You’re probably not an expert when it comes to car shipping, and that’s okay. Unless you’re in the business, you don’t do it enough to know the ins and outs. But you don’t want to pay more because of a lack of knowledge. Here are seven myths you should know about to avoid any issues when you ship your car.
1. Deal Directly with the Carrier
There’s this idea that an auto transport broker is just going to cost you more money. The reality is that setting up your car shipping alone isn’t easy. Carriers may have no customer service department to assist you, and they have a limit on both their number of trucks and the range that they cover. Getting a truck on the date you need could be much more difficult than you’d expect.
Auto transport brokers have a network of carriers they use, and they are all about customer service. You’ll drastically simplify shipping your car by choosing an auto transport broker.
2. New York to Chicago for Under $500
Definitely not. Watch out for offers that are too good to be true. That great bargain is likely the result of a company that’s waiting until after you put down your non-refundable deposit before it mentions all the surcharges you’ll need to pay.
Examine any offer that is much lower than the competition to confirm that you aren’t going to get hit with a bunch of additional fees. And instead of searching for the lowest price, focus on a service that guarantees it will deliver your car safe and on-time.
3. Take Your Hubcaps Off for a Lower Price
There’s a myth that if you remove the hubcaps from your car before you ship it, you’ll get a lower rate. Of course, then you need to transport the hubcaps yourself or get rid of them, but the bigger issue is that you won’t get a lower rate. Hubcaps on or hubcaps off, your price will be the same.
Make sure you don’t try to ship anything for free by stashing it in your car though. Carriers don’t allow this because of their weight requirements and for insurance reasons – your car is insured, any additional items you hide inside it are not.
4. Terminal to Terminal Is a Better Deal
It’s easy to see why people would think that having their car shipped terminal to terminal will cost less. Shipping a car to a terminal is easier than getting it to your door, resulting in less time and fuel spent by the carrier.
The problem is that terminals charge fees which can wipe out any of your savings. Deciding between door to door or terminal to terminal service depends on where you live, but door to door usually costs less and is the better option.
Distance is one consideration in how much a carrier charges you, but it’s not the only one. The accessibility of the pickup and drop off locations play a part. If a carrier needs to go out of its way, it will charge you more. The date also matters, and if you’re flexible about that, you could end up paying less.
6. Quotes Are Never Wrong
Quotes can be incorrect if an address gets entered incorrectly. There are cities with the same names or those that sound very similar, and getting one wrong could make a huge difference in your shipping cost. You can avoid these kinds of issues by double-checking the ZIP codes.
7. Online Quotes Are Reliable
Can one of those instant online quotes be correct? Sure, but it can also be way off. Until you’ve confirmed a price with the auto transport company, you can’t be certain about how much you’re going to pay. Those online quotes could also be showing you just a base rate without fees.
Shipping a car can be an arduous process. If you’re flexible with when you ship it and you shop around, you can make it much easier and ensure that you get the best possible deal.