There are a variety of ways in which you will be able to save money on car shipping. It doesn't have to be as expensive as you would think, especially if you're aware of these various strategies. As with anything, you need to chose what works best for you and your needs.
Pick An Open Trailer
Many of those who chose to have their car shipped pay extra money to place their vehicle in an enclosed car trailer. However, unless your car is a collectible, a luxury vehicle, or absolutely brand new, this isn't always the best option. Instead, an open trailer will be considerably cheaper and won't be as bad for your vehicle as you would think. Car hauling services take every precaution imaginable to make sure that your car is protected and suffers minimal damage from any of the elements.
Use A Roll On / Roll Off Service
If you chose door-to-door pick up and delivery, it may be more convenient to you, but it'll cost much more. Believe it or not, many of the pickup and drop off locations aren't always located so far away from where you live. A Roll On / Roll Off service is exactly what it sounds like, in which multiple cars are placed in the same trailer and are simply rolled on or rolled off at the relevant pickup and drop off points. The economies of scale allow it to be cheaper for companies to do and thus, cheaper for you as well.
Pick An Insurance That Is Priced Fairly
This is one of the major aspects that affect how much it costs to ship a vehicle. Insurance policies that are provided by car shipping companies can be quite extensive and beneficial. Yet, the issue is that many of the insurance coverage includes options for various extras that come as defaults. This can make the cost of insurance rise considerably.
In order to avoid unnecessary options coming with your insurance, you should know what the Blue Book value of your vehicle is. Then, you should ask the car company or the insurance company for a complete breakdown of the items that the car insurance will cover. You can then chose which options are relevant to you, as well as to adjust the insurance value according to the Blue Book value of your car.
Depending on the car shipping company that you chose, either they can help you or you can ask for the insurance company that they use in order to contact them directly.
Check Out Multiple Companies
Don't just go with the first company that you see. Instead, check out the prices that other companies offer as well. Don't go with the cheapest offer all the time though. You need to make sure that you're choosing a company that has a good reputation and that will be able to provide you with a great service. Getting a good value for your money doesn't always have to do with the services. Value should also include the quality of the services that are being provided. Check out the Better Business Bureau's website at www.bbb.org in order to check out some of the reviews of the company that you have decided to go with.
Ship Multiple Cars At Once
If you have to ship more than one vehicle, don't ship them independently or put off sending the second one. Shipping more than one vehicle at a time will save you money since car shipping services will give you a discount, whether it's on each additional car that is shipped or in terms of a bulk rate.
Go the Informal Route
This isn't necessarily the safest option, but you can always choose to hire someone that you are friends with in order to have that person drive the car to the final destination. However, you will be taking more of a risk and have to also pay them.
If you're planning on shipping your vehicle internationally, you should be aware of each country's import duties and taxes. Thankfully, A-1 Auto Transport can help you out with that so that you are eligible for as many as exemptions as possible. In addition, A-1 Auto Transport will be able to help you save money shipping domestically. Contact us today!
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.