Auto Transport Tips for Shipping From an Auto Auction
The idea of the auction has been around literally for thousands of years. One of the oldest concepts in mercantilism, there is little today that you cannot buy at an auction. The concept has become so well-known that people are trying new ways of doing it, and the internet has helped tremendously to change the way we conduct them.
We can browse items at an auction, bid on said items, buy those items, and then get those items, all online. Online auctions, particularly eBay and the many knockoff sites that come with it, have completely revolutionized the way that we buy our products, and today online shopping is one of the largest money-makers in our rather large economy. This means that, as time goes on, online auctions are only going to become more popular, and this is great news if you’re shopping for a new car at an online auto auction.
While eBay runs its own auto auction division – known as eBay Motors – there are quite a few different online auctions that you can purchase vehicles from. Two of the more popular auctions are the Mannheim and Co-Part auto auctions, which allow a variety of people from all walks of life to bid on vehicles that they would like to own. But what do you do once you actually buy it? How does the vehicle actually get to you?
If you’re buying a vehicle from an online auto auction, you’ll need to have it shipped to you via a standard auto transport carrier. Most of the time, these online auctions will list where the vehicle is located, physically, and many times they have a number of vehicles stored at a single location.
This gives you most all the information you need to get accurate quotes and reliable car shipping services. Auto transporters usually don’t mind picking up from an auto auction warehouse, namely because of the fact that they can pick up multiple loads in one central area, making it easy for them to fill open spots on their truck and get paid more for doing less overall work. They don’t have to drive across the state to five different pickup locations when they can get all five vehicles in one place, after all.
When buying from an auction, chances are the services will be essentially door-to-door, meaning the carrier will pick your vehicle up at the auction and then deliver it to the delivery address you provide, or at least as close as they can possibly get.
Open transportation from an auto auction is typically standard, and results in the lowest prices and fastest pickup times. Enclosed transportation is available, of course, but keep in mind that it may take a bit longer, and likely cost more, as there are fewer enclosed shippers on the roads today.
That being said, many auto auctions have time limits for pickup after you buy, generally a week but sometimes longer, depending on who’s running the auction and where the vehicles are stored.
Keep this in mind, because it can affect pricing and availability. Some areas may require expedited shipping services, which while generally available through any auto transportation company, tend to cost more because of the additional strains it places on carriers.
They have to readjust their schedules, which isn’t always easy, and it requires them to be in a certain place by a certain time, which can result in delayed pickups or deliveries for other customers’ vehicles.
If you’re interested in buying a vehicle from an online auction, and are trying to get an idea of how much it’ll cost to get it to you, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll get a free, no-hassle quote right away. We understand auction auto shipping and are one of the best in the business.
If you have questions about auction auto transport services, or would prefer a quote over the phone, give us a call! We have representatives standing by who can price your shipment, answer questions, and even book your shipment if you’re ready to. So fill out our form or call us today and find out what American Auto Shipping can do for you.