Auto Transport Tips: Car Shipping by Rail
Something that a lot of customers want to know about is car shipping by rail. Searching for an alternative to standard auto transport services isn’t uncommon, especially considering that there are a lot of “horror stories” regarding different companies in the industry today. Which is a shame, really, considering the vast majority of auto transporters out there are simply trying to do their job right. But that small percentage of bad, unscrupulous people out there that are only trying to take advantage of customers puts a black mark on the rest of us. It’s also not uncommon to find customers trying to find the lowest possible price, which inevitably leads them to consider car shipping by rail.
But the auto transport industry has moved beyond the need of the railroads, and today finding car shipping by rail services is difficult indeed, mostly because it’s just not profitable for most rail companies. Let’s face it – transporting just about anything over fixed tracks is now more expensive than trucking it over the road. With the size of trains, the maintenance required, and all the different deals needed to allow interstate companies to operate on privately owned railways, most companies would rather hire an over-the-road trucking company at a fraction of the cost. This is why finding car shipping by rail can be so problematic – there’s just not a lot of money in it for most companies nowadays, with most of the profits shifted to OTR trucking.
So, there’s not a lot of railroads that actively ship cars, and those that do tend to have relatively fixed routes. Cross-country routes are almost a thing of the past; there are no railroad companies that this writer knows of that will ship a car across the United States. The only routes that are open to private customers are those up and down the east coast, with the rest of the industry relying on trucks that can haul up to ten loads at a time and that can get to or from just about any city in the country. It’s faster and generally more cost-effective as shipping via truck often does not take as long as shipping via the railroad.
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle, take a minute and fill out our free quote form to get free shipping quote. We will probably quote your shipment for over-the-road trucking instead of car shipping by rail, as there’s a very high chance rail shipping will not be available on your route. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, car shipping by rail, the quote you receive, or just need some help getting your quote to begin with, don’t hesitate to call us any time at 800-930-7417.