Can I Ship My Vehicle via Terminal to Terminal Auto Transport Services?
Shipping a vehicle is a lot easier today than it was 10-15 years ago thanks in large part to the advent and adoption of the Internet. Though car transportation services have been around since at least the 1950’s, if not longer, it was vastly different then than it is today, and if you haven’t shipped a car in a number of years you may want to take a quick refresher course – make sure to read our Car Transport for Dummies page to get caught up, and it’s especially useful for people who have never shipped a car at all before, ever, and one of the things that you should really focus on is the differences between door to door services and terminal to terminal shipping, namely the fact that terminal to terminal shipping, once the main method of transportation in the industry, has taken a backseat to door to door services, which makes terminal shipping more difficult to find.
However, it’s not impossible to find terminal to terminal shipping services, just a lot more difficult to find and book today than it was fifteen or twenty years ago. Much of this has to do with the shift in the way that auto transport companies actually conduct their business. With the rise of the internet, advertising for auto transportation services has changed drastically, and customers have much more access to a wide variety of shipping companies. Not only that but the way that carriers and brokers interact and setup transportation services for customers has also changed drastically. This has led to a sharp rise in the number of open car carriers on the road today and a decline in terminal shipping services, but it’s not the only reason.
Terminal to terminal shipping requires much more than door to door transportation services, namely in the sense that you have to drop your vehicle off at a specified location – a terminal – and then wait for a carrier to pick it up. While this sounds like a pretty good idea, terminal shipping is rarely used, and for that reason a lot of terminals across the nation have closed up shop due to lack of interest. Couple that with the fact that carriers would rather enjoy the freedom of door to door services and the security of meeting with the owner of the vehicle they’ve been entrusted to ship that comes with it, as opposed to picking up from basically an open yard filled with cars and (hopefully) some kind of attendant.
Terminals aren’t nearly as secure for that reason – with demand shifting to door to door shipping services and away from terminal shipping, most terminals in operation today are little more than open lots, offering little protection to the cars they store. Not only that, but less demand for terminal shipping usually means less interest from carriers; since terminal shipping excludes you from the shipment proper, you usually pay the entire balance up front to your broker, and this means that carriers will have to collect payment from them via an invoice, which puts more financial strain on the carrier since they normally collect payment upon delivery, in order to keep their trucks fueled and on the road.
If you’re interested in terminal to terminal auto transport services, make sure to fill out our free online quote request form. If you do, you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen Your quote will likely be for door to door service, as that is the standard method, and terminal to terminal is not available on all routes. When you get your quote, however, you can discuss your shipping options with a representative directly, and there will be contact information with every quote you receive, making it much easier for you to get a hold of someone to discuss your shipment. You can also contact us toll-free at 800-930-7417, if you have additional questions or concerns, or just need some help or advice with your shipment or filling out our free online form.