What is Terminal To Terminal Auto Transport Services?
The most inexpensive method of shipping a car is a type of transport called “terminal to terminal” hauling. A terminal is essentially a depot where vehicles are dropped off and picked up from, generally operated by the transport companies themselves, or in some cases, a third party. While the location of terminals varies by company and city, they are most frequently found in medium to large cities and key metro areas around the U.S.
The other major method of shipping a vehicle, door to door transport, costs more but also eliminates the extra trips required by dropping off and picking up the vehicle at a shipping terminal. While you do sacrifice some convenience with terminal auto transport, it’s a good way to save some money if you’re willing to handle the short distance pick up and delivery yourself. If the destination city is in or near a major city or highly populated area, terminal to terminal transport is much easier to facilitate since it requires less drive time for you on the front and back end of the shipment.
How To Get An Estimate For Terminal To Terminal Transport
It’s helpful when you contact a car shipping company to know and specify the type of services you need. If you simply ask for a price quote for shipping from point A to point B, you could be getting an estimate for door-to-door shipping using an enclosed carrier, both of which cost more than the standard open air transport to a terminal. When you contact a prospective auto shipper to move your vehicle, ask about the price of hauling from terminal to terminal, if only to compare the price difference. If you want to maximize your savings, inquire about an open air carrier for the job.
It’s also a good idea to ask about any potential discounts or specials that may be offered by a transporter before agreeing to go with their service. There’s a handful of companies, including A-1 Auto Transport, that have regular specials in addition to discount programs that may apply.
Terminal Auto Shipping Resources
Auto Transport Directory - Our directory of auto transport companies provides a thorough listing of carriers, brokers and home movers from locations across the U.S. If you need some help finding a qualified terminal to terminal auto shipper, this is a great place to start.
Terminal To Terminal Auto Transport - Click on the link to the left to learn more about terminal to terminal car shipping, including where it’s available and information about short term storage facilities.
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.