Thanks to the internet, car shopping has never been easier. The internet makes it possible for consumers to search throughout the country to find their perfect car. Long gone are the days of spending your entire Saturday at a local car lot. These days, consumers can shop for the exact vehicle they want right from the comfort of their home. This also simplifies the process for auto resellers as well. They have a much bigger pool of buyers as opposed to just local shoppers. While online car shopping has certainly changed the way people buy and sell vehicles, it also begs the question, “How does the seller get the vehicle to the buyer?” Car transport companies work closely with auto dealers, importers, car collectors, and auto resellers to safely and efficiently ship inventory from one place to another. Here are just a few reasons why car resellers should use an auto shipping company to transport their vehicles.
It’s Better for the Vehicle
When you purchase a vehicle, the last thing you want to do is turn right around and put heavy miles and wear and tear on it. If a car dealer sells a vehicle to a customer in another location, that customer will not want the car driven a long distance immediately after it is purchased. Along with additional mileage, long distance road trips can cause a slew of maintenance issues for a vehicle. The vehicle is also susceptible to damage from outdoor elements. With an auto shipping company, the dealer can have the vehicle delivered directly to the customer without compromising the integrity of the vehicle.
It’s More Convenient Than Driving
When you are selling a vehicle, you want to make the process as easy as possible for the buyer. Not every buyer has the time and resources to make a long distance trip to pick up their vehicle. Likewise, the auto seller does not want to spend a week driving and delivering the vehicle to the customer. A car transport service solves this problem by offering a faster and more convenient option that is beneficial to both the buyer and the seller.
It Saves Money
When an auto seller has a buyer located a long distance away, the only options to get the car to the buyer is either to drive the car or ship it. Driving the vehicle can be a costly option for both the buyer and the seller. In addition to having to take time off work to either pick up or deliver the vehicle, a long distance road trip can incur a number of other expenses such as gas, food, lodging, and maintenance repairs. It is more economical for both parties to have the vehicle shipped using a car transport service.
It Attracts a Bigger Pool of Buyers
If you are in the business of reselling cars, you want to attract as many buyers as possible. By incorporating a car transport service, you expand your customer base all over the country. Rather than relying solely on local customers, you have the ability to sell your vehicle to customers located anywhere in the country. Auto transport services make the process of buying and selling a car easier than ever before.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. 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.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.