In this article, we answer some of the more common questions we hear from customers, with the answers coming directly from our team of auto transport experts and staff. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please contact us directly at the number at the top of the page or visit our FAQ
How much does it cost? The cost of shipping is something that can vary based on a number of factors, including things like fuel costs, shipping distance, vehicle type, service requested, and several other things, depending on what type of auto transport services you need. Between 50 cents to one dollar per mile is a good general starting point, though it can cost less per mile for long distance car shipments.
What information do I need? Before contacting an auto transport, you’ll want to put together all the necessary documents and information. Most of the required paperwork is what you’d expect; things like the title, registration and proof of insurance. If you’re shipping a vehicle overseas or to another country, there may be additional requirements, such as the bill of sale, or power of attorney if you’re shipping on behalf of someone else.
How long will it take? As you may expect, the amount of time it takes to ship a vehicle depends largely on how far its going. For cross country transport from Seattle to New York, for example, a standard trip could take up to two weeks. For shipments within the same state, it’s often possible to get it done in one day.
Have a question about shipping a car that you’d like to ask an expert? Call us today at the number at the top of the page or send us an email through our online contact form! Our staff will be happy to answer your questions & we offer FREE price quotes to all parties!
Experts Share Cost Saving Tips For Car Shipping.
One of the best ways you can save yourself some money (and time!) is by planning ahead. Last minute jobs and expedited shipping come with an additional cost so if you can avoid it and arrange for shipping far enough in advance, it’s a great way to relieve some of the stress and financial burden. Another benefit of planning ahead is that you’re better equipped to deal with unexpected issues should they arise since more time generally means more flexibility from the shippers perspective.
Many auto shippers offer discounts to their customers, but they are often not highlighted in advertisements, web copy, or marketing materials. In other words, it’s not a bad idea to ask about potential discounts you may qualify for when getting a price quote.
Some of the possible discounts include many that you’re probably familiar with from other industries: senior citizens, AAA members, university faculty, members of the military, students, and so on. Some shippers will also offer a discount to first-time customers, multiple vehicle discounts, and there’s often a price break for round-trip booking.
AAA provides a many discounts that members may not even be aware of. Click here for information on some of the ways to save using your AAA card.
Another important aspect to consider is that the time of year can affect the cost. There are seasonal discounts available, especially if you’re a snowbird that winter months in a warmer climate. The winter months can be slow for certain companies so they’re more than happy to offer a price break in order to keep their carriers full!
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.