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Why Are Open Automobile Transporters so Popular?

Automobile Transporters so PopularAnyone who has driven down an interstate has most likely seen a truck travelling with cars loaded on the back. There is a reason that so many trucks are loaded down with cars moving state to state. In the grand scheme of things, these trucks are the most inexpensive way to have a car shipped to virtually anywhere in the United States. These trucks, or open transport trucks, are the simplest method of shipping an automobile and are the most commonly used forms of transport available today. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about open transport that you may not already know:

  • Open transport saves you money!

It seems like every time you go to fuel your car up lately, the price of gas just goes further and further up and never seems to go down. Imagine how much you would have to spend if you operated a large truck. Open carriers are able to load multiple cars at a time, thus making the expense of gas dwindle down as they obtain more cars to haul. Many drivers will try to make sure they have a full load at all times in order to increase sales for car deliveries. Depending on how many trucks are in your area at the time you need to have your car shipped, it can take as little as a few days or up to a couple of weeks before one is close enough to pick your car up. It’s always a good idea to schedule transport at least a couple weeks in advance in order for the company to make sure a truck will be nearby at that time to pick your car up.

  • Cost is Lower for Open Transport

Many people often wonder why it cost so much more to ship a car in an enclosed container than it does to ship with an open transport truck. First you have to figure in the charges for the container, and then there is the fact that more people ship on open transport trucks than in containers. If you have a luxury car or a classic car an enclosed transport would be recommended for added protection during shipment. The fact that more people opt for open transport helps with keeping the cost down for everyone as they share a truck. The more cars on the truck at any given time, the less the cost to each individual consumer who has a car being shipped on that particular truck. Most transporters will charge cash on delivery for car shipping and when they are able to deliver a car every day they’re able to earn money daily for up to 10 cars a day if they deliver all of them. Enclosed transporters can only load 1-2 cars at a time on their truck and that means less chance of earning money for multiple cars daily.

There are automobile transport companies for virtually every type of motor vehicle on the market today. Some may cater solely to owners of classic, expensive, exotic or vintage automobiles while others transport ATV, motorcycles or sports vehicles. Regardless of the specialty, auto transporters are on the road every day of the year hauling cars from coast to coast. While most customers prefer open shipping because of the convenience of time that is saved as well as lower cost, there are many other options for transporting a car. Your auto transport agent will be able to discuss the type of transport available in your area as well as transport that will fit your personal budget. Automobile transportation is one of the largest industries around the world today. If you’re planning a move and need to have your car transported by a professional auto transporter you need to contact Boston Auto Transport to handle all of your automobile shipping needs. A member of our staff will be able to answer all of your questions about car shipping as well as provide you with an affordable price that can’t be beat.

What Makes Door to Door Better than Terminal Shipping?

Door to Door Better than Terminal ShippingWhen you hear the term “door to door” you automatically think of someone coming right to your door. Right? Of course you do and when it comes to door to door pick-up and delivery that is just what you get. The auto transporter will drive to your home or business and pick-up or deliver your car as close to your door as possible. Of course, that can also mean the street or parking lot nearest your location that is accessible to the transport truck, but you get the gist of what door to door is now.

When your car is transported door to door you will have the opportunity to speak to the transport driver when he arrives. You’ll walk around the car with the driver as he completes an inspection and will be able to watch as your car is loaded onto the truck. This is a huge advantage because you will be able to verify that the car was loaded safely. When you use a terminal to have your car picked up you aren’t able to watch the car being loaded and you don’t have the opportunity to speak to the driver at all. Door to door allows a peace of mind with knowing the person who will be driving your car to the new location.

When you have a car shipped from a terminal it can often take up to a month or longer to schedule the pick-up from the terminal. Transporting door to door cuts that wait time down drastically with average pick-ups being within a week and often less. If you need your car shipped from Boston to Houston having to wait on terminal pick-up can delay your car from arriving for quite some time. Door to door makes the wait time far shorter and you will have your automobile to use in a quicker amount of time. Another negative side of shipping from a terminal is that in order to schedule the car for pick-up it must be dropped off first. That means if you need to use a car you will need to have another one or rent one which can be expensive during the time your car will have to sit waiting on pick-up.

Another downside to using terminal shipping is that your car will not be where you can keep an eye on it. Many people may have access to the terminal and if something were to happen to your car while it is sitting alone, there may be no chance of claiming damages because no one would be able to verify exactly who caused the damages. Door to door is a safer option since you will know who has the car and there can be no dispute as to who is responsible once you have met the driver. While this is a very infrequent worry, it is still safer to use door to door when at all possible.

Many people only have the option of terminal shipping due to move dates or relocation that must be complete before the car can be shipped. Boston Auto Transport thoroughly checks the safety in all terminals that we use to better ensure our customers that their automobiles will be in safe hands at all times. To schedule terminal or door to pick-up for your car call us today for a free quote and to have your car shipped in the fastest time possible.


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Prepare Your Vehicle to be Shipped

After you have selected and secured a reputable auto transport company, you will need to prepare your vehicle to be shipped.  Because each auto transport company differs slightly, it is in your best interest to verify the proper steps directly with the company your select.  However, the following steps are a good starting point.

  1. Remove your personal items:  If you are moving, it may seem like a great idea to pack your vehicle full of things you need to also arrive at your final destination in order to save yourself some additional shipping costs.  Unfortunately, this is not a good idea for a number of reasons.  Most auto transport companies are not insured to cover your personal items, and many are not even licensed to have them aboard, so they will instruct you to remove them prior to transport, delaying the departure time, and messing up the shipping schedule.  The additional weight of your items in the vehicle can also put your over the pre-determined weight limit, which can lead to hefty fees and/or also cause delays.
  2. Wash your car:  This one may seem counter-intuitive, especially if your vehicle is being shipped in an open container.  However, prior to departure, the driver will be assessing your vehicle from front to back, top to bottom, making note of any scratches or blemishes already present, and a clean car is much more easily inspected.  A proper inspection will ensure there are no damage disputes when your vehicle arrives at its final destination.
  3. Protect Aftermarket Add-ons:  If your vehicle has any aftermarket alterations, you will want to make sure they are properly secured, or even removed, so as not to suffer any damages during transport.  Especially items, such as spoilers, that may extend the shape and size of your vehicle, and make it more likely to be scratched or dented.
  4. Ensure Gas Tank is LOW:  You will want to leave your vehicle with approximately 1/8 tank to ¼ tank prior to pick-up.  A full tank increases the weight of the vehicle which can lead to delays at weigh stations, and additional fees for you.
  5. Make Sure Battery is Charged:  Because your vehicle will need to be started after a prolonged period of disuse, depending on the shipping time, a fully charged battery will ensure there are no issues when it needs to be started back up at the final destination.

Again, confirm with your auto transport company additional steps for preparing your vehicle for transport prior to pick-up, but by following the steps above, you should be well prepared to having your vehicle shipped with no issues.

Delays in Shipping

More often than not, when shipping a vehicle, you will receive a range of time/days indicating the vehicle’s arrival at the final destination.  Customers often wonder what contributing factors would go into delaying the transport of their vehicle.  Unfortunately, there is a quite a variety of components that can cause the delay, many of which are completely unavoidable and unpredictable.

Weather Conditions:

The most inevitable of these factors would be unforeseeable weather conditions.  Whether, the vehicle is making the journey across country, or even across the ocean, weather can be extremely unpredictable.  Anything from snow which can cause road blocks, to a hurricane which can halt or delay a ship’s progress, there is simply no way to avoid these acts of God.  In some cases, alternate routes may be available, while in other situations, the transport driver may be forced to simply wait out the storm.

Weigh Station Lines:

Another inescapable issue can be long weigh station lines which can delay the transport of a vehicle across country.  Because these wait times cannot be predicted or avoided, the transport driver could be subjected to dealing with longer than average delays.

Flat Tires or other transport maintenance issues:

Although auto transport companies strive to keep their transport vehicles in exceptional condition, flat tires and other mechanical issues are unforeseeable and can cause temporary delays, especially depending when on route they are discovered and remedied.  While a flat tire may only push back arrival time a couple hours, a more serious mechanical issue in a rural area could cause a longer set-back.

Customer Reliability:

Unfortunately, sometimes the delay can be attributed to the customer.  If a drop off is scheduled, and the customer arrives late, it can easily throw off the entire transport schedule by hours or more.  Also, incorrect paperwork presented at pick-up can slow down the process and delay the vehicle being released.

Although, no one can have a direct influence on weather related or other unforeseeable circumstances, make sure to hold up your end of the deal by being prepared and on time, and be aware that a range of dates for arrival allow for a more accurate prediction.  Be wary of an auto transport company that provides the exact time and date of arrival because these often lead to tenuous expectations.

Costs of Shipping a Vehicle

There are many factors that go into determining how much an auto transport company will charge to ship your vehicle.  For someone who is not familiar with the process, the first step of obtaining a quote can be very confusing if you do not know what to expect.  It is always in your best interest to request a breakdown of the fees for each quote you obtain, so that you can more easily compare apples to apples when shopping for the best rate.  You should also be aware of the main components in determining the costs of shipping.

Contributing Cost Factors

  • Size of Vehicle– Larger and heavier vehicles are usually more expensive to ship as they take up more room and weigh down the transport truck, so you can expect to pay more for a heavy-duty truck than a compact sedan.
  • Type of Car Carrier– The most popular option for shipping a vehicle is to use an open container, but sometimes, you may determine an enclosed carrier is a better option for your car.  If that is the case, you can expect an increase in costs, simply because the carrier type provides much better protection against the elements.
  • Condition of Vehicle– If your car is non-operational and cannot be driven on to the carrier, the costs will increase significantly because you will require a truck with the proper equipment to load and unload a non-working vehicle.
  • Drop-off and Pick-up Location– Although the distance itself plays a large part in determining cost, the location of drop-off and pick-up also weighs heavily in the calculation.  More remote areas are more expensive than central locations, and you will find that you can save yourself some money if you are able to be flexible with beginning and end locations.
  • Terminal Use– If you are unable to have your vehicle dropped off immediately prior to shipping or picked up immediately after arrival, you may need to use a terminal for temporary storage.  The fees for terminal use vary by location, but the longer your vehicle will be in one, the more you can expect to pay.

If you gather all the relevant information pertaining to the above factors prior to requesting information, you will receive the most accurate and detailed quote.  If you are unsure about any information, feel free to ask your shipping company to elaborate.  The testimony of a great shipping company should be the willingness and ability to fully service their customers and handle all questions or insecurities.

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