Auto Shipping FAQ: How Can I Make my Auto Transport Cheaper? (Part One)
As we’re sure you’re no doubt aware of by now, particularly if you’ve read anything else on our website, auto transportation services are rather expensive. Of course, price is relative – for some people it’s pocket change, and for others it’s all they have. Some people need some help paying for shipping services, and others can just drop however much they want. It’s the world we live in, and unless you can pay, your vehicle isn’t going to move. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the system a little bit to help lower your shipping costs. Auto transporters tend to run routes based how much they’ll get paid, and they want to take the highest-paying loads. Sometimes, they can cherry-pick, usually on popular routes in the summer months, but other times (the majority of the time) they sort of have to take what they can get, and this is where you can make a difference.
If you can, move your pickup and/or delivery locations to major metropolitan areas, and let your auto shipper know that you can take your car anywhere in the metro area to meet your carrier. If you have the money to ship your vehicle, even if it’s just a couple hundred miles, you have enough to tool around a fifty-mile radius if it’s going to help you save more in the long run. Carriers don’t want to go into downtown areas – they can’t fit – but they do prefer running routes to and from larger cities, because that’s where their customers are, more like than not. More people in an area means more potential customers, so that’s where they stay. Instead of shipping out of the middle of nowhere, move your pickup and/or delivery locations and watch your shippers take your load for less than they would if you hadn’t.
This is, of course, just one suggestion – there are a few different ways that you can save on your car shipping services, but it all comes down to where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, and when you’re shipping, and not all of these are things that can be easily switched or changed. If you have additional questions about your shipment or anything in this blog post, give us a call and talk to one of our friendly representatives. They can give you more information on how to save some money on your auto transport, but you should also know that sometimes it’s not possible to pay less – it’s a finicky industry, auto transportation, and you need to be prepared for that at all times.