Auto Auction Shipping Services: What You’re Shipping

Any time you buy a car from an auction, the option to transport it is there. If you’re opting to transport the vehicle you buy, there’s some important information you need to know.

When you’re looking for auto auction transport services, it’s important to understand exactly what type of vehicle you’re shipping. Auto auctions that take place online should post pictures of the vehicles you’re bidding on, and if they don’t — we wouldn’t trust them. You can buy many different vehicles from online auto auctions, from junkers to project cars to expensive, high-end vehicles.

It’s important to find the right auto auction transport carrier for the specific type of vehicle you’re shipping, and not all vehicles will need the same type of carrier. If you are going to get car shipping services for a vehicle that doesn’t run because you plan on fixing it up, you’ll need a truck with a winch. Winches are required to load and unload vehicles unless there is a forklift at both pickup and delivery. Auctions often have forklifts, but private domiciles usually don’t.

If you’re shipping a regular car close-range, maybe a flatbed hauler can take care of it for you. For cross-country trips, though, it’s important to know which type of auto transport carrier you’ll need when you book your auction auto transport.

Auto Auction Shippers

vehicles at an auto auctionYou can ship a vehicle from any auction. Some auctions even provide their own auto auction transport service for cars you buyHoweverchances are you’ll probably wind up shipping with a nationwide car shipping company that provides auction auto transport in addition to what else they do.

Companies that solely provide shipping to or from an auction typically only work close-range, usually within a specific region. There are hundreds of different car auction locations across the United States, and some – like Mannheim and Copart – like to host auctions across the United States. If you’re shipping to or from such an auction, and you’re not shipping locally, your best bet would be to find an independent broker that provides auto auction transport, as they’ll probably be cheaper for you in the long run.

Open vs. Enclosed Auto Auction Shipping

You can find both open auto transport and enclosed auction transport services when shipping to or from an auto auction. Some auctions sell high-end or luxury vehicles that would be best handled by an enclosed auto shipper, but for most online auto auctions chances are that open auto shipping would suit you just fine.

A good rule of thumb when deciding between open and enclosed car shipping is to look at your car. If you drive it daily, to or from work, haul the kids around, or just use it as your commuter, chances are open auto shipping is safe enough. Though your car is exposed to the weather and elements of the interstate highway system, you expose a commuter car to the same conditions every day, so there’s really no need for enclosed shipping.

Auction Car Transport ServicesEnclosed car shipping is more expensive, even when it comes to enclosed auction car transport services, and you should only utilize this if your vehicle is a car that you don’t normally drive, you know, something that you take on a jaunt up the coast when the weather’s perfect, or else keep in a garage because you don’t want it to get rained on or whatever. It’s worth the price you pay for enclosed auction car transport services if you worry about the state of your vehicle when you leave it outside for more than an hour.

Use American Auto Shipping For All Your Auto Auction Shipping Needs

If you’re looking to ship a vehicle, take a minute to fill out our free car shipping quote request form. It takes only a minute and will get a free, no-hassle price to ship your vehicle. We offer quality auto auction transport services to or from any auction in the U.S. You can also contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our friendly representatives. They can answer questions, give you a quote, and even book your order right over the phone.

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