Ridiculously Expensive Car Transport
Reading this, you’re probably among the many who’d say “Any car transport is expensive car transport!”.
Many auto transports may seem a little pricey to begin with, however, there are ways you might be increasing the cost of your transport without even knowing it.
The things that most people do usually fall under the service, route and time that you choose a transport.
So, while there are also some things that you cannot help and have to pay for, here are 3 factors can lead to ridiculously expensive car transport.
Service Options can be Ridiculously Expensive
The car transport industry is great at offering a wide variety of service options. So many in fact, that it can get confusing knowing what each company does and which one quote represents the best value for money.
If you are trying to save, ensure you opt for the open car transport. You may be sacrificing protection from the weather and road conditions but the price will be significantly lower.
The most expensive auto transport will be anything that that involves an enclosed carrier option or is “express delivered”. They are the fastest and provide ultimate protection.
So, if you want to avoid ridiculously expensive car transport, consider the merits of open car transport.
The Route/Location a Carrier Takes
You may not be able to control the route or location that a carrier takes. If you need a transport across the country, the roads are laid down and there is no way other way to transport the vehicle other than to go across the country.
Simply put, if you need a vehicle delivered to a town that is more remote or off a main route, you will be charged more to make up for “dead mileage”.
You may be able to save money if you are willing to meet somewhere closer to a main route or major city in that state. You would still have to pay for transportation to get there in the first place but if you factor this into your overall transportation costs, you may find you come out in front.
When enquiring about costs, it’s worth checking prices for surrounding areas within 20-30 kilometres. You may find there is a threshold that could end up saving you hundreds of dollars.
Dead mileage (or dead running, light running or dead heading) is when a carrier operates without carrying or accepting cargo, such as when going from a depot to begin its first pickup of the day or returning to the depot after the last delivery of the day.
Talking to the auto transport companies and find out if they can set up any pick-up and delivery locations that serve you and your wallet best.
Timing IS Everything
You may be paying more depending on the time of the year. Even from month to month.
If you need to transport a vehicle for a family holiday in Summer, that is understandable. However, you can save money by booking in November opposed to December.
If you can avoid booking in the “popular” months, you will almost always save on a transport.
The most expensive times to transport are during the Summer and Winter seasons, but they are also the most popular times for vehicle transport.
Sometimes it cannot be avoided, but arranging transport towards the end of Spring or Autumn may help you avoid ridiculously expensive car transport.
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