The best way to ship a car is by using an open carrier / Transport. This is a large two-story truck and trailer. Vehicles can be seen since it’s not t covered. It moves vehicles leaving from an area in a city or town, going through destinations nearby or to the point of delivery. These are usually door to door, and making it most convenient and the cheapest option.
There are various reasons someone might need to hire an Auto Transport company. You could be purchasing a vehicle from a person selling it several states away or maybe you are relocating and need to ship your car because you don’t want to sell it or drive it. Whatever the case, the majority of car shipping is done on open carrier.
But what about other methods such as shipping a car by plane? Or shipping a car by train?
Although these options are available, shipping a by plane will be thousands of dollars and not cost efficient. This is normally used for vehicles that can be worth so many thousands of dollars, that the cost of the flight is little in comparison to the value of the vehicle.
There is the option of shipping a car by train. However, this method is extremely limited because you can only make stops at train stations on the way. This means you’ll have to find your way to the train station to load and unload the car. You will also be limited to where the track goes. As of 2018, the route is limited only to the eastern seaboard. (Orlando to Washington DC)
What About a Moving Company? Can I ask Them to Help Me?
Typically moving companies do not touch auto transport. It is always outsourced. This gives you little control as to who they select and sometimes the relationship between the moving company and auto transporter is more monetary then for your benefit. It is always best to go with an auto transport company directly so you have the best options to work with and lowest prices that can save you more money.
What About a Flatbed? Is That a Car Carrier Too?
Although a flatbed is a type of open carrier, flatbed auto shipping is exclusive to your vehicle only so you don’t get the benefit of dividing the cost between several other vehicles going in the same direction. Although not an expensive option for small mileage transport that is within your own city or town, anything traveling further than 300 miles or outside of the state and will be far more expensive than even going enclosed.
What is Enclosed Transport?
Enclosed Transport takes a vehicle and places it inside a trailer that is sealed off from the elements. This service is usually reserved for vehicles that are valuable or have never seen outside weather because they are collectibles. For more information and close shipments, read this article on enclosed transport.
Just as knowing that a car carrier is the best method to ship a car, it’s important to know the right way of going about selecting company to do it.
This industry is riddled with pitfalls thanks little to no regulation on the way the service is sold. For example, if you accidentally run into a broker referral service your email and your cell phone will regret it very quickly. A broker referral service isn’t an auto transport company. It is a provider of leads to small time brokerages they don’t have an online presence. You do not know what type of carriers or tow trucks these companies will use.
Make sure you are checking for good reviews on the auto transport companies you’re going with for quotes. This will illuminate the chances of you working with someone that might accidentally damage your car or leave you stranded.
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