Why Are Some Auto Transport Services More Expensive Than Others?
If you’ve been following our blog at all over the past few years, you’ll likely know that one of things we do here is not sugarcoat things. We don’t pretend that shipping a car is cheap or easy, we don’t pretend like it’s going to only take a few days. We believe in telling customers the truth, because the only way that you’re going to get the best services for your money is if you actually understand how the industry works and if you understand why things work the way they do and why car shipping is nothing like ordering a hamburger at McDonald’s or buying a hose at the Home Depot. The more you know about this industry, the easier it’s going to be for you and your shipping company to get on the same page and make your auto transport experience that much better.
But something you’re going to have to watch is your budget. While not everyone has a budget when it comes to auto transportation (pockets that deep sure must be nice), most people still very much need one, and may have to adjust what they’re looking for out of their shipping company in order to meet their budgetary limitations. Generally this has to do with changing pickup or delivery locations or extending pickup windows further than what’s standard in order to keep prices lower, but one of the most important expenses in auto transportation is the type of carrier that you ultimately use to ship your vehicle.
As you likely know, open auto transport is the main method of shipping a vehicle today. Able to haul up to ten vehicles at a time, open carriers are the best at maximizing space and reducing costs for their customers, at the risk of leaving vehicles they ship open to the elements – the same elements that their customers drive their vehicles in, oddly enough. Open transport, because of its prevalence, ease of loading and unloading, and lower cost of operation is considered to be the standard method of transporting a vehicle in today’s society. Usually the lower costs of operating and maintaining an open car carrier helps keep prices lower, as does the fact that almost 90% of vehicles shipped today are shipped on an open carrier. But that’s not the only type of auto transport truck on the road today.
Enclosed transportation is also an option, but it’s going to be more expensive. This is because there are fewer enclosed transportation trucks on the road than open carriers, and those that do run routes are generally confined to routes between major metropolitan areas, shunning the lower-paying routes due to the lack of demand. Flatbed services are even more expensive, but that’s mainly because it’s a niche service designed to haul only vehicles that meet certain conditions, such as the inability to fit on the back of a standard carrier.
Enclosed and flatbed services are much more expensive than open transport because there are fewer of those types of trucks on the road and demand for their services is also fairly low, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help. To get the most up-to-date pricing information, and for more information on why some auto transport services are more expensive than others, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from reputable and reliable car shipping companies. 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 – including this one – and also help you get your free quotes today.