Whatever Happened to Someone Just Driving the Car to My New Location for Me?
Today’s car transportation company (a legit one at least), isn’t like your mother’s car transportation compny. Today’s shipping rules and regulations can be complicated – and can cost you if you aren’t an informed shopper. Here’s what goes behind a car shipment from one location to another!
The Mechanics of Organizing a Car Shipment
Let’s say you just bought your dream car. The only problem is, it’s in Michigan, and you’re in California! What’s the most convenient way to get it to you? By hiring someone else to do it for you! While the shipping process is effortless for the consumer (arrange for a drop off a pick-up date and time, pay for the service, pick up your vehicle), there’s a lot that goes into the mechanics of organizing a shipment. This includes:
- Planning. Car shipment companies won’t usually drop off a car at a person’s home. Instead, a car is usually picked up at a centrally located terminal. Some of these are owned by companies, while others are independently owned.
- Staying organized. One of the most important aspects of the job is ensuring everything is arranged beforehand – from the pickup to the drop off, and without any hiccups along the way. This includes driver time, fuel usage and making efficient use of resources from point A to point B.
Convenience is the Name of the Car Shipping Game
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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.