For the most part, individuals looking to ship a vehicle for personal use will only need to ship one, possibly two at most. Companies, car traders, or other businesses will often need to ship multiples, and the most cost efficient way of doing this is not necessarily the most obvious route.
Heed the following tips and tricks in order to save the most money possible, while also maintaining safe transport throughout the process of shipping multiple vehicles.
There are quite literally hundreds, if not thousands, of auto transport companies currently in business. Each one has at least one specialty, if not more areas of expertise. You will want to find a company who has extensive experience shipping multiple vehicles, because these are the ones that will be able to negotiate the best deal. It also pays to do your due diligence by checking the company’s reputation with the Better Business Bureau. Review websites such as Yelp can also provide you with a more comprehensive look at the company’s past and their reputation among consumers such as yourself.
Compile Your Exact Requirements.
After you have found a reputable company that appears capable of handling your business, make sure you have a succinct list of your exact demands. This will allow for quicker and easier negotiations. For example, are you shipping multiple vehicles from point A to point B, or will there be different pick-up locations and separate drop-off destinations? Are all the vehicles the same make and model? Or are you working with a variety of different body types, such as SUVs, trucks, and sedans? Is an open carrier transport truck adequate or will you need a closed container? All of these different factors are compiled in determining a quote for the transport process. The more upfront you are with your needs, the easier it will be for the transport company to create a customized shipping package.
Determine If Additional Insurance is Required.
All licensed and bonded transport companies are required to maintain a minimum level of insurance in order to remain in compliance. This may be perfectly adequate for your vehicles, but in certain circumstances, you may necessitate a higher level of insurance, depending on the value of the vehicles requiring transport. If this is the case, make sure you are factoring in the additional expense when beginning the transport process. Otherwise, you will be hit with a rude awakening when paying the bill. Although, it may appear that when shipping multiple vehicles, you are only increasing the cargo size, there are actually a variety of factors you must also contend with. If you do proper research and take the preceding advice, it is still very much a manageable undertaking.
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.