We’re here provide an insider’s view of how the vehicle shipping industry works and how to ship your car, truck, boat and RV.
No need to search for a needle in a haystack.
1. Get a vehicle shipping quote.
We are here to help you navigate the process of shipping your car, truck, motorcycle or RV.
If you’re ready to fast forward the process, you can get a car shipping quote from our company or request quotes to ship your car, truck, motorcycle or RV from other reputable sites like GoTruckGo and Yelp.
Don’t request quotes from just anyone.
Being selective and contact companies with solid reputations seem like a no-brainer.
We also understand when in a tight timeline, pulling out the first in a Google search can seem like a quick solution.
2. What information is required?
All auto transport services will require some of the same basic information.
NO payment information should be required until you actually book your car transport.
NO payment should be required until your transport professional shows up to pick up the vehicle.
Here is common information that could be required.
- Year, make and model of your vehicle(s). This information helps us identify the weight and size of the car, truck, motorcycle or RV you need to be shipped. Longer, taller or heavier vehicles are more expensive to ship.
- Pickup and delivery city, state and zip. Distance is a big factor in the cost of shipping your car.
However, this information also helps us determine if there are sufficient auto transport carriers available to pick up/deliver your vehicle.
The more carriers that travel the direction your vehicle will be going, the more economical shipping your car, truck, motorcycle or RV will be.
- Do the vehicle run, steer, and brake? If your car is not fully operational, we have to send an auto transport professional who has the equipment to load the car on the carrier manually.
We have to request unique transport, making it more to ship your car than if it was fully functional.
3. Do you want to ship your car open or enclosed?
Open auto carrier transports do not protect your vehicle from the elements like rain, dust sun, snow, and hail. Other natural elements such as birds and insects are also a factor.
Damages are rare, but they can occur. If you are transporting your classic collectible car protection would be key. Our vehicle transport professionals strive to deliver a car to its final destination in great condition. They go to great lengths to strap and pack their carriers to secure their cargo, reduce mobility and vibration during transit.
Because we can fit more vehicles on an open carrier, this lowers the cost of transport for you. So even though there is a risk when you subject a car to exposure from the elements, most people are willing to take the small risk to save a considerable amount of money. It is also the faster of the two transport options.
Enclosed auto transport places your vehicle inside a covered truck. The car, truck, motorcycle or RV you are shipping is protected from all the elements. Many people shipping high-end cars and classic cars choose enclosed auto shipping.
An enclosed transport can not move as many cars as an open carrier, so it costs more to move each vehicle. Fewer than 3% of all carriers on the road are enclosed transports, therefore it is also harder to schedule as opposed to open transport. In many cases, an enclosed carrier can cost up to double what it would cost to ship on an open carrier.
4. The date or approximate date you want to ship your car.
The auto transport industry is affected by several elements: the price to transport (which includes the price of diesel), the number of trucks on the road and supply and demand.
If you can be flexible enough on when you ship your car to wait for demand to slow, you can save some money.
5. Is my car insured during transport?
Our auto transport professionals have to meet insurance standards in order to be part of our carrier network, which includes carrying insurance on the entire load they are hauling. Regardless, we always recommend you check with your own insurance company to verify car transport is covered under your policy, that way you’re doubly protected.
6. Good information to know.
There are two types of companies in the car shipping industry. One may own a few trucks that run specific routes or the company will broker jobs to car transport professionals.
Finding a company that runs its own trucks along the specific routes you need would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. There is no need for that.
To remedy this, the auto transport industry has a load board that allows companies to post-service requests. Professional transporters that run the specific route needed to fulfill a job post can put in a request to ship your car.
Just like Uber or Lyft don’t own the car that is picking you up. Brokers don’t own the truck that picks your car up. It’s an amazing system that has allowed cars to be shipped faster than ever.
Often there are several companies bidding for open spots on carriers. The company that is willing to pay the most for that open space gets it. That’s one reason why it’s important to disregard your cheapest transport quotes.
We get calls every day from people who chose the cheapest auto transport company and because they didn’t charge enough for the transport, they can’t get a spot on a carrier. Therefore, no one will take the job and the person not only has to pay more to ship their car, but last-minute transports cost more.
Never pay for transport before they pick up your car, truck, motorcycle or RV.
Choosing a car transport carrier to ship your car is a challenging decision. Our professional car shipping advisors will work hard to provide the best solutions for transporting your car, truck, motorcycle or RV to any destination you choose.
We do not charge a deposit and you won’t pay a thing until your auto transport carrier has arrived to pick up your vehicle.