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Here Are Some Tricks That Will Help You Save On Your Car Shipment

Posted on 10/01/2021

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Pay attention to when you are shipping

 
When you ship your car, the price that you end up paying will depend on several factors. One of the most important of those factors is when you ship your car. Much like any other industry, the price of car shipping will increase as demand gets higher and the supply of car carriers decreases.
 
So, if you ship your car during a less busy time of the year, you will end up saving some money. The busy time of the year tends to be from the late spring through the duration of the summer. So, if you want to save some money by shipping during the less busy season, then we recommend that you ship in the fall through the early spring.
 

Skip the extras

 
Car shipping affords you several options when it comes to how your car is shipped exactly. The most common additional options are enclosed car shipping and top loading. Enclosed car shipping differs from regular car shipping because cars are shipped inside of an enclosed trailer that has a roof and walls covering the cars rather than an open carrier which offers no shelter from things like inclement weather.
 
Top loading essentially ensures that cars will be placed on the top deck of a carrier. This ensures that a possible fluid leak from another car will not damage yours.
The thing you need to understand is that the damage which you are preventing by choosing an enclosed carrier or top load is extremely rare. So, you can get the cheapest car shipping by choosing to forego these extra options which are far from necessary.
 

Book in advance

 
If you force your car shipping company into a rush, it will cost you. When a car shipping company needs to scramble to find a carrier, more work is required. It also costs more to book a carrier with such little notice. Thus, the price of your shipment will be higher if you book with less notice.
 
So, the earlier that you book your shipment, the more money you can end up saving. We recommend that you book at least two months in advance in order to see some savings.
 

Car shipping tips

 
When you do ship your car, there are a few things that you need to know first:
 

  • Watch the gas level – When you ship your car, your gas level should not be higher than a quarter of a tank full. Make sure that you take care of this before your car carrier driver arrives to pick up your car.
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  • Clean the car – Upon arriving to pick up your car, your auto transport driver will conduct a visual inspection of your car. If your car is dirty, this will take considerably longer. So, make sure that your car is clean before your pickup date.
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  • Check tire pressure – It is critically important that your car be completely operational during shipping. This includes not having any flat or deflated tires. Be sure that you check your tire pressure before your driver arrives because if you end up with a flat in transit, you could end up getting charged an inoperable vehicle fee.
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  • Take your personal items – Any personal items that are left in your vehicle will not be covered by the car shipping insurance if they are lost or damaged. Take all things out of the car before it ships. This includes glasses, wallet, jewelry etc.
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  • Disable the alarm – If your car alarm starts to go off when your car is in the middle of shipping, your driver will have no choice but to manually disable it. In order to avoid this, you should disable your car’s alarm before your car is picked up for shipping.

 

Conclusion

 
Saving money on your car shipment should not be your only objective, but it should be one of them. Saving on your shipment is actually quite easy when you know what you are doing. It is as simple as skipping extra options and booking as early as you possibly can. If you have any questions or would like a free car shipping quote, you can always call RoadRunner Auto Transport seven days a week at (888)777-2123!

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Here Are Some Tricks That Will Help You Save On Your Car Shipment

Posted on 10/01/2021

Jump to section:
Pay attention to when you are shipping
Skip the extras
Book in advance
Car shipping tips
Conclusion
 
save-on-your-car-shipment

 

Pay attention to when you are shipping

 
When you ship your car, the price that you end up paying will depend on several factors. One of the most important of those factors is when you ship your car. Much like any other industry, the price of car shipping will increase as demand gets higher and the supply of car carriers decreases.
 
So, if you ship your car during a less busy time of the year, you will end up saving some money. The busy time of the year tends to be from the late spring through the duration of the summer. So, if you want to save some money by shipping during the less busy season, then we recommend that you ship in the fall through the early spring.
 

Skip the extras

 
Car shipping affords you several options when it comes to how your car is shipped exactly. The most common additional options are enclosed car shipping and top loading. Enclosed car shipping differs from regular car shipping because cars are shipped inside of an enclosed trailer that has a roof and walls covering the cars rather than an open carrier which offers no shelter from things like inclement weather.
 
Top loading essentially ensures that cars will be placed on the top deck of a carrier. This ensures that a possible fluid leak from another car will not damage yours.
The thing you need to understand is that the damage which you are preventing by choosing an enclosed carrier or top load is extremely rare. So, you can get the cheapest car shipping by choosing to forego these extra options which are far from necessary.
 

Book in advance

 
If you force your car shipping company into a rush, it will cost you. When a car shipping company needs to scramble to find a carrier, more work is required. It also costs more to book a carrier with such little notice. Thus, the price of your shipment will be higher if you book with less notice.
 
So, the earlier that you book your shipment, the more money you can end up saving. We recommend that you book at least two months in advance in order to see some savings.
 

Car shipping tips

 
When you do ship your car, there are a few things that you need to know first:
 

  • Watch the gas level – When you ship your car, your gas level should not be higher than a quarter of a tank full. Make sure that you take care of this before your car carrier driver arrives to pick up your car.
  •  

  • Clean the car – Upon arriving to pick up your car, your auto transport driver will conduct a visual inspection of your car. If your car is dirty, this will take considerably longer. So, make sure that your car is clean before your pickup date.
  •  

  • Check tire pressure – It is critically important that your car be completely operational during shipping. This includes not having any flat or deflated tires. Be sure that you check your tire pressure before your driver arrives because if you end up with a flat in transit, you could end up getting charged an inoperable vehicle fee.
  •  

  • Take your personal items – Any personal items that are left in your vehicle will not be covered by the car shipping insurance if they are lost or damaged. Take all things out of the car before it ships. This includes glasses, wallet, jewelry etc.
  •  

  • Disable the alarm – If your car alarm starts to go off when your car is in the middle of shipping, your driver will have no choice but to manually disable it. In order to avoid this, you should disable your car’s alarm before your car is picked up for shipping.

 

Conclusion

 
Saving money on your car shipment should not be your only objective, but it should be one of them. Saving on your shipment is actually quite easy when you know what you are doing. It is as simple as skipping extra options and booking as early as you possibly can. If you have any questions or would like a free car shipping quote, you can always call RoadRunner Auto Transport seven days a week at (888)777-2123!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle shipping process.


When determining your car shipping cost, there are a few factors that we take into account in order to provide you with an accurate price quote. The mileage between the origin and destination is the biggest factor that contributes to your total rate. In addition to the distance of your relocation, another factor is the type and condition of the vehicle being shipped. The final factor is the date that your vehicle will be ready for transport. There are also additional options, such as enclosed carrier and top-load service that can be added to your shipment at the time of booking for a higher level of service. Read more about how much it costs to ship a car.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The transit time for your shipment is based mostly on the mileage between the pickup and delivery location. Generally, every five hundred miles will add one day to the transit time - so for a 1,000 mile transport, the transit time would be 2-3 days. Check out our estimated transit times for a detailed view of approximate delivery times.

Yes, online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online. Your tracking portal will also give you the ability to live chat with a shipping agent that can answer any questions you may have regarding the status of your shipment.

All shipments include basic liability coverage during transit. Comprehensive insurance options are available for an elevated level of shipment coverage during transit. You will be able to select a level of coverage during the booking process. If you have further questions regarding insurance options give us a call.

We accept all major credit cards, electronic transfer, postal money order, and bank/certified check for the deposit or full pre-payment of your shipment. If a balance is due upon delivery, it can be paid directly to the driver and can be paid in either cash, bank/certified check, or postal money order.

Yes, there must be someone present to release and accept the vehicle, provide keys to the driver and sign the initial and final inspection reports. This person can be anyone over the age of 18 that you trust with releasing or accepting your vehicle.

You may transport personal belongings in your car, as long as their total weight does not exceed 100 pounds and they are stored in the trunk or back seat (below the window line). Please keep in mind that personal belongings are not covered by insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The further in advance you schedule your shipment, the more likely we will be able to meet the time requirements you desire. For best results, we suggest scheduling your transport at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Expedited shipping options are available in order to accomodate shipments that require . You can always give us a call and ask one of our car shipping experts what your options are in terms of the schedule for your car transport.

The driver will get the car transporter as close to your door as he can legally and safely get. In most cases, the driver will be able to pickup and deliver directly at your door. Some cities may have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into residential areas. Auto transport trucks are large and need lots of room to maneuver and turn around, so if access to the pickup or delivery location is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees or tight turns, the driver may ask that you meet at a location nearby with a large parking lot, such as a grocery store.

Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. The Majority of shipments are be made with 8-10 car carriers. Smaller carriers which hold 2-3 cars are used for shorter more local moves. There is broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed transporters guarantee maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since there is limited carrier availability. Read more about the difference between open and enclosed transport

RoadRunner Auto Transport specializes in shipping all types of vehicles such as sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, oversized vehicles, antiques, classic cars, motorcycles, construction vehicles, inoperable cars and boats. If you are not sure whether or not we can ship your vehicle, you can give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

You should have about a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at the time of shipment. This leaves enough for the car to be loaded and unloaded but doesn't add much additional weight.

The Bill of Lading is a very important document used by car shipping companies that documents any pre-existing damage on the vehicle during the time of pickup. It also serves as a record of your contact info and the official agreement for transport. If you want to file any insurance claim regarding your shipment you will need the Bill of Lading.

Top load service is when your car is placed on the higher deck or level of an open auto transport trailer. This is considered to be preferable to the bottom load because the cars on the lower deck are at risk of possibly having fluid from the cars above leak on them.

Make sure your car has been completely cleaned, both inside and outside. This is particularly important because this will help the driver conduct their inspection in order to assess any pre-existing damage on your vehicle. You will also want to make there are no additional personal items in the vehicle unless you intend to ship those with the vehicle (remember those items must total less than 100 pounds combined and be kept below the window-line of the vehicle). Be sure to inform the driver of any special circumstances concerning the vehicle. Finally, make sure there is a quarter tank of gas in the car at the time it is picked up for shipment. Visit our car shipping checklist to make sure you are prepared for your vehicle shipment.

Yes, we can ship vehicles that are in non-running/inoperable condition. When inoperable cars are shipped, a special auto carrier is required that makes use of a winch which is connected to your car and slowly and safely pulls your vehicle onto the carrier. There is an additional fee for inpoerable vehicles because of the special equipment and extra work involved with securing the vehicle onto the transporter. You can select the inoperable option on the online booking form or inform your shipping agent if you make your reservation by phone so that the proper arrangements can be made to accomodate a non-running vehicle.

We offer open car shipping and enclosed car shipping services. Open car shipping is used much more frequently and is the type of auto transport that you see on the highway where carriers are hauling vehicles on two decks that are exposed. Enclosed car shipping is when your vehicle is shipped in a trailer which has walls and a roof, they look like a larger version of a regular eighteen-wheeler. This method is recommended for luxury, exotic or classic cars.

Door-to-door car transport is the full service delivery of your vehicle directly from the door at the pickup location to the door at the delivery location. Our drivers do their best to get as close as physically and legally possible to the pickup and delivery locations, but in certain instances there may be restrictions preventing them from being able to safely reach your door. Our transporters need ample space to maneuver and load/unload your vehicle. If your street is too narrow, or if there are hazards such as low lining trees or power lines, drivers may ask that you meet them at a location nearby where they can safely load or unload your vehicle, such as a large parking lot or shopping center nearby.