If you are preparing for a cross-country move, there are several things you have to take into consideration. One of those is how you plan to get your vehicle to your new home. You may be wondering whether or not you should drive it yourself or have it shipped. Relocating a vehicle across the country is quite a task so you are probably trying to figure out the most convenient and cost effective way to do so. Before you make your decision, there are several things you should consider. Weighing these pros and cons is the best way to make the decision that is right for you.
Trying to move all of your belongings and your vehicle a long distance can be a daunting and frustrating task. One way to ease this burden is by enlisting the help of a professional auto shipping company. Auto shipping companies are knowledgeable about how to handle the logistics of transporting a vehicle across the country and they have the ability to move your vehicle quickly and efficiently. Driving your vehicle yourself can take several days, depending on the distance of your move. This can be an exhausting task when you already have so many other things on your plate. When you eliminate the hassle of having to drive your vehicle thousands of miles, you can free up time to handle more critical tasks surrounding your move.
Many people assume that driving their vehicle is a great way to save money. However, when you add up the cost of gas, lodging, food, and vehicle maintenance, you will probably find that using a professional auto transport company will actually be more cost effective. Aside from the financial benefits, you will also find that transporting your vehicle will save you precious time...something that is extremely valuable during a long distance move.
Driving your vehicle across the country equates to thousands of miles and loads of wear and tear on your vehicle. Your vehicle is also susceptible to damage from weather and other outdoor elements. In addition, such a long distance drive might require you to purchase new tires or complete other repairs upon arrival at your destination.
Driving across the country is a strenuous and exhausting task. It also puts you at risk of breaking down, getting in an accident, or having to drive through hazardous weather conditions. While you may set out in sunny, pleasant conditions, you never know when rain, high wind, storms, or snow could be just around the corner. Choosing auto shipping over driving is a much safer choice and helps you avoid unnecessary risks.
Michael starting working in car shipping over 20 years ago, in 2002; back in the days when fax machines ruled the roost, being the first name listed in the yellow pages was King and google wasn’t yet a verb. Sometimes he foolishly thinks he’s seen every situation imaginable when it comes to shipping a car, but about once a year he’s proven wrong.
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.