The Crestline Approach to Car Shipping Quotes
Let’s face it. There are a lot of websites promising instant car shipping quotes. You may even encounter a do-it-yourself car shipping quote calculator! So, how reliable are these car shipping quotes? What does that magical number even include? We can’t answer for anybody else, but at Crestline we can tell you exactly what goes into our car shipping quotes.
Auto transport is a very personalized experience. And it should be! If we’re shipping a vintage Mustang in the middle of January vs. an SUV in the middle of summer, there will be different rates. We love to talk to our customers before they book for this very reason. We can’t just give out a random number without knowing all the facts about your car! We want to make sure the quote we give you is right the first time. There will be no surprise fees. So what really goes into a car shipping quote? Your car shipping quote is based on four things.
How far is your vehicle traveling? This is one of the main factors of auto transport. It is always going to be more affordable to ship vehicles between big cities. We have routes our carriers travel far more frequently than others, with lots of customers in the same place. For rural routes it can be more expensive, simply because one truck has to travel a greater distance for one or two vehicles. The Pros tip? Ask about flexible days if you need a rural drop off or pick up. If there’s anything we can do to make the car shipping process easier or better for you, we’ll do it.
First, consider the time of year. Summer is definitely the busiest season for auto transport, and higher demand means you may pay a little more. The second part of timing is how quickly you need your vehicle shipped. If possible, booking in advance may save you some cash. A quick turnaround means that we may have to pay our drivers for expedited shipping. We know that can’t be avoided all the time, and we can certainly get it done! If at all possible in a moving situation or job relocation, plan your auto transport at least two weeks in advance.
03 TYPE OF VEHICLE
What kind of vehicle are we shipping? Is it a small sedan or an F-150? Many people don’t realize that the heavier the vehicle is, the more it costs to ship. Bigger vehicles take up more room on the truck, and don’t allow for as many cars to be shipped at one time. Consider the condition of your vehicle as well and its overall value. Shipping inoperable cars may result in additional fees as it will require our drivers to mechanically load onto their trailer.
04 TYPE OF CARRIER
Depending on the car you need to ship, we can recommend different types of carriers. At Crestline we offer six different kinds of trailers to ship vehicles. The most popular is the open car trailer, which can haul multiple vehicles at once translating to the most affordable form of transport. However, we understand that many customers want their vehicle protected from the elements. In that case, an enclosed trailer might be suggested.
Get a real car shipping quote that is personalized for your specific vehicle and destination. Crestline’s auto transport quotes are ALWAYS free. We offer auto transport throughout the United States! Remember to tell us as many details as possible so we can get you the best service for your needs.