The Cheapest Way to Send a Car
Sometimes you need to transport a car from one part of the country to another and driving it yourself is not an option. In such situations, it often makes sense to send your car.
As you can imagine, like any other type of delivery or moving service, transporting a car can be expensive. However, here’s what you need to know about the cheapest way to ship a car.
Why would you want to load the car?
Before moving on to cost, let’s first talk about why you might want to ship a car or other vehicle (a service also known as “trucking”). According to CarTalk’s John Gorham , there are three main reasons why people choose to use road transport to get to their destination on their own:
- Moving long distances and attracting vehicles.
- Buying a car away from home and getting it to you.
- Access to a car while staying in a seasonal second home.
How much does it cost to ship a car?
According to Move.org , shipping costs for a car typically range from $550 to $2,060, averaging around $1,080. The wide range of prices depends on many factors such as vehicle size, type of transport, gasoline prices and distance.
Always keep an eye on vehicles. Talking to three to five companies should give you a good idea of how much you should be paying.
What is the cheapest way to send a car?
Open transport – where the car is tied to a huge truck also carrying other vehicles – is the cheapest way to haul a car , and typically costs hundreds of dollars less than closed transport. This of course means that your car will be exposed to the elements and any debris on the road during the trip, so if you are shipping a vehicle that has a lot of monetary or sentimental value, this might not be the best option.