Some years ago, the idea of transporting a car from one state to another may have seemed like a tall order. It certainly wasn’t a normal occurrence for most people. However, today’s technological advances have made auto shipping easy and efficient for consumers. What would have taken more than a week in the past, can now be accomplished in just a couple of days and in some cases even the same day. We are more connected than ever because of technology, and that includes the auto shipping industry. Here are just a few of the ways technology has made car shipping easier than ever before.
Trucks are More Advanced
Auto shipment happens through the use of special trucks known as auto carriers. These auto carriers have come a long way in recent years with advancements in fuel economy, better engines, and access to better route management. Carriers can easily map the fastest route for cross-country shipments and this can reduce shipping time dramatically. These technological advancements make it possible for auto carriers to deliver vehicles in a more timely manner.
Thanks to technology, most auto carriers have tracking systems that allow them to better connect with their customers. Customers can track their shipment which allows for more manageable pickup and delivery. These tracking systems also allow shipping companies to follow their carriers more effectively. All of these advancements have led to a safer and more reliable auto transportation industry.
Easy Online Accessibility for Customers
These days, customers can gather information about car shipment quickly and easily. They can get quotes, compare prices, and read customer reviews all with the click of a button. Customers can make arrangements for their auto shipment online without ever having to pick up the phone or making a special trip to a physical location. Furthermore, mobile apps and tracking services make it easy for customers to connect with their driver to check the status of their delivery and arrange pickup times.
In addition to ease and convenience, technology has also helped to make auto shipment more affordable. Better fuel economy means lower fuel charges and faster delivery and all of this equates to lower prices for consumers.
The explosion of technology has had a profound impact on the auto shipping industry and has made the process easier than ever for consumers. As technology continues to change, we will see more and more advancements in the way of this industry and customers will experience safer, more efficient, and more effective auto transport.
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.