Need to ship your car? Looking for a quote? Don’t depend on the price an online calculator gives you. When looking for a quote on auto transportation, either fill out the available form or call the transport company directly. Here’s why …
Why You Shouldn’t Trust an Online Quote
Many online car shipping companies have a “quote calculator” on their site to make the process “easy and convenient.” Now, we all like convenience. The only problem with this method is that the quote is often inaccurate.
The transport process is a lot more complicated than simply figuring out the pick up and drop off location. There are so many factors that determine price – we’ve listed some of them below – and if you omit key information, you can receive a skewed or misleading quote. Instead of relying on an impersonal online survey, you should get to know the shipping company, discuss the logistics of your transport, and make some educated choices before you commit.
There’s something else you’ll want to keep in mind, too. Sometimes these websites take your information and pass it around to other companies. If you’re like us, you don’t want your information floating around for any startup transport company to scoop up and use. To avoid sales calls and get accurate quotes from experienced carriers, call the company you want to do business with directly. That way, there are no surprises.
Factors That Impact Your Quoted Price
When auto transport companies calculate a quote, they consider a number of factors. Your price may go up, for instance, if you are shipping a vehicle to or from a remote location. The weather is a factor, as are current gas prices. Here are a few more factors shipping companies take into account:
- State to state rates
- The accessibility of your pick up and drop off location
- Seasonal demand or inclement weather
- The type of carrier you request, open or enclosed
- Fees for expedited shipping
- Door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal shipping
- Insurance coverage
- Size and type of vehicle
As you can see, it’s difficult to work out an accurate price with just a few questions on a standard online tool. We think you’ll agree that the best way to ensure fairness is to have an actual conversation with an experienced representative.
How We Calculate Quotes at PreOwned Auto Logistics
When we give you a quote at PreOwned Auto Logistics, we honor it. We can make this promise because we discuss your options with you and give you the best price for the specific transport services you require.
Once you have spoken to a PreOwned representative on the phone, you can expect an email with a written quote. That way, when you call us back, we can easily access your quote and go from there.
Do you have other questions about how we do business? Let us know! We’re happy to walk through the entire process with you.