People have a vehicle shipped for any number of reasons. They may be moving, going away to college, or perhaps they've just bought a car in a different part of the country (increasingly common with online car sales) and they need it delivered to where they live. Whatever the case, those who do choose to use an auto transport company tend to do so because driving it themselves is either not an option or they prefer not to drive it themselves. Whatever your reason may be, you may not be familiar with all the benefits of hiring a car shipper. In this article, we'll go over some of the main reasons that people hire a professional to do the job rather than do it themselves.
Safety And Reliability
Hauling a car yourself can be a tricky proposition, especially if you're not well acquainted with the process. One of the chief benefits of using a professional auto transporter is that you're dealing with professionals that handle these types of jobs on a daily basis. Not only are they proficient and experienced at what they do, but they likely have much better equipment to handle the job. Most auto shippers use trucks that are specifically designed to transport vehicles and have heavy duty straps, tie downs and other methods to secure the car to make sure it stays in place, even over a trip that takes them all the way across the county. When you hire an auto transporter, you can rest assured that every measure is taken to make sure your car arrives safely and securely.
Less Wear & Tear On The Vehicle
Another of the key benefits of hiring a professional to move your car is that you don't incur the risk of putting unnecessary mileage on it and risk the potential for mechanical issues or damage while it's on the road. This is not the case if you attempt to drive the car yourself, particularly if it needs to be driven several hundred miles or more. When you hire an auto transporter, they load the car onto a transport carrier so that the truck, rather than you car, handles the rigors of a lengthy trip. There's no need to worry about mechanical problems along the way, rough roads tearing away at the tread of the tires, or the potential of damage from an accident or road hazards.
Transport More Than One At A Time
Choosing an auto transport company means that you'll be able to transport more than one vehicle at a time. This is beneficial if you have purchased multiple vehicles from an auction or dealership online, sell cars yourself, or are a collector. In addition, many people who have families have more than one vehicle. By hiring a company, you'll be able to have everything transported at one time. In addition, you will also save money on the process, since many transport companies offer discounts on shipping multiple vehicles. It means less stops for them and more cost savings for you!
While it's not exactly "cheap" to ship a car, it may surprise you to find that it can save you some money. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, you won't have to worry about any undue stress on your car from driving it for several days to get it. Beyond that, you'll also save on gas, time missed from work, hotels and meals, and any number of other costs that may crop up along the way. The last thing you want to deal with is an expensive car repair or other delays when you're driving a vehicle across the country. In many cases, you may find that the cost of shipping versus driving is either negligible or even cheaper.
Insurance coverage comes standard with any car shipping agreement, which means that even in the very rare case that something does happen along the way, you'll be covered. All professional auto transporters are legally required to carry a cargo insurance policy that protects you from anything that happens as a result of the company moving the car. Again, it is very rare (far less than one percent of shipments involved damage), but you can rest easy knowing that any hiccup along the way won't cost any more than you've agreed to pay.
Long distance driving comes with a lot of stress. Hours spent on the road can be exhausting and cause road fatigue, which increases the likelihood of accidents. Hiring a shipper is very much a "set it and forget it" proposition and eliminates many of the stress factors associated with moving or driving long distances. As long as you deal with a professional, established shipper, you'll know that you car is being cared for every step of the way.
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.