Auto transport companies have made the task of moving a vehicle from one place to another faster, safer, and more efficient than ever. These companies take extra precautions to ensure your vehicle is transported safely to its destination. Not only does this make the hassle of moving a vehicle a long distance much easier, but it saves the car owner a great deal of time and money. There are multiple perks to auto shipping and here are just a few times when it would be beneficial.
If your family is moving a long distance, you are probably hiring movers to transport your belongings, but what about your car? You might not want to drive such a long distance and put all of that wear and tear on your vehicle. An auto shipping company can easily transport your vehicle anywhere you need, eliminating the hassle of driving your car yourself.
Perhaps you have a child going away to college. If they are attending a school that is far away, you might not be comfortable with the idea of them driving their car thousands of miles to campus. Auto shipping is a safe and convenient way to get a vehicle to your college student.
Shipping Multiple Vehicles
If you are relocating to a new city and you have multiple vehicles, you will certainly need a way to get them to your new location. Whether you are an avid car collector or you just have a few family vehicles, auto transport is a great option for moving multiple vehicles. In fact, you can typically save money and get a lower rate if you are shipping more than one vehicle.
Transporting Exotic or Antique Vehicles
If you have an exotic or antique car, chances are you don’t want to drive it hundreds or thousands of miles to your new home. Additional mileage can decrease the value of your vehicle, not to mention the risks of putting that much wear and tear on your vehicle. Auto shipping is a great option for shipping exotic or antique vehicles because you can choose an enclosed carrier for maximum protection from debris and outdoor elements.
Purchasing a Vehicle in Another State
Thanks to the internet, car shoppers are no longer limited to the inventory in their hometown. Now we have the ability to shop for vehicles all over the country. If you happen to find your dream car and it’s located across the country, you can purchase the vehicle and have it shipped directly to your door. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to shop an endless selection of vehicles to find the car that is just right for you.
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.