There are several reasons why individuals are deciding to move to Texas from other states. The chief reason is better job and career opportunities. The next is probably the break in personal and corporate taxes.
Those who have families probably take into consideration that there is plenty of space to enjoy in the Lone Star state. If you move to a city like Austin, you get to live in one of the most unique cities in the United States. Plus, it has tons of live entertainment.
As you begin to pack up your home, you have to think about what you are going to do with your car. There is no reason to leave it behind or put extra miles on it. Car shipping has become a streamlined process.
When you use an auto transport service like ours from Ship a Car Direct, you can rest assured your car will arrive in a timely manner and in good shape.
What Are Auto Transport Services?
Auto transport services are shipping services for vehicles. When you move, you can drive your car to your new home in Texas. You can also hire professionals like ourselves to ship it for you.
Shipping a vehicle is the same idea as shipping your belongings through a logistics company. The only difference is the cargo.
A vehicle is shipped with other vehicles, secured and loaded in a manner that ensures it arrives in good condition. We care for every customer's car as if it were our own.
Why Use an Auto Transport Service
When you move to Texas, you can pack your car and drive to your new home. You can also hire others to do the heavy lifting for you.
If you have never been to this state before, there will be time to get to know your new surroundings. With your belongings in tow, however, is not that time. You are going to get to know a new highway system, a new landscape.
You may already know that the heavier load your car has to carry, the more wear and tear it causes to your vehicle. When you are ready to explore, your car should not be packed. This way if you lose your navigation or experience a minor roadside incident like a flat tire, you will not have your possessions with you.
How Long Does Car Transport Take?
It depends. Texas is experiencing an influx, so there are auto transport trucks heading there on a consistent basis. Once we know where we are picking up your vehicle, then we can begin to estimate how long it will take to arrive.
We estimate that it takes one to two weeks for vehicle transport trucks to go from one coast to the other. If your vehicle is being picked up from the Midwest and you are moving to Houston, we anticipate that the total trip will take three to seven days door to door. By speaking with one of our representatives, we can give you a better estimated time of arrival.
Do Auto Transport Companies Broker Their Cargo Out?
At Ship a Car Direct, we find the trucks that can transport your vehicle from where you live now to Texas in a timely manner. The goal is to optimize your move. As mentioned before, there is an influx going into Texas. Our job is to ensure your vehicle is picked up as close to your preferred date as possible.
How Do I Get a Shipping Quote?
There are two main ways to receive a shipping quote from us at Ship a Car Direct. You can give us a call and speak with one of our representatives. You can also receive a free estimate by entering the pertinent information into our online form.
The estimate comes with no strings attached, and our free instant estimate calculator requires no personal information. If you would like a more exact quote for your shipment, feel free to get in touch with us. We will keep all of the information you share confidential.
As you browse through our online information, if you have any questions, feel free to use the chat feature. We have also embedded informational videos that further explain and illustrate the auto shipping process.
What Does the Shipping Quote Include?
The shipping quote is going to take into account several factors. Some of the factors are time sensitive. So, you may notice that rates are cheaper during some portions of the year as opposed to others.
The quotes are also based on demand. Logistics is a fast-paced field where everyone involved is trying to optimize truck space and timing.
Your rate is broken down into two main components: our fee and the carrier's fee. We work in conjunction with the carriers, and if they are low on demand, we can negotiate a better deal. Texas auto transport is a busy field these days. With enough research, we can find a deal that works for all parties.
All quotes are projections and estimates. Your rate will be set in stone when the driver agrees to haul your car for a given rate.
Will My Vehicle Be Insured?
Your shipping quote includes insurance, so your vehicle will be insured. Damage is rare, but we want to deliver peace of mind to you. Some cars are transported in a closed truck carrier. Others are transported in an open truck carrier.
How Much Lead-Time Should I Give an Auto Transport Company?
The demand in the auto transport industry changes from day to day. In some cases, it can change hour to hour. This is why we encourage you to do some research as soon as you decide that you are going to move.
If the truck is full by that date, then it will leave on time. If the truck is full sooner, you may receive a call to find out if you are ready to turn over your car before your desired date.
Keep in mind that you will not be charged anything until a carrier agrees to move your vehicle. Due to the nature of the industry, we want to ensure your complete satisfaction, which begins with receiving the best rate possible.
Do I Need to Be Present to Receive My Car?
When your vehicle arrives in Austin or Houston, for example, someone needs to be present to sign for the car. It can be you or someone you have authorized to receive the vehicle, Simply let us know who to call and who will sign.
If you are getting ready to move to Texas, you are not alone. To have your vehicle shipped, feel free to contact us at Ship a Car Direct for more information.
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.