How Fuel Prices Affect Your Auto Transport Prices
One of the most important things that you can do when shipping a vehicle is to figure out how much it’s going to cost. But of course you’re going to do that, because that’s usually a customer’s number one priority tends to be either ship it as fast as possible or as cheap as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that, really – other than the fact that cheaper isn’t better when shipping a car, it’s only natural for people to want to get good deals on their shipment. But one thing that you can do to make things easier is to understand how fuel prices affect your auto transport prices, and what you can do to mitigate it somewhat.
Not that there’s a lot you can do – the industry is pretty set in its ways, all things considered, so when we talk about strategies to lower your price or to get faster pickup, we’re talking about minute changes here, not huge revelations or those lame click-bait articles or blogs that promise to deliver and never do. That’s not what we’re about here, so when we start talking about something you should make sure to keep in mind that we aren’t saying these tips will save you hundreds of dollars – we aren’t even saying they’re guaranteed to save you cash, only that it’s been known to happen. Now then, with that caveat, let’s actually delver into how fuel prices affect your auto transport prices.
Really, the higher the fuel costs on a route, the more expensive it’s going to be for the carrier to run that route. It’s kind of hard to determine fuel prices on a route, of course, given the fact that they change so often – auto shippers buy the same diesel as everyone else who drives a diesel truck. Fuel prices are less in some regions than others, notably the south where a lot of the oil refineries are – as the refineries are closer, it costs less to transport fuel from place to place, so stations in some areas get it cheaper than others. Make sure to talk to your representative about fuel prices on your route – they may know more than we do, considering they’re in the trenches talking to carriers every day, and carriers are the ones who have to pay the prices for fuel. Any fuel surcharges will be included in any and every quote you get as well.
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle and are trying to figure out how to go about it, you should start by getting some quotes from different companies. To that end, you can fill out our free online auto transport quote request form and get multiple free quotes emailed to you from some of the best auto transporters in the industry. We clear each and every company you’ll get a quote from for both dependability and reliability, which means that we make sure each company is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or if you would rather talk to a live agent over the phone, you can contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to connect to one of our representatives.