February 13, 2015

How to Save Money When Shipping Your Vehicle

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Contrary to what many people think, shipping your vehicle is actually a cost effective way to relocate it. While driving may seem less expensive, it comes with it many hidden costs, including motel and meal costs, the price of fuel, and the possibility of having to pay for repairs or service should your vehicle experience trouble on the trip. Shipping your vehicle requires you pay one price and never have to worry about any added costs. However, if you’re still struggling with the price of an auto transport, there are a few ways you can make it the most cost effective.

Consider an Open Transport

In the world of auto shipping, you can choose between open and closed transports. These may seem like unfamiliar terms, but you’ve probably seen open transports on the highway before. These are steel framed trailers that can carry multiple vehicles at once. The other option is a closed transport that offers protection from outdoor elements to the vehicle by shipping it within a trailer with four walls and a ceiling. Though the latter option provides some extra protection to your vehicle, it is more costly. Both transports are highly safe and an open transport will allow you to ship your vehicle without spending much.

Use Roll On and Roll Off Service

When you hire an auto transport company, they will offer you the chance to have door to door service. Though this is most certainly an added convenience, it is often an unnecessary one. While you will have to travel beyond your own driveway to send your vehicle and pick it up, the pickup and drop-off locations are often quite close. This is especially true if you are moving from or to a major metropolitan area (or near one) where multiple vehicles will be using the same pickup or drop-off point. Even if you have to travel some distance, it might still be worth it for the money you’ll save.

Shop Around

An informed customer always shops around. If you find one company offers better deals than another, go to the first one and see if they are willing to beat the price. You might be surprised the deal you can get. Either way, it never hurts to browse your options and search for the best price. Remember, though, that cheapness is not the only consideration and you should inquire about the services the company offers, its safety record, and its reputation. A good value is one that balances quality with the price tag.

Ship Multiple Vehicles at Once 

If you’re moving more than one car, you’ll often be able to get a better deal by packaging them. Talk to auto transports about a bulk rate and see if you can’t find a way to make the extra shipment work in your favor.

Shipping your vehicles is one of the safest and most convenient ways to relocate them. With some careful planning and research, you can keep the cost down and make it a no-brainer for you.

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