We have put this section together to help you understand the auto transport industry and how it works.
First you need to get a vehicle shipping quote to see how much its going to cost to ship your vehicle. You can Get a Quote from our company or we recommend you go to sites like these (YELP.com, GOTRUCKGO,com) to get several quotes to compare.DON'T JUST FIND A SITE ON A GOOGLE SEARCH AND ASK FOR A QUOTE!!! A lot of sites sell your information to 10 - 20 companies at once and you will get 10 to 20 sales people calling you at once, Not fun! Here are a list of things the company is going to need to know to be able to give you accurate quote.
- Year, make and model of your vehicle(s)
- Pickup and delivery city, state and zip
- Does the vehicle run, steer and break and is it modified
- Do you want to ship open or enclosed carrier
Open Carrier - This is shipping that does not protect your vehicle from the elements. Your vehicle is exposed to the weather, but we can fit more vehicles on our truck and this lowers the cost of transport. Damages from the elements are rare, but can occur. Most people are willing to take the small risk to save a considerable amount of money.
Enclosed Carrier - This is shipping that protects your vehicle from the elements. Going enclosed can protect your vehicle from weather, rocks and theft. In most cases an enclosed carrier will cost double of what it would cost to ship on an open carrier. These drivers have more experience with high-end vehicles.
- The date or approximate date you want to ship your vehicle
- Email address so that they can send you a copy of your quote
The company you hire 99% of the time will not be the same company that shows up at your door to pickup your vehicle. In this industry most companies only own a few trucks that run specific routes or they are a broker and don't own trucks. You would have to sift through hundreds of companies to try and find a company that actually runs the routes you need your car shipped. We have an answer for this, the auto transport industry has a load board that all companies share that we can post your car on and companies that run that specific route can request to ship your car. If they meet the proper standards they are then allowed to haul your car. It sounds weird to you, but its a lot like Uber or Lift. they don't own the car thats picking you up, in the same way we don't necessarily own the truck thats picking your car up. its and amazing system that has allowed us to ship cars faster then ever. Instead of having to wait for our truck to be available we can find a truck that has an open spot and the company that has the most money gets the spot. This is one reason why its important not to go with the cheapest quote price. I get calls everyday from people who chose the cheapest quote price and nobody showed up to pickup their car and now they have to pay more money to have me scramble to pickup their car last minute. If you have lots of time you can go with the cheap price and wait till they pick it up, but DO NOT GIVE THEM A DEPOSIT UNITL THEY PICK UP YOUR CAR! This way they are motivated to make it happen and you are not locked in if they never show up.
As time goes on we will add more to this section. Here are some more articles that can help you make the right choice.