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Car Transport Quotes


The anatomy of a car transport quote and how to choose one

With just a few details and a click of the mouse, AutoTransportDepot (ATD) gives you up to 8 free auto shipping quotes from qualified, experienced, insured auto carriers ready to accommodate your needs. Of course, it's then up to you to determine which quote and which company to go with. Knowing how auto shipping quotes are created will help you choose wisely and get the most value for your money.

How we determine a quotation for you?

All car transport 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 auto shippers must charge more to cover their expenses because those costs are spread out over fewer people.

Likewise, the farther a car is shipped, the more time and gas will be used during shipping, so the more expensive that shipping will be. However, less time and effort is required to make arrangements if the car is travelling on popular routes, so shipping between major cities or common shipping destinations, even those that are far apart, can defray some of the costs.

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 car transport quotation will be.

How to choose a best quotation?

Don't automatically opt for the cheapest quotation. While price is always a determining factor, it shouldn't be the only one. You'll want to make sure that the price being quoted includes all of the transport options you prefer, and you'll also want to ensure that the company is one you're comfortable working with. Choose two or three of the best quotes and contact those companies before making your decision. ATD provides complete contact information for all of our partner companies, and you're always welcome to contact us with any questions you may have about your auto shipping quotes or about shipping in general.

AutoTransportDepot (ATD) 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.

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