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Auto Transport Pricing

Your guide to the car shipping process.


TransportPricing.com is your resource for finding licensed, bonded, and reliable auto transport companies! We can help you find the services you are looking for at a price you can afford. Just to get us started, here is some insight on how the process works:

  1. Request auto transport quotes from TransportPricing.com by filling out the request form
  2. Check your email to review quotes from top-rated auto transport companies!
  3. Place an order with the company of your choice.
  4. Once your order is dispatched your auto transport company will contact you regarding the estimated pickup and delivery times.
  5. The driver will pickup your vehicle from either your residence or a nearby business depending on the accessibility of your residence. There is an inspection sheet that the driver will provide and fill out in your presence. This is to indicate any damage that exists on your vehicle at the time of pickup.
  6. Drivers generally call 12 to 24 hours prior to delivering your vehicle to arrange a time and place for delivery.
  7. Once your vehicle is delivered, you will once again inspect the vehicle and sign off on the inspection sheet. In most cases, you will pay a deposit upfront to the transport company and the remaining balance to the driver cash on delivery.

Though this is generally how the car shipping process works, it may vary slightly depending on your vehicle transport company's policies and procedures.


Open Vehicle Shipping

Are you trying to decide between an open or enclosed when shipping your vehicle? Here are a few points to consider about open carrier auto transport:

  • It is less expensive than shipping in an enclosed carrier. You can usually save $300-$500 by shipping your vehicle on an open carrier.
  • Transports for open car carriers usually dispatch faster than enclosed carriers.
  • Both open and enclosed carriers are required to have insurance while transporting your vehicle.

There are fewer enclosed auto carriers on the road than open carriers. Additionally, open carriers can haul up to ten vehicles at once while even the largest of enclosed carriers can only fit six. Most vehicles are carried from the factories where they are produced to the dealerships where they are sold on an open carrier. Open shipping is fairly safe and certainly the most affordable option.

Expedited Service

Unlike immediate pickup services, an expedited service will get your vehicle on its way faster. Most drivers do not work directly for any auto transport company; they are owner-operators of their own trucks. This means that they also determine their own routes, schedules, and most importantly which vehicles they are going to put on their truck for transport. As you can imagine, the term "expedited" simply means that the transport company is going to post your vehicle on the trucking board with a high payout so drivers will be more likely to pick it up ahead of the other cars posted.

If you're wanting to save some money on an expedited move, here are a couple suggestions:

  1. Request a rate for a regular transport first. Remember, you will be competing for truck space with other people who are shipping their car, so it's best to pick a rate that is somewhere in the middle. Pay attention to the "deposit" amount. The deposit usually indicates how much the auto transport company is making on the order - the rest goes to the driver. Once you find a rate you are comfortable with, place your order and then add money to the order every couple of days only if you have to.
  2. Offer a bonus for the driver to get the vehicle there by a certain date. Drivers pickup vehicles and start their journey across the country. Once they reach their destination state, they decide what order they will be unloading their truck. By having a delivery bonus for delivery on a certain day, the driver will likely choose to off-load your vehicle first! This will save you some time on the delivery end!

Immediate Pickup

Immediate pickup services do not necessarily get your vehicle on its way any sooner than it would otherwise be picked up. This service is only meant to ensure that your vehicle is picked up by a certain date. Your auto transport company will usually arrange to have a towing company pickup the vehicle and hold it at their business until a transporter truck can be dispatched to pick it up.

Not wanting to incur these additional costs? Here are a few suggestions that may keep your transport within your budget.

  1. Ask a friend to sign off on the vehicle on your behalf.You do not necessarily need to be present when your vehicle is loaded; just someone you appoint to handle the paperwork and give the keys to the driver.
  2. Have your vehicle serviced at your local dealership. Knowing that you are a service customer, many car dealerships will be happy to release your vehicle to the transport driver.


Are you getting ready for moving day? TransportPricing.com is right here to help! We work with several moving companies in your area to ensure that you quality service at affordable rates. Here is an overview of how the process works:

  1. Request your moving quotes from TransportPricing.com by contacting us.
  2. Check your email to review quotes from top-rated moving companies!
  3. Schedule your move with the moving company of your choice.
  4. Once your belongings are in transit, your moving company will be in close contact with you to provide you with delivery times.

Though this is how the process generally works, you should always consult your moving company for their procedures and regulations.


Pack and Pitch

Moving is a great time to get rid of junk that you no longer have any use for. Remember, everything you pack into a moving truck is one more thing that you will have to unpack at your new home. If you have belongings that you know you do not need, have a moving sale or donate them to charity.

Use Blankets for Packing

You will need to packing materials to protect your pictures, dishes, and other breakables. You can save money by using your bath towels, dish towels and, bedding to wrap around your valuables to protect them. Be sure to label your boxes with breakables in them so they will not be broken. Large blankets are great for throwing over dressers, televisions, and other large pieces of furniture.

Feed Your Help

It's amazing how much help you can recruit by advertising free lunch! Be prepared to order a few pizzas on moving day along with some cold drinks. Remember, your friends will want your help when they move, so most of them are willing to help you out on your big day. Be a good host and show your appreciation by satisfying their appetite.

Handle Things Ahead of Time

There are many things that you can take care of ahead of time. By tackling what you can early, you will make your life less hectic around moving day. Even the DMV will allow you renew your license a month before your birthday. Taking care of things upfront such as opening a new checking account, transferring medical records, and submitting your change of will give you the time to focus on your move.

Create a Safe Zone

When moving, things are often shuffled into boxes and packed away before we realize it. It’s a good idea to create a safe place for documents and other miscellaneous items that you will need prior to moving day. This will save you from looking through packed boxes and having to re-tape or even re-pack them. Having a safe place will save you from counter-productivity.

Pick a Staging Area

You can greatly reduce loading times on moving day by using your garage or front room as a staging area for packed boxes. It only takes a few moments to grab a box from the garage and walk it onto the truck, but rounding up boxes takes more time and encourages your helpers to take more breaks.

Ignore this rule when you get to the new house! When you move into your new home, make sure that every box goes to its respective room. Boxes that are place in the garage of your new home will likely still be sitting there six months to a year later. Seeing boxes that need to be unpacked is good motivation for unpacking them.

Start Early

Ever wonder why so many things get "lost in the move?" Many of us love to wait until the last minute to do everything. Moving is not something to be taken lightly - especially if you are moving out of your current city.

Getting a head start on moving is easier than you may think. You can save time, money, and a few plastic bags by asking for boxes when you go to the grocery store. You will need plenty of boxes anyways, you might as well carry your food home in them. Many stores receive their eggs in large boxes that are great for moving.

Ask About Experience

Be sure to ask you movers about their experience and how long they have been in business. You want experienced movers to move your precious belongings. It's also a great idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to see how creditable the company is and how they have handled past complaints.

Compare Rates

Without researching multiple companies, there is no way of knowing what the median price is in the market. It is important to price shop so you can tell a great price from a company that is trying to overcharge you.

Compare Services

The lowest price is not always the best value. Know what you are getting for your money. Compare the services offered by each moving company. You may find that you can save money by going with a higher quote if they are including a service you would otherwise have to pay extra for such as storage.


  • What is the difference between a carrier and a broker?

    Auto transport carriers are entities that own and operate their own fleet of semi trucks. Auto transport brokers are entities that setup the transaction between the customer and the auto transport carriers.

    Many auto transport drivers own their own trucks and live their lives out on the open road. Because they are an independent business, they need someone to setup and manage their transactions for them. Auto transport brokers are stationary, they are available when customers need to reach them and therefore cut down on the customer service obligations.

    Some auto transport brokerages often purchase their own trucks to operate. Though they may claim to be a carrier, chances are they will still be brokering your job out to an independent driver. There are simply too many vehicles being transported throughout the country on a daily basis for any one trucking company to meet the demand by themselves. You can make sure you are protected by finding out exactly which company will be transporting your vehicle and verifying that they have transport insurance and proper running authority. Every carrier is required by law to have both.

  • How long will it take the driver to deliver my car?
    Most drivers can travel 300 - 500 miles in a day. You can determine a fairly accurate estimate by using 400 miles as an average. Because of recent advancements in technology, many drivers have GPS tracking setup through their smart phones and their location can be made visible to you. Though this technology is available with some carriers, many of them prefer to keep tracking at an office level. You can call your transport at any point in time to find out the present location of your vehicle.
  • Is it necessary for me to be there at pickup and delivery?
    Drivers are required to complete an inspection report at both pickup and delivery. If you are not available to sign of on the inspection, you may designate someone to do so on your behalf. It is important that your auto transportation company know who this person is and have adequate contact information in the event that they would need to be reached.
  • Where will my car be picked up from and delivered to?
    When possible, drivers will pick up your vehicle from your home or place of employment and deliver right to your driveway at the destination. If the truck is too large to fit down your street, the driver will meet you at a nearby parking lot. Drivers usually always do their very best to accommodate their customers.
  • Can I put anything in my car while it's being shipped?

    Law prohibits any household items from being shipped inside of your vehicle. The department of transportation often checks vehicles for items being shipped inside. Any items found inside your vehicle could be confiscated.

    Additionally, putting items inside your vehicle makes it heavier. Most drivers do not want to carry the additional weight because it lowers their fuel mileage. It is always best to ship your belongings separately.

  • Should I ship my car enclosed?

    This depends on your car. Vehicles are pretty well protected on a transport carrier. If you think about it, most cars are shipped to the dealership on an open carrier when they are brand new. If you don't mind your vehicle being exposed to the rain and snow, an open carrier will be the most cost-effective option.

    If you are especially particular about your car or if you only drive it on nice days, then an enclosed carrier will offer the most protection. Most cars that are shipped on an open carrier are very dirty when they arrive at their destination. Shipping your car inside of an enclosed carrier is just like letting it sit in your garage. It is completely closed off from the outside world.

  • Can I ship my car if it does not run?
    Yes! There are carriers that specialize in transporting non-running vehicles. These carriers are equipped with a winch and the special tools needed for loading and unloading inoperable vehicles. Be sure to provide the specific details of your vehicle to your auto transportation company. They can then pass along the information to the driver dispatched to pickup your vehicle.
  • How far in advance should I schedule my transport?

    You should usually try to schedule your transport three to four weeks in advance. It takes most auto transport companies 7-10 days to assign a truck and up to another week for pickup.

    By scheduling your pickup in advance, you will give your auto transport company adequate time to dispatch a driver to pickup your vehicle. If you are under tight time constraints, ask your transportation company how pricing affects dispatch times for your particular move.