There are plenty of scenarios when you might consider having your car shipped. Perhaps your job has transferred you to a new state and you need to move more than one vehicle. Maybe your child is away at college and needs a car. Or it might be that you found a fantastic deal on your dream car 1,500 miles away. Whatever the reason, you might find yourself in a position where you are deciding between shipping a car or picking it up in person. Although having a car shipped isn’t exactly a cheap option, it can, in fact, prove to be much cheaper than driving the car yourself or picking it up in person. Aside from the hassle of giving your time to drive a long distance, there are other expenses to consider. Here are a few reasons why shipping a car is actually cheaper in many cases than picking it up in person.
Airfare is Expensive
If you have purchased a vehicle that is a long distance away, you will inevitably be faced with the decision of how to get it home. You might be considering booking a flight to go out and pick your vehicle up in person. However, this could end up being more costly (not to mention more time consuming) than simply having the car shipped to you. Airfare is expensive, and even more so if you plan on traveling with a companion. In many cases, you will find that it is actually cheaper to have the car shipped to you than it would be for you to book airfare.
Travel Expenses Can Add Up
It might sound like a great idea to hop in the car and drive across the country to pick up your new car but if you stop and think about it for a minute, you will soon realize that all of those travel expenses add up. Between gas, lodging, food, oil changes, tolls, and other miscellaneous expenses you could easily spend more than $1500 out of pocket to drive across the country. It’s not worth your time and hassle, especially when you can have the car shipped for a cheaper price.
You Don’t Have to Miss Work
If you plan on driving a long distance to pick up a vehicle you will certainly be having to take time off work to make the trip. If you stop and think about how much it costs you to take a few days off work, you might find that it is actually cheaper to go to work and simply pay to have your car shipped to you.
Potential Car Repairs
Let’s face it, the less long-distance driving you do, the better off your call will be. When you drive your car across the country, you will have to consider more than just gas prices. You will need to change the oil, have the tires rotated and aligned, and you risk potential damage to your vehicle. You are also going to wear out the car’s tires more quickly and new tires are a costly replacement. Having your car shipped is better for the vehicle and reduces car repair costs in the long run.
Time is Valuable
If you are considering driving across the country to pick up a vehicle, you should consider the amount of time it will take you to make the trip. Your time is valuable and is something that you cannot put a price tag on. Having your car shipped might cost you a fee, but the convenience of this service means you can spend less time traveling and more time focusing on what is really important in your life.
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.
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