Using a car transport company is the easiest and most efficient way to ship your car or vehicle. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, truck, SUV, RV, motorcycle or boat. There is no more convenient, easy, and safe alternative than using a car transport company to move it for you.
There’s a wide variety of many types of companies to cater your to your specific shipping needs. Most offer open, enclosed, and flatbed shipping. Some only specialize in shipping valuable and delicate antique cars. Others only ship motorcycles and ATV’s.
Knowing what you need is important. From there, understanding how to get the most out of your shipping services will do wonders to improving your experience.
How to get the most out of your car transport experience
To start the process of finding a transport company, you should start with a quote. It is important that as much information is given as possible when requesting a quote. While unnecessary, including the zip code of the pickup location and destination location will produce a more accurate quote. The quote you receive will be for a stock variant of your vehicle, so if your vehicle is modified or needs any specific considerations, please tell prospective shippers.
Before selecting a car transport company, check to make sure that this company is registered with the Department of Transportation. They are required to have a USDOT and MC number. If they do not have those, don’t book with them. Then, use transport review websites to check for dependability. The Better Business Bureau website is another good option. It’s not worth it to risk any risks when transporting your valuable vehicle.
Never book with the lowest price
When selecting a car transport company, it is commonly known that the lowest price is not the best price. The auto transport business is an underregulated business that is also currently thriving.
Because of this, there are often new companies that pop up with the intention of ripping people off. While it has gotten better, bait-and-switch scams like this are still a force we have to fight against. Make sure your prospective shippers are fully licensed and bonded and avoid the scammers.
If you do run into a scam company, make sure to alert the Better Business Bureau and even transport review websites. This can go a long way to saving other people the hassle that you went through. You should also contact us and let us know, and we will work to make sure they can’t hurt others either.
Know the methods of transporting a car
The standard method for shipping a vehicle is via an open transportation truck. Most people are familiar with this method as they’ve seen the trucks on the highway hauling cars.
There are, however, other methods that different car transport companies use to move their vehicle. Which one you need depends on what you’re shipping. Enclosed transport is usually used for exotic or expensive vehicles. Flatbed trucks are often used to haul oversize vehicles or heavy equipment.
In the case of overseas shipping, such as to Hawaii, a truck can’t be used. In this case, roll-on/roll-off ships are used. Some companies use trains to transport their vehicles, though this is quickly becoming obsolete.
The least expensive choice, however, is an open transport truck. Open shippers haul the vast majority of vehicles that are shipped, and this naturally will keep prices lower and more competitive.
Get a quote from American Auto Shipping today!
If you’re looking to ship a vehicle, take a minute to fill out our free quote request form. If you do, you’ll get an instant, guaranteed quote right away. You can then book your shipment right there on our website!
Or, you can contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to an agent. They can give you a quote over the phone, book your order, answer questions, give advice, and much more.
We specialize in transportation across the United States, including to Alaska, Hawaii, and overseas U.S. territories. So no matter what you’re shipping, when you’re shipping, or how you need it shipped, trust American Auto Shipping to get it done. We’re leaders in the industry for a reason, after all.