The decision to ship your car isn’t an undertaking to treat lightly— you need to know every detail about how we handle the shipping of your vehicle. Auto transport methods can be handled differently depending on the car and its destination.
There are many variables when it comes to the logistics of vehicle transport, but one major difference is whether the vehicle will be shipped in an open or an enclosed container.
Open air containers are a common (and less expensive) method of shipping vehicles. The cars are strapped on securely and transported by safe and experienced drivers. Since the cars are on open trailers, there is no protection from the weather, road debris or other hazards.
Enclosed auto transport is more costly to ship, however, the cars are inside of a truck and sheltered from the elements. There are typically fewer cars shipped inside of an enclosed container, and the process may take less time overall.
Auto Carriers or All Shapes & Sizes
When trying to decide what kind of Car Carrier would be best for you, it helps to understand the differences. There are car carriers that hold 8 to 10 cars, while others may hold only a couple. And then, of course, there are open auto carriers and enclosed car carriers.
Most often, people see the larger open car carriers out on the road.
Enclosed auto carriers are out on the road with you as well you just might not know it since they look just like your average moving truck.
The biggest question you probably have is ‘what is the cost difference is between open and enclosed auto carriers?’ Well, depending on the distance that you ship a car, an enclosed car carrier will normally cost you anywhere from a 50% increase to quite possibly double the price of an open car carrier.
The majority of people shipping vehicles use open auto carriers, and assuming you are okay with your vehicle getting a little dirty and/or wet, then you should too. But for those of you shipping classic cars or other high-end vehicles, an enclosed auto carrier is definitely something to consider.
In this depressed economical environment, it is important to save money with every chance you get. When you’re moving, there are a number of costs associated with transporting important items from one place to the next. One big expense is the cost of moving your vehicle to your new location. When you’re considering moving a car, there are a lot of hidden costs that can weaken your budget if you do it yourself. However, if you use a car hauler, then you may be able to reap a lot more benefits than just money. Car shipping takes away a lot of headaches that you may have when you force yourself to drive that clunker through state lines. Vehicle shipping can save you money, you just need to know and understand how.
The first way is on gas. Gas prices constantly change, but one thing is for certain, gas cost a lot more than it did in the golden days. Let’s face it, it costs more than it did ten years ago. Using a car transport service you don’t have to consider the price of gas because the car shipping quote will be include that in the service.
Thirdly the expense of driving across the country can be great. Here you find a lot of expenses such as hotels, food and any other unforeseen circumstances that may come up.
We would be happy to answer all of the questions about your vehicle transport, just take 30 seconds to fill out our brief Custom Quote Form.
Here are a few ways that you cut cost by using an auto transporting company.
Secondly, you save on your car maintenance. Wear and tear on your car happens when you put more miles on it. Oil changes, engine durability and tire tread will be saved because of using a dependable auto shipping service. Car movers put your vehicle on a trailer and there is no precious miles being used up. These are the special hidden savings that you get when you outsource shipping your vehicle.
In conclusion, there are many reasons to hire an expert auto shipper to handle the transporting of your car from one location to the next. You will be able to save money in a lot of different ways. The fuel that you would have to pay for by driving, the car maintenance that you will avoid by not putting more miles on your car and finally the unforeseen expenses such as hotel costs and food and other unplanned events. While shopping for a car hauler, make sure you find one that’s honest and has a great track record of doing business. Doing business with a quality car carrier will save you a lot of worries.
What if you have more than one vehicle? That can be a pain in the neck, which means more drivers, more gas and more wear and tear on your cars. Car relocation specialists are there to provide you a service that gives you more comfort and lots of bang for your buck. You can make sure you get the experts to do all of the work for you. Just hand them the keys and meet your vehicle at the destination.
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.