All-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles are in a class all their own in the auto transport industry. Not all companies are equipped to handle shipping these unique vehicles, and even those who do not always feels comfortable doing so. Because these vehicles are not street-legal, you never have to struggle with the decision of driving or shipping your vehicle to a new location, because only one option is available. However, the ability to shop around and find the lowest rate with the best service is still very much an important part of the process.
Find a Company Specializing in ATV and UTV Shipping.
Sure, many companies will assure you they are more than able to handle your specialty vehicle, whether it be a motorcycle, ATV, or UTV, but only an elite few actually have extensive experience in this specialized field. Because every ATV and UTV is different, complete with certain components making it unique from all others, the transport drivers must be well-schooled in power sports vehicles in order to properly and safely load and unload your vehicle.
Make sure to contact at minimum three different ATV-specialized transport companies for quotes before making your decision. This should give you a good idea of what to expect to pay for shipping, and also allow you to form your own initial opinion of each company’s professionalism and competency.
Determine the Best Carrier and Method for Your ATV.
Again, every ATV is unique, so your off-road vehicle will not have the same specifications as someone else’s, meaning every vehicle has different requirements during the shipping procedure as well. You may think it’s worth it to spend the extra money on a closed carrier, but in most cases, an open carrier works just fine for these rugged outdoor specialty vehicles. In fact, it is often unnecessary to create, drain fluids, and disconnect batteries on your ATV prior to shipping, so it can arrive at the final destination ready to go. Any company worth its salt will be able to give you a consultation based on a verbal description of your vehicle and its specifications over the phone, letting you know the best way to ship based on your make/model/style.
Price Shop Smartly.
A good rule of thumb in the auto transport industry is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you have one company who manages to low ball the others by a significant margin, buyer beware, it is probably not worth the risk. Use your best judgment in this situation as you would in all dealings. If you see or hear any red flags during the initial quote, then skip that company and move on to the next. Unfortunately, this industry is absolutely riddled with unsavory companies and less than reputable individuals. Seek out a professional company with good references and an unbeatable track record with specialty sports vehicles, such as ATVs and UTVs. Exercising common sense is indispensable, and saving a few dollars while at risk of losing your prized possession completely is never justifiable.
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.