International Car Shipping Rates Calculator
When it comes to shipping your car, usually only one thing matters.
How much is this going to cost me?
There are many factors that go into calculating shipping rates. In this article, we will discuss eight of the most common ones that you can expect. This way, once you decide to ship your car internationally, you will have a better understanding of why your car shipping rates cost what they do, and how you can lower them.
Is your car operational?
Remember, the more work a shipping company has to do to get your vehicle loaded and unloaded, the more it will cost. This rule applies to almost anything in life.
Keep this in mind too
Non-operational vehicles tend to be more expensive because you will be unable to use the “roll on, roll off” shipping method. This is one of the most common methods for loading and unloading vehicles because it requires the least effort.
How soon do you need your car shipped?
Like most services, the quicker you need something done, the more expensive it will be. The same is true for car shipping, both by land and overseas. There is a ton that needs to be done in order to get a car ready for shipping.
Things you’ll need to consider
- Preparing the vehicle for shipping
- Obtaining and filling out the documentation
- Planning a route
- Getting your car shipped according to your schedule
If you need your vehicle to be shipped fast, or you approach a shipping company at the last minute, expect to pay more. Some automobile shipping companies have set base rates based on the amount of advance notice they receive from clients, much like sending mail at the post office (within 1-2 days/weeks/months, etc.).
If you want a more attractive quote, consider providing the shipping company with a larger time frame to ship your car.
How quickly do you need your car to arrive at its destination?
This may seem similar to the point above, but there are a few key differences.
The less time a company has time to prepare your vehicle for shipping, as well as shipping it, the more expensive the service will be. Oftentimes, clients enjoy the quicker service, even if it is not as cost-effective as a slower delivery.
If you have a car that needs to be in another location in a week, then the added cost of a decreased shipping time is worth it. Such scenarios include shipping a car to an event, a car show, or a dealership. Some people even ship specialty cars for events like familial birthday parties.
You have to remember…
There is more to shipping a car than simply dropping it off and having it arrive at your destination. The car has to be prepared, documents have to be filled out, and a truck has to be scheduled to make the delivery. In a perfect world, this all comes together easily, but that isn’t always the case.
It will almost always cost you more if you request a shipment on short notice, or expect a fast delivery.
How remote is your destination?
The less accessible your car’s destination is, the more expensive shipping a car there will be. For instance, if you need a car shipped to a town that is near a major freeway, a car shipping company can ship your car there fairly easily.
However, not all shipping companies can ship a vehicle to, for example, a small town in the Canadian Rockies.
One thing to consider, especially for land shipments, is that cars are shipped by truck. These trucks are wider than your car, and longer as well. You may be using a trailer or open-air transport, for example.
If a truck cannot traverse some roads, a car shipping company may to charge you more, or alter its route and destination in order to have the car shipped successfully.
Any major changes that add time or distance will lead to increased costs. One way to save money is to have your vehicle shipped to a major city near your final destination.
Don’t be afraid to ask about remote shipping costs!
How far are you shipping your vehicle?
Shipping a car internationally can result in a wide range of quotes, depending on distance. Shipping a car from California to Mexico can absolutely be cheaper than shipping a car from California to Quebec.
Firstly, the longer distance a car needs to be shipped, the more expensive the shipment will be.
Secondly, different countries have different vehicle import and export laws. Your vehicle will have to comply with these laws, so more paperwork and more preparation may be needed before you can ship your vehicle.
Thirdly, if you ship your car across multiple borders, this too will increase your rates.
What are the dimensions of your car?
When it comes to shipping cars, the size dimensions of your vehicle are important. While some transportation methods provide exclusivity, like exclusive shipping containers for overseas travel, in most cases you will be sharing space with other clients.
This is important, because automobile shipping companies have a finite amount of space per each vehicle per trip. This means that, if your vehicle is longer, wider, or taller than average, there may be added charges from the automobile shipping company.
Shipping your vehicle may even mean that another client’s vehicle is not shipped, due to space constraints.
Will you be shipping one car, or multiple?
Shipping one car is usually not as cost-effective as shipping multiple cars. You can save time and money by shipping multiple cars, since many of the costs of separate trips can be paid once. For instance, if you ship two cars, you save a trip’s worth of rates on things like freight charges, the price of fuel, and so on.
If you have only one car to ship, no problem. If you have multiple cars you want to ship, even better!
It is always more efficient to ship two cars in one shipment than it is to schedule two separate shipments. Save your money and ship them together.
What season of the year will you be shipping your car?
Car shipping costs fluctuate with the seasons. This may seem strange, but it is the truth.
These are the best seasons to ship your car. If you wait until a popular time to ship a vehicle, like Spring Break, the summer, or around Christmas time, you will have to pay more to ship your vehicle.
Automobile shipping companies will be swamped with clients, all of whom need to ship vehicles. When demand exceeds supply, expect to pay more.
For premium service at times like these, prepare to pay a little extra for having your vehicle shipped.
Lowering Your Rates
These are just some of the factors that go into how automobile shipping and logistics companies determine your rates. With the information gained in this article, you now know how to lower your rates, or why they are higher as well.
If cost is a factor, consider how you can use this information to alter your shipping specifications and save your money.
Here’s another option
Save yourself the hassle and call A-1 Auto Transport. We don’t beat around the bush when it comes to shipping your vehicles. We’re going to give you the best rate we can because we don’t want to waste anyone’s time.
If you want a no hassle shipping experience, give us a call today.
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