Many people looking to ship vehicles usually work under a budget, some are tighter than others, however if a price to transport is over this number, they usually tend to make other arrangements for transportation. This may work out fine for some, however it is important that customer understand what is behind a price in order to understand that sometimes the price to ship although may be high, will ensure the safety and proper deliver for their cars.
First off the most important thing to keep in mind is the distance and locations, the farther and harder it is to get to place the higher the price will be. If your pick up or delivery location is 300 miles off main routes in the middle of nowhere, drivers have to make up a route out of these locations, however they have to make up for the round trip back to main routes to continue. The total distance may be the same as a destination within main routes, unfortunately this detour costs more.
With this said, gas prices affect the cost to ship your car depending on the distance. Long distances will require more gas. If gas prices go up, price to ship your car will also go up in order for the driver to be able to cover for the route.
Another factor that will affect how much it will cost to ship a car is the type of vehicle you are shipping. Larger and heavier vehicles will cost more to transport as they take up more room in the carriers and also occupy more of the weight limits set for transit on roads. This causes the driver to take less cars on a trip, therefore less jobs; for this drivers have to make up for the loss and price quotes higher.
Along with the type of car comes the type of carrier that will be used to ship the car. Some cars require the service of an enclosed carrier as they need extra protection and coverage. Cars with low clearance are required to ship via enclosed as they can be easily scratched on open carriers. The final word is given by the customer, however it is strongly recommended to consider suggestions from the specialist to avoid inconveniences and damages on the cars. Some drivers will even refuse to take certain cars on open carriers as they are aware of the high risks, although insurance covers for all cars on carrier, this will result as a loss for driver as it is very likely deductibles will have to be paid.
In order to know how much it will cost to ship you car it is very important you provide as many details as possible to your booking agent in order to ensure the correct and best way of transportation to protect your car and also your pocket.