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Most customers are used to being able to see a price list up front when purchasing a product, but auto Transport companies must consider a number of factors in calculating your car shipping rates. This means that in order to give you accurate pricing, car shipping companies will deliver a customized car shipping quote based on information you provide, rather than a price list up front. There are simply too many variables that affect shipping costs for a price list to accurately reflect an accurate shipping rate for your specific vehicle, origin and destination, dates, and shipping method.
All States Worldwide understands that customers want quick access to auto transport rates for their vehicle and desired dates. You can get a quick and accurate quote from our professional & knowledgeable staff by giving us a call toll-free at 1-888-506-0565, or requesting an auto transport quote here. We can provide cheap auto shipping rates and excellent service.
In order to help our customers have access to as much information and knowledge as possible so they can choose the auto transport company that’s right for them, we’ve created a brief primer outlining some of the key factors that go into providing you with a car shipping quote.
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How Auto Transport Rates Are Determined
Our customers can get a quick and accurate car shipping quote by simply providing us with some basic information, but the actual process of calculating your car shipping quote involves the consideration of a variety of different factors.
Drop Off and Pick Up Locations – Door-to-Door v. Terminal-to-Terminal Auto Transport Rates
One factor that affects your car transport rates are door-to-door vs. terminal-to-terminal shipping. With door to door service, vehicles are picked up from your desired pick up point and dropped off at your desired destination. With terminal to terminal shipping, your car must be dropped off at a specific drop off point and picked up at from a specific terminal as well.
One issue to note with door to door auto transport is that the large trailers used to haul cars generally cannot access residential areas due to narrow streets, low overhanging wires, and municipal by-laws. However, arrangements are usually made for pickup and drop-off at a nearby accessible location that’s convenient for the customer, such as a shopping mall parking lot.
While terminal to terminal shipping may save a few bucks, customers generally prefer door to door service. Pick up terminals can often be far away for the customer and require that the customer make arrangements for transportation to and from the terminal. Additionally, because door to door auto transport means that the hauler can make drop offs and pickups along the way, cars don’t sit in a outdoor lot waiting for a full shipment before they can be transported as they do with terminal-to-terminal service.
All States Worldwide provides pick up and drop off at any convenient, accessible location near you. For more importation about pick up and drop off options, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-506-0565.
Open Car Transport vs. Enclosed Auto Transport
Most customers aren’t familiar with the types of shipping options available to them in transporting their vehicle. As long as the vehicle arrives from point A to point B in one piece, they’re happy. However, it’s important to understand that the standard, cheapest method of auto transport isn’t always the most appropriate.
The standard method of open car transportation involves large, open, multi-level trailers. While these can get your car from point A to point B quickly and affordably, your car is exposed to the elements during the trip. This is usually not a concern – millions of cars, including brand new dealership cars – are transported this way safely every year. However, for those looking for high-end exotic or valuable classic auto transport, enclosed auto transport may be a better choice.
Enclosed auto transport involves the transportation of vehicles in closed trailers. This eliminates exposure to the elements and the small risk that the vehicle may receive superficial damage during transport. While the risk of damage is minimal, for those looking to ship high-end vehicles whose values may be significantly diminished by even minor superficial damage, this can be a good option. Enclosed auto transport may add up to 50% or more to your total vehicle shipping rates, but it can be well worth it for some.
Origin & Destination Locations
The origin and destination location of your delivery is one of the most important factors in determining the cost of car shipping. Cars picked up and dropped off in major metropolitan areas will have lower auto transport rates than vehicles picked up in rural areas, due to the higher volume and availability of transports entering major cities.
International Car Shipping Rates
If your destination location is outside of the U.S., you will be subject to international car shipping rates. This may involve additional duties and taxes charged for importation by the destination country’s local government. For most destinations, this also involves additional costs and time associated with loading your vehicle onto a boat for shipping.
The shipping dates you choose will also affect the price of shipping your car. The busiest times of year for car shipping companies are the summer months from June to September, so vehicle transport rates are generally higher during these months when compared to less busy months during fall, winter and spring.
Miscellaneous Factors Affecting Auto Transport Rates
Shipping A Non Operational Vehicle
While your vehicle isn’t going to be driven very much during transport, occasionally it will need to be moved on or off a transport. Most auto transport companies will charge additional fees for shipping non-operational vehicles. In order to obtain an accurate quote, you should always indicate if the vehicle you’re shipping is non-operational.
Shipping Recreational Vehicles
If you’re not shipping a car, but rather a motorcycle, ATV, boat, or other recreational vehicle, your shipping rates will be different than for an automobile. Some car shipping companies focus only on shipping cars and won’t ship your recreational vehicles, while there are other companies that ship motorcycles, boats etc exclusively.
All States Worldwide provides vehicle transport services for all types of vehicles as well as household items. You can obtain a quick and accurate using our online quote form, or gives us a call toll-free 1-888-506-0565 to obtain a quick quote or discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to assist you.
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