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5 Car Shipping Myths Debunked


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Thinking about shipping your car long distance, but unsure because of all the myths you have heard about car shipping companies? We are here to help. The first, and best piece of advice is to always contact a reputable car transport company to get all your questions answered.

Here are some common auto shipping myths, and the truths behind them.

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Myth #1: Car Transport Rates are Determined by Distance, Alone

Truth: Car shipping rates are complex, but they’re not complicated.

There are many factors that go into pricing determination at auto shipping companies.

According to “The average cost to ship a car is about $710, with transport costs ranging from $280 (a short trip on an open carrier) to $2,060 (a cross-country shipment on enclosed transport).”

So what actually affects these rates?

1. Distance
Shipping longer distances will cost more. Longer distances mean higher fuel costs, as well as (potentially) additional fees, time, or expenses when crossing state lines or international borders.

2. Transport Type
One aspect of this is the question of Open vs. Closed shipping. Basically, open trailers expose cars to the elements and road debris. Enclosed trailers protect their contents. This means that closed shipping can cost more, but may be worth the added expense.

Selecting a shared transport instead of solo transport lowers the cost. More cars in a single transport becomes more economical because the costs are shared by every car on the vehicle. This also means that the timeline for delivery depends on the route, and the number of cars. While solo transport may cost more, you have more control of the timelines.

3. Extra Services
If you want to expedite your services to guarantee delivery time, or to make sure your car has extra protection it will cost more. Unless, of course, you choose a company like ShipLux which includes White Glove Treatment for any enclosed vehicle transport, and guarantees premium services for all car shipping.

4. Vehicle Type & Condition
The bigger and heavier the vehicle, the more it will cost to ship. The dimensions of the car influence the type of transport (and if other cars can be loaded with it). If special equipment is needed because the car is not functioning, or can’t be driven up a ramp, that too will cost more.

Myth #2: Shipping is More Time-Consuming than Driving

Truth: Car shipping might take longer than driving, but it’ll save you time.

How does that work?
Well, experts all agree that—to be safe—one should drive no more than 9 hours a day, which is about 500 miles. Transport divers follow this schedule.
Unless you are able to take a week off from work to drive continuously, shipping ultimately saves you time.

Myth #3: Preparing Your Car for Transport is a Challenge

Truth: Car shipping requires preparation, but pays off in peace of mind.

Yes, there are several things you need to do to prepare your car for transport. While your carrier may have their own guidelines, This includes:

  • Inspecting and documenting any damage before shipping
  • Remove custom products and personal items
  • Remove toll tags and parking passes
  • Take care of any necessary maintenance (tires, battery, etc.)
  • Top off fluids
  • Run down your car leaving only a quarter of a tank (more gas = more weight)

In reality, this list isn’t all that long to prepare for your vehicle to be delivered safely to your new home.

Myth #4: Car Shipping Costs Too Much

Truth: Car shipping can be expensive, but the alternatives can cost even more.

True, it might be cheaper to drive your own car across the country. However, don’t forget the travel expenses involved: food, gas, hotel, tolls, etc. You may cut into vacation time, or lose pay as you take time off. Accidents happen, which could lead to more expenses.

Meanwhile, with a reputable auto shipping service, your car is guaranteed a safe, timely trip to its final destination.

Myth #5: Door-to-Door Services are Rare

Truth: Car shipping can be stressful, but not with ShipLux.

While in some circumstances it may make sense to bring your car to a terminal for shipping, this doesn’t necessarily reduce your cost as there may be an additional fee for temporarily keeping your car. Door-to-door service guarantees that your car leaves and arrives in tip-top condition, without any additional worries.

Ship Wisely With ShipLux

Before you decide to believe the myths, seek advice from a company like ShipLux. Explore our services, and if you’re ready to get started, contact us for a 100% transparent shipping quote.

Armed with facts and knowledge, you can make the best decisions for both you and your vehicle.


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