How Misinformation Only Hurts Your Auto Transport Experience

Carrier 13Though the vehicle shipping industry is a niche one, you’d likely be surprised at just how high the demand for auto transportation services is, and how many different auto transport companies there are out there on the road today, hauling cars from and to cities across the nation. All of them have different pricing methods and different rules and regulations regarding how they conduct their business, how they handle various payment methods, and you’ll always want to make sure you at least glance over each company’s terms and conditions, as those are the most common things to differ from company to company aside from price. And this is where you really need to tread carefully, as misinformation can lead to some serious repercussions down the road.

Since different companies have different terms and policies in regards to pricing and services, it’s important that you be upfront and honest with what exactly you are looking to ship and where you’re looking to ship it from and to. A good example of this is lying about what type of vehicle you’re shipping. Many customers understand that price is based on size and weight, in addition to where they’re shipping from and to. Distance plays the largest role in determining your auto transport price, but vehicle size and weight is also important, and this is where people lie to get a better rate, without realizing how colossally dumb of an idea it is. Regardless of what you’re shipping, someone will have to put it on a truck, and it’s going to be pretty obvious it’s not a Geo Metro they’re picking up when they show up at your address and see only an ’05 Ford F-350 sitting in the driveway.

But what’s the problem? you’re asking. It’s a simple lie that won’t affect anything, an F-350 is still a stock truck. That may be true, but you’re dead wrong if you think it won’t affect your price. Auto transport prices work differently than prices in other industries, and they can change based on a number of different factors including – you guessed it – the size and weight of your vehicle. Also, it’s not set in stone the way the price of a Big Mac is. If a carrier thinks they’re picking up a sedan when in reality their customer is shipping a Hummer, they’re going to be in a pretty bad mood. You can imagine their frustration, especially when you consider the fact that many of the larger vehicles out there can’t fit on a standard carrier anyway. So if they can’t fit the car you’re shipping on their carrier, but think they can because you straight-up lied to them, you think they’ll be okay with that?

You have to understand that auto transport companies are run by people, and people are going to be people. Professionalism is a great thing to have, but if you’re a bad customer that professionalism is going to go out the window in a right hurry. A sense of entitlement does no one any good in the car shipping industry, since no amount of whining or complaining or lying is going to change anything about your vehicle shipping services, and in fact could hinder your approach as representatives don’t take kindly to being treated like trash. Lying, or being rude, or otherwise giving misinformation is just a dick move at the end of the day, and I’ve been around this industry long enough to tell you that being a dick gets you absolutely nowhere in the car shipping industry, at least as a customer. Be kind, be respectful and for the love of God don’t lie about anything, it’s the dumbest thing you can do. All you do is shoot yourself in the foot when you do that because so many things can go wrong when you lie.

Auto transportation services begin with a quote, so why not start off by getting multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated car shipping companies? You can be completely truthful without any consequence, at least regarding what you’re shipping and where you’re shipping to and from, and get in touch with auto transport companies that can get you some of the most accurate quotes on any route across the country. It’s fast and easy, and nets you multiple quotes that you can compare against one another to find the right shipper for you. Have further questions? Give us a call at 800-930-7417 to talk to one of our live agents, who can answer questions and help you get your quotes. It’s fast, free and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Auto Shipping Services to Pawtucket, RI

Pawtucket 1Pawtucket is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, located in Providence County. Home to over 71,000 residents, Pawtucket sits as the fourth-largest city in the state of Rhode Island and a prominent bedroom city of Providence, the largest city in the state, and sits right on the border of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Pawtucket is often considered to be the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, as the first fully-mechanized cotton mill was established in downtown Pawtucket in 1793 – this was the first Slater Mill built in the U.S., and many more would be based on its design. Though textiles and textile-related manufacturing began to leave Pawtucket during and after the Great Depression, some manufacturing stayed, in particular the manufacturing of toys, games, silverware and jewelry, among others. Pawtucket is the headquarters for Hasbro, one of the largest manufacturers of toys and games in the world.

Though Pawtucket does not anchor its own metropolitan area, being a part of the Providence Metropolitan Statistical Area really helps the cause when it comes to auto shipping services to Pawtucket. Located just northeast of the largest city in the state, its location gives auto transporters greater ease-of-access when it comes to moving a vehicle into or out of Pawtucket, though you should be warned that Rhode Island is far from the most popular auto shipping location in the U.S. Few carriers run routes into and out of Providence, and fewer still in and out of Pawtucket, which tends to raise prices slightly over routes of the same distance through more populated areas, but there are still plenty of shippers willing to run routes into and out of New England in general, including Pawtucket.

Pawtucket sits right along Interstate 95, which actually bisects the city in a north-south orientation. This is really helpful, and can help mitigate some of the problems Pawtucket’s location tends to raise. I-95 is one of the most heavily-traveled interstates in the U.S. and a major auto transport route, as it runs through some of the largest cities on the eastern seaboard and stretches from southern Florida to northern Maine. I-95 also runs through the heart of Providence, and through areas further south of Providence – this may actually help your prices, especially if you could meet your shipper for pickup or delivery of your vehicle at a more easily-accessible location south of Pawtucket. Since I-95 is a north-south interstate, most carriers will enter Providence and Pawtucket from the south, as further north there is little to entice a carrier to go that way aside from money. You’ll want to discuss this and your shipping options with a representative, of course, but generally you can get cheaper prices by moving to a more auto transport-friendly pickup or delivery location within the Providence metro area.

Something that you’ll want to keep in mind when shipping to or from Pawtucket is the weather. New England is prone to winter snows across the region, and Pawtucket is no different. Located close to Providence, it shares the same basic climate and features many of the same characteristics that can hinder shipments to and from Providence – namely, snow. Snow is common in the winter, and can wreak havoc on auto transport routes and services. Pawtucket can see anywhere from a few inches to over a foot of snow per month, with over ten days per month seeing snow from November to March on average. During the summer months this shouldn’t be an issue, but it can cause real problems in the winter, so make sure to keep an eye on the weather and to discuss your shipment details with a professional auto transport representative.

If you need help finding a company to ship your vehicle, or don’t know where to start when it comes to moving a vehicle to or from Pawtucket, you should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. It’s completely free and submitting it will net you multiple free quotes from some of the best car transport companies in the industry. What’s great about our service is that your quotes will start showing up immediately, within minutes, so you don’t have to wait long to get started. You can compare these different companies and their prices and services, allowing you to make a more informed decision that will lead to a better car shipping experience at the end of the day. For further questions or for help filling out our free form, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.

Can I Ship My Vehicle via Terminal to Terminal Auto Transport Services?

Terminal 2Shipping a vehicle is a lot easier today than it was 10-15 years ago thanks in large part to the advent and adoption of the Internet. Though car transportation services have been around since at least the 1950’s, if not longer, it was vastly different then than it is today, and if you haven’t shipped a car in a number of years you may want to take a quick refresher course – make sure to read our Car Transport for Dummies page to get caught up, and it’s especially useful for people who have never shipped a car at all before, ever, and one of the things that you should really focus on is the differences between door to door services and terminal to terminal shipping, namely the fact that terminal to terminal shipping, once the main method of transportation in the industry, has taken a backseat to door to door services, which makes terminal shipping more difficult to find.

However, it’s not impossible to find terminal to terminal shipping services, just a lot more difficult to find and book today than it was fifteen or twenty years ago. Much of this has to do with the shift in the way that auto transport companies actually conduct their business. With the rise of the internet, advertising for auto transportation services has changed drastically, and customers have much more access to a wide variety of shipping companies. Not only that but the way that carriers and brokers interact and setup transportation services for customers has also changed drastically. This has led to a sharp rise in the number of open car carriers on the road today and a decline in terminal shipping services, but it’s not the only reason.

Terminal to terminal shipping requires much more than door to door transportation services, namely in the sense that you have to drop your vehicle off at a specified location – a terminal – and then wait for a carrier to pick it up. While this sounds like a pretty good idea, terminal shipping is rarely used, and for that reason a lot of terminals across the nation have closed up shop due to lack of interest. Couple that with the fact that carriers would rather enjoy the freedom of door to door services and the security of meeting with the owner of the vehicle they’ve been entrusted to ship that comes with it, as opposed to picking up from basically an open yard filled with cars and (hopefully) some kind of attendant.

Terminals aren’t nearly as secure for that reason – with demand shifting to door to door shipping services and away from terminal shipping, most terminals in operation today are little more than open lots, offering little protection to the cars they store. Not only that, but less demand for terminal shipping usually means less interest from carriers; since terminal shipping excludes you from the shipment proper, you usually pay the entire balance up front to your broker, and this means that carriers will have to collect payment from them via an invoice, which puts more financial strain on the carrier since they normally collect payment upon delivery, in order to keep their trucks fueled and on the road.

If you’re interested in terminal to terminal auto transport services, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll get multiple quotes from top-rated auto transport companies emailed to you within the hour. Your quotes will likely be for door to door service, as that is the standard method, and terminal to terminal is not available on all routes. When you get your quotes, however, you can discuss your shipping options with a representative directly, and there will be contact information with every quote you receive, making it much easier for you to get a hold of someone to discuss your shipment. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417, if you have additional questions or concerns, or just need some help or advice with your shipment or filling out our free online form.

Auto Transport Tips: More on the Cancellation Policy

Broker 2Back in August, we wrote a post detailing some of the things you needed to know about the typical auto transport cancellation policy. We discussed when you can usually cancel, what kinds of reasons are acceptable and unacceptable when trying to cancel an order, how cancellation fees are assessed and levied, and also various commonly-seen refund policies. In this blog post we’re going to discuss more about cancellation policies, more specifically some of the different refund policies and how you can get the most out of having to cancel your order. No one wants to cancel their order, of course – when you book your shipment with an auto transport company, and pay them money, you expect them to ship your vehicle for you within a timely manner while understanding that nobody’s perfect and delays can happen.

The auto transportation industry is fluid – as we speak, fuel prices continue to drop, which takes some of the strain off of car shipping carriers and allows them to lower the prices they charge to customers, which in turn means that you’re going to get better deals on your shipment. Prices across the industry are falling drastically which is fantastic for everyone, including car transporters, but sometimes the price just isn’t good enough to warrant staying with one specific shipping company. Customers cancel – it’s just something that auto transport representatives have to put up with.

The good thing is that you can cancel for just about any reason, and many companies won’t even require a reason if you want to cancel – you just can. Many times, customers don’t like how long it’s taken to find a carrier (and for some routes it can take a while, this is true), but just about any reason is valid. Most companies will allow you to cancel your order completely free of charge up until the date of dispatch – in other words, until they actually find a car transport truck and schedule your vehicle to be picked up. Some will allow you to cancel up until the time your vehicle is loaded onto the truck, but this is less common than the former, and it’s impossible to cancel once your vehicle is actually in transit because the carrier’s already picked it up. That’s like trying to get the post office to mail back a package you sent out while it’s en route to its destination – you just can’t do it.

Cancellation policies vary from company to company, with some more extreme than others, so we always recommend reading your shippers’ cancellation policies before making any final decision in terms of booking or making a reservation with a shipper. Most customers have a good experience with their shippers, and auto transport companies hate cancellations so they do what they can to retain their customers as much as possible. Some companies will offer incentives for you to stay including lower deposit prices, vouchers for future shipments, partial refunds and more. At the same time, some companies will laugh in your face if you try to cancel in order to get a better deal, so be careful with this one.

At the end of the day, though, if you’re looking to ship your vehicle from one part of the country to another you’re going to require the services of a car transporter, and that means finding one to book with. The best way to go about that is to fill out our free online quote request form, as it’s absolutely free, takes only a minute to complete, and nets you up to ten free quotes from top-rated auto transporters that will be emailed to you within the hour. It’s a great service that gives you more control over who you book with, and also gives you multiple options that you can compare against one another to find the best deal for your shipping needs. You can also call our toll-free telephone number at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can answer your questions, help you get your free quotes and give you sound advice and direction on your auto transportation services completely free of charge.

Household Moving Tips to San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio 1San Antonio is a city in as well as the county seat of Bexar County, Texas, and is currently home to a population of over 1.4 million residents. Located in the American Southwest, San Antonio is nonetheless one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States today, and anchors a metropolitan area – the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, also known as Greater San Antonio – which is home to an even-larger population of over 2.27 million. San Antonio is considered a global city today, and is the center of commerce and travel for the entire United States. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest in Texas and a major transportation and logistics hub as well.

San Antonio’s economy is incredibly diverse and robust, and its greater metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in the state of Texas by gross GDP. This is really helpful when it comes to moving to or from San Antonio, as there are many opportunities for jobs and many areas where one can shop and find fun things to do. Unemployment is on the downtrend in the San Antonio metropolitan area, which has had a large impact on the overall strength of the economy but more importantly it has helped to raise housing values across the metro area, which has led to more equity for homeowners and a more robust real estate sector. In other words, San Antonio’s growth has turned it into a homebuyer’s market.

Like most major cities in the United States, San Antonio is an older city, with a downtown core built up prior to the adoption of the personal automobile as the preferred method of transportation. Many of its suburbs were built up in later years, and are more easily accessible, but when you’re moving into San Antonio your movers may need to utilize a local moving company in order to get all your items to you. This is mainly used when the interstate transport truck can’t get to your specific location for delivery, so they’ll drop your goods off with a local moving company, contracting their services to load your goods into their local moving trucks in order to get them to you. This will be explained to you in more detail by your household moving representative if it comes to that, but it might if you’re moving into San Antonio proper.

If you’re looking for quotes to move household goods to or from San Antonio, make sure to fill out our free online household moving quote request form on our household moving articles page. If you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes from some of the best household moving companies in the industry today; they’ll be able to calculate accurate rates to move your household items to San Antonio and will be able to navigate you through the process. If you’re also in need of auto transport services, fill out the form on the left and make sure to mark that you need household items shipped to; You can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents if you need questions answered or just need some help in getting your free household moving and/or auto transport quotes.

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