How to determine the best auto transporter for your needs
With just a few details and the touch of a button, Auto Transport Depot gives you up to 8 quotes from qualified, experienced, insured carriers ready to accommodate your needs. Of course, then it’s up to you to choose the best one. Here’s what you should know when choosing an auto transport company.
How quotes are determined
All car shipping quotes are based on the type, length, and weight of the vehicle, as well as the transport mileage and the route travelled. Longer, heavier cars take up more of the available space and weight allowances on the carrier, so naturally, they cost more. Likewise, the farther a car is shipped, the more time and gas will be used during shipping, so the more expensive it will be. Finally, the more common the transportation route, the cheaper the shipping because less work is involved in making the arrangements and plotting the course.
The more details you can provide about the vehicle and its destination, the more accurate the quotes will be, helping you to make a more informed decision.
What’s included in the price
Most quotes cover only the basic transportation method—open carrier with liability and cargo insurance. Protective sheets, seat covers, and/or enclosed carriers, which protect your vehicle from dirt, debris, and the elements, will cost extra. Expedited shipping, which generally involves paying drivers overtime and/or using multiple drivers, will also cost more.
If your car has accessories such as additional sound-system equipment, custom rims, a spoiler, etc., you may need to ship these separately or pay an additional charge, depending on the type of accessory, company policies, and FMCSA rules.
Many companies also charge a fee for the extra work entailed in transporting non-operable vehicles.
Again, the more detailed you are about the condition of your vehicle and the type of transport you want, the more accurate your quote will be.
Who do you trust?
While price is always a determining factor, it shouldn’t be the only one. Auto Transport Depot works hard to find members who are competitively priced and well-respected in the industry so that your experience will be positive no matter which company you choose. The bottom line is that you find a company you trust and feel comfortable leaving your vehicle with. Sometimes, peace of mind is worth a few extra dollars.