When you’re thinking about how much it costs to get your vehicle from point A to point B, there are a number of different ways to slice and dice the decision. First off, how far are you going? Secondly, what is your particular situation? Thirdly, how much time do you have? Fourthly, how do you want to handle this?
What are the pluses and minuses of car transport costs? Can you afford it? If you drive your vehicle yourself, you will save upfront costs, but you will personally have to take care of the logistics of the trip. It will take you longer to get to your new place, especially if you're moving across states. You'll likely have to spend the night somewhere, and the wear and tear on you and your vehicle need to be calculated into the expense for your move. And if the weather is bad, it'll take you longer to get there. If you haul it behind a moving van, you will have to tie the vehicle down, check on it often (been there, done that) and it will slow you down. Bottom line, it is very stressful and exhausting to move it yourself.
Or you may not be traveling that way at all, it may be that you are buying, selling or giving your vehicle to a loved one. You will have all of the above to consider and turn around and come back home. Is your time and your back home worth the trip? In the end, you will have spent more dollars by moving it yourself.
Still wondering about car transport costs? Here’s why we think it’s worth having a professional car shipper do the heavy lifting for you:
Professional auto transporters are trained to handle the equipment, have the appropriate licensing, have their CDL certification and take their responsibilities seriously. They care about each vehicle they transport as if they owned it. Care and concern for your vehicle is paramount to a carrier as their livelihood depends on it. They also care about others on the road around them, and take precautions to protect their cargo and others around them. Therefore, they make sure your vehicle is secured and safe. The carrier is licensed and insured to keep you and your vehicle covered. If that doesn’t bring you peace of mind, carriers are under strict regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA sets the bond amount of the carrier for your protection.
Professional auto transporters have the right equipment for the right load and have had extensive training and experience to ensure the equipment works properly. Carriers must have the proper endorsement on their state issued Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) and must pass stringent testing to renew his or her license. In addition, carriers have countless hours of experience and know the best routes to ship a vehicle and are used to dealing with every possible contingency, including weather and traffic conditions.
The best way to calculate whether it's better to ship a vehicle or move it yourself is to figure out how many hours it will take you to drive and multiply it by your hourly rate. Then add in all the travel costs, like hotels and road food. Pretty eye-opening, isn’t it?
Wouldn't it be better to get to your new home as quickly as possible with as little wear and tear on you and the vehicle? You may think it's more cost effective to drive your vehicle to the new place, but in the end, you'll pay more doing it yourself.
Still concerned about car transport costs? At SMB Auto Transport, we want you to rest assured that you feel at peace with your decision. Let us carry the load for you! Still curious? Fill out the FREE online quote to the left and find out if what we can do for you! Your satisfaction means everything to us!