AMERIFREIGHT Auto Transporters - We Move What Moves You
|Essential Guide: Choose the Best Auto Transport Company to Ship Your Car|
|What to consider||What you need to avoid when shipping your vehicle|
|BBB rating||auto transporters that have less than an A rating with the BBB|
|AFta Gap protection||no protection if damage is detected within 48 hours after delivery|
|Don’t believe all reviews||car shipping companies that compensate for reviews|
|Informative website||websites with only a quote page and very little industry information|
|Don’t pay anything upfront||auto shippers that want deposits paid in advance when you place your order|
|Promises and Guarantees||transporters giving you unrealistic promises & guarantees just to take your order|
|Explain it all||vehicle movers that sound to good to be true. Let them explain their process in detail|
|Use a broker||shipping direct with a carrier – You have no recourse if you have issues and damages|
|Do your homework||making a quick decision. Do research and decide who you can trust|
|Its not just the price||choosing the company that does a bait and switch. The rate has to be realistic|
AmeriFreight is accredited and highly rated with the BBB. We offer REAL Discount car shipping rates and Comprehensive Auto Transport Protection with the AFta PLAN. Don't ship your car before you give us a call. See how we can save you money.
The right quote to ship your car is not always absolutely predictable. Your car will move at a rate that is acceptable in the industry. The cost ranges from around $ 495 to $ 1300 on average to ship a sedan in running condition on an open carrier. Factors that may affect the cost are: The condition of the vehicle, it's size and how soon you want it shipped.
Do some research with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) on car shipping companies. An auto transport company should at least be accredited with the BBB and have a high rating (B or higher). The BBB is the only truly independent business reliability evaluation board for auto transporters. Most other review sites receive some type of compensation for their services from companies.
Vehicle shipments to California (CA), Florida (FL), New York (NY) and Texas (TX) are the most busy routes. Other states like Georgia (GA), Virginia (VA), Washington (WA), Massachusetts (MA), Ohio (OH), South Carolina (SC), North Carolina (NC), and Arizona (AZ) are also popular. The remaining states are less in demand and therefore have less carriers supporting those routes. Use our Rate Calculator to get an estimate on how much it will cost to ship your car.
To ship a car without a broker is a calculated risk. The Auto Transport industry is regulated by using brokers to ensure that customers are not exploited by questionable Car Shipping Carriers. Auto Transport Brokers have been given the task to help and educate consumers to ensure that their carriers are licensed with the DOT and insured. Without a broker, consumers may run the risk of using an unreliable, uninsured and illegal carrier, which more often than not may leave one with a damaged vehicle and no form of recourse.
It is true for all car shipping companies, including AmeriFreight, that your car will be 100% covered by a carrier’s insurance while it is loaded onto a truck. Unfortunately, what most brokers will not tell you is that often times there are exclusions with insurance. In some instances, a carrier’s insurance may fail to pay for damages to your vehicle, leaving you in a situation where you must revert to your own personal vehicle insurance. Consider auto transport companies that offer gap protection through the AFta PLAN. No car shipment should be without it and every car shipper should reconsider any company that do not offer gap protection for shipping vehicles.
In order to find the best, reliable and dependable auto transport company consider the following: Reasonable Rates, Highest BBB accreditation, Good reviews, informative website, fast phone response by live persons, gap coverage for possible damage detected after delivery, transparency on how they operate.
AmeriFreight will fight for the best rate for our customer. We will negotiate on your behalf, starting with the lowest possible acceptance rate and try our best to get your rate lower than the average current market rate. Our carriers know we still want superior service as we not only provide them shipments they need, but we treat them with the same professional dignity and respect we do for our customers.
Check the reputation of the auto transporters that you have received estimates form. Google reviews and the BB are the best resources.
The process of shipping your vehicle can be scary, to say the least. But is really is not as complicated as you might think at first. Do your homework. Your vehicle may be your second largest investment. Make sure you can trust your auto transport partner. Make sure your vehicle is clean. Consider gap Protection to ensure you are covered if damage is discovered Take photographs before and after delivery. Make sure you receive an inspection sheet (Bill of Lading) at pickup and delivery locations. Don't pay anything upfront until you have approved the carrier for pickup, Leave a review of your car shipping experience.
Auto shipping companies have pricing structures that include the distance, time frame, time of year and weight of car. Auto brokers consider the following, when estimating the cost to transport your auto: 1. Current location of the vehicle and the intended destination 2. Time frame – do you need to ship your vehicle urgently or do you have a little time to get your auto broker to find the best price 3. Fuel costs – most shippers use diesel, when the price of diesel increases, so do shipping costs. Ship your vehicle quickly if there is a drop in diesel price; 4. Whether you require door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal pick up and delivery 5. If you wish to ship your car enclosed or in an open carriage.
Moving from one state to another can be a stressful experience. Trying to find a National shipping company is not only stressful but can cause frustration and despair. There are so many unknown factors to consider before handing over your keys to an unknown entity, trusting that they will take care of your vehicle when you have had no previous experience in transporting a vehicle with them and may never need the service again in the future. Not to mention that you also need to consider the costs involved. Most times individuals believe that working directly with the transport shipping company, leaving the “middle- man” out would save you money, when in reality, it could cost you more. It is recommended in the shipping industry, that you should go through an approved shipping brokerage as they are dealing with auto shipping companies on a daily basis. They know, through experience, what to look for in an auto shipping company and over time have built up a list of reliable, discounted, licensed and approved agencies whom they prefer to use based on their years of experience in dealing with such companies. A reputable car shipping broker will not only negotiate the best possible rate for you with a dependable shipping company, but will literally “hold your hand” from the beginning of the process to the very end.
AmeriFreight is a leader in the auto transportation industry and to get there we listened to our customers by the feedback we received from their reviews. We do not offer any compensation for reviews. We have done so in the past. Please read the rest of this section for the reasons why we did compensate and why we presently are not doing so any more. Reviews play an extremely important part in helping us to improve our customer service and inform consumers on customer responses to our services. We understand that it takes time and effort to do a review and many customers by nature do not generally leave reviews unless they have really had a bad experience with a company. But we also want to know and let others know if our customers had positive experiences. For that reason we often used incentives such as discounts, rebates and refunds to prompt our customers to leave us reviews to compensate for their time and effort. To make sure customers do not feel any way obliged to leave only good reviews, we explicitly stressed in all our communications to our customers that we compensated for any review, good or bad. For those who have read about a settlement between AmeriFreight and the Federal Trade Commission, please read the following statement: In essence the requirement from the FTC is that if reviews are paid for it should be disclosed and that undisclosed endorsements should not be advertised as being unbiased. The FTC required AmeriFreight to provide sufficient evidence on our website to prove that consumers or prospective customers were informed about our review incentives that offered compensation for leaving reviews, no matter if they were good or bad. As of October 8, 2014, to be in compliance with FTC requirements, we have posted our policy on reviews on our website for general information to the consumer. We have never before intentionally tried to hide or misrepresent the fact that we compensated for reviews. With this message we will now provide evidence to the fact that there may be a material connection between AmeriFreight and customers who have posted online reviews. We have compensated for good and bad reviews in the past. However since the 18th of February 2016 we have dispensed with any form of compensation for any reviews on new orders. Should there be any questions or concerns about our review policy, please feel free to contact us.