Why Do I Need to Meet My Auto Transporter Somewhere for Door to Door Service?
There is a common misconception in the automobile transportation industry, and it’s actually a pretty big one when it comes to you, the customer, as well as how your auto transport representative interacts with you. This misconception is that “door to door service” literally means door to door. While it certainly can, it depends greatly on where those doors are actually located, and how easy it is for auto transportation companies to get to and from them. Remember, auto transport trucks are typically ten-car haulers that are 40-50′ in length and are rather difficult to maneuver around tight corners. This alone can make it hard for an auto transport driver to get to your door if it’s located in the heart of a busy downtown area, or even in an older suburb with narrow streets.
Auto transport trucks are governed by many of the same laws and regulations that normal interstate trucks are, particularly when it comes to city ordinance regulating what types of vehicles can enter specific areas and which ones can’t. You’d be surprised to learn that there are quite a few metropolitan areas that don’t allow trucks over a certain size or weight into their downtown core areas because of how cramped it is and how dangerous it can be. This is why many companies – think Coca-Cola and Pepsi – operate distribution centers in more suburban areas; their interstate trucks, the giant 18-wheelers you see all the time, deliver to those distribution centers, and then those smaller trucks get loaded up with that product and then shipped into the areas that the giant semi-trucks can’t get to. It doesn’t work quite the same way in auto transport for several reasons: one, auto transporters don’t operate giant distribution centers, and two even if they did they’d need an entire fleet of one-or-two car haulers to get your vehicle where it needs to go. Instead, drivers will meet you somewhere that they can get to, typically a giant parking lot right off the interstate or something, in order to deliver your vehicle (or pick it up).
This is in contrast to terminal to terminal shipping, which sees your vehicle dropped off at nothing more than a giant parking lot, essentially, where it sits and waits for you to come pick it up. Terminal shipping is used less and less nowadays because it’s less safe and fewer terminals are actually in operation. Door to door service is used instead, but it doesn’t literally mean “door to door;” it means that the driver will meet with you at both pickup and delivery and make sure that you are the owner (or an authorized agent of the owner of the vehicle) and that you sign all the applicable paperwork. It doesn’t mean that they’ll literally come to your door, because many trucks just can’t do it. But meeting them is the next-best thing, as you can arrange a specific pickup time and date and location and make sure that you get there on time. Not only that but you can meet with the driver of the truck and you can get more information on how they work and operate, what their insurance is like, and ask any questions of the driver that you want.
If you’re interested in getting free auto transportation quotes for your vehicle, you can fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. Your price quote will be for door-to-door service with a fully licensed, bonded and insured transportation company. If you have questions or concerns, you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 and speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions as well as help you get a free quote right over the phone. It’s that simple. You can also read more blog posts on our helpful blog roll, and you can read more about the auto transportation industry via our helpful articles archive.