Car Shipping Quote Calculator Guide
Main questions about automated quotes:
- What is a car shipping calculator?
- What is the difference between manual quotes and automated quotes?
- Should I use a car shipping calculator?
- How much does it really cost to ship a car?
- Do you want an automated service or do you prefer to talk to a person?
What is a car shipping calculator?
A car shipping calculator is a software that calculates your price in an instant. Basically predetermined parameters calculate prices based on your input. The whole process is programmed and you get an automated quote.
To get an automated car shipping quote the software requires the input of your vehicle make and model, vehicle condition (running or not), type of transport (open or enclosed carrier), distance, location and often an estimated first available pick-up date. After all the information has been filled in, you receive an instant quote online.
This type of software has a data base with all routes in the US, or internationally. The calculator starts with a base price for every route. From the base price cost increases based on vehicle make and model, whether the car can move on its own power, whether you want an enclosed carrier, the exact location for pick-up and delivery, time of year, as well as preferences for pick-up and delivery date and time.
Besides these factors, current market rates are affected by supply and demand fluctuations. This however is not easily reflected in an automated price. A calculator has to receive data from all dispatch boards in order to reflect actual market conditions, which is not easily implemented or close to impossible. For example, a major central dispatch board, utilized by all companies, does not send data when there aren’t any active loads on the board. The company can add additional surcharges for special events. Such events could be a specific city terminal location. Additionally, all auto transport management companies add their service fee. This is a simple explanation of how a car shipping quote calculator works. The data bases can be updated as often as necessary, however, most companies update their base prices and surcharges once a month at best.
What is the difference between manual quotes and automated quotes?
Automated prices come from a software, while manual quotes are determined by a logistics specialist tracking current market conditions on national and international dispatch boards. When an auto transport specialist personally assesses the situation, they can give the customer the best option available based on market conditions. In logistics, demand and supply changes constantly and vehicle transport specialists use live data from dispatch boards to make sure the customer receives a realistic market quote that guarantees professional and timely service.
The auto transport companies that use calculators predetermine all static factors that affect the cost to ship a car. They also predetermine the amount of their service fee. This is usually the partial payment customers pay to book the service. This amount is added as a surcharge or part of the base price within the software. However, they cannot predetermine supply and demand fluctuations that affect auto transport prices daily. They cannot lower their service fee on the go to accommodate customers needs. This is all due to the automation of the process of calculating the price. This means that a car shipping calculator, in most cases, cannot provide the most accurate price.
With all this being said, customers should remember that the automated prices are usually higher. Another negative tendency thousands of customers encounter daily is unrealistically lower prices. Some companies, unfortunately, do that – calculate lower quotes only to get customer to book. Then they call and ask for more money in order to ship the vehicle because their low rate does not match current market prices.
So, this brings to the forefront the idea of a software doing the job of a person. The main difference is that said software does not think and cannot assess the situation. Moreover, in the auto transport industry very few companies have advanced technology and even they cannot receive accurate data from the central dispatch boards. Consequently, a manual price quote is always more accurate.
Should I use a car shipping calculator?
The key term here is automated quotes. Such quotes are calculated by a software where certain parameters that determine the price have been set in advance. When this is the case, the rates given are not being verified with current market prices on national dispatch boards.
Moreover, the quotes are not personalized and adjusted to the customer’s unique situation. In this industry one important aspect of the business is being able to offer the best possible solution, which often means to offer more than one options in terms of route, type of transport or dates.
When it comes to shipping a vehicle in most cases there are at least two options available to the customer. That is why we emphasize both aspects here – current market prices and personalized service. A person behind the phone thinking and evaluation the situation in order to offer the best auto transport solution is what makes the difference.
So, should you use a car shipping calculator? It depends. We always recommend that customers request several car shipping quotes in order to see the range of prices. This is how you find the golden mean rate – a realistic rate that will ship your vehicle in a timely and professional manner.
How much does it really cost to ship a car?
It is important to understand how the cost to ship a car is determined. Supply and demand is what ultimately determines the prices. What happens is actual competition between customers for a spot on a car carrier. Carriers want to load their trailers fully, but they are not going to take lower than a certain market price and that is why manual rates are always more accurate and win that spot on the carrier. Corsia Logistics provides realistic rates that will ship your vehicle. This means rates that are acceptable by the carriers. They are the golden middle ground – affordable to customers and acceptable by car carriers.
In the auto transport industry, the majority of the orders are handled by brokers who work with independent carriers nationwide. What the carriers do is haul vehicles, they do not deal with customers as much. The brokers post their loads on dispatch boards and carriers call to inquire about a specific route they run. Brokers and carriers form a very efficient system that translates in faster service and competitive prices because a single company cannot service the entire country.
Many big companies charge more than the fair market price simply because they are big and because they offer an automatic calculation of rates, which naturally increases the price. Many of those big companies lack not only our affordable and acceptable rates, but also personal attention. Sometimes when companies grow big, people tend to start looking small. Many companies forget that they are in the business of helping people and instead they focus on technology and automation of services. Still, many small companies, like Corsia Logistics, look up the prices manually to calculate the most accurate and reasonable quote and really care to help customers. Call to talk to one of our agents now and discuss your transport options.
Customers can also take advantage of expedited car shipping service that usually costs more. The standard rate means getting a carrier assigned between one and five days. The expedited rate provides a faster service for a higher price. A separate option we advise customers to keep in mind is the guaranteed pick-up and delivery. The guaranteed service cost almost double the standard rate. The cost of course depends on many factors such as vehicle make and model and distance as well as how fast and when exactly you need the car shipped.
Do you want an automated service or do you prefer to talk to a person?
The whole idea of a software vs. a person is quite complicated and we are not going to make it look simple. However, there are differences that need to be noted and discussed. We offer our customers a very personalized services and this includes manual auto transport quotes. A calculator is something we have been discussing and we can easily implement, but we do believe that a person can deliver more accurate price quote than a software. Below you will find our car transport quote form – not a calculator. It is a form that enables us to receive your information and work on the price – immediately and manually. If you would like a quote please fill in the form, or call.
For more information about how auto transport works, please visit our Quoestion page and our Shipping a car section. Should you prefer to speak to a logistics expert directly please call us now. Thank you.