How to Ship a Car for Cheap

Tips on Shipping Your Vehicle for Less

Getting your vehicle from point A to point B can be an ordeal. Looking to find a cheap, but also a reliable transport option? Read on to learn all the factors that go into how to ship a car without breaking the bank.

Vehicle transport prices fluctuate widely and are unique to every individual shipment. The average cost to ship a car across the country ranges from $700 to $900. However, the actual cost will depend on a variety of factors such as the distance between the pickup and destination points, the time of year you are shipping, the type of shipping, the size of the vehicle, and the vehicle make and model.

Compare Prices and Get Multiple Quotes

One of the best ways to ensure you get a low price on your vehicle shipment is to do your research and get individual quotes from a variety of companies. Requesting quotes from 3 to 5 companies should be sufficient to give you an idea of what a fair price would look like for your specific vehicle transportation. 

Be wary of companies with super high or super low prices. Rock bottom prices may indicate low-quality transport or could simply be too good to be true. On the other hand, disproportionately expensive prices may signal that the company overcharges unsuspecting consumers. 

The price that is initially quoted is not always the final price. Make sure before you book that there are no hidden fees or upcharges on the horizon. 

Book Early

Often, starting the process of booking your shipment around 2 weeks before you need your vehicle shipped will work in your favor. If you need your car shipped ASAP, you may be forced to settle for a higher price out of necessity. The more time you have before you need your vehicle transported, the more time you are giving yourself to find the best possible deal. Planning ahead may even save you hundreds of dollars in comparison to a rushed transport booking.

Use Open Transport

Although not ideal for every vehicle, open transport is a great shipping option to ensure you save money. Open transport refers to automotive shipping where vehicles are shipped on semi-trailers. It is the most widely offered and common type of vehicle transport. Plus, it is often hundreds of dollars cheaper than enclosed transport (where vehicles are shipped in smaller quantities in an enclosed truck.) 

Open transport is well suited for used cars and standard models but can be used for any type of vehicle according to its owner’s comfort. Unless you have a luxury or classic vehicle that you feel requires additional protection, open transport will serve you well and reduce the transportation price tag. 

Ship During Off-Season

Peak vehicle shipping season falls in the summer months of June through August. Sometimes peak season even continues through October. College students are heading back to school, families are relocating, and the weather is warm. Due to high demand during these times, prices are much higher. The same can be said for the weeks surrounding major holidays like Christmas. 

When it comes to quiet, off-season months, January through March are your best bets. February, in particular, is a great month for low demand and low transport prices. If you have the flexibility to schedule your shipment during an off-season month, your wallet will thank you.

Be Flexible with Pickup and Dropoff Locations

The lure of door-to-door shipping is strong. However, if you are looking for the cheapest transport option, driving a little bit out of your way will drive down your vehicle transportation cost.

If your pickup or dropoff locations are remote or difficult to access, you will have to pay a premium to ship your car there. However, if you are willing to drive to more convenient locations for your transporter (locations off of major highways or centrally located in cities) you can save a great deal of money.

You also may want to consider terminal to terminal carrier options. Many carriers have terminal yards across the U.S. where vehicles can be shipped and temporarily stored. These terminal to terminal dropoff shipments are much less expensive than door-to-door shipping would be. 

Be Flexible with the Delivery Timeframe

When you have a tight schedule for vehicle delivery, you will almost always have to pay a higher price. The best way to save money on your shipment is to allow yourself plenty of time before you need your vehicle delivered. If you are willing to wait a few extra days to get your car, you can save a lot of money.

Eliminate the Broker

Finally, being your own broker, as opposed to hiring an auto transport broker cuts down on fees. This entails contacting transport companies yourself to get multiple quotes or using marketplaces like Autosled to self-dispatch your vehicle/s. In addition to compiling quotes, you will also have to research the companies to ensure they are licensed, insured, and reputable. It will also be your responsibility to coordinate pickup with dropoff locations.

All these steps can be a headache, but being your own broker will save you money if you are willing to put in the additional work. Luckily, Autosled’s app and our desktop interface makes being your own broker, getting quick price quotes, and staying in contact with your transporter easy. Contact Autosled today to learn more about our service and how to ship your car today.

What is an Auto Hauler and What Do They Do?

Learn About What Auto Haulers Do

Those who aren’t familiar with the car industry may inquire, what does a car transporter do? An auto hauler, otherwise known as a car transporter is responsible for driving vehicles from pickup to drop off locations depending on shipping specifications provided by whoever hired them. 

Car transport companies and services quote you the costs of car transport and take care of all the logistics of transport. To save yourself stress, booking far in advance is the way to go.

Give you a price quote

Reliable auto transport companies and services will be able to provide you with a quick, free price quote. The quoted price will often vary based on factors such as the distance the vehicle needs to travel, its make and model, the car’s condition, the type of transport (enclosed etc.), and the addresses for dropoff and pickup. If you need to get your car to its destination quicker than what’s normal, you will often have to pay an additional fee. The same may be true for shipping specialty vehicles that require additional care. Some details to keep in mind during the process of finding an auto transport service are:

  • Shorter trips cost less than moving vehicles across long-distances
  • More frequently traveled routes are often cheaper
  • Larger cars cost more to ship than smaller vehicles

Get your car picked up

Once booked, an auto hauler will show up at the departure location on the day and time you specify and begin the journey to the destination. With Autosled, parties shipping vehicles can track their car via GPS in our app, so they know the exact arrival time. 

When preparing your car for shipping, requirements may vary between transport companies or individuals. Make sure you follow any guidelines the transport service specifies for preparing your car to make sure your vehicle’s pickup goes off without a hitch. 

Drive safely and keep your car protected

One thing reputable auto transport services can guarantee is expert and safe driving. Established car haulers are often people who have made hundreds if not thousands of shipment trips. It is what they do in their day to day lives. They are well equipped to keep your vehicle safe on the journey. 

Get your car to its destination

Your car hauler will often call you when your vehicle has nearly reached its destination. Additionally, with the Autosled App, you can correspond with transporters via instant message and track your car through GPS directly in the app. No need for playing phone tag!

With a myriad of auto shipping options available in today’s world, the job of a transporter is undoubtedly crucial.

The Impact of The Pandemic on the Automotive Industry

COVID’s Impact on the Automotive Industry and Car Sales

It is hard to ignore the significant effects of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of American society and life. However, the impact of the virus on the automotive industry has been particularly interesting and thought-provoking over the past few months. 

In June of 2020, US car sales experienced one of their worst quarters since the recession. The culprits? Pandemic-induced dealership closures, substantial automotive job losses, and closings of auto plants leading to limited supplies of the popular vehicle models in the dealership lots. Perhaps factors such as the increased time spent at home may have also contributed to fewer consumers seeking out buying cars. 

However, despite hits to the new car market, automotive sales, particularly in the used car markets, have seen increased popularity during today’s COVID age. Part of this shift toward buying used cars may be tied to economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic and high unemployment rates. 

Going digital

Another major shift the industry has experienced is a push toward digitizing car buying, selling, and transporting processes. Many consumers are concerned about their health and adhering to social distancing/limited human contact guidelines. As a result, online car sales seem to be the way of the future. 

Some companies in the online car selling industry have seen huge influxes to their business. For example, the US-based company, Carvana who specializes in online-only car sales, saw a 25% year over year rise in car sales during the second quarter of 2020. Their stock share price has risen accordingly over time. It skyrocketed from roughly $30 a share in mid-March to close to $215 at the end of August. 

Looking toward the future

Effects of the virus span across the US and outward to overseas markets. According to a recent analysis by Counterpoint, US automotive markets are still fragile. On the other hand, China’s vehicle sales continue on their fast recovery track. 

It’s hard to predict what the future will hold for the automotive industry. The renewed popularity of used cars undoubtedly presents an opportunity. As does the digitization of automotive services. As of now, the automotive industry continues to perform at a reduced level in comparison to pre-COVID times. This is due to supply lines being disrupted and the overall demand for cars dampening. Hope for the future seems to point to digitizing the auto industry in a variety of key ways. 

Want to join the digital automotive revolution? Check out the Autosled and learn how our app streamlines the car shipping process by making it contactless. 

Top 5 Benefits of the Autosled App for Transporters

5 Reasons Why Transporters Should Use Autosled

Autosled strives to make the lives of auto-industry workers easier by streamlining internal processes. Our app makes car shipments across states simple and digital. Dealers who use Autosled request car shipments and corresponding transporters accept loads. With our free technology, transporters can glean a variety of benefits. Learn more about how Autosled works to solve common pain points below.

1. Get paid quick

Perhaps the greatest advantage of using Autosled, from the transporter perspective, is the guaranteed prompt payments. Gone are the days where transporters have to chase down a paycheck for completed jobs. With Autosled, we ensure that all transporters receive payment within two business days of a completed job. Even better, Autosled doesn’t have a service fee. When transporters sign up for Autosled, they provide their contact information, a valid bank account for direct deposit, an active DOT/MC number, and valid insurance information and they are up and running.

2. Cut down on paperwork

Another plus of our app is its ability to reduce the amount of paperwork necessary for car shipments. On top of that, all paperwork is stored digitally, so users can refer back to it if need be. Instead of piles of paperwork and countless calls back and forth, transporters just complete the video bill of lading (BOL), the first of its kind, to verify the condition of the car before and after transport. From there, Autosled provides electronic invoicing. It’s that easy.

3. Find and accept loads easily

In our app interface, transporters can see a plethora of loads in need of shipment from dealers across the Mid-Atlantic. Much like Uber, accepting a load shipment requires only a few clicks. Rather than hunting down business, transporters can get business to come to them with Autosled’s free app. Our technology makes load management and route optimization straightforward. When they enter the app, transporters provide preferences, such as current capacity, availability schedule, and target endpoint location in our system. From there, our technology identifies the best candidates for a shipment. 

4. Increase Income

One of the best app features of all comes down to efficiency, as well as profitability. Transporters can maximize their truck capacity by taking on multiple loads. That way, they make more money per trip by keeping their truck at capacity. Our app technology helps to recommend transporters with loads that correspond to their destinations and preferences. Let us help you keep your truck and pockets full!

5. Minimize Deadheading

By keeping trucks full, Autosled also contributes to sustainability efforts by cutting back on deadheading. Deadheading refers to wasteful miles driven without cargo or passengers. Full trucks mean higher earnings for transporters and a greener environmental impact. Everybody wins.

Using the Autosled app makes hauling cars simple. Register with Autosled or download our app in the AppStore for Apple or Android.