Drive-Away Auto Transport: What it Is, What it Does for You
Typically, industries that are just starting to really come into their own take time to adjust to what works. Business models are great in the planning stages, but the ability to change what you’re doing when it isn’t working and to try something else is one of our greatest strengths as a people – and the inability to do it is one of our biggest crutches, unfortunately. Not everyone can adapt as well as others, but that’s okay; it’s why we work, and it’s why we rely on companies to do things for us and let the best rise to the top (in true capitalistic fashion). In the process of letting the best companies reach the top of the chain, there are going to be lots of companies that just don’t make it. Whatever the reason may be, these companies couldn’t adapt to the changing times, or were just plain inconvenient compared to other services offered, and it’s this second category that we’re going to be discussing today, specifically the idea of “drive-away auto transport services,” and why it’s rather hard to find and why auto transport the way it is today has become the main method of transporting a vehicle.
Drive-away transportation, if you didn’t know, is when someone else literally drives the vehicle from where you want it picked up to where you want it delivered. They physically drive the vehicle – they sit in the driver’s seat, they turn it on and work the pedals and you have to entrust your vehicle to their care for the duration of the journey, not to mention pray they don’t do something to screw up the chassis or the drive train or something like that. Then there’s fuel costs, and (God forbid) maintenance should the car break down – it’s a nightmare from start to finish. Drive away services were useful before the advent of the modern car carrier, when people were left to either drive the vehicles themselves, use the trains, or hire someone to drive them. A relic of a by-gone era, companies that offer actual drive away services are few and far between, showing up about as frequently as a drive-in theater in a major city. They’re not cost effective and most people today have better things to do than drive a car across the country, whether they need to go that way themselves or not.
And that’s something that’s replaced drive away companies, come to think of it. While there may not be legitimate businesses that offer drive away auto transportation services anymore (as gone as the Dodo, in most places), there are usually people on places like Craigslist that are actually looking to drive someone’s car for them. Typically it’s because they’re trying to get somewhere that’s fairly far away, but don’t have the means to do so; working with someone who needs to get their car to the same basic area, but doesn’t want to shell out costs for auto transport, can typically pony up some gas money and maybe a bit of cash for food for a driver and have them simply drive their vehicle for them. It’s anything but regulated – if you go that route you have no one to blame but yourself if things go south, okay? That’s not to say that working with someone will always lead to a stolen car or something (far from it; there are plenty of people who just need a lift), but there are always people that are looking to take advantage of others.
At the end of the day, though, an auto transport company – a traditional auto shipper, rather – will generally be your best bet if you need to get a vehicle shipped. Auto transportation doesn’t rely on driving the vehicle, so you know that mechanically nothing bad is happening to your car, and that’s saying something. With auto shipping services you don’t put the wear and tear onto your vehicle that will happen when you drive it, and besides you entrust your vehicle to a top-rated and fully licensed, bonded and insured auto transportation company, not another individual; companies have harsher sanctions and penalties for breaking the rules, and it’s a lot harder for a company to scam a customer than it is for one person to scam another. If you need a quote to ship a vehicle, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417. You’ll be able to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions and help you on your way to getting your car shipped. If you need a quote, you can fill out our free online form; it takes moments and once you’re done you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen.