Terminal to terminal auto transport is similar to renting a car at one place and then dropping it off at another, except the company delivers the vehicle. This is a cheaper method, but it’s not for everyone, nor does every car shipping company provide this service.
One of the decisions to consider is when planning to use auto transport to move your vehicle depends on your availability; how you will get there to drop off and then pick up your vehicle. If you can’t be onsite when your vehicle is being picked up and vice versa, you may opt for this option. The demand for terminal-to-terminal is losing ground to the door-to-door services and therefore, many auto transport companies don’t utilize this option anymore. This is a topic for discussion when you choose who will move your vehicle.
If you choose the terminal-to-terminal method, you will be able to drop your vehicle (car, truck, or motorcycle) off and it will be stored until the auto shipping company can pick it up. A terminal representative will contact you once the carrier has delivered your vehicle to its new destination.
Usually the terminal-to-terminal option is less costly than having your vehicle picked up at your location, so be sure to ask about that alternative as there are situations in which terminal-to-terminal is your only choice. Companies that require an auto shipping terminal are typically those shipments that begin or end in locations like New York City, downtown San Francisco, or any place that will not allow an 80-foot car carrier to enter.
Other reasons that terminal-to-terminal process is required are those in which an auto transport is going overseas, for example, to Hawaii or Alaska; where the vehicle is shipped first by carrier and then on a ferry or ship. Your vehicle will be kept safely in a terminal at the shipping dock while it awaits transfer. Whatever your reasons are for using terminal-to-terminal method, you can be assured that it proves to be cost-effective and convenient.
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