What is Terminal to Terminal Auto Transport?
Terminal to terminal auto transport, or terminal auto shipping or some other variant thereof, is a seldom-used service that was once a lot more prevalent and popular than it is today. Terminal to terminal shipping is where you drop your vehicle off at a vehicle storage facility to be picked up by a transportation company and then delivered to another terminal in the delivery city, where you then go and pick it up. Terminal to terminal transportation has its pros and cons like anything else, and in this helpful blog post we’re going to discuss the good and bad of terminal to terminal auto transport and how it can affect your experience when shipping a vehicle.
For starters, terminal shipping is slowly disappearing. Auto transportation companies today utilize door to door shipping, which is considered to be the standard method of shipping in the industry today. Door to door is generally considered superior because it gives you, the customer, a lot more control over the pickup and delivery. You’ll be there (or someone you know and trust will be there) at both pickup and delivery. With door to door services you get to meet your driver, do an inspection of the vehicle prior to loading (for comparative purposes, mainly used in damage claims) as well as unloading, and you can pay the driver at delivery. With terminal to terminal shipping, you skip all those steps – instead, you simply drop your vehicle off at the terminal and then let everyone else do everything for you. Terminal shipments give you the ability to simply let your vehicle be taken care of and frees you up to do a lot of other things that you may need to do, especially if your car shipment is part of a larger cross-country move.
Terminal shipping can be more dangerous, however. Terminals are rarely secured, with most being primarily open lots or warehouses where vehicles sit. They are also slowly dwindling in number; twenty or thirty years ago they were much more prevalent, but as the industry moves toward door to door shipping there are fewer terminals operating today. Most of them that are still around are located in the major metropolitan areas. This can actually help you save money, as carriers are more inclined to go to and from heavily populated areas, but terminal shipping can take a lot longer considering that not a lot of auto transporters actually like going to terminals. Shippers prefer to run routes door to door because it gives them more control over where they go and it gives them more flexibility in their routes. With fewer customers as well as fewer carriers utilizing terminal shipping services, terminal to terminal auto transport can take weeks or months longer than standard shipping services.
At the end of the day, though, it’s cheaper than door to door, which is why a lot of customers are initially interested in it. However, more often than not, the lower price is actually more of a hindrance because it makes it take longer to get your vehicle picked up. So there’s a trade off – higher cost for faster pickup, which is what most customers are interested in. Terminal shipping is great for those vehicles you just need out of your hair, or if you don’t have the time or budget to handle regular transportation services. Talk to a representative for more information about terminal to terminal auto transport, and you can also call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our agents who can help answer your questions as well as help you get free auto transport quotes. If you’re just interested in getting some free quotes, you can always fill out our free online quote form and get multiple quotes from reliable transportation companies e-mailed to you within about an hour.