Myths do exist in the auto transport industry. And what is a myth? A myth is a common misconception we believe it’s true because other people do.
However, we should never assume things. Assumption is not based on facts. People should do some research and check some facts before assuming. Or even better, when it comes to auto transport, just call the company and ask your questions. Here I will bust some popular myths about car shipping.
Let’s Bust Some Auto Transport Myths!
Myth #1: Terminal to terminal transport is cheaper than door-to-door!
When you have never shipped a car before you simply don’t know what is true. But I will tell you. The most cost effective method of car shipping is the door-to-door service. The fact is that terminal-to-terminal shipping might save gas and money to the carrier, but not to the customer.
Terminals often charge additional fee to keep your car in storage until you come to pick it up. Moreover, you have to get to the terminal somehow, meaning additional driving and costs, and often these terminals are in the outskirts of the city. Consequently, door-to-door car shipping is cheaper than terminal to terminal.
Myth #2: Shipping to terminals increases the chance of delays
This is a fast debunk. Terminal to terminal auto transport does not delay shipping. The time for delivery depends completely on the customers’ availability to pick up their car from the terminal.
Myth #3: Avoid auto transport brokers and only deal with carriers!
This is just some of the most ridiculous advice. Many companies are both carriers and brokers, but most often companies are either carriers or brokers.
Most carriers on the road are independent owner operators and their job is transporting your vehicle, not doing marketing, sales and customer service. They do not have the time to deal with customers besides quick calls some hours before pick up and delivery and doing the necessary inspection.
The carrier has a dispatcher who works with brokers who bring in the customers. Carriers serve certain routes, and if you contact one and they don’t serve your route then you are wasting your time. Dealing with a car shipping carrier could mean no customer relations department, and this could turn your auto transport into a challenge when you don’t know where your car is because carriers are busy driving instead of answering the phone.
Also, keep in mind that carrier companies have a limited number of trucks covering certain regions, and when their capacity is filled, they can’t offer you the dates you desire.Just like in many other industries, the broker is the necessary piece in the puzzle. Check out Auto transport broker vs. carrier for more details.
Car shipping cost and delivery time is what most customers care about. And this is where a broker will help you. Sure a carrier will offer other dates and try to accommodate your needs, but a broker can find just what you need at the time you need it. The auto transport broker company will serve your needs and have all of your questions answered. Brokers provide you with terms and conditions and with all the information you need up front.
A car transport broker can offer attention and customer service department. Customers can always contact them to get updates on vehicle pick up or delivery date and time, or to locate their vehicle at any time during transport. Any respected broker will do their best to accommodate their customers’ needs because they want them to return.
Myth #4: Vehicle transport cost depends only on the distance
The cost to ship a car does not depend only on the distance. A few major factors affect the car shipping cost – distance, vehicle make and model, whether the car is operable or not, the type of transport – open or enclosed, modifications to the vehicle, accessibility of final destination and mainly demand and supply situation. So, when looking to ship a car think about all those factors when it comes to prices.
The distance is a major factor, but not the only one. If shipping your car to a rural location that would cost you more because the carrier has to go off the major highway. Also, if you are not flexible with the shipping dates, and need exact dates that will cost you more. Also, car shipping cost depends on current fuel prices meaning auto transport rates fluctuate.
Myth #5: It takes more time to ship than to drive the car myself
That is my favorite myth. Many people across the country, think that it would be cheaper and faster to drive their car to wherever they are moving. If you are moving nearby, to a location about 200 miles close, yes driving is certainly fine and probably cheaper.However, over 200 miles is usually better to ship it.
Let’s say you are shipping a car from Boston to Florida. Just think about how many miles you have to drive, how many nights you have to stop to sleep and pay for that, and how much more you will spend on gas and food. Also, consider the miles you will put on your vehicle. Calculating it all in, and comparing it to a car shipping quote you can get easily online, will show you that you will not save much. In fact, you may even pay more driving your car than shipping it. Shipping a car saves you money, miles and stress.
Now you have it. All the myths debunked. Let me know if I am wrong somewhere, and if you have more myths you would like to discuss. Thank you!