More Or Less On Pricing Auto Shipping
The cheapest way to get that classic car or family sedan transported over many miles is by auto carrier. Auto shipping offer a safe and inexpensive way to get your car to its new location. You know the cost of fuel today as well as the possible cost of car maintenance and repair of driving your car yourself long distances.
For those familiar with the industry, which gains in popularity even now, auto shipping is the obvious solution. At the same time, the customer is always at risk, as Rod Taylor says in The Birds, when contracting even the long-tried services of a reliable company: it is better to be cautious about choosing a transport company, to be aware of their insurance policies, previous performances on similar jobs (including the brand of the car, since a company which is competent at handling regular vehicle, may not be as good with exotic vehicles which it is eager to take on simply for the money and the ostensible prestige of it), and the various aspects of pricing.
Among the most obvious factors which determine the price and the first things you are likely to be asked is the brand and make of the car, the distance it is to travel and the precise pick-up and drop-off points.
Some peculiar, out of the way destinations may require out of the way services, and precise destination, rather than only the distance, is important for the service provider to know what conditions to expect along the way. A good company should inform you of any road or weather conditions which might be harmful to the vehicles transported and offer services which will suitably prevent any damage or unwanted circumstances.
If your vehicle takes up more space that a normal one, that will cost you because it reduces the number of paying customers' vehicles that the company can handle on a single carrier. The expensive vintage or classic cars that are usually a collectors' pride and joy have odd dimensions that will not fit normally on a carrier and will also demand more loving care in transport, even if of standard dimensions.
Since you also want to insure your car while it is handled by the company, buying an adequate policy from the company you have decided to go with is another factor in the final pricing. Your regular car insurance may not cover the dangers posed to your car during shipping and of the various policies usually available in any standard company, it is better to buy the costlier one.
One other determination aside from the above is whether your car is drivable or not. If the car cannot be driven on and off the carrier, special trucks will be dispatched to take it to the carrier, it then must be pushed or towed to its spot, and the entire procedure must be repeated at its destination.
A fully operable vehicle is, of course, the preferred one to transport. No matter, you need to hire the auto shipping company as early as you can before the shipping date, and try for off-season if possible. The longer you hold off on deciding on a transport company, the costlier it will be for you. I'm talking here well over a month in advance. If your car's prior condition results in damage while in transit, besides the inconvenience of waiting for the car to be repaired, the final price could spiral out of sight.
by: Tom Kearns