What is the Best Drop-Off Location for a Car Shipment?
An ever-increasing number of people are choosing auto transport when they need to move a vehicle from one side of the country to another or across state lines. It’s far more convenient and safer than driving long distances yourself, and in many cases, it works out to be much cheaper.
Across the USA, there are hundreds of companies like ours offering affordable and value for money vehicle transport. Services on offer include:
- Open transport
- Enclosed transport
- Car shipping from and to Hawaii
- Express car shipping
- Guaranteed pick up service
- Military PCS shipping
- Students and snowbirds shipping
- Classic and luxury auto shipping
There’s also the option of the terminal to terminal shipping or door to door. Do you know what is the best service for you? Let’s quickly look at them both and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Terminal to Terminal Auto Transport Companies
Many transport companies use terminals, much like an airport. With a terminal, the loading and unloading of vehicles is swift and easy. There’s also the opportunity to offer storage for any customers that want it.
If you choose this type of service it’s your responsibility to get your car to the terminal. Generally, you’d do this by driving your car there yourself. The location of the terminals tends to be on common travel routes which makes them very convenient should you happen to live in the area. It’s also very convenient for the carrier because they don’t have to travel far to pick-up your car.
If your time is limited and you want to drop off your car at a specific time and day, a terminal to terminal service is a great choice. It’s also a good option if you know you’re not going to be available when your car is delivered. It can be stored at the terminal until you’re ready to pick it up. We should mention at this point that to store your car at a terminal can be very expensive, depending on how long it stays there.
Door to Door Automobile Transport Services
Here at SGT Auto Transport, along with many other car transport companies, we provide our customers with a door to door service.
What does door to door mean? It means your vehicle is going to be picked up and dropped off at your home or a location of your choosing. This is a really convenient service because it means you don’t have to drive far to drop your vehicle off. For anyone who lives within city limits or near the highway, reliable auto transport that’s door to door is perfect. It can be a little more difficult to arrange for anyone living in a remote location, however, it’s still a very viable option.
It’s a common misconception that door to door is an expensive option, but this is very rarely the case. It’s often much cheaper than leaving your vehicle at a terminal for several days at a time.
If you like the sound of a door to door service we should point out that it’s not always possible to deliver or pick-up a vehicle from right outside your home. Trucks and trailers that are used for this type of service are extremely long. It’s not always an option for such a huge vehicle to drive down a narrow residential street. There might also be overhanging branches or power lines that prevent a truck and trailer from driving right past your home. Residential streets might also have vehicle restrictions that prohibit such a large vehicle from driving along them. If such a scenario applies to you, it’s down to you to nominate an appropriate location.
Door to door pick-up and delivery can also be made to a parking lot at the end of your street or outside your local shopping mall, outside your office or place of work, or some other location that’s convenient for you.
When it comes to deciding which is best for you, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Your choice comes down to which is most convenient for you.
If you want to know more about any of our vehicle transport services please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly shipping advisors can be reached on (866) 774 6570, or you can speak with them using our instant chat. For an instant car transport online quote use our calculator.