How much does it cost to ship a car?
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The cost to ship a vehicle can be anywhere from $450 to $2500 in the United States excluding Hawaii and Alaska. For those two states, one can easily add another $1000 to the shipping cost. International shipping rates can be anywhere up to $5000 for a regular sedan.
Below you will find some of the factors that affect your auto transport quote rate:
The cost per mile gets cheaper the longer the distance. Anything from $3.00 per mile for instate deliveries to 50¢ per mile from coast to coast.
2. Size of Vehicle:
The larger the vehicle, the higher the rate. Some vehicles may occupy close to twice the area that a small car would. For that reason, you may have to pay close to twice the rate of a smaller vehicle.
3. Vehicle Weight:
Even though a vehicle may be of average size, the weight may increase the cost. Carriers are allowed a maximum weight on their trailers. The heavier the vehicle, the more a carrier has to compensate for or adjust the cost.
4. Condition of Vehicle:
An inoperable vehicle will generally cost a little more as a carrier will need either a winch or forklift depending on its condition.
5. Type of Vehicle:
Trucks are big and heavy. Convertibles are light and small, but often require top loading due to possible leak damage if loaded on the lower level. All these factors are considered depending on the vehicle type.
If you have a flexible time frame, we can schedule your shipment around a carrier’s time table. The rate will likely be lower in these cases. Should you have an urgent shipment need, we will offer a much higher rate to carriers so that they will schedule their shipments around your delivery needs. It is simply supply and demand, not unlike normal package shipping.
7. Open or Enclosed Carrier:
For the best protection, one can ship in an enclosed truck. The rate will be approximately 80% higher than a normal economy rate on an open carrier.
8. Personal Items:
A carrier is by law not allowed to carry personal items in vehicles. Some will be comfortable with up to 100 lbs of personal items in the trunk. If more personal items are placed in a vehicle without consent by the carrier, a hefty penalty may be charged for it.
9. Additional Gap Protection:
Carriers will cover all damage to a vehicle caused by driver error. However, once a car is delivered and you have accepted the vehicle and indicated that it was delivered damage free, should you discover damage soon afterwards, you will have no recourse but to pay for the repairs out of pocket. This is the major reason for all complaints against car shipping companies. Gap protection will cover a vehicle for damage compensation up to 48 hours after a vehicle is delivered. Very few companies offer this option.
10. Seasons and Weather:
Typically, shipping rates are lower in the winter time than in summer. Some exceptions to this include areas where the weather is notoriously bad such as hurricanes, tornadoes or snow. Expect to pay more for the high seasons and exceptions.
11. Gas Prices:
Due to the cost of gas being a major factor in determining rates for transportation, one can expect daily fluctuation in transport rates depending on the volatility of gas prices.