Cheapest Way To Ship A Car:

Cheapest Way to Ship A CarWhat is the cheapest way to ship a car? Open transport is the cheapest way to ship a car. This is because there are more open carriers on the road than any other and they can handle most any vehicle. The cheapest way to ship your car however can depend on what type of truck you will need for your specific vehicle. Are you looking to ship a Ferrari? If so, the cheapest way to ship it would likely be enclosed transport. While more expensive than open transport, it protects your vehicle from the elements which is great if your vehicle is rare or expensive. If the vehicle you need shipped is one you drive daily, open shipping is the way to go. It is almost always the cheapest way to ship a car. That breaks down the trucks; what about methods?

Cheapest Way to Ship A Car: Terminal-to-Terminal Car Shipping

No matter which way you look at it, the cheapest way to ship a car is via terminal-to-terminal. Terminals can be a great way to ship a car if you’re pressed for cash, but we usually don’t recommend it. It is often slower and less convenient than door to door shipping. It helps that many major cities have a terminal or two you can drop your car off at, and nowadays they’re fairly secure. However, you still take a risk with terminal shipping because you have to leave your vehicle there. It is out of your sight, often for days or weeks at a time. Terminal shipping can also take more time than door to door as not all carriers want to stop at a terminal to begin with. This can lead to longer pickup times for terminal transportation services.

Cheapest Way to Ship A Car: Door-To-Door

Door-to-door shipping on an open transport truck is the standard method of shipping a vehicle in the industry today, and so in terms of standards it really is the best way to ship a car for cheap. We recommend door-to-door shipping for anyone shipping a standard vehicle they drive daily. All transporters are insured at a federally-mandated minimum $750,000, with many simply going up to $1 million worth of insurance on their truck. Open air car shipping is the cheapest way to ship a car safely and securely, and we stand behind that statement.

If you are interested in shipping your vehicle, whether you need terminal shipping or door to door transportation services, fill out our free car shipping calculator HERE. It shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two from start to finish, and will get you a free no obligation auto transport quote from American Auto Shipping. We are fully licensed and bonded and only work with top-rated insurance companies and will be the cheapest car shipping company that moves your vehicle in a reasonable period of time. This way, you know you’ll be in good hands no matter what. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time at 800-930-7417.

FAQ About Transporting Your Car For Cheap

How much will it cost to ship my car?

Getting the cheapest price to transport your car depends on several key factors including where you’re shipping from and to, what kind of vehicle you’re shipping, and when you need it shipped. The further the distance between origin and destination the less the price per mile will be. Vehicle size also plays a role, the larger the vehicle, the more expensive it is to ship. Any modifications to stock vehicles can add to the price. Lastly, seasons play a factor, as winter tends to be cheaper than summer due to lower demand.

When will my car get picked up for transport?

90% of the vehicles will be picked up within 1-5 business days of the first available date given to us. Your vehicle is typically shipped on a shared carrier, and car shipping companies need this time to schedule you along with the other vehicles on the carrier.

How do I pay for my auto transport?

You pay nothing today or when you lock in a price.  When we schedule and dispatch you to a carrier, we will provide you with the truck driver’s name, phone number, pickup and delivery dates.  We charge a small down payment on your credit card at that time.  The remaining balance is paid to the truck driver on delivery via certified funds.

Can I put stuff in my car when shipping it?

You can put up to 100 pounds of personal belongings in the trunk or storage area of your car, truck, or SUV and your vehicle must be empty otherwise. The reason for this is that those auto transport carriers have no room for your personal belongings, and they don’t have a license or insurance to transport household goods across state lines.

How does auto transport insurance work?

The Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division regulates our industry and they require insurance coverage for carriers transporting vehicles.  They require a minimum of $250,000 cargo and $750,000 liability insurance coverage.  There will be an inspection at pickup where the driver will have a form with a picture of a car and he will note every ding, dent and scratch on the car. Both your pickup person and the driver will sign it.  You and your driver will get a copy of the form.  Upon delivery the same form is presented to the person receiving the auto transport and any new dents, dings or scratches will be placed on a damage claim and must be notated on that form at delivery, and signed by both parties.

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Read what some of our customers have to say about getting the cheapest price to ship their car

From the moment that Rachel called, she was phenomenal. Not only was she extremely professional, she was very thorough and pleasant to speak with. She took her time and collected all of my information and explained the entire process to me. Just speaking with her gave me a sense of comfort. I would definitely contact her for any future needs. Thank you Rachel and American Auto Shipping! again.
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Ms. Aerin is the best... and does her job well. I went with this company based on a review by another military member and I’m glad I did. I had an easy move from beginning to end because I was informed of the process and all my concerns answered honestly. My transporter (driver) Mr. Vinssent kept me informed all along the way. My vehicle arrived as shipped. Thanks everyone for making this move easy and worry free. Blessings to you Ms. Aerin and I will definitely use you again.

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I originally booked with a competing company who was terrible to deal with. I ended up shipping my Aston Martin with American auto shipping and my whole experience was simple and even cheaper than the competition. Flawless execution.

Rob E.

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Dave Armstrong

Auto Transport Content Guru at American Auto Shipping


Dave has been a part of the auto transport industry since 2007. He has worked in every part of the industry except driving a transport truck itself. Withover a decade of experience shipping cars, Dave knows all the ins and outs of the industry.

Since 2007 Dave has written all the content and blogs for American Auto Shipping and during this time added the duties of customer support and transport logistics.

He currently resides in Washington with his three kids and their mom and cat. A fan of Marvel movies and good stories, when not shipping cars Dave can be found working on his novel, enjoying a good book or playing some tournament HALO.