Destination is a specific and critical factor that determines almost every other decision made in regards to shipping your car. An exact address is of even more primal importance. One may argue that it is impossible to set out for a journey without knowing where you are heading to. To a great extent, this is completely true. A ship cannot leave the dock without a heading. Needless to say, a journey cannot be a journey if you haven’t set your mind on where you are going to. For most transport industries, this remains true. So, does this also apply to the car moving industry? At A-1 Auto Transport Inc., one of the frequently asked questions is, “Can I place an order to ship my car without knowing the exact address of shipping destination?” Yes, Yes you can. Stay with us, we shall break it down for you.
Why a destination address is important in car shipping
A destination address determines quite a number of things.
A destination address determines what mode of shipping you may have to use
There are three main modes of shipping a car; land, air freight, and ocean freight. It goes without saying, an overseas destination will, of course, compel you to use either air or ocean freight. After all, trailers cannot fly across the oceans. Shipping a car from one place to another on land gives you the option of using land transportation.
The mode of shipping determines the shipping options you have
Destination determines the mode of shipping, and as a ripple effect, it also determines the shipping options available for that mode of shipping. While “mode of transportation” refers to “means of shipping your car” in the auto transport industry, “shipping options” refers to “how the car is actually shipped”.
For air freight, the shipping options are limited. The car is simply carried inside the plane. Planes are enclosed for pressurization purposes. For ocean freight, you have various shipping options like Roll-on/Roll-off and cargo containers.
In the case of land transportation, you get shipping options which include using enclosed containers, open air, multi-car trailer trucks, multi-level vehicle carriers and non-stacking car shipping trailers.
Destination is important in the quotation process
Right from the first look of things, our domestic USA, and International car shipping quote calculator requires you to provide an origin and a destination in order to calculate the cost and give you the estimate.
Destination helps you determine delivery options.
There are several delivery options;
Door to door delivery which involves the auto transport company to deliver your car directly from the origin to your doorstep.
Terminal-terminal delivery which involves the auto transport company to deliver your car to a collection point like a hanger, a garage or a secure parking lot.
Situations where you can ship your car without an exact address
With this knowledge, we can all agree that destination is of primal importance. However, when we get into details, there is a big difference between a destination and an exact address. There are particulars that would be rendered void without an exact address. For example, door to door services cannot work for you at all without an exact address. Another thing rendered void to some extent without an exact destination is the quoting.
To get back to the question, yes, you can order to ship your car without an exact address of shipping destination. There are cases where clients are not familiar with the destination location and thus cannot provide an exact address. This is especially in the case of overseas shipping or simply shipping your car to a different state. In such cases, just the destination will suffice. The auto transport personnel will use major towns and natural or manmade landmarks to guide them and you.
The major implication of this is, you are coerced to opt for terminal to terminal delivery mode. Public secured parking lots, public storage containers and garages will act as the terminals and collection points. In the case of air and ocean modes of transport, the airport and harbors will act as the delivery points for your vehicle respectively.
Another implication of this is, the quotes generated by the cost calculator may not be as accurate. You are advised to provide for extra costs as the whole shipping process will most likely be more expensive than the estimated cost. This is because, at the terminal, parking and sheltering fees are not usually catered for in the quote.
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.