Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #1
Never pay anything upfront.
Do you think it is fair for a someone to get paid for services that weren't provided yet? Neither do we, and that is why we will only charge our fee once we get the job done as promised. Although you may be required to provide a credit card at the time of booking, nothing will be charged until your vehicle is on the truck and on it's way. Whichever transport company you choose, always make sure you carefully read their contract as well as their terms and conditions in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #2
Get Multiple Auto Transport Quotes
To get the best deal possible, you will need to obtain at least 3-8 shipping rates from different companies. Just type "car shipping" or "auto transport" in Google, Yahoo, Bing or any other search engine of your preference and fill out one of the quote request forms, you will get anywhere between 3 and 10 different quotes.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #3
Beware of Low Car Shipping Quotes
When it comes down to pricing, there are some things you will need to keep in mind and be careful with. The most important will be: Do not automatically go with the cheapest price you receive. If you received a car shipping quote that substantially lower than the rest, that should raise the first flag. As in any other aspect in life, if it´s too good to be true, then it probably is. Rates could vary for several reasons. The most common are:
Broker's fees (commonly and widely known as "deposit") can and will vary depending on the company providing the quote. Higher quotes not always mean faster or better service, but you definitely want to stay away from unbelievably low quotes (see our tips below to know why).
*Higher/Lower considerations on what the carrier pay should be
Low paying vehicles WILL NOT ATTRACT CARRIERS, so make sure you do not instantly go with the lowest quote you receive, and always find out how much the broker's fee is. In this industry, you want to place yourself somewhere in the middle-to-higher end of rates.
Pricing your shipping honestly is, arguably, the main key for auto shipping success. We do not overcharge nor do we low-ball your move. Higher prices usually mean higher broker' fees, and really low prices will simply not get your vehicle moved, as in this industry we all work with the same network of carriers and no matter who the broker is, the trucker's fees will remain the same. Why would a carrier take the same vehicle for less just based on which broker is offering it? Our "secret" is to come up with attractive rates for the carriers while still remaining affordable for you, a price that will move your vehicle promptly, by a top-rated carrier, without the need to empty your pockets out.
Experience is essential when pricing routes, as there are many variables to be considered in order to accurately come up with the best rates available. At King of the Road, our staff is hyper-knowledgeable and has many years of experience in the auto transport industry. Some factors considered when pricing are:
*Distance Between Origin and Destination
*Type of Vehicle
*Desired Carrier (Open or Enclosed)
*Operability of Vehicle
*Lead time (we recommend booking at least a week in advance)
*Availability of Carriers
*Number of Cars You Want to Relocate
*Pickup and Delivery Preferences
*Time of the Year
*Auto Transport Company Reputation
*Current Gas Prices
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #4
Research and Compare Reputation and Services
Once you have received your rates, it’s time to investigate the companies a little deeper. In this day and age, Google may be the best tool when you need to find information about a company. Check reviews sites such as transportreviews.com or transportrankings.com, as well as the BBB for complaints and unresolved issues. Go over all the rates and services. What does the price include? What services do they offer? Are they licensed, bonded and insured? What kind of reputation do they have? Do they charge money upfront? There are many options in the auto transport industry and -if you do a little research- you will find the company that best suits your needs. Our aim is to always be your choice and we are committed to provide the highest quality of service every time you ship with us.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #5
Ask About Auto Shipping Discounts
Most people probably have never had to use auto shipping services before and it's easy to get overwhelmed in the quest to find out how the industry works and to get the best deal possible from the best auto shipping company. Safety, trust, honesty and dependability are keywords in the auto transport business. Customers are often unaware of all the discounts available to them and some of these discounts can notoriously lower car shipping rates. Some common discounts could include:
*Multiple Car Discounts
*Round Trip Discounts
*Senior Citizen Discounts
King of the Road is proud to offer all of the above mentioned discounts and many more. Keep in mind that not all auto transport companies will offer these discounts, especially if they are already providing low car shipping rates, but it never hurts to ask about them.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #6
Sometimes, in order to get the best deal to ship a car, you will need to be flexible with your auto shipping dates. For example, car shipping prices tend to be lower during the winter months and higher during the summertime. Also, if you need to ship a car in a rush or have strict deadlines to meet let your broker know and be prepared to -maybe- pay a bit more. Most auto transport companies offer expedited auto shipping at an extra cost and while there is a very good chance we can get your vehicle moved at the regular rate, sometimes, in some routes, it takes a bit of extra money to incentive a driver -that may not be on the specific route- to go out of his way to get you vehicle shipped right away. If you can be flexible with your auto shipping dates, you will definitely save some cash.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #7
Use Open Auto Transport
If your car is not a classic or exotic car, a show or race car or one that needs special handling, you really do not need an Enclosed Carrier. Car shipping prices are higher when you ship a car in an enclosed trailer. Although exposed to the elements, open car shipping is the most commonly used and most affordable auto transport service.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #8
Book You Auto Shipping Early
Booking your move in advance can be the key to successfully ship your vehicle at the lowest rates available and at the dates desired. By booking your auto shipping days, weeks or even months in advance you buy yourself time, which will increase your broker's chances to better research and find the best-suited carrier for your transport needs at the best rates available.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #9
Provide Accurate Information About Your Vehicle
In order to assign the best carrier for your shipment some relevant information is needed. Although King of the Road will ask you the proper questions to get said information, you should never fail to identify important details like:
*Running Condition (does the vehicle run? If it doesn't, does it roll steer and brake?)
*Modifications (spoilers, ground effects, lift kits, over-sized rims or tires, ladder racks, pop-top, etc.)
Items in the Vehicle (by law vehicles must be empty of personal belongings, but carriers are a bit flexible with this rule. while you absolutely CANNOT pack you vehicle full of items, if you are planning to have some stuff in your vehicle you should always discuss it with your broker)
*Mechanical Issues (it is important for the trucker to know of any significant mechanical failures you vehicle may have)
*Leaks (leaking vehicles travel in the bottom deck of the carrier to avoid staining or damaging other vehicles)
Failure to identify the true condition of your vehicle may result in delays, extra fees or -in some cases- even contract cancellation.
Auto Transport & Car Shipping Tip #10
Choose King of the Road Transport for Your Auto Shipping
We are knowledgeable, professional, honest and affordable. Our staff loves auto transport, thrives on great customer service and has only one goal in mind: your complete satisfaction. Book your move with us, we promise, you will be glad you did.
Whether you are moving to a new place, relocating for work or school, joined the military, own a dealership or bought/sold a car online, King of the Road can accommodate your shipping needs in the fastest, most professional and affordable manner.
Call us now toll-free at 1800-955-0644 or email us at email@example.com