By William Pearson
Although the unemployment rate has recently fallen to 4.1%, many people still have difficulty finding a job, especially one that requires minimal training. Fortunately, truck drivers are in high demand, and auto haulers, specifically, get paid well for their work.
The trucking industry is experiencing a severe shortage of drivers. The American Trucking Association projects the shortage to reach 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017, and if current trends continue, the shortage could need 174,000 drivers by the year 2026.
As an aging driver population leads many into retirement, more and more jobs are opening up for truck drivers. The driver shortage has lead Class A Drivers, a leading job board for truck drivers, to create a new “Become a Truck Driver“ section on their website. With step-by-step guides, the new section hopes to connect aspiring drivers with companies to solve this industry problem.
The auto hauling industry, a special niche in the transport industry, has many lucrative and interesting opportunities for candidates looking to expand their skills.
Becoming an auto hauler can be a lucrative career choice, and it’s one in serious demand. Because truck drivers are often paid by different methods, exact truck driver salary information can be hard to find.
The Auto Haulers Association of America’s Bill Schroeder says, “A driver with good experience and skills who has a contract to haul new cars for a car maker likely will earn between $75K and $110K a year.”
The Auto Hauling Training Institute located in Orange Park, Florida, estimates that starting salaries for entry-level car haulers is anywhere from $57K to $87K a year. Owner-operators that have their own trucks can earn up to $185,000 a year!
Job opportunities for owner-operators can pay well over $200K gross per year for transporting high-value cars like the Rolls Royce, or Koenigsegg CCXR, valued at $4.8 million, or the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, valued at $4.5 million. Private owners also pay well for safe transport of their vehicles.
However, truck drivers don’t usually start out hauling expensive freight like cars. Once a driver has gained experience and the trust of the carrier, they greatly increase their earning potential.
According to Class A Drivers, entry-level auto haulers are usually required to have one or two years long-haul/OTR driving before they are trusted with hauling high-value cars.
With its valuable cargo, auto hauling is in a class by itself in the transport industry. A driving position can be OTR (over-the-road), regional, or local. Over-the-road drivers travel long distances and do not return home for a week or more while on the road. Truck driving requires a specific personality type that enjoys travel, independence, and the freedom of the road.
The carrier or trucking company may transport anything from used to new vehicles, cars, trucks, motorcycles, or ATV’s. The driver must then deliver the automobiles to homes, warehouses, auto dealers, auto shows, museums, conventions, or festivals.
Drivers need to be familiar with the route, type of terrain, weather, roads, bridge clearances, and potential hazards. Because the freight is so valuable, drivers must take extra care to keep the vehicles safe. Carriers often use open-air trailers, requiring the driver to pay attention to any minor detail that could scratch or damage the vehicles.
Auto hauling is more than just driving, the job also requires that each vehicle be inspected for damages. The vehicles’ VIN numbers must be checked to match the pickup log, and each vehicle’s dimensions need to be determined for safety regulations.
The first step to becoming an auto hauler is to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). To drive the larger trucks that can haul other automobiles, a Class A license is needed. Getting a license only takes 3-6 weeks of training.
Trucking schools generally cost $3,000-7000, but many trucking companies offer to pay for a driver’s complete training in exchange for a contract to work and pay back the fee. This is called “company-sponsored training,” and it’s a common method to get trained.
After school, a company usually requires a driver to do additional on-the-job training for a few weeks, and then that driver is off on their own. After a year or two, the truck driver can move to hauling vehicles and earning the additional pay that comes along with it.
We had so much fun remembering all of these awesome vehicle shipments last year that we have decided to do it again. We’re going to update this list every December with a few of our favorite or most memorable vehicle shipments of the year. So if you’re one of our customers and want your vehicle immortalized in blog form, make sure to send us a picture.
Although our name is Executive Auto Shippers, we’re not just a car transport company. As you can see here we ship almost any type of vehicle, even providing oversize vehicle shipping services.
Check out this awesome 28′ step van that has been converted into a fashion truck. We have shipped several of these but it’s still fun to hear the stories from these entrepreneurs and be a part of their startup process. Oversize vehicle shipping obviously doesn’t work with normal car carriers but we have no problems shipping them on a step deck or hot shot trailer.
Of course, a 1958 Porsche 356 stands out in our memories, especially one as beautifully kept as this one! It was our pleasure to transport this gorgeous classic car via enclosed carrier from Michigan to its new home in the Seattle WA area. If you see it speeding around the roads there give it a wave from us.
OK…we know this one might not be as flashy as the last, but for us, it is still pretty memorable. Why so memorable? Well, this was actually the third time that we have shipped this MINI Cooper for this customer. Unfortunately, she has graduated from college now, so we may not see this one again. 🙁 We may be a little biased though since we are a MINI family. I mean the founders of Executive Auto Shippers actually gave their son a middle name of Cooper, after one of their MINI’s. So you can’t blame me if I added this one just to curry favor, Right?
WOW! That’s about all you can really say about this 1951 Henry J Dragster. While performing race car shipping can be difficult it almost always ends up in the most memorable category. I mean can you even imagine attempting to drive this rocket ship into the enclosed carrier?
This is just one of our many classic car transports from the last year, but one of our favorites because of the story that goes along with it. This happy couple decided that for their retirement they wanted to restore a 1967 Ford Country Sedan and then actually drive it to see the country. They purchased this one and we were lucky enough to get to transport their classic wagon to them. Good luck on your journeys!
What a beautifully customized 2014 Polaris 1000. Anything with paint like this can’t help but be memorable. This cooler then cool side by side shipped from California to its new owner in Oklahoma.
Race car shipping is always a favorite of ours. This Radical SR8 should be hitting the tracks around Texas very soon.
We’ve had quite a year here at Executive Auto Shippers. With the variety of auto transport orders that we work with each day, we decided to show you some of our most unique car shipments from 2016.
This hidden treasure went to an owner ready to restore it. This vintage workhorse will be back to its glory days as a milk truck.
These beauties were inseparable! We shipped them both from Florida to California. They definitely beam in the sunshine.
A rare classic car we had the honor of shipping. This customer has owned this car since 1968!
When you can’t get the styles of Vogue near your hometown, the Vogue Mobile will bring them to you. Just check out that beautifully converted interior!
This truck has been in the family for a long time. After the passing of the original owner’s son, he requested it be sent to the museum in Kellogg, IA to preserve its history. As a car transport company located only a few miles from this museum, we were thrilled to be able to help get this piece of history to its new home.
What fan of Smokey and the Bandit wouldn’t want to own that car? That’s just what this customer found – and he plans to get it back to top performance.
Yes, we ship recreational vehicles, too. This customer didn’t want to leave their dune buggy behind!
This car is so rare, the customer didn’t know how to list the model! He trusted us with his baby, and we’re happy to report she made it safely in an enclosed carrier!
Most people use eBay for small collectibles, but our customer found this beauty there! The customer even had to send the starting instructions so the driver would know what to do!
Yes, this car is as impressive as it looks. This piece of American racing history (and art in our opinion) was designed to compete with Ferraris on the track. Race car shipping can be quite difficult due to the normal obstacles like low ground clearance and extremely wide tires. Add to that list gullwing doors and it makes the shipment even more memorable.
Sometimes when you get set on what you want, you’ll wait until you find it. This customer searched until he found the Porsche of his dreams. You can see it at the Virginia International Raceway.
We’re excited all the uniqueness our auto transports hold for 2018. Happy New Year!
College classes will be starting before you know it, and whether it’s their first year or senior year, sending your child off to college is hard. If you’re sending them across the country, it can make it even more worrisome. Will they have everything they need, like healthy food? Will be they able to get to the store if they need something like cold medicine? What if they need to work a job or are able to find a great internship, will they have reliable transportation?
Although your student may need their vehicle this year, you don’t want them to drive it all that way, especially with if it’s loaded down. You also don’t want or truly have time to drive all that way yourself. So what’s a better, safer, and a huge time-saving way to get them the vehicle they need? Having it shipped to them. Shipping a car is fairly hassle-free when you work with the right auto transport company.
Although people travel across the country safely most of the time, why risk delays or damages? If your student would have to travel across a desert or plains area, it can be many miles between towns and gas stations. If they are to breakdown, will they be able to get help? Will they remember to check the gas gauge when they are in town to make sure they don’t run out? If your student is going from one climate to another, it can also be harder on their vehicle. For instance, in the cooler climates like the Midwest, your tires are usually good to go as long as you keep them well inflated. If your student drives from a cooler climate to the warmer southern climate, those tires could be in for a shock. Warmer and drier climates are harder on tires and other rubber parts of the car like hoses. Different climates call for different maintenance on their vehicle. A cross country drive also puts unnecessary wear and tear on a vehicle, too. Long distance driving can also be part of the danger for your student as well. It’s been shown that driving drowsy can be almost as dangerous as driving intoxicated. In fact, drowsy driving has estimated to be a factor in 20% of fatal crashes. This is because they are more likely to be slower to react, not able to make safe decisions, and more distracted.
Every fall your student packs up their belongings to head back. Does it feel like it gets to be more and more each year? It’s a big hassle to move all their items back and forth. One nice benefit of shipping a car is being able to make their movables easier to move by packing some in the car. EAS allows its customers to pack up to 100lbs in either the trunk or cargo area of their vehicle. This is a great way to save on postage and luggage fees for their trip back to campus. You can send items that aren’t immediately needed or valuable/breakable such as clothes, decor, and excess. We don’t recommend trying to ship laptops, TVs, or anything else valuable or delicate. These can possibly be damaged in transport and aren’t covered by the carrier’s insurance. They also won’t be inventoried – carriers only inspect the exterior of the vehicle. Items that can never be packed under any circumstances are prescription medicine or other drugs, firearms, alcohol, or any type of perishable food items.
A great place to start is to check with their school. Some schools have discount programs for students, including with car shipping companies. Executive Auto Shippers happily provides discounts for students at University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), with others soon to be added to the list. If you’re a member of the military or DOD, active or retired, don’t forget to ask about that discount as well. EAS also gives discounts to first responders and law enforcement. Your employer might also have discounts available for you to use, too. Check with your HR department for what’s available to you. Another way we help ease the anxiety of car shipping is through our guarantees. Not only do we guarantee the price won’t change once you’ve booked the shipping order, but if there are delays that would cause your student’s vehicle to be later than a normal transit time, we have a Rental Car Guarantee as well.
Once you’ve decided to ship a car to your student, make sure you ask questions to get the best understanding and have a plan in place. When you call to set up the shipment, make sure to let the customer service representative know your student’s class and work schedule, discuss options for a drop off location if the campus isn’t truck-friendly, and figure out how payment will need to take place. Even though CSRs try to work with schedules the best they can, don’t make the window of time that your student’s available too small.
Most carriers have trailers that hold 10 cars and can’t fit on side streets, especially if there are low hanging trees or are narrow. A couple options to try are:
As for payment, EAS only charges the deposit after the vehicle has been picked up with the rest due at delivery. If you aren’t sure how to handle payment at delivery, here are a few options:
As your student prepares to return to campus for another year, help them return safely and with all that they’ll need. With the right auto shippers, you’ll not only remove some of the stress and worry, but save yourself and your student time as well. Check out our FAQ page if you still have questions about how to ship a car, or give one of our customer service representatives a call today. Here’s to a successful school year!
Many people move in the spring and summertime. There are college students either moving back home or to work an internship, families relocating due to a job change, and even military families moving for their PCS orders. Every move has it’s challenges and list of to-do’s – it can be really hard to remember it all! One area that can be easy to forget is the updates you’ll need for your vehicle. Here’s a shortlist to help remember these 3 areas related to your car when you’re moving.
This is listed first because it takes top priority. You need to get your license, registration/taxes, and insurance updated as soon as possible. There may be deadlines as to when you need to update your license before incurring a charge. In some states, you can apply for a state-specific ID card.
Make sure to check your registration – in some states, you can receive a partial refund if you won’t be a resident for the full year you’ve paid for. Do this AFTER you’ve registered in your new state and only if they would owe you at least $10. The amount of time needed to transfer your registration varies from state to state, so make sure to check this as soon as possible. It’s also required to be done in person. If you still have a loan on your vehicle, make sure to get a lien release letter, especially if you’re moving inland from Hawaii, and let your institution know that you’ll be moving.
Although your car may be properly insured where you live now, the coverage requirements may vary in another state. Make sure to contact your insurance company to update your information and check for proper coverage.
What may have been fine in your previous state may be against the law in another. For instance, if you lived in a desert area like Arizona, you may have had dark window tint on your car to help keep the sun out. In states like Iowa, your front windows must allow more than 70% of light through the tint. Certain counties in California have specific vehicle emission inspection laws in place for smog regulation. Depending on your vehicle, you may be required to have emission checks done to receive biennial smog certification, done as part of your vehicle’s registration.
According to AAA, there are other states that have specific vehicle laws about what is allowed for modification or display. In Georgia, they don’t allow any non-transparent material on any of the windows that would obstruct the driver’s view. Maine gets more specific into the placement of certain stickers. If you’ve lowered or lifted your vehicle, it may not be allowed. If the gross weight is 10,000 lbs or less, the bumper can’t be less than 6 inches or more than 31 inches high.
Different climates can require that you do different maintenance to your vehicle. If you’ll be moving from a colder, more northern area of the country to the warmer, drier south, you might want to check your tires and cooling system. If you’re tires or hoses a little weather-worn or not in proper working order, you could have problems in the south, especially the desert. Since it can be up to 60 degrees warmer, there is more pressure put on your vehicle, especially the rubber parts. If your hoses are cracked or worn, they could burst in the warmer temperatures. The same goes for your tires.
If you’ll be moving south to north, you’ll want to check your antifreeze levels. Since you weren’t as worried about your car engine locking up due to cold temperatures, you probably haven’t worried too much about it. Anti-freeze is essential to a well-running vehicle in the northern part of the country, especially in the late fall and winter months. This is even a good idea if your vehicle will be going through the mountains, either being transported or driven.
Moving can be hectic. Although these areas mentioned above can seem simple enough, they can be pretty easy to forget. Having a plan helps. As a quick recap, make sure to plan for a quick tune up and check before you move, check the new state’s regulations and laws to make sure your vehicle complies, and change your license and registration as soon as you can. And if you need help relocating your vehicle for whatever reason, Executive Auto Shippers will be glad to help. Contact one of our representatives and see how we can make shipping your car the easiest part of your move!
MONROE, IOWA, US, December 14, 2016, /EINPresswire.com/ — When you buy something online you expect to receive an email confirmation and tracking info. Thanks to Executive Auto Shippers you can now expect the same when you ship a car.
“We’ve always worked towards giving our customers the best service in the industry,” says Matt Van Gelder, CEO of Executive Auto Shippers, “Being able to track their auto transport is one more way they can have peace of mind.”
“Being able to track their auto transport is one more way they can have peace of mind.”— Matt Van Gelder, CEO
The auto shipment tracking system utilized by Executive Auto Shippers does not require any extra hardware or APP downloads by either the customer or the carrier. The system uses the carrier’s GPS signal on their cell phone to create a breadcrumb-type trail of locations of your vehicle as it travels on the carrier’s trailer from start to finish. The customer will receive periodic update emails that include a log and updated map throughout the duration of their auto shipment.
“This tracking system can be used for either open or enclosed car transports as well as ATV and motorcycle shipping,” noted Van Gelder. He also added, “I am extremely excited to add auto shipment tracking to our list of industry innovations.”
Founded in 2009, Executive Auto Shippers is a Monroe, IA based business that provides vehicle shipping services for both consumers and corporations. Thanks to a vast network of carriers, they have the ability to ship any type of vehicle, including motorcycles and ATVs. Executive Auto Shippers also offers both domestic and international overseas shipping. Learn more about EAS and their nationwide auto shipping services.
At Executive Auto Shippers we ship vehicles all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. But it’s rare that we actually get to meet our customers face to face, or see the vehicle ourselves. So when we found out we were delivering a 1950 Studebaker 2r Truck just up the road, the owners of EAS decided to go check it out. The Kellogg Historical Museum gave them a wonderful tour, as well as backstory on the truck that was delivered there.
Located in the town of Kellogg Iowa (about 45 miles east of the capital, Des Moines, and 25 miles from our office in Monroe), the museum consists of eight buildings. Each helps set the stage for when the town was the “end of the line” for the railroad in the early 1900s. The Studebaker was owned by Ralph Breen, who donated the vehicle after his passing at the age of 92. Thanks to a referral from his friend, Tay, we were able to arrange for an enclosed auto transport from California back to its new home in Iowa.
“Ralph and my dad were good friends,” said David Fairclothe, president of the Kellogg Historical Society. He told us that Ralph’s dad had originally bought the truck while he was living in Kellogg. “James and Mary Breen lived south of the railroad tracks, what was considered rural Kellogg at the time,” added Fairclothe. James was a worker on the railroad. Fairclothe also stated that although Ralph moved to California, he still has relatives in the area.
The truck is now located in the barn of the museum next to their 1944 LA John Deere Tractor. It’ll be there until they have finished work on the carriage house. “[The truck] has been our highlight during the 2016 season,” said Fairclothe, “we’re excited to have this addition with such a great historical connection to the area.” Along with the truck will have a display of the Breen Family Genealogy. The Kellogg Historical Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.
After such a great story, we were even more excited to have helped transport the 1950 Studebaker 2r Truck from California to the Kellogg Historical Museum safely per Ralph’s request. We truly enjoyed hearing the story behind the truck, and all the stories we get with the vehicles we ship. Next time you ship your car with us, we’d love to hear yours!
MONROE, IOWA, USA, October 3, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you make a lot of purchases online, you’re one of the 78% of the US who are shopping online. When it comes to big purchases, though, there aren’t a lot of good websites that can provide a one stop shop. KosLo.com and Executive Auto Shippers are looking to change that for the online car buying experience.
“We are eager to provide a solid solution for how consumers purchase their next vehicle” — Devin Koskan, Founder and CEO of KosLo
KosLo is an online service that connects car dealerships with potential customers across the country. Their services works for both new and pre-owned purchases, with the customers inputting their preferred year, make, model, and other features they may be looking for. The difference between KosLo and the other sites is they allow participating dealers to bid on price, if they have the customer’s requested vehicle in inventory. Offers are then presented to the consumer to make a final choice. This helps customers find the exact vehicle they are wanting at the best price possible.
KosLo knew that in order to offer the best buying service possible, they needed an extra element that others weren’t offering. That’s how they decided to join forces with EAS.
“We are excited about our partnership with Executive Auto Shippers as it is one more step towards making the entire car buying process easier and more efficient for both the consumer and the dealership,” stated Founder and CEO of KosLo, Devin Koskan. He goes on to say that by combining the ability to find, finance, and ship a vehicle to their home will grow a customer’s search area from local to national. “We are eager to provide a solid solution for how consumers purchase their next vehicle,” added Koskan.
“The combination of our services is really going to make car buying a better experience,” stated Matt Van Gelder, CEO of Executive Auto Shippers. He mentioned that Executive Auto Shippers offers both open and enclosed car shipping services. Van Gelder assured, “customers can know that their vehicle will arrive looking as if they’d drove it off the lot themselves.”
Since 2009, EAS has provided auto transport services for both consumers and corporations. With their vast network of carriers, they can ship a variety of vehicles to include motorcycles and ATVs. Since they transport nationwide, they also offer shipping services to Hawaii and Alaska, as well as other overseas locations.
You just bought a new TV online thanks to a great deal on their website. To celebrate, you decide to send your wife some flowers and with another few clicks, it’s done. Shopping has never been easier. In fact, a statistic shows that 78% of US consumers are shopping online. So why in our predominantly digital world do we still hesitate to buy cars online?
Unlike a TV or flowers, cars are more of an investment. If you’re looking for something specific like a classic car, it’s an even bigger decision. You want to be able to inspect it and kick the tires. There’s a good chance that you’ve only ever used the web to do research for the perfect vehicle and you’d be in good company. Research shows 81% of people are looking online before buying. Although research on the web is easy, many don’t know the convenience of buying a car online (including classics) and even having it delivered!
If you’re serious about finding your dream car, whether “the one that got away” or the one you’ve always wanted, why limit your search to driving distance? With the right tools and services, you can not only find exactly what you’re looking for, but have a means to bring it home.
Rick Duncan of MyKlassic.com has some great advice for those looking for their dream car. He admits that when he started buying classic cars online, he was hesitant. After buying and selling hundreds of classic cars over the years, he gave us 3 pointers that “can help make your online classic car buying experience a positive one and the car of dreams will magically appear in your driveway”:
If you are searching for a classic car online, it is in your best interest to know exactly what you are looking for. If you have decided on a make and model, do your homework as to where the weak points are. Is this classic prone to rust in certain areas? If so, have the seller take close up pictures of this area. With technology videos are easy. Have the seller video problematic areas, even the engine running and transmission shifting. The primary problem I always have is being infatuated with the car itself that I want and I sometimes tend to overlook the problem areas, whether I am looking at in person or online. It is very important that you set aside your emotions for just a moment and try to find all the bad. If you are knowledgeable of all the things wrong with the car and are willing to accept that, then your classic car buying experience will automatically become a positive.
(We would say alongside what Rick says about buying your dream classic online, you can also ask questions like “What’s the VIN?” and “Can you send pictures?” You can also try to negotiate the shipping cost into the total cost.)
If you have paid for the vehicle your insurance should be bound at this time. Then, if the worst-case scenario hits while you are waiting on the transporter, like a tornado wipes out the neighborhood or the car is hit by another driver on the street before the transporter arrives, you’re covered.
It is very important that you choose a reputable auto shipper. At MyKlassic.com our official classic car shipper is Executive Auto Shippers. I have shipped classic cars for over 30 years and my choice of transporters has always been key. You can go online and on eBay and obtain all the cheap quotes you want, but if that classic car was in your driveway, would you just hand your keys to an unknown driver that you don’t know to load on a car carrier? Probably not!
The best part about shopping for a car online – you aren’t restricted by location. Reputable car shipping companies will know how to handle shipments that need a little extra TLC. Always check into the company you’re looking to use – for instance, Executive has an A+ rating with BBB and held the Super Service Award with Angie’s List the last 4 years.
Safely buying the classic car of your dreams can be as easy as Pick – Click – Home. When you shop on a quality and trustworthy site, such as MyKlassic.com, and working with a reputable auto transport company, like Executive Auto Shippers, you’re dream car is only a few clicks away.
Want to learn about the options of enclosed carriers? Check out our Enclosed page.
“You’ve accepted a great new job on the opposite coast and are gearing up for the big move. Although a road trip sounds enticing, you’re really excited and want to get there as soon as possible so you can start getting settled in. You’ve decided to take your friend’s advice to fly out and have your vehicle shipped. Now the question is, how DO you ship a car?
Many people aren’t familiar with the idea or process of shipping a vehicle. Googling companies is a great place to start, but before you hand over the keys, here are 5 things to do when shipping a car:
Want to dive into the details? You can read more of the process at moveCheck’s website.
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Thanks to a great new job, you’re getting ready to move across the country. You don’t want to drive all that way, but don’t want to go through the hassle of selling your car and buying another, either. Your friend tells you her grandparents use an auto transport service when they go to their winter house every year. Although that sounds like a great option, most likely your first thought, like many first time shippers, is: How much does it cost to ship my car?
Although we’d like to say there’s an easy answer for this, there’s actually some information that you’ll need to provide before getting a straight answer. It’s with this information that we come up with our car shipping quote. It starts with 3 main factors: Vehicle Type, Locations, and Time of the Year.
Do you drive a lifted truck or a Smart car? Not all vehicles load or take up the same amount of space on the trailer for an auto transport. If you’re car has any modifications, it can affect the way it would need to be transported. For instance, if your vehicle makes the load taller than the 13’ 6” (highways and metro law) to 14’ (interstate law) clearance, your vehicle won’t be able to be on a standard car hauler. Bigger vehicles can also take up more space on a carrier, causing the driver to lose a spot for another vehicle. Weight is also a factor. We like to say that in car shipping, it’s actually a good thing to have your gas tank below half. Having a full tank of gas can add more weight to your vehicle and the overall weight of the carrier.
Another factor is the care that is needed to move the vehicle. There are two ways to ship a car: open or enclosed auto transport. For instance, are you looking to move a classic show car? You probably wouldn’t want it to go on an open auto transport because it will be exposed to the elements. It would be the same if you have an exotic low-profile vehicle such as a Lamborghini – you’d want an enclosed carrier with a lift gate, not ramps. Enclosed transport drivers are also specialized in how to handle a classic car or exotic low-profile vehicle. Expenses such as insurance for enclosed carriers are also higher due to the nature of the shipment, too. If you just have your daily driver, you wouldn’t want to pay the upcharge for an enclosed carrier. Open carriers can usually transport more vehicles than enclosed, which also helps lower the cost. It’s why we’re glad we can offer a network of carriers with various skills, experience, and equipment to handle any type of vehicle.
Although you might think the distance of an auto transport would affect the price most, it’s actually the location for pickup and drop off. If you’ll be having the carrier pick up and/or drop of in a more populated or large metro area, chances are your rate will be better. For instance, if you ship a car from a suburb of Chicago, you’re probably going to have a better rate than, say, Billings, MT. The reason for this is the amount of “truck traffic” an area gets. Major metro suburbs like Chicago and New York are more likely to be on a carrier’s route than smaller towns or rural areas. Large cities’ suburbs are also more truck-friendly, whereas the city itself can’t always accommodate a car carrier. The same also goes for drop off location. Another factor to consider is if your locations are major vacation spots because transport could be higher during peak seasons.
Alongside the location is the time of year you’re looking to ship a car. Now, you might think that during what we like to call “snowbird season” it would be cheaper to ship from a colder climate to warmer. In fact, the opposite is true. Many drivers don’t have trouble filling their trucks when the snowbirds head south – it’s the trip back north that’s tough. No driver likes to travel with an empty trailer, because they aren’t being paid. Within reason, any money is better than none – if you’re looking to transport your vehicle from Scottsdale, AZ to Chicago in December, you’ll most likely have a better rate. The opposite would happen for the spring when snowbirds head home – you’d pay more to ship a car from Scottsdale to Chicago.
Some people also think that the rise and fall of gas prices will affect the cost of a transport as well. In this industry, like a lot of others, it’s more about Supply and Demand not just the cost of fuel. Gas prices might be down, but if a carrier has a full trailer, the cost might actually be higher. For instance, certain trucks have certain capacities, so sometimes if the shipment is greater than the capacity, the price can be higher and vice versa. If you’re looking to ship your Jeep to Hawaii, make sure it’s not during their busy vacation season!
These are some of the main factors you’ll need to consider when it comes to the cost for shipping your car. Make sure to let the representative know anything unique or special about your auto or the shipment itself. It also helps the driver be prepared when he comes for pickup and as well as drop off. For more info on which type of transport is best for your vehicle, read our previous post Know Your Options: Enclosed or Open.
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