In the past, people would move other people's cars manually. Nowadays, auto shipping companies exist, but people are still torn over whether it's smarter to use a shipper or a mover. Everyone's situation is different and requires a different approach. Decide if it's better to hire an auto transport company or a furniture mover for your situation.
Hiring a Furniture Mover
Furniture movers ship all kinds of items, not just furniture. They ship special items like cars upon request. The problem is that movers are not auto shippers, so they don't specialize in the task. They are not as safe and reliable with vehicles as professional shippers are.
Most movers do not have the proper equipment to ship full-length vehicles. They must secure the vehicle tightly and place cushions between it and the other items. It may be necessary to obtain another truck or trailer, which is an additional fee. Even with all of these preparations, it's still easy to cause damages during the trip.
However, furniture movers are less strict in how they handle the car. They may allow you to leave personal belongings inside, while an auto shipper may forbid you to leave valuables. If you want a fast, easy and affordable solution to shipping, it's better to work with a furniture mover.
Hiring an Auto Shipper
One reason to hire an auto shipping company is they are well prepared. They have the right moving trucks, trailers and locks to secure and transport a car. They have professional drivers who have thousands of miles of experience in driving vehicles across the country.
Comprehensive insurance coverage is another reason why an auto shipper is more beneficial than a furniture mover. Damages could occur while the vehicle is loaded, in transit and unloaded. Each policy is different, so it's important that customers read and understand the terms of a policy. If your car is already insured, check if you have additional coverage for shipping.
The auto transport industry seems like the best answer to moving a vehicle. There is still the second option of hiring a moving company to move the vehicle and all of your other personal belongings together. The problem is that movers do not specialize in shipping cars. On the other hand, you save time and money by not having to research shippers. In the end, the decision is based on your personal needs and not just on costs or customer 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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