Moving Pickup and Delivery Locations to Fit Your Budget
As we’ve explained in other blog posts – many times, most likely – shipping a vehicle can be an expensive endeavor. Carriers have to spend a lot of money to keep their trucks fueled and maintained, not to mention having to deal with all the business expenses like keeping their licenses up to date and office overhead costs for their dispatcher back home. In order to recoup those costs and actually stay in business, they have to charge quite a bit, and the further the distance from pickup to delivery, the more expensive it’s usually going to be. Carriers, for this reason, like to run routes along major interstate highways through major cities, as they can often load multiple vehicles in one area and drop multiple vehicles off at the same time – this cuts down their travel expenses and ultimately saves them money.
What’s great is that this is something that you can usually take advantage of. Rural auto transport services are more expensive than urban shipments because a carrier has to go out of their way to usually only pick up or deliver a single vehicle at a time; this is an inefficient use of their time, and many carriers will forego rural shipments in favor of urban ones, even if the route is longer. This is why it might not be a bad idea to move your pickup or delivery location to a bigger city that sits nearby. Even if you have to drive fifty miles, it could end up saving you a hundred dollars or more on your total shipment – really, how much you can save depends on where you are shipping from and to, as well as a number of other factors, but the savings are there, so make sure to talk to an agent about your specific pickup and delivery locations.
It can also help cut down transit time. Rural auto shipping can make for longer pickup windows, as a carrier has to cover that extra distance. If it’s long enough it can even push your pickup or delivery back a day or two. This is another reason why moving your pickup or delivery location can be a good thing – it can help you get your vehicle delivered more quickly. If a carrier only has to stop in one part of a metro area, and if they can avoid going off the beaten path and having to travel a hundred miles or so round-trip, they can pickup or deliver your vehicle more quickly, and for a lower price.
Again, talk to an agent about your specific shipment, as things can and will depend on where you’re shipping from and to and other factors. But for some free quotes to help you get started, take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form; it’s entirely free and only takes a minute or two. Once you submit your information, it’ll be sent to some of the best car shipping companies in the industry today. We make sure they’re some of the best, and we also make sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. This way, you only get quotes from companies you know you can trust, and in the auto shipping industry reputation is one of the most important things you can have. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your free quotes, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 and speak directly to one of our live agents.