How to Compare Quotes and Select the Right Auto Shipping Company – Part I

Shipping vehicles is a new experience for a lot of people and most of us aren’t sure how and where to start. Whether it’s a new vehicle purchased in another part of the country or abroad, bringing it home using the service of an auto shipping company is often a major concern. This is because choosing the right auto shipping company is crucial to the safety of your vehicle and your peace of mind.

To select the right transportation method, the right company, and to get the best deal, it’s essential to compare auto shipping quotes. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be able to determine the best company for your needs in terms of service and rates.

In this blog post, we’ll cover in detail the factors which shipping quotes are based on, the importance and benefits of comparing quotes, how to get multiple quotes and determine the right shipping company. To find everything you need to know about auto shipping quotes, read on.

Factors that Determine Quotes

  • The Weight of the Vehicle: One of the first factors considered for the quote is the vehicle’s Remember that larger vehicles will cost you more. For example, transporting a family sedan or a compact car will logically cost you lesser than transporting an SUV or a large RV. When asking for a quote, make sure to have a rough estimation of your vehicle weight. 
  • Locations: The locations of the origination and destination are another important factor that affects your auto shipping quote. Knowing the distance is an essential part of the quote. One way to reduce your total cost is to drive your car to the pick-up location and from the unloading point at your destination on your own.
  • Time of Transportation: The time of the year which you choose to transport your vehicle also affects your shipping costs. If you’re planning to ship your car in the peak summer months, it’ll cost you more than shipping during the winter months. However, if you need to move your vehicle as soon as possible within a time-frame, you should get multiple shipping quotes from different companies to find out the best deal. 
  • Coverage Costs: If you have an insured vehicle to ship, it’ll cost you less than shipping an uninsured vehicle. Some insurance policies don’t cover the costs of all damages that may happen during transportation. The shipping company will ask you for insurance information for determining the quote. An uninsured vehicle will naturally increase the price as the shipping company will have to provide adequate care and coverage. 

The Importance and Benefits of Comparing Quotes

It’s common that even for the same route, prices vary among auto shippers. It depends on the method of transportation offered (open and enclosed shipping) and the amount of premium charged for the service. If you have a tight budget, opting for an open trailer for transporting your vehicle can be a more economical option than enclosed trailers. Also, most auto shippers these days offer door-to-door transportation as a standard service unlike the cheaper option of terminal-to-terminal shipping.

There are several shipping companies available but not all of them provide satisfactory transportation service. Some companies go out of their way to ensure the quality of service and customer satisfaction while others don’t consider them as priorities. Research well and check out reviews when you list down your preferred shipping companies.

If you can obtain shipping quotes from at least 4-5 auto shipping companies well in advance of your desired date of shipping, you can compare the prices and services to secure the best deal.

In our next post, we’ll provide you essential tips on how to get multiple shipping quotes and determine the best deal, and also some additional tips.