Have you decided to move all the way across the country? If you think you’re ready to take this step, you should know that a long and somewhat intricate process lies ahead. In case you own a car or any other vehicle, and you want to transport it to your chosen destination, too, we assume the whole process will seem even more complicated to you, especially if you have never gone through this before. But, the good news is that we are here to answer all your questions regarding car shipping and your relocation in general, so feel free to contact Cross Country Moving Company anytime you want. To start with, here are some of the most important things you should know about auto transportation.
How car shipping works
1. You can choose between open and enclosed carriers
Nowadays, there are many car shipping companies. Since the number of people moving from one part of the country to the other is growing, there is a constant need for this kind of service, so can choose between different auto transport companies. However, what almost all of them have in common is that they give you the chance to choose between open and enclosed carriers. As the name itself suggests, open carriers are the ones which leave your vehicle exposed to some extent. Thus, your beloved four-wheeler will not be entirely protected from possible unfavorable weather conditions or dust if you opt for this kind of service. Nonetheless, that does not mean that your vehicle is likely to be severely damaged. On the contrary – open car shipping is quite safe and most people choose it over enclosed trailers, as these are only recommended if you own a valuable car collections or show cars.
2. Terminal-to-terminal or door-to-door shipment
In addition to open and enclosed trailers, most car shipping companies also offer both terminal-to-terminal and door-to-door service, so you’re the one to decide which one is a better option for you. Why is door-to-door shipment preferable to terminal-to-terminal in most cases? The answer is quite clear actually – if you opt for terminal-to-terminal service, your car will be delivered only to a regional storage facility (terminal), so many people don’t find this to be safe enough. With door-to-door service, on the other hand, you can have your vehicle transported directly to your new house, so you have nothing to worry about. So, if you are not willing to take even the slightest risks, you should ask for door-to-door shipment and relax. We should mention that this is a somewhat more costly option, but it is worth it. You should just keep it in mind when you start planning your moving budget.
3. What shapes the cost of car shipping service?
Finally, we understand that you’re wondering about the cost of your auto transportation. The price usually depends both on the company you have picked and the vehicle alone. Namely, some of the major factors that are taken into account when estimating the price of your shipment are the size, weight, and the value of your vehicle. Speaking of the weight, you should know that you are not allowed to transport your belongings in your car, as those items would inevitably affect the weight of your vehicle. Car shipping companies are not allowed to transport any vehicle with belongings in it, so even though it might be tempting to use all that free space to pack some of your stuff, remember that this is not an option.