Most car transport companies who advertise online are car transport brokers. Most carriers have one or two trucks that go on specific routes; they do not offer sales or customer service to individuals. They want done deals. As a car transport broker, we have a network of carriers who service different parts of America. That is the reason why we can offer pickups and deliveries anywhere within the U.S.
Before selecting a car transport broker to take care of your car transport needs, there are few things to consider:
1. Locations: If the pickup location or drop off location is next to a major highway, the probability this vehicle will get picked up or delivered are much higher and quicker than if the location is off route in the middle of nowhere. This doesn’t mean you can’t transport if you do not live close to a main route, simply scheduling times may a take little bit longer, therefore it is important to plan ahead.
2. Season: As all industries, car transport also has its season for high peaks and lows peaks. Summer is the highest peak nationwide as it is when 70% of the people are looking to ship as it is easier due to school breaks, vacation and great weather conditions. Depending on where you look to ship the season change as well, for example, east and west coast are very common for snowbirds (people who travel south during cold months and back north during summer), therefore when the cold winter comes by the transportation flow is in high demand from north to south and prices are lower to ship south than north. When summer starts to spike up, transportation flow changes around and it comes back up north, the prices that before could get you to your home, at this moment may not even take you half way. Therefore planning when you need transportation is very important as this will influence on your price.
3. Time Flexibility: Along with deciding what time of year you are looking to ship, you must decide what your flexibility window for pickups, deliveries is and for delays, as drivers are not waiting for you to call, and they try to fit you in accordingly to your requests. Be specific of your flexibility, if you need an expedite service be through of when is the latest car can be picked up or delivered. Agents work with you and attempt to accommodate your needs, however will be firm when you are asking for unreasonable requests.
4. Type of Vehicle: The type of vehicle is very important when it comes to shipping. No matter if two cars are going to the exact same place, if one is a sedan and the other and SUV, prices and availability are different. The space both cars use is completely different, their weight and dimensions as well. Be prepared to hear a different price when shipping bigger vehicles, and make sure your provide as much details for your car as you can to your booking agent, modifications can change the possibility of shipment and may need extra requirements in order to transport safely.
Surprises in this business are not highly appreciated and it may cost you more than a “simple omitted detail” during booking.