Why DIY Auto Transport is Costly

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Deciding to forego hiring an auto transport company and choose DIY auto transport instead may seem like a good idea, but usually, it isn't. Standing for Drive-It-Yourself, DIY auto transport may appear to be a cost saving choice, especially with the low gas prices in the United States today, but it can be much costlier than you would think.

Many people underestimate how much it would cost to transport the vehicle themselves, as sometimes, the allure of a road trip can be blinding. So if you're wavering between DIY auto transport or hiring a professional company, you need to keep the following costs in mind:

Vehicle Costs

There's no denying that gas prices are now the most affordable that they have been in years. However, while you will be saving on gas compared to previous years, the value of your vehicle will depreciate. The simple truth is that the more miles that you put on your vehicle, the lower its value will become if you eventually try to trade it in or sell it.

If the distance that you're transporting your vehicle is very long, you'll also have to most likely perform some maintenance on it, including an oil change, and might even have to replace some parts due to wear and tear. In contrast, if you hired an auto transport company, your vehicle would be placed on a secure trailer, which means that you won't put additional miles on it, and there will be no wear and tear.

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The Costs of the Road

Say you're driving from New York to Denver. Unless you're superhuman, you will have to stop to eat and sleep at some point. You will need to take into account the costs of:

  • Food;
  • Lodging;
  • Tolls;
  • Opportunity Cost;
  • Gas

Opportunity cost refers to the cost of your time. Instead of spending days transporting your car yourself, you can focus on more productive things, whether it's in your personal life or professionally. Food, lodging, tolls, and gas are self-explanatory, and these costs will add up.

Unforeseen Occurrences

When you drive on the road, there are many unexpected events that can occur. This can include:

  • Accidents;
  • A flat tire and other vehicle malfunctions;
  • Traffic delays;
  • Harsh weather.

Being stuck in traffic, for example, will wreak havoc on your brakes (as well as using up much more gas) due to constantly having to start and stop. And, if your car is particularly valuable, such as being a luxury vehicle or a classic car, harsh weather can damage it a bit. You'll be able to choose an enclosed trailer if you hire a professional auto transport company. Even if you choose an open trailer, a reputable auto transport company will make sure that they protect your vehicle as much as possible.

At A-1 Auto Transport, we can provide you with an affordable rate and fast, secure service. Make sure to contact us today for your free no obligation quote!

Written By:

Joe Webster
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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. 

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