The American business world moves at the speed of light and the same ease and smoothness is expected in all spheres of life by Americans. That is why when it comes to American auto transport, people want their vehicles moved at lightning fast paces. However, there is much more to the business of moving vehicles than just taking them physically from one location to another.
It Does Not Happen at the Speed of Light.
Shocking as this may sound, transporting a car and a new one at that, takes time as the bulky carriers move slowly across the highways to get to the destination. Most often, people employ open carriers which are slightly faster than closed ones and the reason is that it is often easier to schedule open ones faster than the latter. Also, the transportation vehicle is bound to face a few obstacles on the way like a flat tire, traffic jams or a snow storm during winter, which may put them way behind schedule. Generally, you can expect one to two weeks if you were moving the car from one coast to another. Other common reasons for your car shipping to get delayed may be -
- other customers who have booked the vehicle but have brought in their car late.
- incomplete paperwork – this may cause delays especially when you have to get customs clearance.
- accidents along the route which may cause the roads to get blocked.
You are Probably not Dealing with a Company but with an Agent.
Most often when you contact a car shipping company, you are probably getting in touch with a broker company who has a wide network of car shipping companies under their wings. Most of the car shipping companies will be small ones with regular routes and owning just a few vehicles. They will be dependent upon these broker firms to get them new orders. In the same way, when you call up these brokers, they will search their network and will find the company that is doing the route that you want to put you on to them.
You are Paying for Transportation Charges Regardless of the Place of Purchase.
You click a button and select the latest car online to make it yours. However, the problem arises when you want it transported to your hometown which, inconveniently, happens to be all the way across the country. So you become wise and hop over to the nearest showroom and buy the car. This way you are thinking that you are saving on transportation cost, right? Well, you are right in a way but there is one hidden cost that you are paying regardless of the fact that you are buying it near your own house or a thousand miles away.
The unknown factor is this.
New cars are being transported to their dealerships all over the country and they cannot be driven over there as then they would be considered used cars and not brand new. So the cost of transportation is actually paid by the customers when they buy the vehicle as destination charge. However, the actual transportation charge is not fully given in the destination charge but is spread to all the vehicles under a nationwide average so that no matter where you buy the car from, you still get to pay the transportation charges. So when you buy online, choose something nearer your hometown as you have to now pay again for your own transportation charges on top of the overall nationwide average that you are already paying for.
Choose the Company that Pays More to the Drivers.
This is a small but significant tip when you are dealing with American car shipping brokers. Let us say that two companies offer the same quote and that puts you in a dilemma. To make a clear educated decision, ask the companies for a breakup of the quote and then choose the one that pays the driver more. This will ensure that your vehicle is in better hands and you can be sure that your car will be delivered to you safely.
You can Save Money When You are not Particular About the Time.
Business is normally slow during winter months and so if you can schedule your move during then, you can save a few hundred. There may also be times when the transportation company will put you on the more expensive carrier simply because the cheaper one is already booked full. In such cases, you can take the time to wait till the cheaper one becomes available again to move your car.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.