When you think of auto transport services, chances are that you're thinking about standard auto transport, in which your vehicle is loaded onto a trailer and driven to its final destination. But there was a time in which drive away auto transport was much more commonplace and offered as a service by companies. Now, it has faded significantly in popularity and is not usually offered. In spite of this, it has not entirely gone away, but there are many reasons why you should be leery of choosing drive away auto transport in place of the standard options.
What is Driveaway Auto Transport
In case you don't know, drive away auto transport is when a person actually drives your vehicle from the pickup location to the agreed-upon destination. Most drive away auto transport services today are arranged between friends or friends of friends unofficially, but still, some auto transport companies may offer it. These companies are usually local ones that only operate within a small area. It's not offered for long distance destinations, and if it is, you definitely shouldn't choose it.
Why Driveaway Auto Transport is a Bad Idea
Driveaway auto transport is a bad idea because of many different reasons. The main ones are that:
- It'll put unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle.
- You'll be liable for all fuel costs.
- Your vehicle will not be as well protected.
- It costs more than standard auto transport.
- The value of your vehicle will decrease.
The fact is, all of the benefits that standard auto transportation offers do not exist with driveaway auto transport. Your vehicle's value will decrease with each mile that is placed on it, not to mention the wear and tear that it'll go through. Plus, the costs will be more because you'll have to not only pay the driver but will also be liable for fuel expenses and perhaps even road expenses. If your vehicle needs to be driven across the country, for example, who knows if it'll suffer a flat tire or require you to change the oil, etc... The transit time of your vehicle may be faster with drive away auto transport, but it's not worth all of the negatives.
Standard Auto Transport is the Way to Go
Standard auto transport is the far better option. Your vehicle will be securely protected at all times, no matter if your choose open or enclosed transport, and, best of all, there will be no wear and tear put on your vehicle. It also costs less, since auto transport carriers can transport multiple vehicles at once. You can be confident that the price will also include road and fuel expenses, so you'll know what you'll have to pay ahead of time.
Of course, you need to make sure that you choose a credible and reliable company. Always visit the Better Business Bureau's website at www.bbb.org to read up on an auto transport company.
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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.