Why Does Rural Auto Transport Cost More?
Shipping a vehicle is never cheap – whether it’s 300 miles or 3000 miles from pickup to delivery, you’re going to be paying some serious dinero for auto transportation services, because it’s an expensive industry. Transporting vehicles from one location to another requires shipping on the back of a large car shipping truck, pretty much like the ones you see hauling new cars to dealerships every so often. These shipping companies run tight schedules and usually don’t have a lot of leeway in their finances, as much of the price you pay goes into keeping fuel in the truck, the engine of said truck running and the machinery on the back working, and making sure that the driver can actually make a bit of money by being on the road all day. These are the main reasons why auto transporters tend to stick to routes that run through metropolitan areas.
Metropolitan area, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, New York City and Boston are all major shipping areas because there are a lot of customers in those areas, they are easy to get to and from and there are always people moving in and out of those cities. Running routes between New York and Florida, for instance, is always going to net a full load for a good 90% of auto transportation drivers out there, and that’s what they’re looking for. Shipping to the middle of nowhere in Kansas or North Dakota or eastern Oregon doesn’t net them a lot of jobs, just a lot of deadhead, which makes it more difficult for them to keep their truck in running condition and out on the road hauling cars. This is the main reason why rural auto transport services cost more. Since auto transport companies don’t have the luxury of taking more than one load at a time when they ship to rural areas, they get that cash in a different way – by charging you more to ship your vehicle.
If you absolutely have to ship your vehicle from or to a rural area, expect to pay quite a bit more, depending on the area and how quickly you need transportation services. Usually you can save time and get your vehicle picked up faster if you move your pickup and/or delivery cities to major metro areas, but not everyone can do this. If you can’t, you have two options: be stuck waiting at a lower price until a shipper feels sorry for you and picks your car up out of sheer pity, or else pay a lot more money to have them pick it up in a reasonable amount of time. Need quotes? You can give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent, or you can also fill out our free online quote request form to get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you over the next hour from reputable, reliable and dependable auto transportation companies.