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Things You Should Know When Shipping Your Car When Moving

You want to know what to expect when shipping your car when moving. This includes what the options are, how much it costs and how long it takes. With that said, here's what to know and what to expect when shipping a vehicle when moving:

How Long Does Car Shipping Take?

How long it takes to ship a car depends on several factors, such as where it will be shipped from and what the destination is. When everything is booked, a time frame for when the shipment will arrive will be provided. Not only that, but customers receive multiple updates throughout the shipping process, which makes it easy for our customers to know exactly when their car will arrive.

How Cost For Car Shipping Calculated?

The cost of shipping your vehicle for you move may vary because there are several pricing factors that come into play. This includes the make and model of the vehicle, as well as its size and weight. Other factors include where the car will be picked up and where it will be delivered. Whether or not the car is actually working or in operation will factor into how much it will cost to have it shipped. Not only that, but so will the time of the year and whether the car will be shipped via enclosed or open transportation. Once the company has all of the relevant information, they will provide you with a quote.

Options For Shipping Your Car

There are a few different options for shipping a car. This includes open trailer and closed vehicle transport. Below is a brief rundown of each, including the pros and cons of both options.  If you have an International Move coming up there are also options available such as shipping containers and air freight to get your car overseas.

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1. Open Trailer

Open trailer transport is exactly what it sounds like. It involves transporting a vehicle on a truck that isn't enclosed. The vehicle is driven onto the trailer and secured before the driver begins the delivery process.

The Pros

One of the best things about shipping a car via this method is it is more affordable than closed car shipping. Not only that, but customers often choose to ship their car this way because it is more fuel efficient. Another benefit of the open trailer transport method is the driver can keep an eye on the car/cars they are delivering at all times.

The Cons

A downside to shipping a car via open trailer is the vehicle will be exposed throughout the duration of the trip. This means the vehicle will be exposed to road conditions and to weather. A lot of people don't like this, which is why they sometimes prefer the closed transport method.

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Another downside is the vehicle can potentially become damaged due to road debris. All it takes is a little bit of debris to hit the car. The good news is if the driver is highly skilled and experienced, then the chances of this happening are relatively low. Nonetheless, this is a serious risk for those who choose to ship their car via an open trailer. 

Those are the pros and cons of shipping a car via open trailer. It is a good option for those who are on a tight budget, and a good option for those who don't have to ship their car too far. However, if you choose to ship your car this method, then it is important to choose a reputable and reliable company. This will reduce the risk of something happening to the car during the delivery process.

2. Closed Vehicle Transport

Closed vehicle transport involves cars being shipped in an enclosed manner, such as via a tractor trailer truck with canvas or other conversing on the side. There are many reasons why customers choose this shipping method, such as they want to protect their high-end cars. Others choose it because they have an antique car or a classic car they want shipped, and they want to do what they can to protect them. When it comes to shipping a car, this option can be costly, but it is the best option for those who want the utmost protection for their vehicle.

The Pros

Perhaps the best thing about shipping your car via closed transport is the security it provides. This includes protecting the vehicle from bad weather like snow, hail, rain and so forth. However, it also means protection from elements such as vandalism and theft, as well as other types of damage. If someone is shipping an expensive car or a car they want to fully protect during the shipping process, then closed vehicle transport is probably the best option. Also, road debris won't be an issue. Even if a lot of road debris gets kicked up, it won't hit the car/cars. In turn, the customer won't have to worry about their car showing up damaged, nor will they have to make costly repairs or wait for the car shipping company to arrange repairs. 

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The Cons

There's only a handful of cons, which includes the price. Customers can expect to pay a fair amount of money. Another con is the driver has less visibility, so keeping an eye on the vehicle will require them to stop, get out of their truck and open the trailer. For those who are environmentally conscious, they should know that this method of shipping isn't exactly the most fuel efficient option, but other than that there are no other cons.

When it comes to shipping your car when moving, there are several options. Costs are calculated based in a number of factors and how long it takes to ship a car depends on things such as distance and the company that's shipping it. If anyone is interested in having their car shipped when moving, they can can request a free no-obligation quote.

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