Vehicle Shipping 101: How Costs Are Calculated
We always strive to provide our clients with competitive rates. In doing so, we also like for our clients to understand how we calculate shipping costs, so there aren’t any surprises when it comes to shipping their car or other vehicle. With that in mind, here’s a quick and easy breakdown of what affects cost and why.
The Choice of Company
Different shipping companies can have wildly varying costs. Having said that, it’s important for customers to understand that choosing the cheapest company isn’t always the best idea. The vehicle shipping market is surprisingly rather unregulated, and regulations vary a great deal from state to state. Don’t base your choice of company solely upon price. Research them to ensure that they’re a reputable company with good reviews, first.
The Size, Weight, and Type of the Vehicle Being Shipped
Unless the vehicle is unusual in some way, weight is the primary concern here. Most shipping companies will use weight as the deciding factor in this category when shipping conventional vehicles. Keep in mind that this weight includes everything in the vehicle as well—which is why the majority of shippers require you to empty your vehicle of all personal items prior to shipment.
The Distance Between Pick Up and Drop Off
One of the main reasons people choose to ship certain types of vehicles is to avoid putting miles on them. Expensive vehicles, antique cars, and rare vehicles lose value the more miles they have on them. So, the idea that miles=cost shouldn’t come as a great surprise. Of course, miles also equal more investment for the shipper, who needs to spend more in labor and fuel in order to get the vehicle to its destination.
There are several other considerations when it comes to cost. Is the route a busy one, meaning that the vehicle can be transported on a large, multi-vehicle transport? If so, costs may be lower, because some of the cost of transport is supported by multiple customers. If the route is not a busy one, however, you may find the costs to be considerably higher.
Another factor is the amount of physical protection you desire for your vehicle. Having your vehicle guaranteed to be loaded on top of the transport may come with extra costs. Many customers opt for this in order to ensure that their car is placed as far from road chemical splash back as possible, and so that fluids from the other vehicles on the transport don’t leak onto it. If you want your car transported in a closed environment, to fully protect it from any inclement weather, that could also result in additional costs.
Finally, remote pick-up or drop off locations that might require special equipment or transportation vehicles will be taken into consideration as well. Sometimes these costs can be avoided by choosing a different pick up location or destination, if the customer doesn’t find door-to-door service to be an absolute necessity.
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