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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.