If you're concerned about the rising cost to ship a car, you are not alone.
Let's face it, we are ALL getting hammered at the gas pump these days. I have slowly watched my friendly neighborhood gas station's prices go up 50 cents per gallon over the last month or so.
It's killing me, I know it's killing you.
But imagine if you drove an 18 wheeled Car Carrier that only got 5 or 6 miles to the gallon.
Brother, that will make your operating costs soar and your profit margin *shrink*.
So what we are seeing nowadays is the cost to Ship a Car slowly rising as well. Nothing drastic, maybe 50 dollars here, perhaps 100 there.
It's not the Car Carriers trying to gouge you in any way, they are merely adjusting their prices to accommodate their increased operating costs.
As gas prices come down, the cost to ship a car will come back down as well.
It's why we always recommend that you check your price closer to the actual date that you move your car.
I know the prices we quoted last month are no longer getting cars moved, and by next month, if prices come down, you could end up paying more than you need to for car shipping.
Be patient, we are all in the same boat.
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.