The Anatomy of a Car Transport Quote
When you ship a vehicle it’s important that you understand how each car transport quote you get is calculated. There are several reasons as to why it’s important, of course, but it all goes back to accuracy. Without accurate quotes, you basically have a bunch of random numbers in your inbox. Who cares if someone says they can ship something for $500 if they’re going to have to up the price because of new information later? This is problematic in the auto shipping industry, and it’s somewhat on the customer to represent their vehicle accurately. But what do shippers base their quotes on? What exactly goes into a car transport quote?
So how is a car transport quote calculated?
It starts with the year, make and model of your vehicle. A 1995 Ford Taurus is much different than a 2008 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van, just as pickup trucks are different from hot rods. And because all these vehicles are different, they come with different baseline prices. A standard car is going to cost less than a duly pickup truck traveling the same route. Most standard cars and minivans – you know, commonly seen vehicles – have base prices that see only minor adjustments. But something large like a pickup truck may need the dimensions. When getting quotes, always try to get as accurate with your vehicle information as possible.
Of course, that’s not all there is. You also have to factor in the distance the vehicle is traveling, as well as the pickup and delivery cities and regions. For instance, both Denver and Atlanta are big cities and popular moving locations. But one of them is a lot easier to ship to in December (hint: it’s the one not by the Rocky Mountains). As such, where you’re shipping – and when – also play a role in your prices. Summertime shipping tends to be cheaper to many areas, while winter shipping sees routes shift. Notably, in the winter, northern routes get more expensive due to the weather, and cross-country routes increase in price due to lack of demand. These all are major factors in how your car transport quote is calculated. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call and speak to an agent.
Can I get quotes to ship a vehicle?
If you’re interested in free quotes to ship a car, just fill out our free quote form. To start, it’s free and easy. And, if you fill it out you’ll get quotes emailed to you from some of the best shippers we know. We make sure they’re the best – it’s part of what we do to help you. This is because getting free quotes from different shippers allows you to find the right price for your shipment. You can gather a wealth of information and pick the brains of top shipping agents if you contact those companies via phone. This way, you have the most up-to-date information about your shipment from the people who know how to ship it. If you have questions or concerns, give us a call at 800-384-1253 to speak to one of our agents.