Transporting a car can be done by train, truck, airplane or a marine vessel. What works for you depends on the pick-up and delivery locations, whether you are shipping internationally or domestically, on your time frame and budget, and certainly your personal preferences.
Shipping a car by truck
Working with a trucking company is faster and easier. When shipping a car by train you still need a car carrier to take the vehicle to the train. Instead loading and un-loading twice at pick-up and delivery, you may as well just do one.
In fact, very few people ship their cars by train in the US.
It’s not a secret that America runs on trucks and it is for a reason. Transporting a car by truck is faster and more efficient. An auto transport company can often arrange a pick-up the same day if there is a truck in your area.
When booking your service make sure the carrier company is licensed and insured. In order to check that you can go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website and check the auto transport company’s MS and USDOT numbers.
When choosing an auto transport company you often have two options. One is to use a car carrier truck and the other to use a drive-away service. Booking with a car carrier is the best option. However, you can also opt for a drive-away service.
Hiring a driver does take some of the burden off your shoulders by reducing the time, stress and sleepless nights on the road. However, the miles are still piling up on your vehicle. On top of that you have to cover your own insurance and hope that the driver handles your car with caution.
How much does it actually cost to ship a car?
The cost to ship a vehicle depends on a few factors. Yet there is a difference when it comes to shipping by train and by car carrier. A current market price is the key to timely and professional shipping. Prices depend on the car make and model, vehicle condtion, type of carrier, distance and location and last but not least current supply and demand.
For more information on what determines the price of shipping a vehicle by truck, take a look at our cost to ship a car guide. To be sure you are receiving a realistic and fair price, request several auto transport quotes from different companies and compare the rates. This way you will be able to see the spectrum of prices and position a middle ground price.
Shipping a car by train
Amtrak allows you to ship your car along with your household stuff and you in the auto train. Amtrak trains travel between Washington, DC and Orlando on a daily basis. Their coverage is very limited, mainly to the east coast. On their website you can find out more about prices, sleeping accommodation and more details about shipping.
Time and price also vary depending on the space availability on the train, geographic location, weather conditions.
When the distance to be traveled is longer than 750 miles, then shipping your car by train might be cheaper than shipping with a trucking company. Still the best thing to do is to collect several auto shipping quotes and then compare the prices.
Moreover, you have to think about what type of service you prefer exactly, and what are you willing to sacrifice.
Booking your shipment with Amtrack could be cheaper than booking with a car carrier shipping company. The reason is that the train moves along specified route and can carry hundreds of vehicles at once. A car carrier can carry up to 10 vehicles and can deliver door-to-door. This makes a huge difference in the price, but also in the type of service you receive.
To learn more about how auto transport works and why the best way is to ship a car with an auto transport company, browse our websites and review our guides. Learn more about all modes of car transportato such as open and enclosed carriers and shipping a car by airplane. Visti our Questions section to find answers to common questions or just call us to discuss your options and preferences. Thank you.