The majority of American households have at least one vehicle and we rely heavily on these vehicles for transportation. That means, wherever we go, we will most likely bring our vehicles with us. Whether you are moving your family, sending a child to college, or purchasing a new vehicle, there are many scenarios where a vehicle would need to be transported. That leaves you with two options: either drive the vehicle yourself or hire an auto transport service. There are a number of reasons why it is beneficial to use an auto transport service and here are a few of the advantages.
One of the main reasons people choose to use an auto transport service is because it saves them a great deal of time. It could take several days out of your busy schedule to drive a car across the country. This requires time off work, away from kids, and away from home. For this reason, many people choose the convenience of auto shipping.
Many people assume it will be costly to ship a vehicle but once you begin adding up the costs associated with driving yourself, you will soon find that driving can actually be more expensive. By the time you factor in travel expenses such as food, lodging, gas, and maintenance costs, you might just find that you are paying a similar amount to drive yourself. Additionally, you might have to take time off work or use up your vacation time which only adds to the expense.
Less Wear and Tear on Your Vehicle
Driving your car hundreds or thousands of miles can put an enormous amount of wear and tear on your vehicle. This decreases your car’s value and adds costly maintenance and repairs to your to-do list. When you ship your vehicle, you avoid adding those extra miles to your car and you ensure it is well protected from the hazards of the road.
When you are planning to drive your car across the country, you are forced to think about lodging, rest stops, gas stops, and meals. This adds quite a bit of planning and stress to your plate. Not to mention, you might encounter traffic congestion, bad weather conditions, or maintenance issues. You can eliminate the worry by arranging to have your vehicle shipped safely with an auto transport service.
Traveling for hours on end in the car can put you and your family at risk for accidents due to drowsy driving, road hazards, or poor weather conditions. That’s why it is beneficial to let an auto transport company take care of your vehicle. This allows you to hop on an airplane where you can relax and have confidence knowing that you and your vehicle will arrive safely at your 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.