Why Shipping Specialty Vehicles Can Be Expensive
If you’re looking into shipping specialty vehicles, chances are you’ve found a fair few companies that can help you move them. Specialty vehicles are really any vehicles that aren’t considered standard. So we’re talking dune buggies, ice cream trucks, lifted pickups, things like that. We’re not talking about your typical Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Prius.
So unlike those standard vehicles, specialty vehicles come with their own sets of rules and prices. What’s more is that each kind of specialty vehicle is going to have its own rules – they’re not cut-and-dry like your typical car or SUV.
In this blog post, we’re going to talk about some of the factors that impact pricing and carrier availability for specialty vehicles. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Shipping specialty vehicles 101
So you know by now that specialty vehicles aren’t your standard vehicles. That’s why they’re special. But the kind of specialty vehicle is really going to impact the prices you pay.
For instance, dune buggies are small, but they can be wide, which can make it more expensive, especially if they have oversize tires. Ice cream trucks are pretty tall and long, which is going to impact what carriers can move them. The same goes for lifted pickup trucks and other service vehicles.
So when you’re shipping specialty vehicles, an initial quote – especially an instant one you get after filling out a quote form – may not be entirely accurate. We highly recommend that you speak to someone one-on-one to get an accurate quote to ship a specialty vehicle.
The most important thing, though, is to be completely honest about what it is you’re shipping. If you know it’s not a standard vehicle, have the dimensions on-hand. Pictures are even better – most shippers can give you a number you can even text a picture to!
Having as much information about your specialty vehicle is going to make a world of difference when it comes to pricing and carrier availability. If it’s priced right, it’ll move when you need it moved. And a little extra money to get it shipped quickly never hurt, if that’s something you need done.
Why shipping specialty vehicles can be expensive
Specialty vehicles can be a bear because you never really know what you’re going to get until you start looking at quotes. Not only that, but companies have different pricing methods and structures, which will impact your quotes. This is especially true if you’re just getting online quotes from auto-forms.
But it can also be expensive because specialty vehicles usually can’t be hauled by just anyone. If a vehicle is too wide, many trucks won’t be able to load it. Same goes for if it’s too tall. So not only does it take more to actually move it, it’s going to usually take longer to find a truck. The more you pay, the less time it takes, though, so keep that in mind.
Weight is another major factor. Let’s take a food truck. They’re usually modified box trucks, but the issue is the modifications. An empty box truck may weigh 10,000 pounds. But a food truck can weight up to twice that with all the modifications. Think about it: grills, microwaves, modifications to the body of the truck – there’s a lot of extra weight in a food truck.
Knowing that ahead of time, and telling your shipper, means that you’ll get a better price that will move your specialty vehicle more quickly. But they’ll almost always be more expensive than a standard vehicle to ship. Make sure to speak to an agent about getting your specialty vehicle priced correctly. Don’t just rely on an automated quote form to give you the best price.
Use American Auto Shipping for all your transportation needs
If you need help shipping specialty vehicles, take a minute to fill out our free quote form. It’s free and easy and will get you an instant price right away. Our prices are built to move your shipment when it needs moved. Our prices may not be the lowest, but they are always the best.
You can also contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to an agent. They can answer questions, give you a quote over the phone, and even book your shipment if you’re ready to take the step. So give us a call or use our free form and see what American Auto Shipping can do for you!