Trying to determine how much it will cost to transport your car can be difficult if you do not want to get estimates from car shipping companies. The national average for shipping a car across the country is between $600 and $1000. However, if you are not looking at cross-country shipping, these averages cannot help you. This is why you need to know what the factors are that impact the cost so you can try to determine what you are going to have to pay.
The Distance And Location
The cost of transporting your car will be seriously affected by the distance it has to travel. More miles will increase the cost of shipping. However, you need to include the location of the car into this as well. Shipping a car 2000 miles to a major city may not be more expensive than shipping one 1000 miles to a small rural town.
If you are transporting your car from one major city to another, it will cost less than shipping from a major city to a rural town. This is due to the fact that the transport vehicle will have to leave the highway to get to the smaller town and this will cut into the overall journey time.
The Type Of Vehicle
The type of vehicle that you are looking to ship will also affect the cost. Smaller cars will cost less to transport than larger and heavier vehicles. A small sedan such as a Toyota Yaris will cost around $700 to transport across the country. However, a pick-up truck will cost around $1000 to transport the same distance because of the added size and weight.
The Condition Of The Car
Whether your car runs or not will affect the shipping costs. Cars that operate correctly will cost less to transport than those that do not. This is due to the fact that an operative car will be easier to get onto the transport vehicles. The company will be able to drive the car onto the carrier which is much easier than having to tow it onto the carrier.
Look At Vehicle Modifications
Vehicle modifications such as lowering the clearance and larger than normal tires, will also impact the cost. There are some shipping companies that will not transport cars that have a ground clearance less than 4 inches. The companies that will transport your car may charge more if you have a lower clearance.
Other modifications such as larger wheels will add weight to your vehicle. This will increase the costs because weight matters a lot in the car transportation industry.
A lot of people do not realize that the season you choose to transport your car in will affect the costs. The reason why this is a factor in the costs is the supply and demand structure of the industry. In the summer months, there is a greater demand for transportation services and this allows companies to increase the prices. If you ship your vehicle in the winter, you will generally be charged less because there is more supply than demand.