At the end of the summer of 2015, gas prices in America were the lowest that they have been in a decade. That's a remarkable fact and it shows no signs of letting up, as the price of oil continues to drop internationally. This is a trend that first began towards the end of 2014 and continued throughout 2015.
As a direct result in the decrease in gas prices, more and more Americans have taken road trips and are driving greater distances than they have in recent years. Now, when faced with the decision of whether or not to choose an auto transport company such as A-1 Auto Transport or to drive the vehicle themselves, many people may be leaning towards the latter option. But that's actually not the best decision for long distances.
Here's why auto transport is still the better option:
Driving your car a long distance isn't just about the price of gas. You also have to consider maintenance problems, the cost of insurance, as well as other unexpected factors. Plus, with auto transport companies benefiting from the lower gas prices themselves, they've passed on part of their savings to you through better prices.
Estimates state that it's between 25% to 45% cheaper to choose an auto transport company instead of driving the vehicle yourself.
Auto transport companies are better able to protect your vehicle as opposed to it being physically driven across the country. Choosing the enclosed carrier option, for example, will ensure that your car is protected completely from the weather and the elements outside. If you choose a credible auto transport company, you can be confident that they only employ drivers that are completely professional, know what they're doing, and take multiple measures to protect your vehicle.
Every mile that you put on your vehicle decreases its value somewhat. Even if the cost of gas was so low that it was essentially free, by putting the hundreds or perhaps thousands of miles on your car that driving across America will entail, your vehicle will drop in value significantly. This doesn't even take into account the wear and tear on the vehicle and the various maintenance that it'll have to go through, such as an oil change or having new tires placed on it. If your vehicle is particularly valuable, such as being a luxury car or an antique, you will not want all of these miles on it.
The only miles that are put on your vehicle during the auto transport process is what is needed to get it to the auto carrier and off the auto carrier. With door-to-door shipping available, it can be virtually none.
You should certainly enjoy and take advantage of the low gas prices in America these days. Hopefully it lasts throughout 2016 as well! But if you're in the need of auto transport, you shouldn't drive it yourself! Contact A-1 Auto Transport today for a free quote!
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.