Auto Transport Tips: Be Flexible
Shipping a vehicle is a far cry from going down to the local Walmart and picking up a new television or buying something on Amazon and having it shipped to you. Shipping a vehicle can be a long, expensive experience, so finding a company that will be able to get you the services you’re looking for in the timeframe you need will be more difficult than it probably should be. That said, there are a few things you can do to make your shipment a bit easier, faster or less expensive, but one of the most important traits you can possibly have is flexibility.
Auto transport is not cut-and-dry; when you book your order with an auto transportation company, the first thing they’re going to do is get your order setup. That just takes a few minutes. After that, though, comes the first time you’re going to have to wait, because your shipper is going to have to try to find a carrier in your area – or that will be going through your area – and schedule your vehicle to be picked up. It can take days and sometimes weeks to find a shipper, depending on where you’re shipping from and to as well as other factors such as the weather and the popularity of the route. If you give yourself plenty of time and plan accordingly, this wait time won’t affect you very much at all.
You should try to be flexible with your price as well – car shippers have to make enough money to keep their trucks fueled and operating properly, as well as keep themselves fed and sheltered, not to mention having to pay all the fees and bills that come with owning a business. Car shipping prices are high because they have to be, but some carriers charge more or less than average depending on the routes they run, and sometimes they’ll try to get a bit more out of you in exchange for faster pickup. This can be great for you, but requires some flexibility in terms of how much you’re willing to spend on shipping a vehicle.
Flexibility in all things is key when shipping a car, and you’ll definitely want to keep in touch with your car shipping representative to stay up to date with everything that’s going on with your shipment. You can even let them know that you’re willing to work with them if it will help get your vehicle picked up more quickly (or within the time table that you are looking for), even if it means paying a bit more (or a bit less). Being flexible will lead to a better auto transportation experience, so don’t hesitate to discuss your options with your agent today.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and need some quotes to get started, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll receive multiple free quotes in your email inbox from top auto transportation companies, and once you have your quotes you can begin to compare them against one another to find the right shipper for your needs. Compare prices and services, discuss your shipment with one of their live agents, book your order and much more, all with quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry that we pre-screen for dependability and reliability ahead of time. You can also contact one of our own live agents toll-free at 800-930-7417 any time.