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What Determines Car Shipping Prices?
What Determines Car Shipping Prices?

A wide variety of factors can play a part in your car shipping prices.  The factors that determine your car transport prices include:

  • Distance from pick-up to delivery. Door-to-door service is enticing because it requires less work on the customers’ behalf, but it can also be quite expensive on your car shipping prices. By choosing to drop off/pick-up your vehicle from a transport terminal, you could be cutting out many miles worth of shipping costs.
  • Vehicle type, as well as size, makes a huge difference when it comes to your auto transport cost. For instance, an exotic car transport or classic car transport requires special care, including being shipped in an enclosed auto transport trailer to prevent damages, which will ultimately cost more. Likewise, a large vehicle such as a heavy duty pick-up or a Hummer might require that special measures be taken to ensure that the vehicle is secured to the transport truck which will also drive the cost up.
  • If your vehicle requires extra insurance coverage, this can also cause a car shipping rate changes. In cases involving extremely rare cars, additional insurance may be required.
  • If you do not adhere to the policies laid out by the transport provider, you may be responsible for additional charges. Requirements such as having no more than a quarter tank of gas or having no personal items in the car at the time of shipment are necessary safety and security measures.

These are only a few of the top issues to be considered when looking to ship your car through the use of auto transport companies. There are many other factors which play a part in the pricing system of auto shipping, including how far in advance you book your shipment, so it is best to contact a customer service representative from any companies you are looking at in order to get all of these details fully ironed out. 

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When you need to ship your vehicles either across town or across the country it is important to know the car shipping rates ahead of time. Contacting several car transport services you are able to often get a number of bids on your shipping order so you can choose the one that best meets your needs. While the price is very important there are also things to consider when choosing which company to go with, so be sure to read each quote all the way through so you know exactly which services you are getting for the price they quote. Many things can affect your quotes, so make sure you know what types of things you’ll need so you can get an accurate quote.

One of the things that can affect your quote most is the type of transport vehicle you want to use. There are many options to pick from and they all have advantages and disadvantages to them, so make sure you get all the information on each one. The most common way to move your vehicles is by having a car hauler pick them up and transport them for you. This is especially common if you are moving multiple cars in one trip since the one transport truck can pick them all up. For multi-car moves, this is also going to be the most economical for nearly all situations. Other options include using a regular tow truck, which is good for short distance moves and loading the vehicle on a flatbed truck which can be perfect, especially if you are also moving motorcycles or other smaller vehicles. For higher value or rare cars, it may be best to get an enclosed truck to move them since it will add extra protection to your cars during the transport.

Once you’ve chosen what type of transport vehicle you want to use, it’s time to look at other things that affect your cost. Of course, one of the major ones will be how far you need the vehicles moved. Many companies charge a flat price to pick up the car and then a specific amount per mile on top of that. Others will simply give you a quote to move to a certain location, if not base it on miles. These two options often are not a huge concern, but if the carrier truck runs into construction and has to go around, it could add up to quite a few extra miles if you’re not careful. Whichever option you choose, just make sure you know how it works so you can get a good estimate on the final price.

Being Flexible With Your Dates Can Help You Save

If you can be flexible with the dates and times your cars need to be picked up and dropped off, you can often save a lot of money. While it may sound inconvenient, it might be worth it for the lower the cost. Being flexible with these dates allows the shipping company to schedule the delivery at a time when they are already going through your area so they can just pick up the cars on the way. This saves the shipping company quite a bit of money, which is normally passed on to you as compensation for you being flexible. While this is, of course, not always an option since sometimes you need your car to arrive at a specific time, it is well worth it to look into, as many times, the dates suggested by the transporters will work out just fine.

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If you are someone who will need to regularly ship cars, you can save some money by scheduling all your trips at once. There are often bulk discounts or regular customer discounts which will save quite a bit of money. Using these discounts to help lower your rates is commonly done for auto dealers who send and receive cars on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. While you might not need to do it quite so often, it is possible to still negotiate a discount, so why not look into it.

While it may sound like a lot of work to get all your information together and then call around to every car moving service that operates through your area, there is one great way to make the process much simpler. Contacting an auto moving broker to coordinate the delivery for you can really help you to get the best prices and the best service possible. Auto shipping brokers are able to work directly with all the shipping companies to figure out which ones are available to do the move during the times you need it done and of course they can negotiate the best price possible. Brokers often have lists of which companies will have trucks in your area and how many cars they are able to move for you. Once they get the list down to a few companies they can try to get them to bid against each other which can save you a good amount of money.

Getting the best price is very important no matter what type of cars you’re shipping, or how many. There is no sense in paying more than you have to as long as you are able to get the services you need. Working with the car moving services in the area is typically pretty quick and easy and finding an auto moving broker can make this process even simpler. If you can gather all the information you need and possibly be flexible with the delivery dates and times, you can really lower the car moving prices while not sacrificing on the quality of the process. To get you’re the lowest rates around, fill out our free quote form!


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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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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.
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Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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