How does car shipping work, and what is the cost?

How does car shipping work, and what is the cost?

Let’s say that you find the absolute perfect car…but it’s located across the country. Or, let’s say you want to bring your car with you on a long trip or move, but are unable to drive it for any number of reasons. If that’s the case, fear not: You can always use car shipping. What Is Car

Let’s say that you find the absolute perfect car…but it’s located across the country. Or, let’s say you want to bring your car with you on a long trip or move, but are unable to drive it for any number of reasons. If that’s the case, fear not: You can always use car shipping.

What Is Car Shipping, and How Does It Work?

There are a few different ways of car shipping. The most common is when you drive your car to a terminal or have someone pick it up and drive it to the terminal. From there, your car is loaded onto a truck or railroad car, where it is shipped to another location. From there, you will either pick up your car, or someone will drive it to your specific destination.

As you can imagine, this is a logistically complicated process that may involve many modes of transportation, including regular road travel, truck, and/or railroad. 

Unless you pay for your car to be driven by an individual or shipped in a truck by itself, your car will travel with others. The possibility always exists that your car will be damaged during the trip. As such, you should only ship your car with reputable, licensed companies, and ones that have adequate insurance to handle any loss. You should also speak with the shipping company you are using in order to ensure that you adequately prepare your car for travel and provide any necessary materials or paperwork in order to ensure its safe passage. For example, you will likely want to make sure your car’s gas tank is empty, or as empty as possible. This is for safety reasons, and it will also make your car weigh less.

What is the Cost of Car Shipping?

Car shipping is not inexpensive, and a variety of costs go into this process. There will be flat fees involved with the coverage, as well as a per-mile shipping cost. Costs will then rise or fall depending on a variety of options you take, such as how quickly you need your car shipped, and whether or not it is in an enclosed or open space. If shipping a car overseas, costs will increase significantly, as you will also have to ship your car via a boat. 

Estimates vary, but one example says that shipping a car across the country will cost you $1,000, while a move of 150 miles will be $360. It is worth noting that these costs will change based on a variety of other factors, including overall availability, competition, and the time of year. 

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