The Top 12 Misconceptions About Auto Transport
Every industry has its myths, and auto transportation is no exception. The problem with car shipping myths is that they can make it more difficult for customers to move their vehicles from one place to another.
Why? If you think auto transport is too costly for average people or shipping a car to another country will cause you to stress, you might consider driving it yourself or paying someone to do it for you. It might seem like you will save time, money, and headaches by driving your car yourself, but there are many myths about auto transport. Car shipping is an efficient, safe, and affordable way to transport a car.
If you're looking for a truck or car to transport, this list of top myths will help you make an informed decision about how to get your vehicle there. If you have any questions about truck or car transport, please get in touch.
Misconception 1: All auto transport businesses are the same.
People often believe this myth and assume that it doesn't really matter which company they ship their cars to. As is true in every industry, there are many great companies in the auto transport business. However, there are also some less-so-good ones. The first thing you should do when shipping a car is to find out who the shippers are that promise big but don't keep their word.
A car shipper should have a track record of reliable deliveries, positive reviews, transparent pricing, 24/7 customer support, and the ability to give you updates at any time about where your vehicle is. Move Car is proud of its reputation as a leader in car shipping and customer service.
Misconception 2 - Shipping a vehicle is an overwhelming experience
It can be difficult to work with an auto transport company that isn't right for you. Some car shippers are solely focused on moving cars as fast and efficiently as possible. Move Car, for example, believes that customer service is an integral part of auto transport. They believe that it should be simple and stress-free.
Our primary goal has been to make car shipping as easy and stress-free for our clients as possible. No matter where you are at the shipping process, a representative will walk you through every option so that you feel comfortable moving your car across cities, across the country, or across oceans. To help you prepare your vehicle and book transport services, we have created a step-by-step checklist.
Misconception 3 - Reading auto transport reviews is a waste of your time
We've established that not all auto transport companies work the same way so it makes sense to read car shipper reviews before you make a decision. Avoid companies that have no reviews or have many negative reviews.
Many reviews will be posted online about auto transporters who have a good reputation for getting the job done. Many companies will stream or repost reviews online. Look for auto shippers with many reviews when you are looking for companies to transport your cargo. This will give you a better idea of past customer experiences.
Misconception 4: Auto transportation takes a long time
Although it takes some time to find the right auto transport company, booking a shipment should take only a few minutes. While you may have to wait for a pick-up date, your truck or car will not be held up for several weeks or months. You can be sure that your vehicle will be picked up quickly by one of the thousands of car carriers traveling across the country every day.
Don't leave it until the last moment to ship your car. It is a good idea to book your shipment at the least 10 days before you need it picked up.
Misconception 5 - It's more expensive to ship a vehicle than to drive it yourself
Many people believe it is cheaper to drive their own car than to have it shipped. This is false, unfortunately.
Safety first. Large interstates, which run across the United States, are some of the most dangerous roads. Truckers are regularly trained and retrained to handle everything, from dangerous road conditions to distracted drivers in other cars. Statistics show that shipping your car across the country is safer for you, your family, and your vehicle.
Let's now see if driving a car across the country takes more time than shipping it. Cross-country road trips won't be easy, especially if you are traveling with children. It's also not possible to travel across the country in a timely manner. You're driving your car to get from A to B. That's all. An auto transport company will ship your vehicle while you go about your day.
Let's not forget that the myth that driving is cheaper than shipping a car doesn't stand. Long-distance road trips can be costly! While gas is the obvious expense, you should also consider the cost of future repairs to your vehicle. You also have to consider meals, snacks, drinks, and overnight accommodation (which can run up to $100 per night). It all adds up quickly, especially if you have a flat tire or a dead battery. One expensive drive is what you're looking at!
Misconception 6: Getting an accurate auto transport quote is impossible
You may think there is no transparency between car shippers because of the hidden fees and unanticipated charges that some bad actors in the auto transport industry have lobbed at customers. This is simply not true. Move Car believes that customers shouldn’t have to go through so many hoops in order to receive a shipping quote. We also believe that the quote should be clear and comprehensive.
You can quickly get a shipping quote online for a car. Then, book your shipment on our website. We won't force you to call us (although we are always available for questions) or add extra fees after the fact. You get what you see.
Misconception 7 - You should choose to ship a car at the lowest cost.
While we believe in shipping around, we warn our customers to be cautious about shippers that promise quick delivery at the lowest possible prices. Why? Because the chances of finding the lowest priced shipper also offering stellar customer service are very slim. This is especially important when you're giving away one of your most precious possessions. You run the risk that your vehicle will arrive damaged or late if you choose the cheapest shipper.
Misconception 8 - Distance will determine the price
Your car transport quote will not be affected by distance. Other factors that can affect the cost of shipping your car include the make, model, and size of your vehicle as well as your pick-up and delivery times, pickup and delivery locations, and your carrier option (open or enclosed). Your quoted rate will increase if you need a guaranteed delivery date.
Misconception 9: Shipping a car isn't safe
It can be scary to give your car to someone else. A car is an emotionally charged possession that many of us hold dearly. However, shipping a car is much safer than driving it.
Move Car, for example, moves hundreds of cars every day. Reputable shippers will take all necessary steps to ensure that the auto transport industry operates within strict safety regulations. To prevent fatigue, auto transport companies must limit the time drivers are allowed to be on the roads. To ensure safe operation, trucks and carriers must be subject to regular safety inspections. Safety inspections are also conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Misconception 10 - Open carrier shipping isn’t safe
Because it is safe, open carrier shipping is so popular. For added protection from the elements and prying eyes, enclosed shipping is often preferred by people who have to transport expensive, rare or very valuable vehicles. Open carriers offer all the protection that vehicles need, but they are not recommended for most vehicles.
Misconception 11 - You can only transport operable vehicles
People believe that cars must run in order to be shipped. However, this may not be true for some auto transport companies. Move Car will ship any vehicle or truck that can roll, brake, and steer. It is important to understand that transporting an inoperable vehicle can be more costly because haulers might need special equipment or training to load them and unload them.
Misconception 12 - Preparing a car to ship
It is actually quite simple. First, have your mechanic verify that your vehicle is in good condition. This includes checking for leaks, electrical problems, and mechanical issues. Check the battery and make sure that the tires are inflated properly. After that, clean your car inside and out.
A full tank of gas is dangerous and can cause your car to be heavier. You should drive your car around the city until you have less than a quarter tank.
If you choose the right auto transport company, shipping your car across the country can be simple, quick, and worry-free. We hope that your vehicle will follow the footsteps of hundreds of others transported by Move Car's auto transporters each day.