How to Save Money on Vehicle Transport
The first question most people ask when shipping a car is how much will it cost?
Car transport costs will vary from one company to another but there are things you can do to ensure you are getting the best price.
There are several factors that determine the cost of shipping a car so here are a few tips for finding the most cost effective way to ship your vehicle.
Get Multiple Quotes
In the same way you would shop around for many other services, it’s best to shop around and compare quotes for vehicle transport. This will ensure you are getting a fair price.
Be sceptical of prices that are too low. Chances are if it appears too good to be true, it probably is.
Choose an Open Trailer
Many car shipping companies will give the option to choose between open and enclosed trailers.
While enclosed trailers do offer additional protection, they come at a premium and, some would say, aren’t usually necessary unless you are shipping a luxury or collectible vehicle.
Open transport is less expensive and is generally the best option for most vehicles.
Book as Early as Possible
The more flexible you can be on your timeline for shipping your vehicle the better off you will be.
The more time you give the shipping company to coordinate pick up and delivery, the more money you may be able to save.
Some companies offer express service but booking at the last minute will usually increase your price.
Confirm Depot to Depot Pricing
Although it may be more convenient, door-to-door delivery can end up costing you more.
It’s usually cheaper for you to pick up your car at a depot where they can drop off multiple cars at once.
Also, it can take extra time and therefore additional cost for carriers to travel on local roads.
Ask About Additional Fees Upfront
Another way to save money when booking car transport is to ask about all fees and additional costs right up front.
You don’t want to be hit with hidden costs when you pick up your vehicle. Make sure you know the exact price before you sign with any company.