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The Pros and Cons of Door-to-Door Auto Transport

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The Pros and Cons of Door-to-Door Auto Transport

For many years, if you wanted cross country car transport, it meant driving your vehicle to the nearest terminal. You then had to wait for it to be collected by one of the many car hauling companies available. As you might imagine, this made the whole process rather inconvenient and usually very time-consuming. Door-to-door transport was the answer, and now it’s an option offered by an increasing number of national auto transport companies.

What is Door-to-Door Transport?

Door-to-door transport is a service in which a car delivery company picks up or delivers your vehicle to a specified location. As you might appreciate, it doesn’t actually mean to your door, but generally a street near your home. What matters most is that it's the location of your choosing. It might be a parking lot at the end of your street, to your office, business, or storage unit.

What is Terminal to Terminal Transport?

If you choose a company that offers terminal to terminal transport, it’s your responsibility to get your vehicle to a specified terminal. It might be just around the corner, but it could also be a couple of hours drive away from your home. Not only do you have to worry about driving there. You also have to think about how you're going to get home after dropping off your car. When your vehicle is delivered at the other end, you've got to get to the terminal to pick it up. All this extra traveling adds to the cost of your transport service.

Another disadvantage of the terminal to terminal transport is that several different carriers might transport your vehicle en route to the final terminal location. During each leg of the trip, it could be sat outside in another terminal. Your car is, therefore, exposed to the elements for longer. It also adds to the length of the service.

Are There Any Limitations to the Door-to-Door Service?

Transportation of vehicles tends to by large trailers, which means they might not comfortably and safely fit on a residential street. There’s also the problem of overhead clearance. For these reasons, it might not be possible to have your vehicle delivered precisely where you want. However, you can arrange for the next most convenient location.

Here at SGT Auto Transport, you can discuss the logistics of your auto transport service with our shipping advisors. Get in touch on (866) 774 6570 and discuss your car shipping arrangements.

The Pros and Cons of Door-to-Door Auto Shipping

There’s no denying that door-to-door auto shipping is a very convenient way to get your car moved to a new location. The best auto transport companies also offer it. The vehicle is picked up and delivered as close to the location of your choice as possible. What could be more convenient than that? There’s no time wasted driving to a terminal or some other far off place.

However, there is a downside to this service. We've already mentioned the limitations concerning the size of the carrier's trailer. Cost is another factor to bear in mind. A door-to-door service requires extra gas, money, and effort. Therefore, the price of your service increases.

One more factor to bear in mind is that with door-to-door transport, you need to be around when your car is picked up and delivered. However, it is possible to nominate another person to do it for you.

If you want to know more about our vehicle shipping rates, we’ve got a handy online calculator.

Here at SGT Auto Transport, we have an excellent working relationship with some of the country's best-rated car transport companies. Whether you want an open or enclosed car carrier, we provide what you need.


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