The Real Cost of Cheap Auto Transport

Cheap Auto Transport

Being cheap is being smart, right? You get the same amount or quality for less. If you were purchasing a house hold item, this could be true. In the auto transport industry, not so true.

Paying less does not always give you the same quality of service you expect. As the saying goes “going cheap could cost you more” in money and in time. We are not saying to go with the most expensive car shipping company, but we are suggesting to invest some time researching the companies you are getting quotes from.

Many companies make promises they can’t deliver. They will give you a cheap quote just to earn your business and when it’s time to ship your vehicle cannot come through with the services. By this time you’ve probably already submitted your order, signed their paperwork, and the next thing you know “yes you can cancel your order, your cancellation fee is…“ Ouch!

Don’t Be Fooled By Cheap Car Transport Quotes

Auto transport is not a “one size fits all” service. Give as much information upfront about your move prior to booking your transport, this way the transport company will have all the necessary information to properly quote and does not try to bait and switch. Some important information you should discuss includes:

  • Vehicle Type – Car, truck, travel trailer, boat etc.

  • Moving Date – Deadlines for pickup and/or delivery.

  • Transport Type – Open, enclosed, step-deck, power-only etc.

  • Vehicle Condition – Does your vehicle run and drive? Inop fees may apply.

Most Affordable Vehicle Transport Service

Open transport is the most affordable and most used method by customers. It is almost always the cheapest way to ship a car. You get the same quality of service and it also includes bumper to bumper insurance for your vehicle while in transit.

While there is not one single company that can claim to be the most affordable in the industry, there are ways to help bring the price down. Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts, many transport companies have discounts such as:

  • Return Customer – You are a returning customer, you deserve a discount.

  • Senior Citizen – You have paid your dues, now it is time for a break.

  • Early Bird – Book your transport in advance.

  • Multiple Vehicle – You are helping fill up the truck, a discount would be nice.

  • Student – You’re investing in yourself already and money is tight.

  • Military – “Thank you” for your service.

As mentioned before, don’t go with a company based on their quotes. Instead, we suggest you do your due diligence and research companies. How long have they been in business? What do customers say about them? Will they be available to answer your questions.

Remember that shipping a car is not cheap, but you do get what you pay for.

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