WOW, NOW THERE IS A LOADED QUESTION !
With all of the information that is available on the internet, we can not only give your great answers, but also provide very good reasons to back them up.
First you must understand the reasons for the variety in prices throughout the industry of shipping vehicles. And believe me there are several.
Base Costs: Starting with the cost of the truck and trailer at somewhere around $500,000.00 or more, you have to add insurance at approximately $10,000.00 to $25,000.00 per year. In addition, add maintenance, tires, repairs, depreciation and the cost of hiring a driver. Don’t forget to purchase fuel, which is currently over $4.00 per gallon. Also, remember, this truck gets approximately 3 to 4 miles per gallon on that fuel.
Marketing Costs: OK, now you own an auto transport rig, but in order to make any money you must find customers. This typically can run several thousand dollars a month.
From those with high prices (they simply won’t move their truck unless they are getting top prices) to those with the Walmart plan of offering super low pricing in order to stay busy with high volumes of business, you will find many different schools of thought when it comes to pricing. The auto transport industry will have all types from top to bottom. If is certain that somewhere from top to bottom and most places in between, you will find the price that meets with your approval.
There is of course a secret to finding that range of prices and that is to compare. Once you have done that, either call one of the numbers or wait to be called )providing you gave them your number). By providing an email or phone number you will find them very willing to forward information.
The American Trucker has the distinct reputation for being an independent spirit. This can translate into a very wide variety of pricing for the same job when you compare it among several trucking companies. This is definitely one area of business where being smart really pays off. There will be several prices available, and it’s not about being right or wrong, so it really pays to do your homework.
A word here about differences in business policies. Some brokers will not require a deposit and others will. Both are acceptable practices in the industry. Just about all companies agree that final balance is paid to the driver by cashiers check or money order upon delivery.
As you search for pricing, one of the best ways is to simply do a Google search for auto shipping quotes. You will see many selections to choose from for a pricing source. Simply pick the one that appeals to you and give them the requested information. Once you receive all of your quotes you will want to be sure and ask all of the questions you have concerning any areas not fully understood. The broker you will be speaking with will be happy to answer those questions should he really want your business.
Quotes received will be from brokers that will only select the really good guys to transport your vehicle. This pre-screening done for you is an additional service that really enhances your auto transport experience.
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