Auto Transport Tips: All About Students
Believe it or not, the American student population represents a decent portion of the auto transport market. With so many different colleges and universities spread out across the country, many students can’t make the drive, so they either ship their vehicles or have their parents help them ship it. This is good because not only is it generally cheaper to ship a vehicle than drive it the same distance, especially if there’s thousands of miles in between, but also because auto shipping companies are always eager to help out students who are looking to ship their vehicles to or from their university. There are a few different ways that you can save some money by shipping a vehicle back to school over driving it, and we’ll explain some of them below – as well as how to take advantage of them.
Many major universities are located in large, populated metro areas. Since auto shippers are already running routes to and from those areas anyway, you’re going to be able to find discounts during peak shipping times. Students tend to ship in the weeks before school is back in session, and a lot of companies are attuned to that and will provide great discounts for services when you tell them that you’re a student. This is a pretty common sales pitch, but what’s more is that your discount will come out of their own pocket and not the carrier’s, so you won’t see anything detrimental due to lower prices to the carriers, which can result in longer wait times for pickup.
As a student you’ll want to discuss where exactly your vehicle will be picked up and delivered from, as some carriers won’t be able to get directly to your dorm or your campus. Auto transporters prefer to pickup and deliver vehicles in large parking lots or other areas where they have plenty of room to maneuver. Don’t worry – it’s still door to door service in that you won’t need to drop your vehicle off at a terminal, and you will meet with the carrier yourself (or, if you cannot be there, a friend, parent, coworker, neighbor, fellow student, etc), as you will need to do a pickup and delivery inspection of your vehicle – one at pickup to note any current damage, if any, and one at delivery to compare to ensure there is no new damage.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from your university and need to know more about how much it will cost and the services available to you, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. When you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top auto transport companies – they’ll email you prices and services, allowing you to compare them against each other to find the carrier that’s right for you. You can even discuss your shipment with one of their live agents over the phone, as every quote will have contact information for those companies. If you still have questions, or need some help getting your quotes, you can always talk to one of our live car shipping experts at 800-930-7417.