Whether you are moving across the country, taking an extended vacation, sending a child to college, or purchasing a new car in a different state, you may find yourself in need of transporting your vehicle a long distance. When you find yourself in this position, you are faced with two options. You can either drive your vehicle yourself or hire a professional auto transport company. While driving may initially seem like the easiest option, spending long hours on the road and adding additional mileage to your vehicle may not end up being your best option. Alternatively, hiring a professional auto transport company can provide a safe, convenient, and efficient way to transport your vehicle. Below we will explore some of the top benefits of hiring professional car shipment services.
Traveling for long hours in the car can be stressful and exhausting, and fatigued driving is extremely dangerous. Furthermore, long drives put you at risk for accidents, from poor drivers or inclement weather. The safest option for you and your family is to hop on a plane and ship your vehicle. This ensures both you and your vehicle arrive safely at your destination.
Driving your car across the country can put a tremendous amount of wear and tear on your vehicle. High mileage can decrease the value of your car and increase the need for maintenance and repairs. Furthermore, driving your car leaves it susceptible to damage from outdoor elements, bad weather, and flying road debris. Shipping services allow you to transport your vehicle to any destination without all of the wear and tear.
Contrary to popular belief, driving your car can actually be more expensive than shipping it. By the time you add up the cost of fuel, food, lodging, and vehicle maintenance, you may find yourself paying close to the same or even more than you would to ship your car. With a car shipping service, you can avoid all of these additional costs as well as the possibility of paying for car repairs after such a long drive.
One of the main reasons people choose car shipping is because it is so convenient. Driving your car across the country can take several days, and this is not a feasible option for everyone. In addition to long hours on the road, you may even have to take additional time off work to complete the drive. With car shipping services, you can forget about spending multiple hours on the road and relax knowing your car will arrive safely at its destination.
If you are moving across the country and you plan to take multiple vehicles with you, you may be wondering how you will get them all to your destination. A professional auto transport service makes it easy to ship more than one vehicle at the same time. You will save time and money as well as the hassle of trying to transport multiple vehicles.
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.