Why Finding Auto Transport by Rail Can be Difficult
Shipping a vehicle, regardless of what type of carrier you decide to use, can be a pretty difficult experience, especially if it’s your first time having a vehicle shipped, and there’s quite a bit of misinformation going around in regards to what you types of services you can find and which ones you can’t. Most vehicles that are transported by a car shipping company today are shipped via open carriers, which you’ve more than likely seen at least once or twice – you know, the huge trucks that have up to ten cars seemingly piled on the back. Of all the different types of vehicle shipping carriers on the road, they are by far the most common, as they tend to be the fastest, cheapest, and most reliable method.
One that you’ve likely heard of more than once or twice is auto transport by rail, especially if you’re the kind of person who does their homework before committing to something as important and expensive as auto transportation. But here’s the thing about auto transport by rail – it’s not nearly as common as you think, or as many websites in this industry lead customers to believe. It used to be a lot more common, especially in the 80’s and early 90’s, but during the early 2000’s and going into the 2010’s open auto transport has taken the industry by storm, and the decline of auto transportation services over the railroads has declined incredibly rapidly.
Really, rail transportation across the United States, in almost every industry, has declined. While there are still many uses for rail transportation, especially in industries that transport natural resources and the like, a lot of companies are switching to transportation via truck, which has many benefits over rail shipping including customized routes, access to far more areas thanks to there being so many more roads than rail lines, and also the fact that it does not take nearly as long considering how truck drivers schedule their routes and loads. This is a major reason why finding auto transport by rail can be so difficult, especially considering that anyone with an understanding of long-haul trucking can purchase an auto transport truck and get into the industry, and now with so many trucks on the road it’s easier than ever to find a carrier quickly and get your vehicle shipped quickly.
Customers prefer it, too, at least on the whole. Think about it: why would you want to take a lot of time out of your life to drive a vehicle down to the train station, drop it off, then have to wait for it to be loaded onto a train (which can take days) while incurring storage fees at the train depot, when you can call a car transport company that uses over-the-road carriers and schedule your pickup and have them come to your door – for less than it would cost for rail service? Not only that, but because of the decline of popularity of auto transport by rail, there are far fewer routes available than there were just twenty or thirty years ago – now, however, the only rail routes available in the industry are up and down the east coast, the most popular car shipping corridor in the United States. So even after all of this, if you were still interested in shipping by rail, unless you’re going from Virginia to Florida you’re going to be hard-pressed to find it.
While we may not be able to get you quotes to ship a vehicle via rail, you can still get multiple free quotes from top-rated car shipping companies emailed to you completely free of charge. Most quotes will be for door to door shipping via an open car carrier, so keep that in mind, but once you have your quotes you can then compare those companies against one another to find the right shipping company at the right price for your specific needs. If you have questions about our services, auto transport by truck or rail, or just need some help getting your free quotes or understanding more about the vehicle shipping industry, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.