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Auto Transport Fees: What Costs You Can Expect

Auto Transport Fees: What Costs You Can Expect
Auto Transport Fees: What Costs You Can Expect

Shipping a car can be an expensive endeavor and it may not always be clear on the customer side how the cost breaks down. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the contributing factors to the cost shipping a vehicle, as well as some strategies you can use to minimize costs.

Most people have an understanding of some of the basic fees that contribute to the cost of shipping a car. This includes costs that cover things like fuel, equipment, and of course, driver pay. The cost of gas can be an important factor since it fluctuates quite a bit: when gas prices go up, so too does the cost of transporting a vehicle.

Equipment costs and repairs also eat up a sizable chunk of what you’ll pay to have a car shipped. Multi-car transport carriers are expensive, both in terms of the initial purchase and the necessary repairs that come with logging so many miles.

For more information about the details of transport costs, as reported by experts within the industry, this PDF report has more in-depth information.

Car Shipping Costs | Type Of Service & Other Factors.

The type of service you request can also have an impact on the cost of shipping an automobile. For example, if you want a vehicle delivered to your house (or a specific address), that can be accommodated, but it does come with an additional charge. This goes for other types of services that are considered “premium” or above and beyond the standard level of service.

Most vehicles are transported aboard an open-air multi-car carrier. They can haul several vehicles at once, thus reducing the overall cost of delivering a load and reducing the cost for the customers. Alternately, a vehicle can be transported inside of an enclosed carrier, which typically handles only one or two cars at a time. An enclosed carrier also completely encases the vehicle for the duration of the shipment, reducing the likelihood of damage from weather, dirt, and debris. As you might expect, shipping a car in an enclosed carrier will generally cost more.

Another example of a service that will run you a few extra dollars is expedited transport. Time is a definite ally of an auto shipper since it’s not easy coordinating pickup and delivery of so many vehicles while meeting all the scheduling needs. Rush jobs and last minute car transport are an option through many companies, but you’ll pay more for the service than you would with more lead time.

Part of what you pay to ship a car includes the insurance provided by the carrier. By law, any person or entity that transports vehicles must have a minimum amount of insurance that covers potential damage. The amount of insurance that must be carried depends on the type of operating authority is granted, and what type of cargo is being transported. For more information, you can visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s insurance information page.

The insurance limits required by the FMCSA are plenty for most vehicles, though some customers with high-end, luxury, or exotic cars may consider purchasing an supplemental policy. This additional policy can be done either through the carrier directly or in some cases, through your existing auto insurance carrier.

Have questions about the cost of transporting a vehicle? Call us today at the number at the top of the page and we’ll give you a FREE estimate for your car shipping needs! We can also be reached through our online contact form and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have!

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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.


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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