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Are There Any Hidden Costs When Shipping a Car?

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If you ever need to ship a car, whether it’s across state lines or to the other side of the country, finding the best car moving company is crucial. The cost of such a service is going to be a primary concern, coupled with worrying about hidden costs and charges.

When looking for a transport company it’s easy to be beguiled by low prices and extravagant promises, but these are often just a way of enticing you in. When it comes to the final bill you may find yourself facing a long list of additional charges and fees. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if the price seems too good to be true then it’s highly likely it is.

Luckily, there is a way to get around such an issue, and that’s by doing some research. Spend a little time looking closely at the companies you’re working with, and you’re more likely to find a reliable, responsible, and trustworthy company to work with. Ideally, you want a company that’s going to provide honest and upfront pricing.

What Factors Determine the Cost of Auto Transport Services?

Here at SGT Auto Transport, we deliver upfront pricing. There are several factors that contribute to the final cost of the service we provide. A one size fits all price is simply not an option. Average costs depend on several different things, and we’d like to explain them here.

  • Distance the Vehicle is Being Shipping

This is possibly the most obvious factor. The further your vehicle needs to be shipped, the higher the cost. If you want to know more, check out our online calculator. 

  • Size and Dimensions of the Vehicle

Vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The dimensions, weight, and size of a vehicle can affect the price. If your vehicle is wider or longer than the average car you might need to consider a special shipping service. Likewise, if your vehicle is modified, a different method of transporting may be required. Services that aren’t standard tend to cost more. Provide the make, model, and year of your vehicle when using our online calculator, and you’ll get an accurate price.

  • Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

If your vehicle needs to be picked up or dropped off in a remote location there might be additional costs. There might also be an issue with the carrier delivering your vehicle to a residential area. The trailers used are very long, and it’s often difficult for them to navigate residential streets. Overhanging branches and power lines can also be a problem. When you speak with one of our shipping advisors they’ll be able to advise you of any extra costs involved in your chosen  locations.

  • Terminal or Door to Door

Here at SGT we offer a door to door service. A number of other car hauling companies, however, offer a terminal to terminal service instead. If you decide to choose this type of service you may be faced with an additional charge for storing your vehicle in the terminal.

  • The Condition of the Vehicle

For a vehicle to be shipped it generally has to be in an operable condition. It is still possible to ship inoperable or damaged vehicles, but there is generally an additional cost.

  • Type of Shipping Service Provided

We’re able to provide a range of vehicle transport services, depending on your needs. For example, we offer open and enclosed auto transport, express delivery, and a guaranteed pick up service. It’s also worth mentioning that we offer discounts for military personnel, snowbirds, and students.

Provide all the correct details for your shipping requirements and you’ll be provided with an accurate quote. All our car transport prices are fully inclusive. There will be no hidden or last-minute fees, guaranteed.

If you’d like to know more please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Call (866) 774 6570 or use our instant chat option.