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May 2, 2011

The car shipping industry has been around for years, and they are very helpful not just for the car manufacturers' commercial use   but even to our very own personal use as well. There are quite a number of different reasons why people hire auto   transporters, wherein convenience is the common denominator to all. For those who haven't tried to have their vehicles   shipped before who are planning to hire the auto transporters anytime soon, read on and find out more about the car shipping rates and the factors that affect it.

Allow me to list down the factors that constitute the car shipping rates and give a brief explanation to each.
  • Distance. This is the primary factor that determines the car shipping rates. Much like   any kind of shipping or logistics services, the distance is very important as this defines the auto transporter's   operational expenses, which is technically more than half of what you pay for. Also, the distance may define the level of   services (and efforts) needed for the transport. 
  • Shipping Method. There are two types of shipping method you can choose from - door to door and terminal to   terminal. If you choose the door to door shipping method, the auto transporters will pick up your car right from your   doorstep, ship it to where you are going, and deliver it to the doorstep of your destination. On the other hand, if you   choose the terminal to terminal shipping method, the car movers will pick up your car from your agreed terminal and ship it   to the (mutually agreed) terminal closest to your destination. Clearly, choosing the latter will allow you to save and   choosing the first will be more costly. The simple explanation? The door to door method requires less efforts from you but   more from the car movers, while the terminal to terminal requires the opposite.
  • Vehicle type and size. Car movers ship as much vehicles they can in every trip. Therefore, the size and type of   the car matters a lot. Some vehicles are large enough to take up two spaces or so, ergo higher rates. The vehicles that are   more affected by the type factor would be the exotic, luxury, or classic ones. These cars are quite sensitive compared to   the usual everyday vehicles, and this only means that they need special care- leading to higher car shipping rates.
  • Carriers. There are two car transport carrier types - the open and the closed. The open carriers are the ones we usually see being used by car manufacturers, the ones carrying like 10 or sometimes even more vehicles. The closed ones are the more exclusive ones, as they only accomodate a couple or so cars. In fact, exotic cars are automatically shipped by closed carriers.
  • Other factors. Aside from these factors listed above, there are lot of other factors that determine car shipping rates. This long list includes (but is not limited to) insurance, policies that were not adhered, booking in advance or booking too late, and many others.
Aside from the determining factors I have mentioned above, there are other factors that may affect car shipping rates, some even situational. Car Shipping Rates differ from a transaction to the other and because of this, gathering car shipping quotes are very important. If possible, call your auto transporters and make sure that you mention all possible variables that may or may not be involved with how auto transporters come up with the rates. I mean, you should even inform your auto transporter about transportation legislations of your destination, especially when you are shipping to another country. These information can be easily found online so make sure to read it well. For example, if you are shipping to Australia, make sure you read Australia's Road Transport Legislation and abide by them. Doing this will not only guarantee a hassle free move, it will as well allow you to avoid being asked to pay extra fees.
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