There is no doubt that we all enjoy a good deal but when it comes to auto transport, cheaper isn’t always better. The fact is, it just isn’t cheap to ship a car. It costs a lot of money to load your vehicle on a giant truck, fuel that giant truck, and get your vehicle from point A to point B. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that while we all love to save a little money, a car shipping quote that sounds too good to be true probably is. The bottom line is this...you wouldn’t buy the cheapest car on the lot because you would assume there was something wrong with it so why choose the cheapest car shipping company? Auto transport is way too important to take a chance one because your vehicle is one of your biggest expenses and it's essential to your livelihood. In order to ensure you are working with a trusted and professional car shipping company, never base your decision on price alone.
Cheap Prices Usually Mean Hidden Fees and Surcharges
Some companies try to lure you in by lowballing their quote. In these situations, however, you aren’t seeing the additional handling fees and surcharges that are going to be tacked on to your bill at the end. If you get a few quotes and one is drastically cheaper than the others, this should be a red flag. There is probably a good reason why one company appears so much cheaper and it’s the fact that they are going to sneak in plenty of extra charges. If something seems peculiar, make sure you listen to your gut. Always ask plenty of questions concerning the price and ask the company to give you a final price that includes any additional fees and charges.
Cheap Prices Mean Less Customer Service
Some of these “cheaper” car shipping companies offer lower prices because they don’t actually have a customer service department. You are dealing directly with the carrier who is physically loading and hauling your car. This can present huge problems because who are you going to call when your car doesn’t arrive on time or when it arrives with damage? When you are dealing directly with the carrier, there is no guarantee that your car will arrive within the designated time frame and they oftentimes don’t offer transport coverage for your vehicle. This is a huge risk because your car might arrive damaged.
Cheap Prices Might Mean Scammers
It’s a sad reality but unfortunately, there are plenty of scammers out there who will try and trick you into paying a deposit for your vehicle transport. These scammers often require a deposit upfront and then they never pick up your vehicle. Unfortunately, once you have paid the deposit there is no way of getting your money back. One of the best ways to tell if the company you are working with is legitimate or not is by looking on their website for their six-digit MC Docket number. Every auto transport company is required to be registered by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration and this number is proof of the company’s registration. In addition to looking for this number, you should also research customer reviews. It’s worth it to pay a little more to guarantee you are working with a reputable company.
Remember when you are booking a car shipping company that price is just one of many factors that should go into your decision. The cheapest prices don’t necessarily mean you are getting the best deal. Shop around, do your research, and remember that you get what you pay for!
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.