What Factors Go Into an Auto Transport Quote?
Auto transport companies take a look at a variety of different factors when they are determining what price you are going to pay for their services, which is one of the main reasons why all your quotes tend to be different, but in the same basic range. Factors that affect your price are almost constantly changing, which usually results in varied prices even along the same route. If you ship a vehicle from one city to another, and then back to the original city a year later, you’ll likely find that prices are much different than they were a year ago. This is a byproduct of the way things are priced and the way car shippers haul their freight and book their orders. In this helpful blog post, we’ll discuss some of the more common factors that can affect your car shipping prices and also what you can do to possibly lower your costs.
For starters, where you’re shipping from and to is going to be the biggest factor, and the route that the carrier will ultimately be traveling along. The route that the carrier takes is going to depend on a number of factors as well, including inclement weather conditions, locations of other loads along the route, major metro areas along the route, and much more. Along those routes are likely going to be further things that can increase your price, namely inclement weather conditions. Buffalo tends to see feet of snow every year come wintertime, which usually results in no one being able to get within ten miles of the city itself – and that includes auto transportation companies. This will affect your price in or out of Buffalo, and is an example of how inclement weather can cause rises and drops in your shipping costs.
Another major factor that auto transporters work into their quotes is the size of your vehicle – and what you’re shipping. Most coupes and sedans fall under the “standard” category, and a Toyota Camry is going to cost exactly the same as a Nissan Maxima if they were coming from and to the same pickup and delivery locations at the same time on the same truck that’s traveling the same route – if all things were exactly the same, most cars would still affect the price exactly the same. Weight is the most important aspect, and most standard cars weigh within a certain range. Things such as sport utility vehicles, cargo and minivans and pickup trucks cost more because they weigh more, which generally results in lower fuel economy and higher overhead prices, such as fuel.
Yet another factor, and perhaps one of the most infuriating for both customers and their representatives, is popularity of a route within the carrier community. Auto transporters prefer to run routes that are popular among customers, and avoid those that aren’t; if a route isn’t all that popular, it means there aren’t going to be a lot of car shippers going along it, which generally results in higher wait times for pickup. An increase in price might entice someone else who normally doesn’t service the route to take it, or something to that effect, which is why you often hear stories of companies saying they need more money. It’s not your rep that needs more money – it’s the fact that the carrier they’re trying to book is demanding more money from them, which means they need to ask you for more.
Pricing the shipment of a vehicle is more of an art than a science, and while it doesn’t take a lot to learn how to properly price a shipment, everyone makes mistakes, and there’s always something that a rep just doesn’t factor in because no one in their right mind would. Freak weather systems (like in Buffalo), bad scheduling practices and even just plain bad luck can all increase auto transport prices too. It’s not all that easy, but we do it anyway, and with a 98% satisfaction rate we like to think we do it pretty well.
If you have questions or concerns, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents. Our job is to get you quotes from different auto transport companies, and part of that job is informing you about the truths of the car shipping industry. It’s not the best industry in the world, but it’s also not that bad, if you understand why it is the way it is. To get even more information, don’t hesitate to call us, and you can fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you from reputable and reliable car transportation companies. We clear all our advertisers for reliability, which means we make sure they’re all top-of-the-line companies that know how to price shipments properly and know how to get your vehicle shipped the right way, the first time.