When choosing a car transport company, you have a lot of options and a lot of things that can go wrong.
From choosing the wrong type of transport to not understanding the terms of your contract, there are a lot of potential mistakes you can make.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the different types of car transport and help you choose the one that’s best for your needs.
What to Look For In a Car Transport Company
Look for a transport company that specialises in vehicle moves as opposed to transport companies that can move anything.
This tells you that they are experienced in the industry, their equipment is in good working condition and their drivers are knowledgeable about both their trucks and different types of vehicles..
Of course, car transport companies are in business to make money but they should also offer fair pricing with the best quality vehicles.
Keep an eye on the prices being charged to move your vehicle. Compare with what other companies are charging.
If you feel they are charging too much to move your vehicle, chances are you’ll be able to get a better deal elsewhere. Note also that as the price goes down, so too might the level of service you get.
Ultimately, it’s a balance between the best and the cheapest.
Quick Tips to Choose the Best Carrier.
The best car carrier for you depends on what type of transport you’re in for and what kind of car you’re transporting.
If it’s a long distance, and you’re transporting a luxury car, we recommend that you look at the highest levels of service. This includes enclosed carriers which will be more expensive but will ensure that the car is protected from damage during transport.
If you’re transporting a large number of cars from the same place, you might want to look at transport companies that have a lot of experience.
If you’re transporting a single car, the cheapest options may be good option for you but remember…cheap car transport may be an indication of some underlying problem with the carrier.
Open Multi-Car Carriers
Open carriers are the most common, budget-friendly options for vehicle transportation that allows for multi-vehicle transportation from state to state.
While vehicles are loaded on an open carrier, they are exposed to weather elements like rain, hail, and dirt. However a professional auto transport company takes measures to protect your car from damage.
Enclosed Car Carriers
If you have an exotic, classic vehicle, or rare car that needs extra care and attention an enclosed service may be your best bet. This is a safer option that protects your car from dust, dust, grime, and other road elements.
Enclosed car carriers cater to a smaller market for rare and exotic vehicles and come at premium rates of up to 40-60% more of the open carrier.
This is a service offered by most car shipping companies, allowing your car to be picked and dropped from/to your preferred location.
Door to door services are slightly more expensive but usually preferred by customers.
Unlike the door-to-door service, depot-to-depot services are a cheaper option.
Larger national carriers operate depots across the country and can provide a (sometimes) convenient location for you to either pick up or delivery your vehicle to.
More and more though, we’re seeing an evolution of auto shipping with increased focus on door-to-door services.
For smaller carriers, depot shipping can actually cost more because they need to find a storage facility for you and that location will charge their own fees.
How do you Find the Right Car Carrier Price?
In many cases, the “cheapest” car carrier may not give you everything you need.
For example, a car carrier that’s cheap, may not be as safe for your vehicle as a car carrier that’s more expensive.
The same thing goes for other things like insurance rates, fuel and overall service as they may not have the processes to support moving a large number of vehicles.
The best way to get a good price is to be honest with your car carrier and tell them what you’re looking for.
This way, you’ll be able to find a car carrier with a price that meets your specific needs.
Avoid Companies That Offer a “Too-Good-To-Be-True” Deal
You shouldn’t be desperate to work with a company.
Research and choose a reputable company that will handle your vehicle safely at all times whilst in their care.
There are plenty of carriers that will claim to offer the best rates or the best services, but it is best to steer clear of those. (Or, at the very least, are completely comfortable with the findings of your research on the company.)
You should only work with a company that can offer a good deal that is matched with a good experience.
Remember…You’re the Customer!
When choosing your auto transport company, there’s one thing you should keep in mind right from the start.
You’re the customer!
Evaluate a range of carriers and choose a company based on their experience and reputation. The best companies have been in business for years and offer a large variety of services.
It’s important for you to choose a company that has demonstrated good customer service or can provide you with a single point of contact to make sure you are satisfied with your transport.
Last but not least, look for car transport companies that offer the specific services you’re looking for. These services can include enclosed transport, goods in vehicle and guaranteed delivery timeframes.
Check on-line reviews and comments.
As much as 51% of car owners who have transported their vehicles have had a negative experience at some point so, if you’re wondering what other people have thoughts about a car carrier, it’s a good idea to check online reviews.
You can find reviews on review sites like Google and Product Review.
When it comes to choosing the right auto transport company, you’ll want to make sure that the company you choose has a good reputation and is a good fit for your needs.
We recommend that you ask the following questions when choosing your auto transport company.
- When was the last time the carrier transported a [vehicle make/model]?
- Do they have a good history of customer service?
- How long have they been in business?
- What types of additional services and options do they offer?
- How do they conduct pre- and post-transport inspections?
If a car carrier has good reviews, it’s likely that they’ll to be a good option for you to consider.
You can also find out what other people have thought about a car carrier by reading the posts on their blog. Bear in mind though that they are likely to all be positive because, ultimately, the car carrier will decide which comments to publish.
Of course, this isn’t the only way you can find out about a car carrier.
If you’ve had friends and family previously transport a car, you can also ask them for their opinions.
They may know of a car carrier they haven’t used and can compare it to the car carrier that you’re interested in.
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