard deadline and can be more flexible on your shipping dates, you will likely save money. When giving a quick deadline there is less flexibility from the car shipping company to shop the best options for you thus increasing the costs. So book early!
Be Flexible with Pick Up and Drop Off Dates
Most car shipping companies will give you the option to choose pickup and drop-off dates that work best for your schedule but you could save money by being flexible on these dates. The carrier may be able to offer you a discount to have your vehicle dropped off or picked up on a day that is more logistically convenient for them.
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.