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From Los Angeles to Miami is about $850. From Seattle to Los Angeles is about $600. From Miami to New Jersey is about $550. Our prices fluctuate daily due to the ever changing price of diesel fuel, supply and demand of auto transports by consumers, and available carriers on a specific route. It is important to get the most current daily rates with an instant free online quote from American Auto Shipping or you can call us 24/7 for the lastest auto transport rates on any route as well.
The good news is the trucks travel about 400 miles per day. Unfortunately it can take several days to schedule pick up from the first day you make your vehicle available. This is due to the fact that your car is scheduled on a truck with nine other families' cars. American Auto Shipping provides online tracking of your vehicles shipment 24/7.
An auto transport is where we pick up your car at your home or business and transport it to the destination of your choice on one of our 10 car carriers. We always try to get you the cheapest price to ship your car. Please fill out our instant online quote calculator or phone us 24/7 now to get the best daily rates.
Yes, using our 10 car open auto transport carriers, we allow you to have 100 pounds of personal items in the trunk of your car or cargo area of your truck/SUV. If you ship your vehicle in an enclosed carrier you can pack it full!

 

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Why the Auto Transport Industry is Primarily Cash-on-Delivery

Fuel 1Auto transportation services, as we’ve talked about before, are generally paid cash-on-delivery, with a fee to the broker in the form of credit card or other means of payment. First off, though, we need to say something: cash-on-delivery doesn’t always literally mean “cash” on delivery. Rather, it means some form of certified funds, typically either cash (yes, you can pay in straight cash), cashier’s check, or money order – really, any way that doesn’t make the shipper take anything you give him on faith, like a check. A check is easy to pay with, but it’s also easy to fraudulently pay for things with, and cashed checks are so unbelievably common in the car shipping industry due to the high costs that most auto shipping brokers won’t take checks (of course, some do; it depends on who you talk with). It’s for this reason alone that auto transportation services are treated as cash-on-delivery.

I’m not kidding, you’d be amazed at some of the things that customers have done over the years to try to pull the wool over their shipping company’s eyes and gotten out of paying hundreds of dollars for a top-flight service. Deliberately bouncing checks, stopping payment on checks, calling fraud on legitimate credit card payments – these are things I myself have had to deal with in the past. And that’s from the broker side – these problems just exacerbate every other minute problem in a carrier’s life, because most of the time they’re living on payment to payment. Hosing a carrier out of his pay is actually pretty devastating to 90% of the auto transport carriers out there because they’re all independent businesses, many owner-operators, living out of their trucks.

It’s the main reason why most auto transport carriers also don’t accept billing arrangements with carriers or brokers: there’s just too much time that elapses between when they drop off a car and when they get the money for it. As most carriers are owner-operators, they tend to live off the payments they get from their customers. Those are their paychecks, essentially, and a lot of that money goes toward fuel and living expenses (mainly fuel). Imagine your car is your source of income; in order to make money, you need to drive it, for whatever reason. Now imagine that it gets 6 miles to the gallon – that’s the going rate for many auto transport trucks. The money for fuel tends to evaporate rather quickly if it’s not replenished often; this is why most carriers only do cash-on-delivery with certified funds.

Carriers have to be paid cash-on-delivery because it’s the only way their business model stays up. Cash, cashier’s check, or money order is all they accept; if they did checks, it’d be too easy to lose track of the money, and then the entire company would collapse because they can’t fuel the truck. Granted, this may seem a little…apocalyptic, but the theory is what matters, and that’s the main reason why the auto transport industry is primarily cash-on-delivery. Anything else just isn’t plausible. It’s also the easiest for most every customer – no need to wait for checks to clear, and their cars don’t end up being held hostage or simply stolen because if that happened the carrier wouldn’t get paid, now would he? Would you pay a carrier who didn’t deliver your vehicle the money you earmarked for delivering your vehicle? Of course not, no one would. This is another big reason why carriers only take cash-on-delivery: because many customers demand it.

If you’re interested in getting free auto transport quotes, you can fill out our free online quote request form and have up to eight of them sent to your e-mail within about an hour. This is a great way to get multiple quotes for absolutely free, giving you the time you need and the resources at your fingertips to find the best company for your specific shipping needs. If you have questions about the industry, our website, or any of our advertisers, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to a live representative. Our representatives can get you answers to your questions as well as get you your free quotes – all it takes is a phone call or some information inputted into a form.

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