Car Shipping Seattle Guide

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Moving to a new city often changes our perspectives and priorities. But this takes time; you have to live there for years. Only after some years you will get to know the people, the culture and will have realized the changes that have taken place inside you. Experience is everything, wise people say. We also like to say that. Our experience in the auto transport industry has grown over the years, and we now proudly serve thousands of customers every year.

At Corsia Logistics we don’t only move cars, we educate our customers and help them understand how auto transport works and what is best for their vehicle. Our website is rich in information and tips that help people make an educated decision.

Check our guide here as we will answer some commonly asked questions about moving and shipping a car to Seattle.

  • How does shipping a car work?
  • What options do I have when shipping a vehicle?
  • How do I choose an auto transport company?
  • How do I choose the right service for my vehicle?
  • How much does it cost to ship a car to Seattle?
  • How long does it take to ship a car to Seattle?

 

How does shipping a car to Seattle work?

Car Shipping Seattle Steps:

  1. Tell us the car make and model and your moving date.
  2. We will send your quote and schedule your shipment.
  3. The carrier picks up the car one to few days from your first available date.
  4. The carrier completes an inspection report before loading your car.
  5.  Auto transport time to Seattle vary based on the distance.
  6.  At delivery the carrier unloads and inspects the vehicle again.

 

Car transport to and from Seattle is easy. When you contact us we will explain the process and answer all of your questions. You will have a dedicated agent who understands the value of your vehicle. If you have recently purchased a car online, or from a dealer, or you are a dealer and need auto transport to Seattle, just call us and we will help you ship your vehicle(s). We offer affordable rates and reliable transportation nationwide. For multi-vehicle transport we offer discounts. Call us now to speak to one of our car transport relocation agents.

 

What options do I have when shipping a car?

When you need to move a vehicle you generally have two main options – to book a drive-away service or to hire a full-service auto transport company.

A drive-away service means that you will allow a driver behind the wheel of your car. Some companies specialize in finding people with clean driving history to do this kind of jobs. They are not professional drivers, however.  One question to ask here is, is it really worth putting those extra miles on your vehicle instead of saving them for your next road trip vacation?

The second option is to hire a full service auto transport company. This is a company like Corsia Logistics that is both a carrier and a broker. An auto transport company will load your vehicle onto a trailer and deliver it to your door. You will not need to worry about an unknown person driving your car. With a shipping company your car will be driven only on and off the trailer.

Don’t Drive – Ship Your Car To Seattle!

Driving a vehicle across the country means embarking on a long distance trip. This could be stressful and exhausting and people often think that driving their vehicle would be cheaper than shipping it. In 90 percent of the cases, however, this is not true.

Just think about the time and the money you will spend on a cross country trip and then compare that to some auto transport rates. Car shipping from Los Angeles to Seattle, for example, could cost from $650 for a small sedan and go up to $800 and more for an SUV. Auto transport Seattle rates depend on distance, car’s make and model, modifications, type of transport and whether you choose open or enclosed auto transport.

Corsia Logistics provides auto transport from and to Seattle on regular basis. Call our friendly team now.


How do I choose an auto transport company?

Besides the price, what else do you care about when it comes to shipping a car? Of course, the quality of the service and the trustworthiness of the company. Within the auto transport industry, you will find three entities. Read on.

Broker / Management Companies

A broker company works directly with carriers from across the country. They are the logistics management partner to both carrier and customer. They do all the legwork to find a carrier that fits a customer’s auto transport needs. A broker will make sure the carrier is properly insured and has all the necessary equipment, which your vehicle may require. Experienced brokers will negotiate a car shipping price with a carrier on your behalf and make sure it’s acceptable to both you and the car carrier driver.

Auto Transport Carrier Companies

About 90 percent of the carriers in the US are independent owner operators with one or two trucks that provide auto transport services only on certain routes.

Most of them do not even have an online presence and customers cannot see they service ratings anywhere. Only brokers can see their safety ratings on the national dispatch boards. They build relationships with brokers to fill their cargo space.

To better understand the difference between brokers and carriers and their roles in the auto transport industry, please refer to our guide.

Lead Provider Websites

In your search for auto transport companies, you will encounter one more entity that came to life in the past decade – an online lead provider. Such websites are quite misleading making customers believe they are either a carrier or a broker.

A lead provider collects your information and then sells it to various brokers. Therefore, whenever you see a promise of multiple car shipping quotes from one single company, think twice before you leave your contact information on their websites. There is a big chance you’ll be contacted, and maybe even hounded, by multiple companies trying to sell you their services.

How do I choose the right service for my vehicle?

When you decide to book with a full service auto transport company you will have to choose between open and enclosed carrier. Open trailer is the standard method of shipping automobiles. You can see those types of trailer roaming the roads daily. Enclosed are also working daily, however, they are less available and more specialized. Enclosed auto transport is more expensive as well, but it offers more protection for your vehicle. It all depends on how much protection you would want to get for your vehicle.

How much does it cost to ship a car to Seattle?

An important factor in price formation is supply and demand situation. If demand is high, spots on the trucks will be more limited and the competition for one spot will be higher. In this industry a customer competes against other customers for a spot on a truck. When spots are limited usually the higher paying loads ship first.

The average cost to ship a vehicle may vary by company, so, think about all those rates you are getting online. Don’t be lured by the lowest rate. Also, keep in mind that large companies charge more money for the same service smaller companies can offer. Auto transport is not a cheap service, in general, yet there is no need to pay more than the current market price. We provide manual quotes – this means that we track the price fluctuations constantly and provide the most accurate rates. We do not use a calculator because this automation of the pricing process does not deliver accurate quotes and also increases the price. The supply and demand situation is a very important factor in the auto transport industry and tracking this daily happens only manually.

Our rates are affordable to the customer and acceptable by the carrier. This is a rate that will guarantee reliable auto transport service. For more information, please call us to discuss your option. If you would like to learn more about our service please browse our website.

How long does it take to ship a car to Seattle?

The total time to ship a car is split into two windows – pick-up time and transit time.

The transit time depends on the distance and the exact location. That is how many miles in total the vehicle will travel and whether the pick-up and delivery location is a major city or a rural town. Transport time is also affected by seasonality, traffic and weather conditions.

 








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After booking your service, you have to get your car ready for shipping, wait for your vehicle to be picked up, and then meet with the driver at an agreed point to accept delivery and do post-shipping inspection. We encourage you to read our frequently asked questions page (FAQ) to learn more about how car shipping works. Also, make sure you refer to our Terms and Conditions page.

If you would like to talk to our logistics experts to discuss the process and schedule your auto transport please call us at (818) 850-5258. To make a booking online please request a quote online and we will send you an email with a quote and more information how to reserve a spot on a truck online. Thank you!

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About the Author:

I am a co-owner and a marketing director at Corsia Logistics. I talk to people and help them get to know us. I am also the content curator of this blog. I have been involved with the auto transport industry for several years and I enjoy it very much. If you would like to contact me please do so via our contact us form or any social media channel. Thank you.
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