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Typical Long Distance Car Transport Costs

Typical Long Distance Car Transport Costs
Typical Long Distance Car Transport Costs

What is the Typical Long Distance Car Transport Costs?

When moving, most people drive to their new location without the need for auto transport services. However, if you need to move your vehicle over long distances, e.g. interstate or from outside the USA, then the need for car transport cannot be ignored. Home and business owners often consider different transport options when making a decision on the best way to move their vehicles. One of the factors that may influence their decision is usually cost, which they always prefer to be low. Even so, having a better understanding of the typical long distance car transport costs makes decision-making much easier.

So what are the usual costs when it comes to long distance car transport?

Fuel Costs

Furl prices are usually a priority when talking about typical long distance car transport costs. When the price of fuel changes it affects the overall costs of transportation for cars, both short and long distance. However, those being transported over longer distances are likely to incur more costs which are transferred to the vehicle owner. To pay minimum costs for transport, consider moving when fuel prices are stable and research on transport companies offering the best rates for transportation.

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Route costs

Majority of car transport companies operate in areas with a good road network. Good roads make moving from one location to another much easier and faster. If you want your car to be transported to such areas, you are likely to get good rates. However, areas that are hard to access by road such as rural locations will be more expensive for vehicle owners. To lower costs, you may consider meeting the transport truck at the nearest highway for pick up of your car.

Delivery Costs

Most auto transport companies give an estimate of the time within which a vehicle will be moved from one location to another. The timelines are calculated depending on the day of delivery to the terminal, distance to be covered and other minor details. The final dates may, however, surpass the actual estimates by around a day or more. Nevertheless, if a customer wants their car delivered within a much shorter time, they have to pay more for the service. The main reason behind high costs during long distance vehicle transport is the increased use of resources to ensure that the car reaches its destination within the agreed timelines.

Vehicle Running Costs

Typical long distance car transport costs are often calculated on the basis that the vehicle is in good condition and can move on its own. This makes it possible to drive it up the ramp of a carrier/ship on pick-up and drop-off at the final destination. However, in cases where the car cannot run, the costs are likely to go much higher. The main reason for such increased costs is the extra effort needed to load and unload it from a carrier. The vehicle handlers will have to use extra equipment to help in the movement and handling of the vehicle on the carrier when transporting multiple cars.

Carrier Costs

Majority of companies that transport cars over a long distance have carriers that are either enclosed or open. These carriers are designed to hold loads of different capacities when transporting vehicles. In the event that a vehicle is larger than the available carrier, car owners can get charged extra to cover the cost of renting out a unit that fits their vehicle. Also, some companies may decide to carry a single car or truck on the carrier because of its size and charge the owner the cost of the entire carrier load. Apart from size, the number of vehicles being transported will also raise the shipping costs, especially when it is a long distance journey.

Shipping Costs

Typical long distance car transport costs come into play for most when moving a vehicle across state lines or internationally. The costs that are covered when shipping can vary depending on the distance covered, custom duties, export duty, etc. Our international auto transport services can be as basic as picking up the car and dropping it its final destination or as complicated as undertaking the customs clearance and registration of vehicles on behalf a client. The suite of shipping services you require will determine what your final costs will be.

We offer affordable rates to customers that need their car transported over a long distance. If you are looking for such services, call us today and book an appointment to learn more about our prices.

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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.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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