Cost of Shipping a Car by Rail
Unlike other forms of shipping a car, transporting it by rail doesn’t give you a ton of options. For one, the major train routes don’t t typically contract with customers to ship a single car. Those that do offer vehicle transport by rail often partner with auto transport companies to fill out the available spaces on the carrier car. Even still, the companies that offer and arrange for car shipping by train are few and far between when compared to the number of options for standard overland shipping on a transport truck.
Though it is a service that is seldom offered in the auto transport industry, shipping a car by rail can be a cost-effective alternative in some areas. As fuel costs continue to rise, the cost of hauling vehicles on a transport carrier continues to go up, making shipping by train a more enticing and affordable option to the extent that it is available.
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A truck will likely still be involved in some aspect of the transport. For example, transporting your car from its current location to the train terminal, and from the delivery terminal to the final destination. In most instances, this is a very small part of the total cost of shipping a car by train. Any auto transport company that offers the services of rail transport should also be able to accommodate overland transport and, if necessary, short-term storage.
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Saving Money By Shipping Your Car By Train
Just like other forms of auto transport, shipping a car by rail offers you the choice of using an open or enclosed carrier. The same risks and protections, as usual, apply: enclosed will cost slightly more while fully protecting the vehicle during shipping, whereas an open carrier is exposed to the elements and slightly more affordable.
Another option that is available is door-to-door transport, though it does require a standard transport truck be used on the front and back end of the shipment, as described above. Container shipping can sometimes be an option when shipping a car by train, with the added benefit that you can ship additional items along with the vehicle in the container.
In spite of being a less frequently used method of shipping, transporting a car by train can be one of the most cost-effective ways to move a car, especially over a long distance. Since trains are so fuel-efficient, the shipping rates are less contingent on gas prices which makes it one of the best ways to ship a car across the country in terms of both speed and cost.
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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.
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