Most people only ship vehicles a few times in their life, at most. So people are generally not very knowledgeable about car shipping and how it works. As a result, several myths have arisen within the car shipping industry. Here are three common ones:
Myth #1: Working Directly with an Auto Carrier Saves Money and Hassle
Many people think that they can save time and money by working directly with an auto transport carrier rather than dealing with an auto transport broker. However, it can actually be quite a hassle to find a carrier that will be travelling on your exact route—let alone several to compare quotes. Additionally, carriers are more likely to charge you more when they are the ones responsible for working directly with the customer and handling the paperwork. Choosing a reputable auto transport broker means working with someone who will not only help you to find the best deal, but who will also handle all the details for you to ensure the car shipping process go smoothly.
Posted on December 10th, 2013 under Auto Transport, Car Moving, Car Shipping | Question/Comment
As consumers consider shipping a vehicle, their first concern is typically how much it will cost. To help consumers understand the cost of moving a typical car to different parts of the US, MoveCars.com provides average auto shipping rates between different regions of the US. Below are the average rates for November 2013.
Price changes were mixed between October and November. The Northeast to Southeast had the biggest increase for November. The Southeast to Midwest had the largest decrease in price for the month.
Posted on December 3rd, 2013 under Auto Transport, Car Moving, Car Shipping, Cost of Auto Transport | Question/Comment
Most vehicles are shipped on open carriers that typically hold 8-10 cars. These are the same kind of trucks that you’ve probably seen delivering cars to dealerships. However, there are some instances in which a different type of truck might be used. The following are some examples:
1. Enclosed Transport – If you choose this shipping option, your vehicle will be shipped on an enclosed carrier,which protects it from the elements. Enclosed carriers are usually designed to carry fewer vehicles at a time. (See our post on Enclosed Auto Transport for more information.)
Posted on November 26th, 2013 under Auto Transport, Auto Transport Questions, Car Moving, Car Shipping | Question/Comment
With so many choices available, it can feel overwhelming to pick the right auto transport company. Here are three simple steps to help you find the car shipping company that is the best fit for you.
1. Request Quotes from Several Companies
To compare shipping companies and the services they offer, request quotes from several different auto transporters. Three to five quotes will give you a decent selection to choose from. Before you call to request a quote, have a clear idea of the time frame in which you will be shipping and any additional services (enclosed shipping, terminal delivery, etc.) you need. This ensures you receive an accurate quote and can compare apples to apples when reviewing quotes between companies.
2. Assess Their Reputation
Many people are inclined to choose the auto transport company that offers the lowest price. However, before considering price, be sure the company has a good reputation. The old adage “you get what you pay for” often applies to quality of service. Sometimes, the lower price isn’t worth the hassle. Check with the company’s local Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org), look at online reviews, and ask for feedback from previous clients. While no company is perfect, you can learn a lot about a company’s reputation by the type and frequency of both positive and negative comments.
Posted on November 19th, 2013 under Auto Transport, Auto Transport Questions, Car Moving, Car Shipping | Question/Comment
Shipping your car in an enclosed carrier protects your vehicle from dust, rain, snow and other elements. Choosing enclosed shipping typically costs 25-40% more than shipping your car on an open carrier. For example, to ship your vehicle from New York to Miami in an enclosed car carrier, you would pay an extra $200-$300.
For this reason, most people ship via an open carrier. However, if you are shipping an antique or luxury car, enclosed transport may be well worth the money to ensure additional protection during transit. Luxury car or not, any type of car or light truck can be shipped on an enclosed carrier for an additional fee.
Posted on November 12th, 2013 under Auto Transport, Auto Transport Questions, Car Moving, Car Shipping | Question/Comment