Majority of people just equate the mileage and mileage only as the sure way to get a pricing quote when they transport their car. In theory that seems fine, but in reality it is far from the truth. There are many factors that go into pricing other than just mileage.
Major Contributing Factors To Pricing Car Shipments
- Ease of the route / How popular a route is
- The season or month when the transport is taking place
- how many vehicles are traveling in one direction of the route versus the other
- The size of the vehicle
Ease of Route
When transporting a car from one state to another state the ease of route plays a crucial role in pricing. Lets take the most popular route in the industry; Los Angeles, CA to Miami, FL. It is by far the easiest route in America which would mean it is going to be cheaper per mile. We have seen instances where car coming from Oklahoma City, OKO to Miami, FL were more expensive than Los Angeles to Miami. It is half the distance, but again mileage is probably the smaller factor in the pricing game.
Another example is if a car is in a metropolitan area the pricing will be much cheaper than if the car were in the middle of nowhere. The closer a vehicle is to the main interstate highway systems and closer to a metropolitan area the better the pricing will be. A truck driver is not going to want to spend extra hours going out of his way to pick up a vehicle when there are many other vehicles within his route that he can take.
The Season or Month
The season or even the month of a vehicle be transporting can cause big differences in the pricing. During the summer months gas prices a normally higher and than means car shipping pricing will be higher. Other months like November and December usually has an increase in pricing as well because of the holidays being so close to each other and because the weather starts to wreck havoc on the roads so haulers are taking more time to pick up and deliver cars. They need to continue to make a certain amount per month for themselves and their family so pricing will rise a bit to compensate.
How Many Vehicles are Traveling In Same Direction and Opposite Direction
The amount of vehicles that are needing transport services causes pricing difference. The reason it makes a difference is because if there are 200 cars traveling in one direction and only 50 in the opposite direction truck drivers will not be able to travel both ways carrying a full load. What starts to happen is the direction that has more vehicles will have slightly higher pricing because the truckers need to make a certain amount to, again, pay their bills. The opposite direction usually starts getting a little bit lower in price because truckers will start getting desperate because any money is better then no money.
Truck drivers are away from there families 20-25 days out of the month. They need to make a monthly income that will take care of their family, but also make it worth it to be away from their family for long chunks of time.
Size of the Vehicle
The size of the vehicle is the last remaining factor that makes a big impact as to your pricing to ship a car. The larger, longer and heavier the vehicle is the more expensive it will be to transport. The reason is because it is taking up more space on the auto hauler so it cannot fit as many vehicles on the hauler itself. The weight is a concern because there can only be so much weight on an axil of he hauler and if it is too much weight the axil can break and cause major delays in the time frame that it will take to deliver vehicles.
So, there you have it. Mileage is not the biggest factor in determing prices for shipping your car. Other factors play a bigger role in the process. Now that you’re better educated on the situation the entire car shipping process will be much better for you and for the company you are working with.