Hiring an auto transport company is not much different than any other type of service, but it is a good idea to do some research beforehand. Unlike other types of services, car shipping can be on the expensive side, especially if you need transport over long distance or to the other side of the country. Since this is the case, some due diligence is recommended when seeking out a company to move your vehicle, particularly since service options and pricing can vary from one company to another. In this post, we’ll explain what you should look for in a car transporter and how to go about finding the best one for your needs.
Some lead time is required when you hire a company to move a vehicle for you. Typically, a few weeks time is more than enough for a company to coordinate pick up, drop off, and delivery times for your car, truck, or motorcycle. Keep in mind that if you have any special transport requirements, or are shipping internationally, more advance notice is highly recommended.
Know What Services You Need
Before you contact any company for a cost estimate, it’s very helpful to know what specific services you need. In most cases, there are two primary decisions you’ll need to make: the type of carrier and method of delivery. The two types of transport carriers are an open air carrier and an enclosed carrier. Open carriers are exposed and haul more cars at once, while an enclosed carrier houses the vehicle in an covered and enclosed truck. As for delivery method, the common options are terminal delivery, which requires you to pick up the vehicle at a delivery depot, and door to door shipping, which delivers the car directly to a specific address. There are other services available as well, and it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with the options, which you can do on our auto transport services page.
Do Your Research
Once you know what types of services you need, it’s easy to narrow down a handful of shippers that provide them and operate in the areas you’re shipping to and from. While it’s not essential that a car shipper have offices in the area where your vehicle is and where it’s being shipped, it can be very helpful if you need to get in touch with someone. It’s also more convenient if you happen to need short term storage if the company you work with has an established presence in the area. A quick look on Google maps can give a good overview of where a company has offices in a particular area or region, as well as provide feedback from other customers through Google reviews.
Contact Companies For An Estimate
After you’ve picked out a couple shippers that offer the services you need and have a presence in your area, it’s a simple matter of contacting them for a price quote. Every auto shipper in the industry should offer nonbinding price quotes to any interested part, which makes it easy to compare prices from several different options without spending too much time on the process. Once done that, it’s a simple matter of picking the one that best fits your transport needs and is within you budget!
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.
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