Cheap car shipping!
Be Smart! Look out
Most of the time when you come across bargains that seem too good to be true, they are usually just that. This applies in life and the auto hauling industry. In this article we’ll help you to identify red flags and other signs you need to be aware of when looking for cheap car transport quotes.
Quotes well below industry average:
Be aware of vehicle shipping companies that say your vehicle will be picked up within the standard 1-7 days despite a quote which is $200-$400 lower than everyone else. Ninety-nine percent of the time this will not be the case. Much of the time the auto transport broker collects your deposit and then take weeks to months to pickup up your vehicle. In worse case scenarios, your vehicle may not be picked up at all. The reason for this is the broker is trying to find an auto carrier to ship your car for the price they quoted you. If they can’t find one, your car simply won’t be picked up. Cheap vehicle hauling quotes may look good on the outside, but they can be the biggest headaches.
Big transport window:
Spare time is a luxury most people don’t enjoy these days.
Quality or speed:
Cheap auto transport carriers sometimes trade quality for speed which can lead to damage to your vehicle during transport. If the car shipping company you booked your transport with is less than reputable, they may be unwilling to accept responsibility for the damage and give you a difficult time filing a damage claim. Therefore, choose wisely when selecting an auto hauling company.
Door-to-door vs. terminal-to-terminal:
Often when you get a cheap car transport quote from a broker it is for terminal-to-terminal transport, not door-to-door. Make sure you know before you book your transport order. Terminals may be hundreds of miles away from either your origin or destination point, which means you would have to arrange to either drive the vehicle to the terminal or arrange to get it to the terminal. Also, if the car is stored at the terminal while waiting to be picked up or after it is delivered, you may be charged storage fees on top of the original quote.
Cheap Car Shipping: You Get What You Pay For
In all of these scenarios, the only person who gets the raw deal is you, the customer. When all is said and done, going with the lowest car shipping quote may not be the wisest auto transport decision. While a couple of hundred dollars in savings is nothing to sneeze at, in the long run the lowest shipping quote may end up costing you way more in time, unneeded stress and hidden charges. Not to mention the impact on your life if you have to be without your car for an extended period of time. If you need to rent a car while you wait for your car to be delivered, that will cost you extra money as well.
Be informed before accepting a low cost car shipping quote
Remember, knowledge is power. Ask questions, do research, and don’t just rely on the information you find on the auto transport company’s website. Check with consumer rating agencies such as the Better Business Bureau and third party review sites. Also, make sure the car carrier is bonded, licensed, and insured. All reputable car delivery services will be. You can check for that info and the car carrier’s safety record by checking with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration.
We hope you found these tips informative and will help you make a wise and informed auto transport choice.