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How To Compare Car Transport Prices & Why It’s Important

How To Compare Car Transport Prices & Why It’s Important
How To Compare Car Transport Prices & Why It’s Important

Whether you’re shipping a car domestically or you’re interested in shipping a car abroad via ocean-going freight, it’s always important to compare car transport prices and get the best deal. Find out more about how to compare prices for shipping cars now, and see why you should always shop around to find an affordable, reputable shipping provider.

How Should I Compare Car Transport Prices?

Domestically, most car transport providers will provide you with a per-mile rate and an overall quote for shipping your car. You can contact multiple companies to get estimates about how much shipping will cost. For ocean-going freight, you will typically get a flat rate quote, which you can compare between shipping providers.

“Shopping around” and contacting multiple companies for quotes is always the best way to get the best possible rate – and even if you can’t find a company that offers a significantly lower price than the others, you’ll know that you’re being charged the average market rate for car transport. 

It’s also important to be cautious when comparing car transport prices. If you get a similar quote from 2 companies and a much lower quote from another company, it’s worth asking yourself why – does the deal sound too good to be true? If it does, there may be a reason. The company may be unlicensed or unreputable, or may even be scamming its customers. Use common sense when picking a car transport provider and comparing prices to avoid working with a risky company.

Why Does It Cost More Per Mile To Ship My Car A Short Distance? 

You may have found that a shipping company will charge a higher per-mile rate for short distances of 100-200 miles compared to shipping a car 1,000+ miles. Basically, this is because there are some fixed costs of shipping a car that are the same no matter how far the car is being shipped – and car shipping companies have to adjust their rates accordingly. 

For example, no matter how far your car is being shipped, a truck driver has to come to your location, load the vehicle, and secure it – and this process must be reversed at the destination. Even if the car is only being shipped 100 miles, these costs are the same.
But when a car is being shipped a long distance, these costs are less influential on the overall price of shipping the car, and factors like vehicle wear & tear and fuel are more important. Counter-intuitively, this leads to a lower overall per-mile rate. 

The overall cost of shipping a car 1,000 miles will always be higher than shipping it 100 miles – but the per-mile rate is lower because of the reduced importance of fixed costs.

How To Compare Car Transport Prices Why Its Important

Is It Really Worth Shipping A Car Instead Of Driving It Myself? 

This depends on your situation. Shipping a car may seem expensive, but it can save you a lot of time and headaches, particularly if you need to transport your car from coast-to-coast while moving. You’ll also avoid mechanical wear & tear, fuel costs, paying to stay at a hotel and meals while driving your vehicle, and other such costs. 

If you don’t mind a long road trip and you want to save some money, driving your car to its destination while moving may be a great idea. 

But if you’d rather fly to your new home, or you’ll be doing a DIY move and you’re driving a rental truck like a U-Haul to your new home, and you can’t tow your vehicle, it may be a better idea to ship your car to your new home instead of driving it yourself. 

Get An Instant Quote For Car Transport And Compare Us To The Competition! 

At A-1 Auto Transport, we make it easy for you to get a fast quote for shipping your car. If you want to make sure you’re getting a market-leading rate, you can get a quote right away and compare car transport prices with other companies to get the best deal. Contact us online or give us a call at (800) 452-2880 to get a quote today!

 

 

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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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