Everyone wants a good deal nowadays. No matter the product or service needed, we are all looking for a bargain. But there are times when going for the lowest price can end up costing you more, and with auto shipping that is especially true.
As tempting as a budget shipping quote may be, it may not be such a great deal in the long run.
One common misconception about auto shipping is that the quotes provided are guaranteed set prices from each individual company. However, every quote you receive is from an auto shipping broker who will use that estimate to contract an independent hauler.
Each hauler accepts the jobs they want at the price that they feel is acceptable. Their routes may vary from week to week depending on the jobs available. The drivers themselves are not available to provide quotes for their services to customers, as they are on the road. The haulers go through the brokers listings for ready jobs and always accept the best paying jobs first. (And really, if you were a driver, wouldn’t you prefer the best paying jobs?)
If a potential auto shipper makes an offer to potential haulers that is too low, it will be ignored by the well-rated drivers. No matter how long you wait, if your offer is not acceptable to a driver it will not get set.
Even if you have given your credit card information to a broker, your final auto shipping contract requires hauler acceptance. So even if a broker is willing to make a low offer on your behalf, your final price is dependent on a hauler agreeing to it.
Also - keep in mind that if a low, low price does book a carrier, it’s often a “you get what you pay for” situation. Often, the lowest auto shipping offers only appeal to desperate drivers: those who don’t have a great track record and/or those who aren’t paying insurance premiums.
Is saving $50 – 100 worth risking your transport with a shady hauler?
At Ship a Car Direct, we make sure all of our transports are booked with well-rated and fully insured haulers.
Our auto shipping quotes aren’t always the lowest, but they are realistic for timely bookings. And in our experience, starting with a fair price for a quick and safe transport is actually the best bargain.
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.