Ford Transit Connect Can’t Fit in Standard Rail Cars, so Ford Works with Rail Companies to Make New Ones
The new Ford Transit Connect van doesn’t fit on standard rail cars, apparently, which is somewhat of a problem considering Ford uses rail services more than any other company to move vehicles to dealerships and among its many markets. Auto transport by rail services are used mainly by auto manufacturers anyway, so it’s kind of surprising when we read an article that says Ford needs bigger rail cars in order to move their new Transit Connect models within the United States. The tallest of their new vans allows for a 6’4″ man to stand completely upright – that’s pretty impressive. Of course, that kind of design can make it more difficult for auto transporters to actually move them, kind of like how rail companies have to make special cars in order to haul them.
So what does this mean for you? For starters, if you end up buying a new Transit Connect – which comes in three different variants, all of different heights – you’re going to have to consider transportation of it, especially if it’s for a fleet. A lot of fleet managers have to buy vehicles from out of state or directly from the manufacturer in order to get the vehicles that they need, and companies such as construction firms, electrical companies and other types of builders will likely need the taller Transit Connects, if they opt for that particular model for their cargo-hauling needs. At the end of the day the Transit Connect has always been large, but for Ford to come out and work with rail companies to build customized cars just to haul one type of vehicle is kind of bizarre, at the end of the day.
Auto transporters don’t do those kinds of things, but at the very least Ford can now transport their new cargo vans to wherever they need to go without resorting to uncovered rail transportation. This may make prices for the newer Connects a bit higher, due to the increase in transportation costs for the manufacturer, though this is just speculation at this point. If you’ve bought one already, you can get free quotes to ship it by filling out our free online quote form; you’ll get 6-8 free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. Make sure you have pictures of your Transit Connect, as well as having the actual model of it – since there are a few different types, with different heights, your auto transport company is going to need to know which specific one that you will be shipping, so they can get the right type of carrier for you. You can also call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live representative completely free, and we recommend this if you have questions or are unsure which specific Transit Connect you are looking to ship.