Typically, when you think about moving a car from one place to the next, you simply get in and drive it. But if you need to transport your car a long distance, or even overseas, you will probably want to consider other options. The choices for car transportation run the gamut from professional auto transportation services to hiring a local college student as a driver. Your choice will probably depend as much on your budget as on your preference for how it gets there.
The most popular way to transport a car cross-country is using a consumer-oriented car shipper. Most commercial car shippers put cars on an open-air trailer similar to the ones used for new cars. Most shippers will give a time delivery window that ranges from seven to 21 days. When you talk to the shippers, make sure to ask them detailed questions about how your car will be transported. Most shippers will move cars between certain city hubs, unloading and loading the vehicles onto other trucks in order to make the routes more efficient. The cost can also vary if you want door-to-door transport over terminal-to-terminal.
If you are concerned about the effect of weather on your vehicle, you might want to consider using an enclosed truck. Although the cost is typically about 60 percent higher, it might be worth it if you’re transporting in the middle of winter or it is a new high-end vehicle. An enclosed truck will also give you a bit more peace of mind regarding unintended damage to your vehicle. You should make sure that there is adequate insurance provided by the shipper in any case.
Professional Driver Service
If you don’t mind adding the extra miles on your vehicle, consider using a driver provided by a professional service. Professional Drivers Incorporated is a professional auto transporter with nearly 25 years of business experience. This can be a great option for shorter distances and corporate vehicles as well as for students. The company even allows you to transport your personal belongings, including cats or dogs, in your vehicle.
If you need your vehicle transported and you just don’t have that much money, consider hiring a trustworthy student or someone you might know personally. This is an especially good option during school breaks when students need the extra cash. This is obviously a riskier method, so make sure your insurance covers any accidents or thefts when someone else is driving.
If you need to ship your vehicle overseas, the only real option is via a cargo container. Shipping containers are generally between 20 and 40 feet in length, but different sizes are used. You’ll need to find a company that offers partial containers. The website ThomasNet, in the Resource section, provides a list of container companies.
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