Cheapest Way To Ship A Car:
What is the cheapest way to ship a car? Open transport is the cheapest way to ship a car. This is because open auto transport carriers have 10 cars on one truck with one driver. Also, since there are more open carriers on the road than any other, they can handle almost any vehicle. If the vehicle you need shipped is one you drive daily, open shipping is the way to go and is always the cheapest way to ship a car. The cheapest way to ship your car, however, can also depend on what type of truck you will need for your specific vehicle. Are you looking to ship an exotic or collectible vehicle? 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 car is rare or valuable. 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 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 relatively 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. 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. In terms of standards, it 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 of $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. We will be the cheapest car shipping company that moves your vehicle in a reasonable period. 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 at any time at 800-930-7417.
How to make sure you get the cheapest price and the best value for your auto transport and car shipping dollars.
1) The first thing is making sure you are getting a binding price quote.
Only about 1 in 5 car shipping companies will give you a binding price quote that does not go up. The other 4 of 5 car shipping companies will provide a non-binding quote or estimate that can and usually does goes up later. At American Auto Shipping, we give a binding price estimate!
The problem is that the companies that give you a low non-binding quote do not tell you till later. The only way to find out for sure is to Google the company’s name with Google reviews after their name. Next, look for reviews that complain about getting one price, and then end up having to pay more for the service. For example, the company gives a total price of $800. But then they call and say that they found a carrier, but they want $280 more! Many customers will admit in reviews that they were out of time and had no choice but to pay the extra money to get their vehicles picked up. The customers retaliate by writing negative reviews to warn others like you!
You may be wondering why you are getting prices that vary quite a bit. We just explained why many quotes are lower than ours. There are many quotes higher than ours too! Those are the companies that give binding price quotes, too; however, they do not have the experience or the employees to maintain the absolute cheapest binding prices. As a result, they quote high to be safe. At American Auto Shipping, we have two full-time employees who do nothing but study prices. They stay up-to-date on current shipments as well as supply and demand on various routes. From there, they can then program our auto transport quote calculator to give you the cheapest auto transport price quote that is binding!
2) Make sure you are visiting a website owned by a Federally licensed Car Shipping Company located in the United States.
The United States Department of Transportation regulates our industry, and they require a valid Federal license and $75,000 bond. They also require that all a Federally licensed Car Shipping Companies display their Motor Carrier (MC) number on their website. You will find ours at the top of our website. If you do not see an MC number on the website, they are lead generating websites. Lead generation sites farm your shipping data. They then send this data to off-brand car shipping companies, some of which are not even in the United States.
3) Make sure the auto transport company provides you with a free car rental for any excessive delays.
If the carrier transporting your vehicle is not accountable for prompt delivery, they have no financial incentive to deliver your vehicle on a timely basis. American Auto Shipping provides a free car rental for any excessive delays!
4) Make sure the car transport company provides you with a damage-free guarantee, or they help pay if you must use your insurance for a claim.
American Auto Shipping has a damage free guarantee, or we help pay! Damage during transit is rare, but it happens. If the following happens, we can help:
- If your vehicle sustained damage in transit, and;
- You are forced to make an insurance claim on the carriers’ insurance, and;
- They turn it down for any reason, and;
- You have to file a claim on your auto insurance policy, and;
- That claim is approved;
You may have to pay a deductible! If you do, we will pay up to $500 for you.
5) Make sure the auto shipping company you select is open seven days a week.
The auto transportation business runs seven days a week as vehicles are picked up and delivered on Saturday and Sunday just as much as Monday and Tuesday or any other day.
If there are issues with the driver transporting your vehicle, it’s important to be able to reach someone. Being unable to reach your auto shipping company could cost you time and money. If they do not advertise on their website or Google listings that they are open seven days a week, do not hire them.
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. Thes include, 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?
This depends heavily on the level of service that you choose. We offer three different levels of service that you can choose from:
- Standard: Recommended for people not in a hurry.
- Priority: Priority adds $300 to the standard price, but is designed for people who need to get their vehicles picked up more quickly than the standard level of shipping. (Recommended for people with tight pickup timeframes).
- Expedited: Expedited shipments add $600 to the standard price (or $300 to the priority price) for pick up within 1 weekday. (Recommended for people that need their vehicle moved ASAP or on a specific day).
Which method you choose will depend on your budget and your time frame, but typically, customers that need their vehicles moved quickly should opt for priority or expedited shipping services to ensure they get on the next truck.
How do I pay for my auto transport?
You pay a small down payment to 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. 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 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 need a minimum of $250,000 cargo and $750,000 in 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 vehicle. Both your pickup person and the driver will sign it, and then you and your driver will get a copy of the form. Upon delivery, the same form will be presented to the person receiving the auto transport. Any new dents, dings or scratches must be placed on a damage claim and must be notated on that form at delivery, and signed by both parties.
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.
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