When shipping a motorcycle, it is important to get a range of quotes, so you can decide which best meets your needs while staying in your budget. There are many ways to obtain quotes, you can submit an online request, call the company directly, or use a motorcycle shipping cost calculator.
The last option is probably the easiest because it allows you to do little to no effort on your end, and just let the cost calculator run the numbers. However, it is important to follow up after the fact to determine directly with the motorcycle transport company that the quote is correct. Because the cost calculators do not necessarily take into account all of your personal circumstances, there is a margin of error.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to ask also if you may qualify for a discount when you speak directly to a representative. The following are the basic pieces of information you will need in order to obtain an accurate quote from a shipping cost calculator.
- Point of Origin - Where does the bike need to be picked up from? It helps to specify if this is a business, residence, or port.
- Destination - Where does the bike need to end up? Again, specifics regarding destination location are helpful.
- Type of Bike - Style, make, and model is a good jumping-off point.
- Type of Carrier - Do you want your motorcycle transported in an open carrier? This is thee most cost-efficient option and also the most widely used. Would you prefer your motorcycle to be better protected in a closed container? This option is more expensive because a closed container takes up more space and weighs more, but is a safer transport option.
Again, these questions may not be enough to generate an accurate quote, especially if you have extenuating circumstances, like if your bike is nonoperational or it has customizations that affect size or weight. Just keep that in mind when utilizing online motorcycle shipping cost calculators, and prepare to follow up with the company directly to obtain a final quote.
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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