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How Much Does it Cost to Ship Your Car?
|Shipping your car during a move can not only sound daunting,
but it can also sound expensive. There are different ways to ship your car, and
whether it's across the state, country or ocean, there are factors to consider
when choosing a method and company to ship your vehicle.
Common factors to considerShipping costs will ultimately depend
on a variety of factors, including:
Type of vehicle:
Larger vehicles like trucks, SUVs and vans are more expensive to transport than
sedans and compacts. Vehicle modifications such as being lowered or being lifted
or oversized tires can also affect the overall cost of
Distance: Distance will obviously play a major
role in the cost. The farther the distance the car needs to travel, the more
likely the cost will be higher. Typically, costs can range anywhere from 50
cents to $1.30 per mile.
Where is the vehicle being shipped
to/from?: Hard-to-reach pickup and destination areas may impact the
cost of shipping. Is the pickup point a rural and out of the way location or is
it easily accessible from a major highway?
Does the company
provide door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal service?: Door-to-door
service can be less expensive than a terminal site drop-off and pickup. There
can be terminal storage fees which can accumulate each day the car is sitting
there. Another thing to keep in mind is that a terminal yard may be far from
you, which will add travel costs to your budget.
Fuel costs: With fuel costs on a
never-ending rollercoaster, this will usually be the greatest variable factored
into price quotes. Shipping time: Some companies may offer an express option
which will undoubtedly come at a premium. If you have more time and you planned
ahead, the less expensive standard options could be the best option for
Shipping methods: The shipping method can also
dictate cost. Other methods will obviously be less expensive than others, but
there are many options to choose from that will fit your budget.
However, this method is less fuel-efficient and can
be significantly more expensive than the open-air trailers. When choosing how to
move your car from A to B, keep in mind the features of each method and figure
out which ones are more important to you and your budget.
- When self transporting, which as the name suggests, you take care of
transporting your car on your own. With this method, you rent a trailer, load
your vehicle onto the trailer, attach it to a second vehicle and drive to your
new home. Gas usage is cut down considerably with this method. For example, if
you own two cars, you would drive one and tow the other behind—however, the
drawback is that you are driving the vehicle to your new home and you must have
a car that can handle towing such a heavy load.
- Using a drive away service involves hiring a company that provides a
driver to move your car for you. This way saves you the hassle of having to
drive your car yourself, but your car is vulnerable to the elements and driver
- A greener way to ship your car is by train. This may be a good option
for you because you can travel on the train with your car if you choose and it
is often relatively cheaper than other methods. A drawback is picking up your
car at a train station rather than having it directly delivered to your home.
- When using a moving company, they will load the car onto a trailer,
drive it to your home and unload it for you. This option is often the best
because auto-transport companies can work with your schedule and
provide door-to-door service. Not to mention many of these companies have a
great deal of experience shipping vehicles safely and securely. With
auto-transport companies, there are two options; open-air trailer or enclosed trailer:
- The open-air trailers are the large trucks loaded with cars on the
highways that are between 70 to 80 feet with two levels of cars. Benefits of
using the open-air trailer are that it is less expensive than an enclosed
trailer, they are lighter and more fuel-efficient, and offer better visibility
for inspection of the vehicles during transport. However, your vehicle is
exposed to the elements and has limited protection from road debris and less
security than an enclosed trailer.
- An enclosed trailer offers four walls and a roof to protect your car.
This method is recommended for antique, luxury or sport vehicles that you
treasure. Benefits include protection from the weather and more security than an
Author : Ana M. Ferrer
on March 25, 2014
Movers.com - Moving Expert