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The cheapest way to ship a car is with open transport / open carrier. It is fast, safe, and will be how you can save you the most money. This applies for both cross country and short distance car shipping.
There are more open carriers on the road than any other type. Since there are so many use them it helps contribute to the cheap price tag. They can handle virtually any type of vehicle.
Open transport is perfect for daily drivers, family vehicles, and most sports cars.
How It Works
An open transport carrier goes from your area and travels through to your destination. On its way it will take your vehicle and others nearby. It will be part of a group of up to 9 others.
These vehicles are heading to same area as yours . Thereby reducing the cost of shipping, as it is divided by the all the vehicles onboard.
What About Enclosed Shipping?
Shipping with an enclosed truck is the lowest cost option only for a high end, luxury, or classic vehicles. Think of Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati. It would not the cheapest way for a vehicle you use daily.
For someone that is meticulous, then it is highest in safety but also higher in price. Enclosed can range from 40% to over double the cost of open transport.
Lowest Price Doesn’t Mean Best Results
Everyone wants a bargain, and our pricing is very competitive. However, be careful with the lowest prices out there. Many times the lowest price will cost more in the end. Bad reputations can cause big headaches! In this industry, it follows many brokers.
Many brokers lure you in with an amazing deal. But then their agreement leaves room for hidden fees and their service could be lackluster to say the least. Check reviews! Visit the BBB, Yelp, Angie’s List and search Google. For more information on us, go here.
Save More By Shipping at the Right Time of Year
Keep it cheap by taking advantage of your flexibility with dates. Like most others, the shipping industry has a high season and a low season. If you’re a little more flexible with your schedule, and you don’t mind waiting a while to see your car on the other side, you might want to wait until the low season to ship your car at a lower cost.
Shipping prices are usually highest during the summer and early fall. This is the high season for the shipping industry. Most people will be looking to ship their cars at this time, and the higher demand will drive up the price. So if you want to be thrifty, wait until the winter or spring to ship your car so you can take advantage of the lower costs.
Use Populated Cities and Towns to Make it Even Cheaper
Also keep it cheap by taking advantage large cities in your area. Live in a small town or suburb? That can make for nice quiet living, but expensive car shipping. If you aren’t near cities and highways, consider selecting a location near those to keep cost low.
Is Open Carrier Cost Effective AND Safe?
It is very safe. Over 7,000 open auto carriers ship cars throughout the country. Open carrier will always be most cost-effective and safe option because it’s multiple cars going in the same direction protected by a large commercial carrier.
Can Shipping it Yourself Be Even Cheaper?
No, Renting a trailer and doing it yourself will not. Nor is just filling up the tank and getting on the road. It can be the opposite and cost you more than just money.
The amount that you end up spending on fuel, motels, and food when driving all that way in a truck or your car can easily be much more than you would spend on a shipping company.
That’s not factoring in the amount that you would lose in lost productivity by spending all those hours on the road. Take the number of hours you would spend driving your car to the destination and multiply it by your hourly rate. Is it really less expensive than what you would spend on a car shipping company?
Besides, driving your car over so many miles will spike up your car’s mileage and can lower its value if you add thousands of miles relocating.
Avoid Tow Companies / Wreckers
This method is the least economical and provides the least value. Sure they will be there likely same day and delivery right away, but it is a very expensive option. Think of taking a flight and buying all the seats on the plane just he could be by yourself. Doesn’t make much sense.
A great post explaining the difference between tow companies and transport companies can be found here.