Why is Overseas Auto Transport so Expensive?
If you’ve never shipped a car before, you should understand that the entire process can be somewhat expensive, especially if your paycheck is not an exorbitant amount of money. Dropping hundreds or even thousands of dollars to ship a vehicle from one city to another, even within the United States, is not something that everyone can just do, which is why it’s always a good idea to learn more about what you’re up against, gather quotes to find out how much it’s going to run you before you actually have to ship and gain a solid understanding of why the industry operates the way it does. We cover a lot of different topics in our blog but in this post we’re going to discuss some of the reasons why overseas car shipping is so expensive compared to most major overland routes.
Most of the time, when we discuss overseas shipping services here at American Auto Shipping, we’re discussing shipments to Alaska, Hawaii and other overseas U.S. territories – not international auto transport. International shipping is a whole other ball of wax that we don’t deal with. Now, when you’re shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, or one of the various U.S. territories overseas, you need to understand that there are a few extra steps involved that differ from traditional, overland transportation services. Overland car shipping carriers don’t run routes to Alaska through Canada, and they can’t drive over the ocean, leaving shipping via overseas cargo ship the only method of getting your vehicle off the mainland.
In this, your car shipping company is going to have to use several different carrier companies to get your shipment from pickup to delivery. When you book your order, your shipper has to find an overland carrier to pick your vehicle up and drive it to the port, and then has to set your shipment up with the port shipper to get it to the destination port overseas. All of this costs money, and instead of having to pay the cost for one shipper you now have to pay for two, the overland carrier and the overseas shipping company.
This is perhaps the biggest reason that overseas auto transport is so expensive, but it’s not the only one. So many things go into making sure that your vehicle is delivered on time to the right port all in one piece. You can also save some money by moving your vehicle to the port yourself, or to some other area that will be cheaper to ship to or from. Some areas will undoubtedly be cheaper to ship from or to, but there is little else you can do if you need to ship a vehicle overseas other than to actually pay for the service as it is priced. You can discuss your shipment with a live agent for more information as well.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle to or from anywhere in the United States, including overseas to Alaska, Hawaii or other U.S. territories, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to get an instant price immediately right on your screen. If you have questions about our services, or need some help getting your free quote to begin with, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.