Car transportation companies offer different services and options for shipping your vehicle from one point to another. Before working with a particular company, identify if they are offering the car relocation services you need.
Mostly, the choices are between open transport and enclosed transport, door to door delivery and terminal delivery, and express shipping and normal delivery. Your budget and the size and type of vehicle you are transporting will help make these choices.
The following are some of the car relocation services.
Interstate and international car shipping
If you need to transport a vehicle out of state, a car shipping company is your cheapest option. Most of these companies have transportation routes throughout the country and have terminals in all the major cities.
Also, most will ship your vehicle to nearby countries such as Canada and Mexico. Large shipping companies, ship vehicles to all parts of the world via air and water. Click here to learn more about international car shipping.
Open air transport and enclosed transport
On the highways, you have most likely seen open trucks carrying a vehicles on the lower deck and an upper deck. That is referred to as open air car shipping. It is the most common method of car transportation.
But, it does expose car to road debris, and adverse weather conditions such as wind, rain, and sunlight. If you feel you need your care protected from these conditions, opt for the enclosed transport. This method is preferred for transporting luxury and exotic automobile.
Door-to-door transport and terminal-to-terminal delivery
When relocating a vehicle, shipping companies give you two options. You can drive the vehicle to their terminal, and they will deliver it to a terminal near your destination. This method is cheap, but if you are late to take your vehicle from the destination terminal, you may incur storage fees.
The alternative is door-to-door vehicle shipping. The shipping company picks the vehicle from where it is and delivers it to any specific location. The method is convenient and thereby expensive.
Multi-car shipping service
Shipping companies offer discounts on multiple car transportations. One of the aspects that increase car transportation cost is having to pick up vehicles from different locations. Too much labor, time, and fuel are involved. So, if you plan to relocate several vehicles to the same destination, say you own a car dealership, take advantage of the discounts involved in multi-car shipping. Learn more here.
Exotic and luxury car shipping service
Exotic and luxury cars, such as Lamborghini and Bugatti sports cars, are very expensive and, therefore, need to be handled with care. Car shipping companies provide extra precautions when transporting such vehicles in a package they call “Exotic car transport.” These extra precautions include;
- Enclosed transport
- Covered exterior even in an enclosed carrier
- Wall mounted brackets in addition to the floor mounted brackets
- Drip guards in case of leaks during transit
- Loading and unloading using a hydraulic lift gate
- Air ride suspension to firmly secure the car for a smooth ride
You may even request loading of your exotic car in the first position so that it will not be loaded and unloaded as other vehicles are removed and added. This service is also an excellent option for relocating classic vehicles.
Salvaged and non-operable car transport
Most of the time, people transport salvaged cars using towing companies. However, there is the risk that your car will get more damages. The better option is using a car shipping company. These companies have the required tools and labor to load and unload a salvaged or non-operable car.
The process of loading and unloading such vehicles is cumbersome and requires tools such a forklift. As such the shipping cost is more compared to operational car transport – at least $100 more.
Companies that offer car relocation services also provide truck shipping. Shipping a truck is labor intensive, and requires pros. For this reason, only entrust your truck to a top-rated shipping company.
Trucks are heavy, so the cost of transportation is much higher than that of a car. The location of destination and the distance will also have a great influence on the final cost. For a free quote visit this page.
Those are some of the car relocation services any decent car shipping company will offer. The variety of services a company offers is a representation of its experience and quality of service.
A-1 Auto Transport offers these and more services including motorcycle and boat transport. The company has over 25 years of experience and covers all 50 states in the country.
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.