This is a question we hear fairly often from our readers and the simple answer is “not really.” That’s not to say that dealers can’t or won’t offer auto transport services, it’s just that they rarely have their own internal transport carriers to do the work.
What actually happens is that some car dealers partner with a particular company to coordinate their shipping. For example an auto dealer in Southern California might partner with A-1 Auto Transport to deliver vehicles sold to customers in the Southwest. This is a fairly common practice within the industry and, in many cases, can make the process easier on the consumer end since you don’t have to arrange for shipping on your own or through a separate company.
The disadvantage to this is that you end up paying just as much, if not more than you would have if you’d had the car shipped privately. It’s true that car shippers will offer discounts to dealerships due to the potential for bulk business, but there’s still profit margins to met on both sides and that savings is rarely passed on to the buyer.
Should You Have A Dealer Ship A Car For You?
So where does this leave you when you’ve bought a car from a dealer and need it shipped? Should you have the dealer find a shipper for you or should you try you hand at finding one yourself? The answer really lies with your comfort level. If you’re okay with a paying a little bit more for the convenience of having the dealer arrange shipping, they can probably do it for you. Just be sure that you ask about the cost up front. It’s one of those “extras” that can easily add significantly to the cost of your purchase.
If you are willing to spend a few minutes on the internet, send off a couple emails and maybe make a phone call or two, you can probably save yourself a decent chunk of change. The internet has made it easier than ever to find auto shippers and quickly get a highly accurate cost estimate from them. This process could be repeated several times over in a matter of minutes if you’re looking for a bargain. Just like any other service, it’s a matter of putting in the time to find the right option and comparing what they offer in relation to the cost.
Do you have questions about getting a car shipped to you from a dealership? Call us today at the number at the top of the page to find out more about how we can help! We offer 100% FREE cost estimates to all customers if you’d like to compare our pricing against the dealer!
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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.