Today’s world is all about convenience. We want to waste as little time and effort as possible. So the majority of industries are looking for ways to make their services more accessible.
Not so long ago the most popular car shipping service was terminal-to-terminal auto transport. And although the process may seem simple, it has rarely been convenient. To remedy that, auto transport companies like Corsia Logistics came up with a different solution – door-to-door pickup and deliveries.
What is door-to-door auto transport?
The door-to-door service sounds fairly self-explanatory. But some things may still be confusing to car shipping customers. Let’s get rid of misconceptions and set the record straight.
First and foremost, door-to-door is not exactly a literal description of this auto transport. Sometimes it is virtually impossible for a carrier to get right in front of your house. In certain cases, it can be against the law for a big truck to park at your desired spot (e.g. residential areas).
In this kind of situations, our carriers will come as close to the specified destination as possible. Of course, you will be contacted should this be the case. Keep in mind that this only occurs in specific situations. In many cases, our carriers would indeed park right in front of your doorstep.
Second, door-to-door does not mean instant pickup and right-away delivery. You still have to book the carrier in advance. Once all slots are booked, the carrier will start picking the vehicles up. For that reason, we always require that you give us a time window of a couple of days when you will be available for pickup.
Finally, door-to-door only describes the logistics part of the service. However, it has nothing to do with the type of carrier. For instance, such shipping is available for all of our carrier types, including open and enclosed transport. For California deliveries, you can even request Corsia’s own single-car carrier, which makes the service even more convenient.
The pros of door-to-door delivery
You can find many benefits to this kind of transport. It is the best choice for most people, not only in comparison with terminal-to-terminal shipping but also with non-carrier options (e.g. driving the car yourself). Let’s see some of the benefits below!
- You get to meet the carrier personally
With terminal-to-terminal transport, you do not see who picks up your car and where it is placed. That means you cannot ask them of estimated delivery times or really anything. With door-to-door auto transport, you cut the middleman.
Your contact will be with both the shipping company and the carrier. That way you can see how your car is being loaded. You can even give minor handling instructions, if necessary. All in all, this kind of service gives you peace of mind.
- Expedited pickup and delivery possible
Sometimes you have to hurry up with your tasks. We completely understand that. Here door-to-door transport has the upper hand as well. If you are in a hurry, you can get expedited shipping, instead of waiting for a spot. It can be a bit more expensive, but when you are pressed for time it is an irreplaceable option.
- It is cost-effective
You may think that terminal-to-terminal auto transport will be cheaper, but that is not the case. Why? Because with terminals there are additional fees you have not considered. For example, there can be a storage fee for your vehicle until it gets picked up. Depending on how long it takes for a carrier to get fully booked, this fee can become quite substantial. With direct pickup and delivery, you would avoid all that.
- It is a huge time-saver
Even though you still have to book a carrier, you will not waste any time during the process. You will not need to figure out secondary transport to and from the terminal. The carrier will be coming straight to you! At worst, it may be a couple of blocks away, but that is not nearly as troublesome.
- You can track the carrier
Door-to-door transport makes it easier for you to track your vehicle. Just ask the company, with whom you have booked the service (e.g. Corsia Logistics). That way you can quit the guessing game and know exactly where your vehicle is.
When is door-to-door transport not a good choice?
Considering all the advantages of this type of transport, you may think that it is always the best choice. However, in certain situations, you may actually prefer terminal-to-terminal shipping.
For example, when you cannot be present for pickup or delivery, you will be better off leaving it at a terminal. A similar situation would be if you are sticking to a strict personal timetable and would prefer to receive the vehicle on your own time. However, you should keep in mind that storage fees do pile up, and you may want to consider expedited shipping.
With that said, even if you have a very specific case that would require terminal-to-terminal shipping, it is still a good idea to check your other options as well.
Remember that you can always call us with any car shipping questions you may have. Corsia Logistics experts are ready to guide you through the entire auto transport process. We will give you advice on how you can proceed, depending on your car shipping needs!