How Far Common Sense Can Get You When Shipping a Vehicle
Common sense is quickly disappearing from our culture and society as we know it, which is a shame considering that it’s literally one of the most important skills that we, as human beings, could ever hope to have. Though the concept is fairly simple, you’d be amazed (or maybe not, if you work retail or customer service) at how many people don’t actually use it, if they have it at all. The auto transportation industry is no different in that sense, but very different in that a lack of common sense tends to cause a ton of problems that can’t be solved by a quick intervention with a manager. The stakes are higher when you’re shipping a car as opposed to buying an outfit from Nieman’s, and common sense is that much more important.
Common sense can go a long way to making sure your vehicle shipping experience goes smoothly. For instance, you should never assume that it’ll take less than a day to ship your vehicle, regardless of where you’re shipping from and to but especially if the distance from pickup to delivery is over 400 miles. Car shippers are bound by rules and regulations that limit how fast and how far they can drive every day, and really this should be common sense for most people. How long does it take you to drive cross-country?
Another piece of common sense is the price of shipping a vehicle. No one expects you to know the price for your shipment – after all, it’s why you’re here, searching for information and quotes. That’s not the common sense part. The common sense part is getting prices before you start budgeting, and accepting the prices that you get for what they are. Auto transport isn’t an industry where you can just go with the lowest price you can and expect for the service to be passable. This is something apparently no one understands – you get what you pay for in this industry, and if you pay a lower price than average, you’re going to get lower-than-average service as a result.
This is something we really, really want to stress here: you get what you pay for, and there’s no getting around it. If you book your order for a lower-than-average price, you’re going to likely see an increase in your pickup window (as compared to the standard 1-7 day window) and an increase in your delivery schedule, as the carrier would essentially consider your vehicle to be their low man on the totem pole – in other words, you’re not their number one priority if you’re paying on the cheap. This rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but this isn’t Walmart, people, and when you’re entrusting your automobile – you know, the thing that you rely on to get you safely from A to B and that you paid thousands upon thousands of dollars for, and many of you are still paying for via car payments and insurance? Yeah, that? You really want to pay bottom dollar for shipping services, after all that?
Of course, this is assuming that someone actually picked it up at that lowball price, which is unlikely. Lower-than-average prices have a way of getting vehicles moved exactly nowhere, namely because no drivers are interested in collecting such little money for a shipment when there’s probably others on the same route paying more. You don’t necessarily have to go with the absolute highest price, though, either – usually you just want to find a price that’s in the middle, because the truth of everything tends to lie somewhere in the middle.
This is why getting a good range of quotes is so important, because you can start to see the outlier prices as well as what prices fall more in the middle. To save yourself some time searching around for quotes, you really should fill out our free online quote request form – you’ll get up to ten free quotes from reliable and dependable auto transportation companies who will each prepare a different price for your shipment and e-mail them to you within about an hour. Peruse their prices and make sure to touch base with them on an individual basis, as that’ll make for the absolute best experience you can have. You can also contact us at 800-930-7417 with any questions or concerns, or if you need help getting your free quotes or navigating our website.