When someone needs to send a car, they want to know if it is feasible for them by evaluating multiple shipping quotes for cars. Some companies will tell you the cost is based on a per mile basis while others will say it depends on the size of the vehicle. Even some brokers who ship cars will say it is based on the distance between pick-up and delivery from metropolitan areas or major highways. It may even come down to the popularity of the route as in snowbird season and shipments heading south. And lastly, others claim it is based on the length of the route. The honest truth is that all of these are factors in determining a car shipping quote.
Here’s How Receiving an Instant Car Shipping Quote Works:
Let’s pretend we have someone who needs shipping car services from Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA for an SUV and another person has to transport a sedan from a Los Angeles, CA to a city 50 miles north of Boston, MA.
Cheap Car Shipping Quotes Break Down:
- When our best car shippers pick up vehicles from metropolitan areas, the price will remain fairly constant for each type of vehicle. However, each mile outside of the normal route, it generally costs around $1.00 per mile affecting the overall rate of the cars shipping to that location. If you are 50 miles outside the normal metropolitan area/highway the driver will ask for $100, $50 each way, because that is about how much money in fuel he is losing to pick up or deliver the vehicle.
- The SUV will cost more per mile because of the larger size and weight than the sedan vehicle. As mentioned in #1, the 50 miles away the sedan is from any major metropolitan area will increase the cost per mile even though the SUV is larger. Basically, distance will determine the cost more than the actual size of the vehicle.
- There are generally times throughout the year when going one way is more expensive than going the exact route in the opposite direction. This occurs when an overflow of cars travel in one direction compared to going the opposite direction like snowbird season. The cost increases because there are not enough people to haul the cars. This increase in demand in routes such as Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA might cost $.33 per mile. While the other direction, Los Angeles, CA to Boston, MA might cost $.30 per mile.
- The popularity of a route plays a huge factor as mentioned above in the supply and demand example. Also, particular markets have this as well. California is a more popular shipping location than a state like Wyoming or Oklahoma. If less companies do that particular route, they are able to charge a premium because not many others do that same route.
- The length of the transport plays a role in the cost as well. An example of this is going from San Diego, CA to Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA to Miami, FL. Going from San Diego, CA to Dallas, TX generally runs a consumer $550-$750 depending on the season, type of vehicle, etc.
On the other hand, San Diego, CA to Miami, FL runs a consumer $750-$950 depending on the season, type of vehicle, etc. Then from San Diego, CA to Dallas, TX is about half of the distance to Miami, FL but it is not half the price. Shorter routes generally have a higher cost per mile than longer routes.
We hope this helps clear up any confusion you may have with what determines the cost of shipping your car. It’s as easy as filling out the quite box to your left, and we’ll contact you immediately regarding your shipping route cost. If you have any other questions or concerns please call us at (866) 744-2540.