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Does Where I Live Impact My Car Shipping Quote?

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Not surprising, it does – but in ways that you may not have thought of.

Lots of things go into the calculation of your auto transport rate, whether your car or truck is being shipped across the state or across the country. Some of the obvious ones include: your timeframe, distance from pickup location to delivery point, and any special services, such as the request for an enclosed carrier. But there are also other, less obvious reasons for a higher car shipping rate.

And surprisingly, both city life and country living can have negative impacts on your auto transport quote.

But why?

Let’s take a country location if your pick up or drop off location is far from a main interstate transport route, it will take a carrier longer to get to you. More time equals more cost. There is also the problem that there will be fewer transportation trailers rolling past your location on any given day. This means possible fewer bids on your car transport request. Both may add up to higher transportation bids

So, then it seems obvious that a more urban location nearer a main interstate artery has a lower transport quote, right?

Maybe. Or maybe not.

If you live in an area known for traffic hazards with consistent and predictable slow-downs, construction backups, or access problems, you will see this reflected in a higher vehicle transport quote. Car transporters know their routes and their car shipping quotes will include the extra time it takes to get to certain locations. It’s just a fact that the more difficult it is to get to your car or truck, the more it will cost.

The good news is that you may be able to reduce your car transport quote by agreeing to a more accessible pickup and/or drop off location. And many cities and suburban areas have dedicated transfer terminals in more easily accessible locations. So, you can arrange to drop off or pickup your vehicles at a transfer terminal and, while this will eliminate the door-to-door service convenience for you, it will result in a lower car shipping quote as well.  

And now that you know, give us a call and we can discuss this and other ways to get the best service and the best car quote available. We know the carriers, we know the routes, and we will work with you to find the best service and best auto transport rates for you.

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