When it comes to car shipping, times are changing! Where it once used to be cut and dry – shipping your vehicle to point A to point B with multiple companies putting their hands in the pot – now technology is doing a far share of the work.
Technology Rules in the Car Shipping World
Technology has slowly been dominating the car shipping industry. From online quotes within seconds to route management software, to transport management, shipping has become popular as a consumer tool.
How Does the Online Quote Work?
At Ship A Car Direct, we make the first step in the process – the online quote – easy and hassle free.
Simply enter in a few details:
- The current location of your vehicle
- Where you want your vehicle to be delivered to
- Make, year and model of your vehicle
- If it’s currently running or not running
- Carrier type: do you want open (less expensive) or closed?
Once you enter your information into the contact form, it sends an estimate back to you via email within minutes. When you know all the details about your shipping needs, contact a SACD customer service representative who can answer all of you4r questions, find the exact right shipping company for you and move the process along in one easy swoop!
How Trustworthy is Online Technology and How Accurate?
Your total online price breaks down into two parts: the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount). If you’re receiving multiple quotes (we’d recommend it), keep in mind: everyone you contact for a quote is going to broker your move. Meaning, you’re going to deal with brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the carriers (the ones actually moving your vehicle!) There are also an equal number of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book.
At Ship a Car Direct, our online calculator technology is accurate, without being sneaky. Meaning, you’re only going to be matched with the shipping carriers we deem worthy.
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.
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