Car Shipping Secrets

What a lot of people don’t realize about car shipping is how simple it really is. We read tens or hundreds of car shipping related information every day, and the single most common thread among all of these is that people are frustrated with the process. Let me just paraphrase one review example that I’ve recently read:

I used an auto transport company that I thought would have been good. All of their sales materials were flashy and neat, and the sales person told me everything I wanted to hear. But when it came time to actually have my car picked up, the driver never showed up! He never even called! I wish car shipping wasn’t so frustrating!

This is how it goes a lot of the time. But let me fill you in on a secret…

Car shipping doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, the only time car shipping turns out like that is when you’re making your choices based on superficial factors!

The truth is that most people don’t really know what to look for, or how to look for it. That’s OK though, not everyone are professional car shippers like we are. But here are some great tips that you can use the next time you ship
Welp, it’s pretty obvious: good services get good reviews. What’s even more significant to you as a consumer of transport, however, is that bad services get bad reviews. Check the reviews yourself before you book, it’ll be a lifesaver.
  • Ask for References
Most people aren’t going to want to do this, but it can really help. You get an idea of what a company’s like straight from someone who has used that company. Especially try and find former customers from third party sites (that is, avoid asking for references from the car shipping company itself.)
  • If You Have Specific Transport Concerns, Address Them Right Away
A lot of the negative stuff that happens when shipping a car is the result of poor communication between the customer, the drivers, and the brokers. The reality is that sometimes, it’s the fault of the customer for not specifying their needs. Don’t be afraid to explain your situation and your needs to your car transporter.
More information on auto transport coming soon!

5 Easy Tips to Improve your Auto Transport Experience

You asked for it, and we delivered. Here it is…a simple list of 5 tips that can improve your auto transport experience exponentially. Without further ado, here they are!:
  • Don’t Go For the Cheapest Quote!
  • This is something that far too many people go for. If you go for a cheap quote, you’re probably going to get burned. The problem is that anyone can give you a cheap quote, but no one can get you cheap auto transport. It’s expensive and you get what you pay for
  • Always Check Out the Credentials of an Auto Transport Company
  • This is pretty straightforward. It’s also a standard for smart shopping of any type. Always make sure that the people you work with are reputable.
  • Be Reasonable With Your Expectations
  • Understand that auto transport involves some heavy duty logistical planning. It’s not easy to plan routes, and when things go wrong it can delay transport by a couple of hours.
  • Figure Out What Kind of Service You Need Before Booking
  • Figuring out what you need before you book is going to save you from a bunch of time and money. Get all your ducks in a row before you book! Cancellations can be expensive, and so can rescheduling a transport.
  • Choose your Route Carefully
  • Just because an auto transport company offers ‘door to door’ transport doesn’t mean your vehicle needs to be shipped directly to your door. You can choose any door you like for shipping, and in many cases making a slight adjustment can save you hundreds of dollars. Here’s an example. Say I live in Manhattan and I want to ship a car to myself. If I send it right to my apartment in Harold Square, it’s going to cost me about $1,000. If i try to ship the same car to Newark, however, it’ll only cost $800! Be smart about your route!
Take these tips and go get yourself the best shipping possible right now!

Brace Yourself – Snowbird Auto Transport Season is Coming

Labor Day has come and past, and the summer is almsot over The snowbird auto transport season is just around the corner, and we thought now might be a good time to get ourselves and our customers ready for it! This should be a pretty short post, but there will be quite a bit more posts later on about this subject. For starters, let’s talk about what snowbird auto transport is. Snowbirds are essentially people (especially seniors) that migrate from the cold weather of the higher latitudes in the winter to the perennially warm weathers of the lower latitudes. Places like Florida and Arizona are the quintessential snowbird hot spots. For the auto transport industry, snowbird season is one of our busiest seasons. And while the traffic is no doubt a lot heavier than normal along certain routes during the snowbird season, you can avoid the long waits by following some simple guidelines:
  1. Understand that a whole lot of people are using auto transport during this time of the year. That means that prices go up, so if you’ve been holding onto a quote for a few months, you’ll likely need a fresh one. When you book for super-low rates, you’re just contributing to the problem.
  2. Be as flexible as possible when you’re shipping. The more flexible you can be with your dates and locations, the less you’ll have to pay!
  3. Be patient. There is almost always a huge glut of people trying to move their vehicles down south. There simply aren’t enough drivers to do the work, so you might have to wait. It’s not your fault, and it’s not the fault of the auto transport company. It’s just the way that it is at that time of the year.
There are still a few months before the snowbird season is in full swing, so expect more information soon!