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Using a Driveaway Auto Transport Service

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Driveaway auto transport is one of the auto transport services widely used by people when they are moving a car. Instead of using car shipping methods like hiring a trailer to move a vehicle, this method allows you to contact driveaway companies that will provide you a driver to drive your car all the way to the required destination.

Using a Driveaway Auto Transport Service

A driveaway service is often the quickest and cheapest method of moving a car, but you must also get yourself acquainted with its shortcomings. To help you get a clear understanding, here's all you need to know about driveaway auto transport.

Pros:

Cost

When you think about how much does auto driveaway cost, it becomes quite clear as to what should be your choice given that budget is one of your main concerns. A car driveaway service is typically cheaper than using trailers. Usually, the auto driveaway companies charge you a flat rate, with fuel costs either included in the quote or added as a separate charge. You may also be permitted to load some of your belongings into your vehicle while using an auto driveaway service, unlike car shipping which prohibits personal items from remaining in the vehicle while it is being hauled. This can save you money on your moving bill if you have a lighter shipment to transport on the moving trailer. However, it is not advised to leave any valuables in your vehicle during driveaway service, since the auto driveaway company will likely not be liable for damages or theft of personal property.

Time

Driveaway service is usually more prompt than car shipping, because the vehicle is making one direct trip to your destination. With truck transport, your vehicle is loaded onto a truck that is hauling multiple cars along the trip. This can cause delays if the auto transport company is waiting for a minimum number of cars to ship, since it is economically optimal to coordinate as many deliveries as possible along one route. On the contrary, car driveaway service doesn't make you wait much, and your car reaches the destination on time.

Cons:

Added mileage

When using a car shipper, your vehicle is loaded onto a truck and sustains no wear and tear to the engine. With a car driveaway service, your vehicle will not only accumulate the extra mileage, but may end up needing services such as oil or fluid changes once you arrive. Additionally, if the hired driver experiences any car trouble along the way, you will end up paying for the repairs (and not from your choice of mechanic) and possible hotel stays for the driver. If you have a long way to travel and an aging vehicle, a car driveaway service may not be the optimal choice.

If you have an especially valuable car, you should also opt for truck transport -- particularly an enclosed trailer to protect your car from inclement weather and other damage.

Not professional drivers

Those operating the vehicles in driveaway services are often not professional drivers. They are usually not paid for their services, but are simply travelers seeking free transportation. They opt to drive the customer's vehicle rather than a costly rental car, and often even receive reimbursement for fuel. On the other hand, drivers operating auto transport trailers are licensed and professional drivers, trained to ensure your vehicle's safe arrival.

However, while auto driveaway service drivers are not professionals, they are still screened by the company before sliding behind the wheel. They must have clean driving records, provide references, and be over the age of 21. Of course, this doesn't completely eliminate the chance of an accident or driver error resulting in damage to your vehicle. Plus, since the driver is not being paid and has no fear of job loss, he or she may be careless with your car. Even if your vehicle arrives in one piece, unsightly stains from spills or cigarette burns would be an unpleasant surprise.

Other tips for using driveaway auto transport

  • Document the vehicle's condition. Be sure to document and take photos of your vehicle before using driveaway auto transport in case of any damage occurring on the road. If your car is delivered with scratches, dents, or other damage, you want to able to prove that it was not pre-existing.
  • Inquire about insurance. Not all auto driveaway companies offer the same coverage. Ask about the company's liability policy before hire--you want to ensure that they offer adequate coverage by carefully reviewing the agreement. You should be protected from damage to your own vehicle as well as damage to others and their property so you are not forced to put a claim on your own insurance.
  • For more information about auto transport, check out some of our helpful guides. Learn about some common problems that occur during auto transport, questions to ask your auto mover, the licensing requirements for car shippers, and all about the different kinds of auto transport if you decide a driveaway service might not be for you.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on August 12, 2013

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