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 runninglight 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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Customer Success Story

Why Car Transport Services Exists Today!

When I had to move my car from Melbourne to Perth, the journey of finding the right transportation service felt almost as daunting as the 3,400 km drive itself. Through trial and error, a bit of luck, and a few missteps, I learned a great deal about how to select the best service for such a task. Here’s my experience, and I hope it can guide you smoothly through your own process.

Start with Research

The first thing I learned was the importance of research. Initially, I made the rookie mistake of choosing the first service that popped up in my Google search results. Big mistake. The company had hidden fees I hadn’t anticipated, and the service was far from satisfactory. What I learned was to dig deeper. Read reviews on multiple platforms, ask for recommendations from friends or family who’ve undertaken similar moves, and don’t skip on checking the forums where real customers discuss their experiences.

Check for Licensing and Insurance

One good decision I made was ensuring the company was licensed and insured. Insurance is important. Transporting a vehicle across such a long distance has its risks, and you want to ensure that your car is covered in case of any mishaps. Verify the transporter's accreditation with transport authorities and ensure they have valid insurance that covers your vehicle during the transit. This gave me peace of mind, knowing my car was in safe hands.

Compare Quotes

Getting multiple quotes was another area where I initially faltered. I assumed all prices would be roughly the same and didn’t bother shopping around. However, after a pricey quote from the first company, I decided to get several more. The price differences were significant, and some companies offered more comprehensive services at lower costs. Always compare quotes from at least three to five companies. This not only gives you a better idea of the price range but also allows you to negotiate better terms.

Understand the Service Types

I wasn’t aware initially, but there are different types of car transport services: door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal, open carrier, and enclosed carrier. Each has its pros and cons. I chose an open carrier for its cost-effectiveness, but in retrospect, considering the long journey across Australia, an enclosed carrier would have been better to protect my car from the elements. Understanding these options beforehand helps in making a more informed decision based on your needs and budget.

Communication is Key

One of the best decisions I made was selecting a company that had excellent communication practices. They provided updates at every major juncture of the journey, which eased my anxiety. Ensure that the company you choose has a point of contact who is reachable and willing to update you throughout the process. This is vital for peace of mind and to ensure that any issues are quickly addressed.

Timing and Flexibility

I learned the hard way that flexibility is key when transporting a car such a long distance. The initial service I chose promised a delivery within a week, but it ended up taking more than two weeks, which disrupted my plans significantly. Ask about the expected delivery times and check if the company can offer guarantees or compensation if they exceed the estimated delivery times.

Avoid Rush Decisions

A bad decision I made was rushing into booking without fully understanding the terms and conditions. This led to unexpected charges for additional services I wasn’t aware I had agreed to. Take your time to read the fine print or have someone else review it. Make sure you understand every aspect of the service contract.

What I Wish I Knew

If I knew then what I know now, I would have placed more emphasis on checking customer feedback about their post-service experience, especially regarding how companies handle damage claims and disputes. Knowing a company's track record in these areas can save you from potential headaches if something goes wrong.

Open vs Enclosed Car Transport

Open car carrier with new vehicles

Open Car Transport

Open car transport involves shipping vehicles in an open-air trailer, exposing them to weather and road conditions.

This method is cost-effective and widely available, making it a popular choice for transporting vehicles quickly and economically.

The main benefits include lower costs due to multiple vehicles being transported simultaneously and quicker delivery times. However, the downside is the potential risk of damage from environmental elements and road debris.

moving cars in an enclosed car carrier

Enclosed Car Transport

Enclosed car transport uses fully enclosed trailers to provide maximum protection for vehicles against weather, theft, and damage during transit.

This method is preferable for high-value, classic, or luxury vehicles requiring extra security. Enclosed transport is more expensive and less readily available but offers higher insurance coverage and peace of mind.

Specialised services include GPS tracking and expert handling, ensuring vehicles are delivered safely and discretely.

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