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Choosing the Best Car Transport Company

When you first start your search for a car transport company, there’s probably a tonne of questions running through your head (not to mention, the amount of car transport companies to choose from can make this process difficult).

If you’re like most people looking for a quality car transporter, you might be asking yourself:

  • How do I choose a vehicle transportation company?
  • How do I calculate the car shipping cost?
  • What’s the best car shipping company?
  • When you ship a car can you put stuff in it?

Well, we’re here to help you answer all of these questions.

Keep reading to learn more about choosing the best auto transport company. 

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How to Choose the Best Car Transport Company

How do you know which company suits your needs? Which one provides the best service?

Typically, better service will be given by the vehicle transport company that can handle larger capacity. Which brings us to our first tip for finding the best car transporter.

Book with a Car Transport Company That Suits Your Needs

If you ask most vehicle transport experts about how to choose the best auto shipper, they’ll all tell you the same thing: look for experience. Here’s why.

Brokers find carriers and schedule shipments by prioritising customers. Carriers own the trucks and move the cars — prioritising the shipment.

An auto transport management company, such as Car Transport Express by providing a single point of contact from quote. When problems arise, an auto transport management company will solve them faster because these companies don’t just care about cars.

Companies like Aussie Car Transport, work with networks of brokers and carriers to get you the best prices. Some smaller or local companies operating smaller car carriers — or single vehicle flatbed carriers — can get your vehicle from Point A to Point B.

All in all, you’ll be deciding whether to book with a carrier that will handle the bare basics or through a broker to give you the extra attention you may desire.

Learn From Other People's Experiences

Do a quick Google search or ask around for car shipping experiences. This might help you find other people with experience shipping their car.

One way to do this is by reading reviews online. When looking at different car transporter company reviews, it’s important to pay attention to details. You should be wary of companies without any reviews at all and companies with a lot of negative reviews that mention the same issues.  

Look for reviews written by people like you. If, for instance, you need to ship a car that’s an prestige or particularly valuable, the most important reviews for you to read will be those left by people who were shipping classic cars, race cars or other luxury vehicles.

It’s important to research a prospective auto transport company before booking by checking their reviews on independent third-party sites. It’s also smart to look at the average rating of reviews as well as the total number of reviews posted.

Look at the Car Transport Cost

At this stage, once you’ve found a reliable auto transport company or two, you can give them a call or fill out an online form on their website to receive a quote. Here are a few rules of thumb about the quote you’ll get from car shippers:

  • Larger vehicles usually cost more to transport than smaller ones.
  • Shorter trips will cost less than moving your car interstate.
  • If you need your vehicle to reach its destination ASAP, you’ll likely have to pay a little extra.
  • A deposit should not be required to get a quote, so if a car shipping company will only give you a quote unless you make some kind of commitment, move on.

An important thing to also keep in mind about cost is that small car transport companies are likely to increase the cost of car shipping for cross-country shipping. Most likely, this is because they don’t often execute these types of longer routes and might not have the resources in place to fulfil your shipping order on time.

Give Yourself Time to Make a Decision

By this stage, you’ve likely received several different quotes.

After combing through reviews, hearing other people’s experiences, and judging for yourself based on the research you’ve done: you should be able to answer some of these questions on your own.

  • How do I choose a vehicle transportation company?
  • How do I calculate the car shipping cost?
  • What’s the best car shipping company?
  • When you ship a car can you put stuff in it?
  • Does the company offer the services I need, such as door-to-door transport and expedited shipping?

Many people make the mistake of assuming that driving a car across the country will be less expensive than shipping it, but the reality looks very different when you factor in petrol, accommodation, food and other expenses associated with cross-country road trips (plus the future cost of wear and tear).

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