Three Points To Discuss With Your Car Shipping Service

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Finding a great car shipping service can seem a bit intimidating, especially with so many carrier choices and changing rates. Here are a few topics to ask your vehicle shipping company so that you know exactly what to expect, and so you're completely confident that your car will be transported safely and efficiently:

1. Price

Prices are always a hot topic when it comes to shipping, and it's no surprise that vehicle transport rates depend a lot on the price of gas. The cost of transporting a vehicle (or multiple vehicles) can increase exponentially when you consider all the extra expenses of traveling on the road, like food, lodging, and emergency repairs that might occur. Don't hesitate to ask your car shipping service how their shipping rate is determined and which services are included in the price; some car shipping services are a little more expensive than others, but the cost includes benefits like car pick-up services, extra insurance coverage, and transporting extra cargo in your car (usually between 50 and 100 pounds) as it's being shipped. Don't turn down a shipping company based on price alone!

2. Transport Broker Policies

When you search for a car shipping company, you'll be dealing with the broker rather than the actual shipping service; this is how the auto shipping industry functions, and it's actually really beneficial for consumers, because the broker typically monitors confusing regulations and paperwork. A good car shipping broker works closely with the shipping service, and there should never be any confusion regarding communication and payment. The broker is also the best source for information about shipping a car across state or country borders, and will be able to help you pick out the best transport option for your car.

3. Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

The main focus of a car shipping service is the actual shipping itself, and it's easy to forget that the company's policies before and after shipping are just as important. Car shipping services are widely used in the automotive industry when cars are sold online -- and even though only about 33% of American consumers state that they'd choose to buy a car online, there are about 15 million car sales each year, and the internet-savvy Generation Y is expected to account for 75% of all car sales by 2025. When a vehicle is changing hands in between pick up and drop off, it's important to make sure that your shipping service will take care of your vehicle and make sure that it ends up in the right hands.

Remember that there are many different factors to consider with a car shipping service, so cost and shipping time shouldn't be the only things that you can consider when picking out a service. Even after finding a great service, don't hesitate to ask questions so you know exactly what to expect!

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