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Things to Know About Car Transport Insurance

David Stone
Updated October 16, 2021 by David Stone

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    Insurance policies of all kinds can be confusing. There is a lot of jargon within the policy language and you might be worried that you will not understand what coverage you really need when you look into vehicle transport insurance. Car transport insurance is an important part of making sure that your car will be taken care of during your move or travel to another location, so it is an insurance policy that you need to understand.

    Despite the jargon and some of the other parts of insurance policies that can make them confusing, there are some factors that you can focus on to make choosing the right policy easier. These factors are a big part of self-educating yourself about these kinds of policies and you will be much better off if you know these facts before you start looking for an vehicle transport insurance policy.
    If you are ready to learn more about your car transport insurance policy needs, read on!

    What Are the Types of Insurance?

    There are three basic types of vehicle transport insurance. You will need to know how all of these kinds of insurance work related to your car’s transportation process.

    1. Customer Insurance

    This is the insurance that you have on your car. You will have to have this policy in place when you ship a car, no matter what other coverages you decide to add during the trip. This is the basic insurance policy that you have in place that protects you when you are driving your car and it will have an extension within it that will help you with replacement costs if your car is damaged or totaled during the time the vehicle transport company has it.

    2. Carrier Insurance

    This is the insurance that the carrier has that also covers damage or losses that involve your car. You should always make sure that any car shipping company you are considering working with has this insurance in place. It is a big red flag if they do not and you should never consider working with a company that will not share their insurance information with you before you commit to having them take your car for you to your new location.

    3. Broker Insurance

    Brokers are middlemen who facilitate contracts between drivers and customers, but they are not the owners of the companies that haul these vehicles and they will not be able to speak to any of your auto shipping insurance needs.

    You will find that broker insurance is not really their own insurance and that they might sell supplemental policies that are provided by a third-party insurance company. This might not apply to your needs during your car’s transport and you should be wary of using a brokerage for your car transport needs or for any supplemental coverages that they might offer you.

    What is Cargo Insurance?

    This is an additional portion of the insurance coverage that is extended to your car when you use a transport company for your vehicle transport needs. This part of the insurance covers actual losses to your car itself. For many car transport companies, this part of their insurance policy will cover up to $350,000 in damages. This might vary from state to state, but this is a common limit.

    It is important to know that this coverage will be split up across all of the vehicles that are on the trailer at the time of an accident. If all eight cars are damaged, you will only get 1/8 of this coverage amount applied to your loss. Many people incorrectly think that the $350,000 of coverage is extended to each car on the trailer, but this is not the case.

    The liability portion of the policy will not be handled in this way, but the cargo insurance part of the policy will always be split up between the cars that are on the trailer at the time of the accident if need be. You should always ask how many cars will be hauled on the trailer during your car’s transit so that you know how much coverage will actually be available for your car in the case of a total loss or significant damage.

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    What you Need to Know About Car Transport Insurance

    Automobile transport insurance is an important part of protecting your vehicle from harm when it is being moved to a new location and you are not driving it there. It is important to be sure that you have the right coverage for your unique needs before your car gets on the transport and heads down the road.

    The insurance policy that the transport company holds will cover damages to your car that occur when it is being unloaded, then it is in transit, and when it is being loaded. If there was damage to your car already like a leaking window or other issues, the transport company is not responsible for damage that happens related to these issues with your car that existed when the car was put on the transport.
    Your auto insurance policy will cover losses as well, but there may be limitations since you were not driving the car at the time. You can call your insurance company and see what they have to say about covering losses that occur when your car is being transported to a new location and you are not driving it. This can help you plan for any extensions of coverage that you think that you might want to get or supplemental coverages that might be needed.

    Some other items that you should consider when you are thinking about insurance coverage for your auto transport needs:

    1. Fraud

    While not common, this can be an issue. You should always make sure that you do not pick an auto transport company that does not seem willing to provide you with all of the information that you are asking for.

    2. Fake Companies

    Fraudulent transport companies do exist and they can show you falsified documentation that makes it seem like they are a real transport company when they are not. They will act like they are going to transport your car to the location that you have requested but then steal it, never to be heard from again.

    3. Sloppy Companies with Inadequate Car Shipping Insurance

    While not fraud, these companies will just do a bad job if you hire them. You will pay too much for sloppy service and they might not have the insurance that they should to cover and protect your vehicle during transit. Make sure that you do not work with these companies if you think that they are not going to hold up their end of the bargain properly.

    4. Issues With Brokers

    Brokers are not insurance companies and they are not the owners of the truck that is transporting your vehicle. They might sell policies on behalf of insurance companies or facilitate the transport that you have booked, but they are not the actual company driving your vehicle to your new home.

    Always remember this if you use a broker for your car shipping insurance needs. You will always have to run claims through the actual insurance company that holds the policy and you will need to deal with the actual car transport company that is hauling your car for any concerns that you might have.

    5. Check the Car Shipping Insurance Details in Your Paperwork

    Even if you have had a really nice experience with an car transport company up to the point where you sign documents, you should never assume that everything is in order on their side. Look through all of your documents carefully before you sign anything. You do not want to have signed a contract with a company that will not take care of your needs or that was not honest about their insurance coverage or the details of the transit that you have booked.

    6. Not All Losses Will be Covered

    Just like in the instance that you have driven your car off the road through your own personal error such as texting or some other form of driving distraction, there will be instances where your vehicle shipping insurance will not cover a loss. “Acts of God” like weather events or earthquakes will not be covered by most insurance policies.

    You will need to ask about any of these instances that could come up before you sign documentation for the policy in question, or decide to work with an car transport company. Knowing what kinds of situations are not covered by insurance can be a big deciding point for which car transport company you work with.

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    How Does Vehicle Transport Insurance Work?

    In the case that your car is damaged during transit, you will need to file a claim. The kind of insurance that is protecting your car during the transport will affect how you submit this claim.

    1. Carrier Insurance

    Carrier responsibility is a bit limited in some ways. Their policy will cover instances where there is an accident based on the value of your car at the time that it was put on the trailer. Acts of God will not be covered such as weather events or things like earthquakes. Other items that will not be covered are terrorism events or accidents that occur due to civil unrest.

    In all cases that your car is damaged while with a carrier, you should be able to reach out to the carrier and start a claim. The coverage for most carriers is around $350,000 of cargo insurance and $1,000,000 of liability insurance. The carrier and their insurance entity should handle your claim, but your own personal auto policy might have to be involved as well in some instances.

    2. Broker Insurance

    In the case that a broker has extended insurance for your car transport needs, you will have a different process than when dealing directly with the carrier for your claim. Brokers are supposed to make sure that the carriers that they work with have proper insurance, but this may not always be the case.

    As stated above, carriers will have around $350,000 of coverage for losses to the car itself, but a broker might also add some supplemental coverage in rare instances. This will almost always be secondary insurance to the carrier’s insurance and you need to be aware that the carrier’s policy will be the primary coverage for the accident and the losses associated with it.

    You can see that broker insurance might be both beneficial and not helpful to you if the carrier that you are transporting your vehicle with is not properly insured. Trusting a broker to vet carriers can be a time-saver, but you might also find in some instances, that the insurance part of their vetting process was not done correctly.

    How to Protect yourself Under This Insurance

    Using transport insurance of both kinds should not be a struggle. If you are working with a proper insurance company, you should be able to file a claim in the event that there is an accident and you should not have to struggle to find out which insurance company they are working with for their needs.

    The biggest key to protecting your vehicle with this kind of coverage is knowing what the policy language actually says. If you are not sure what the policy will cover, you can always ask to see the full language of the policy and take it to your own auto insurance company for a once-over. If you are working with a broker, you will be able to ask them for some advice in some instances as well.

    The relationship between brokers and carriers can be complex and you will need to ask all the right questions about the way that their insurance policies are handled when you work with a broker instead of booking directly with the carrier.
    Always remember that you will not have additional coverage per se with a broker in the mix. Their coverage is only there to secure your vehicle in the event of a loss when a carrier does not have the right insurance or their insurance has expired.

    Keep in mind that you have your own auto insurance in place and you can open a claim with that company to help you to navigate the process of getting the compensation and claims payout that are needed to cover your losses. The insurance process related to car transport insurance is complex, but you should never feel like you do not have recourse to get help from your own auto insurance company if need be.

    Some Ways to Protect Yourself From Auto Insurance Issues

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    There are some ways that you can make sure that you do not have issues with your car transport company’s insurance. These are steps that you can take any time that you are thinking of having your car transported for you.

    1. Ask For Proof of Car Transport Insurance

    You should never skip this step when you are working with a vehicle transport company. Companies who do this kind of work should be able to provide a valid certificate that states what their coverage is and which company it is through. You will need this information if you need to file a claim, so having it on hand takes care of two birds with one stone.

    2. Make Sure Things Are in Writing

    Handshake deals and verbal agreements are never a good idea. You should always make sure that the insurance information that you were quoted is listed and detailed in your contract. Do not sign anything that does not include insurance information.

    3. Speak to Your Auto Insurance Company

    You should always touch base with your auto insurance company about their coverage for your vehicle when it is being transported and ask some questions about what gaps in coverage might be present with the coverage that the auto insurance company is offering.

    4. Pre-Possession Inspection

    This is the process that the car transport company does before they take over control of your vehicle. They will look at any existing damage to your vehicle and note it in their documentation. You can also take pictures of your vehicle before the company takes it from you so that you can prove the condition of the vehicle before it was transported if need be.

    5. Bill of Lading

    This is the condition report that is given to you when the car is delivered to your address at the end of the transport process. You should make sure that you look your car over thoroughly before you sign off on this bill of lading. Any damage to the engine, undercarriage, interior, paint, or other parts of your car that was not present when you handed your car off to the transport company will need to be addressed before you sign anything. You will include the damage that you see on the bill of lading and you can call the transport carrier or broker to determine how you can get reimbursed for these damages.

    Be careful not to sign off on a bill of lading if you are not sure that your vehicle is in the condition that you handed it over to the company. You will not be able to seek reimbursement after a signed bill of lading that does not mention damages.

    Car Transport Insurance is an Important Part of Your Contract

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    If you want to be sure that you are getting a good deal for your vehicle transport needs, part of your consideration should always be whether or not the company is offering the right amount of car transport insurance to keep your car safe. It does not matter how great the overall cost of your transport will be if your car suffers major damage and there is no insurance on hand to fix or replace it.

    Always make sure that you look into the vehicle transport insurance process that your autoomobile transport carrier of choice is offering. You should never assume that there will be enough coverage for your needs, and this is particularly true if you are shipping a rare, exotic, or very large vehicle. You should always make sure that there will be enough insurance in place during transport to protect you in the event of a loss, big or small.

     

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    REQUEST A QUOTE

    First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

    BOOK YOUR ORDER

    We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

    VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

    Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

    VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

    Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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    A couple on the side of the road dealing with a flat tire, one of the most common car issues you could experience.

    5 Common Car Issues You Might Experience

    David Stone
    Updated August 3, 2021 by David Stone

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      A couple on the side of the road dealing with a flat tire, one of the most common car issues you could experience.

       

      Even if you take good care of your vehicle, problems can arise at the worst possible moment.

      We’ve all had situations where our cars didn’t cooperate. Maybe you’re on vacation with your family, and the vehicle leaves you stranded on the side of the highway. Or, you could be late for work, and your truck won’t start up in your driveway.

      It’s never fun dealing with car issues, but you aren’t alone. According to the American Automobile Association, repairs, maintenance, and tires cost the average car owner 9 cents per mile over the vehicle’s lifetime

      The problem is that it’s sometimes impossible to anticipate car issues, leaving you in a bad situation when they occur. 

      Here’s a look at five of the most common vehicle problems you can run into as a car owner.

      Key Takeaways

      • Car issues are part of being a vehicle owner
      • The more you drive, the faster the problems occur
      • Using an auto transport company for long moves can reduce the wear on your vehicle

       

      1. Warning lights

      Newer vehicles have plenty of warning lights that can appear on the dashboard. These lights can signal that a door is ajar, someone isn’t wearing a seatbelt, you’re low on fuel, or you’re running out of windshield washer fluid.

      These warning lights can also let you know there’s a significant problem with your car, such as when the check engine light comes on. 

      The vehicle’s engine control unit controls your check engine light. However, it doesn’t provide information on the specific issue, just that something is wrong. 

      There are over 200 possible things that could cause your check engine light to illuminate, so you’ll need to purchase a code reader or head to your mechanic shop to identify and repair the problem. 

      2. Flat tire

      A flat tire could leave you stranded on the roadside installing your spare. It could also force you to call a tow truck if you don’t have experience changing tires or your car doesn’t have an extra one. 

      Flat tires can occur for many reasons. Running over a screw or nail, for example, can quickly leave you pulling over on the highway. 

      Tires wear down as they age, too. Once your tire approaches the end of its lifecycle, issues become more likely. 

      You’ll want to keep an eye on your tread wear and always change your tires as they reach the end of their intended lifespan so you don’t leave yourself in a precarious position while traveling.

      3. Dead battery

      When your car doesn’t start, the battery could be the problem. Your battery is responsible for operating the car’s starter as well as multiple components like lights and radios.

      A dead battery doesn’t always mean the battery is the issue, though. Your battery charges as the car runs via the alternator. A damaged alternator or serpentine belt could prevent the battery from charging and be the real cause of a dead battery.

      If you can’t get your vehicle started on its own, using jumper cables is your best bet. When the jumper cables fail, it’s a sign that your battery is completely done or you have an issue with your alternator.

      4. Worn brakes

      Your braking system will wear down over time. Early symptoms of an issue include squeaking and squealing as you press on the pedal. You could also notice that your brakes aren’t working at optimal levels if the vehicle shakes as you try to slow it. 

      More significant brake problems could involve grinding, which occurs when your brake pads are worn to the point where your rotors are being damaged.

      Brake issues come in many different forms, so it’s a good idea to have them checked once a year and repair the problem before it has the chance to escalate.

      5. Sputtering engine

      One of the scariest issues you might experience in your vehicle is a sputtering engine. After all, your engine is what propels the car, so if it isn’t working correctly, you could be in for some significant repairs. 

      A car engine contains a complicated series of components that combine fuel, oxygen, and a spark to function. A sputtering engine means that one of these components is misfiring or struggling, so you’ll want to address the problem as soon as possible to avoid serious issues. 

      Long-haul trips

      All of these car problems have one thing in common: They’re caused by driving your vehicle. Of course, the entire reason you purchased a car in the first place is to drive it, but if you can reduce the mileage you put on it, it’s possible to save money on maintenance and repair costs.

      For that reason, it might be worth considering an auto transport service if you’re taking your car across the country. These services reduce the wear on your engine, brakes, and tires, helping you put off your next trip to the mechanic. 

      Mercury Auto Transport is a vehicle shipping broker that can find you the best possible rates on this service. We’ll also put you in touch with licensed and insured carriers who will take proper care of your car. Contact Mercury Auto Transport today to receive a free quote within minutes.

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      Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
      google robert k. View review
      2020-01-21
      Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
      google Eric D. View review
      2020-01-21
      Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
      google Fred L. View review
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      OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

      HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

      REQUEST A QUOTE

      First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

      BOOK YOUR ORDER

      We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

      VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

      Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

      VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

      Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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      Types of Auto Transport Trailers

      David Stone
      Updated August 26, 2021 by David Stone

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        You’re getting ready to move to another state, or might be a whole different country. Problem is you aren’t driving, you are flying, with means you’ll be leaving your vehicle behind. This may be problematic if you don’t have the funds to purchase a whole new car for yourself once you get to your new destination.

        The Solution? Have your vehicle transported via land through an auto transport company. These companies will transport your vehicle for a fee and offer many different options on the types of trailers that can pull your vehicle so you can find which one is the best for you.

        In this article, six different kinds of trailers will be covered: Flatbed Trailer, Gooseneck Trailer, Drop Deck Trailer, Wedge Trailer, Enclosed Car Trailer, and Open Car Trailer. Each will have pros and cons listed, to help you decide which will be the best kind of trailer to suit your needs.

        Flatbed Trailer

        Flatbed trailers are the simple, most commonly seen trailers that have no protective cage or outside protection for the load it is carrying. It is simply a flatbed that is hauled by a truck and carries its load on the back of the bed. These are ideal for transporting one to four different vehicles, was also being the most common trailer, meaning they are easy to find and very cost-effective.

        Pros

        Flatbed trailers are the most common trailer to be seen pretty much anywhere where there is trucking going on. This is because they are easy to load, effective at getting the job done, and often do not cost too much to purchase, rent, or order as a service.

        • One of the most common trailers to be used in transportation
        • Very cost-effective and affordable to the common person
        • Easy to load a few vehicles onto it

        Cons

        While they are the most common, flatbed trailers still offer some cons along with all their bonuses. For one, they are limited on size, and if you were needed a larger vehicle hauled they may have to get clearance for an ‘Oversized Load’. Lastly, they aren’t encased by any protective measures, so your vehicle could get damaged on the road.

        While it can transport more than one vehicle, it has a limited size
        If the vehicle is too large, requires clearance for an oversized load
        Load is not protected from external damage

        Gooseneck Trailer, a Secure Auto Transport Trailor Option

        Gooseneck trailers are similar to their flatbed trailer brothers, as they have a large open bed in the back, but are fixed on a rear axle that allows them an easier and more stable transition. As any normal open bed, they are loaded from the rear, often through the use of a ramp. This gooseneck trailer is often preferred for your larger loads that may be the kinds of work trucks, commercial vehicles, and much more that would prove too large for a common flatbed, but too small for the deserving ‘Oversized Load’.

        Pros

        Gooseneck trailers tend to be a lot more secure, and able to haul much more than normal trailers thanks to the venter of weight being put on the rear axle than on the bumper of a vehicle. This allows truckers to haul more vehicles more easily, more securely, and provide a safer journey and trip.

        • Safer for long distances
        • Able to haul more than one vehicle easily
        • Less risk and more stable
        • Great for hauling larger vehicles

        Cons

        Gooseneck trailers are often a lot larger and wider than normal trailers, meaning that the cost of the trip will increase due to the tools needed and that the trip may have to go through certain roads to get to its destination. They must also be towed via a truck that requires special equipment that isn’t standard to most common trucks, meaning that the proper usage is required to gain more stability. They are also still an open bed trailer, meaning that damage could occur from outside sources.

        • Costly to use the service
        • A lot larger than a normal flatbed truck
        • Requires a truck and special equipment
        • Open bed increases the possibility of damage

        Drop Deck Trailer

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        More often used for larger vehicles, or for large mechanical equipment to be transported from place to place, a drop deck Trailer is another great way to transport your vehicles to your new destination depending on the type of equipment you want to be moved. The floor of the bed will drop down once you clear the bed, making it easily accessible for loading and unloading.

        Pros

        Depending on the type or make of the trailer, some will have the end part where you load and unload be able to lock upwards, guarding the vehicle from the rear, and it is often lifted in the front where it’s attached to the truck meaning it is also guarded in the front. This adds extra protection, and when you need to unload it you can drop the back allowing you to easily bring down the vehicle. It is also great for moving big, bulky, and mechanical or industrial vehicles.

        • Added protection for your car from the rear and front sides
        • Allows you to easily load and unload vehicles with its built-in locking ramp
        • Great for larger and more industrial/mechanical vehicles

        Cons

        While this is a great idea and trailer for transporting more industrial or larger vehicles, and it does give you extra protection unlike normal trailers that don’t have a rear guard, these beds don’t offer protection from the sides and can be more expensive than your common flatbed trailer.

        • Increase in cost do to the size and make of the trailer
        • Does not offer a full 360 degree of protection for the vehicle on the bed

        Wedge Trailer

        Wedge trailers are a style of trailer that can hold one to four different vehicles on them, and depending on the make or style of the trailer, the wedge can be pulled via the truck or it can be a part of the actual vehicle. This trailer is an ideal cheap way to transport more than one vehicle at a given time, but may not be the best in terms of safety, as it only takes one mistake for the top vehicle to start to descend into the ones behind it.

        Pros

        This type of trailer is great if you are looking to haul more than one vehicle at a given time, and it doesn’t seem to prove too costly for you, however, it may be a little more difficult to find this style of transport for your cars.

        • Great if you’re looking to haul more than one vehicle to a new destination
        • Can be quite affordable to the common person due to no need for extra tools

        Cons

        However, with every plus there will most likely be a downfall. For this one, the risk of damage may seem a bit more than others, as your vehicles will be secured properly, they also only require one mess up and then the rest will come tumbling down. Also, this kind of trailer is a little more difficult to find than the more common gooseneck and flatbed trailers.

        • Possible damage is still a consideration
        • Finding a wedge trailer may prove difficult
        • Not meant for larger vehicles

        Enclosed Car Trailer, The Most Protective Type of Auto Transport Trailers

        Enclosed car trailers are one of the best kinds of trailers if you are looking for your vehicle to be fully protected from the elements of the outside world while being transported. Ideally, this is for moving your more sport or luxury vehicles that cost a fortune and would be nearly impossible to fix or repair if something happened to them. These trailers are often used to haul an individual car or two, but the trailers can become large enough where they can haul a total of eight vehicles at once.

        Pros

        The best part about this trailer is that it offers full 360-degree protection for your vehicle, meaning that your car will be protected for all sides, and no matter what weather may come it will never see rain, hail, dust, or anything that can cause damage or put grime on your car.

        • Fully enclosed giving it a full range of protection from the outside world

        Cons

        The negatives about this kind of trailer would be that it can be very steep and expensive in its pricing, especially if you are trying to transport more than one vehicle at once. While they make multiple different trailers of different sizes, which allows you to get a service to move more than one at a time with this kind of trailer, most trailers are meant to carry only one vehicle at a time.

        • Often limited to transporting a single vehicle but can transport more
        • As transporting more cars, the trailer gets larger, and cost increases

        Open Car Trailer

        Open car trailers are the workhorses of the residential and commercial industry, as you can see them being used by the common person on the road when they are hauling tools, equipment, or furniture behind their truck. However, in the transportation of cars, they can be used quite effectively providing an efficient means of hauling multiple cars at once while also reducing the cost for their service. These kinds of trailers are ideal for hauling vehicles from a dealership or manufacturer to another location or even moving your own personal car to your new home at an affordable price.

        Pros

        These kinds of trailers are similar to the enclosed car trailer in a lot of ways besides the fact that they are fully open which means they aren’t enclosed having your vehicle open to the elements that may face it. But this also means that this is a more affordable means of transportation and that you can easily haul multiple cars at once rather than limiting yourself to a single or couple of vehicles.

        • Cheaper than enclosed car trailer
        • Can haul many cars at once
        • Very effective and efficient

        Cons

        Again, very similar to an enclosed, except it lacks the protection for the outside elements meaning that your vehicle may experience rain, hail, snow, dust, and much more that could cause potential damage. If you are fine with that, it seems to be a decent choice. It may be harder to get this one as a hauling service for residential moving, as it is ideal for dealerships and manufacturers mainly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t order this service.

        • Similar to closed transport, except lacks full protection from outside sources
        • Ideal for dealerships or manufacturers

        Picking The Best Kind of Auto Transport Trailor For You

        auto transport trailer types

        There are many different kinds of trailers that can be used in the transportation of your vehicles from place to place when you are trying to move locations. Each one has its own benefits and negatives respectively. It depends on what you are trying to seek, how many vehicles you would like to move at one time or need to move, and what your price range is for moving your cars to your new home.

        If you have a luxury car that you spent thousands of dollars on, and it is your only car, perhaps trying an enclosed car trailer is more ideal for you, since you want to move a single car and you don’t want anything happening to your vehicle. Or, maybe you’re moving a tractor to your new rural homestead and thus you need a larger trailer; This would result in getting a gooseneck trailer or drop deck trailer so that you can easily move this larger industrial and mechanical equipment to your new home without worry or fuss. Or, if you don’t mind how it gets there or how it’s done, the basic flatbed trailer is never a bad option!

        Whatever you need moving, there is a proper trailer to get the job done. You just need to know what you need to be moved, where to, the price you are willing to pay, and what the best trailer would be for your transportation needs.

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        First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

        BOOK YOUR ORDER

        We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

        VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

        Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

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        Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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        Uncovering the 7 Main Cost Factors in Your Car Shipping Price

        David Stone
        Updated August 18, 2021 by David Stone

        Table of Contents

          Car hidden beneath a sheet with a red question mark on it.

           

          Car shipping prices can vary widely, but they’re always rooted in some core factors. Learn what they are and how they may impact your model.

          Key Takeaways

          • Time of year influences your shipping quote
          • Transport type is your choice, but with related pros and cons
          • Long distances may actually save some money
          • Vehicle dimensions and condition determine quotes

          Even a ballpark figure for a “standard” auto transport quote is a moving target. There are several key variables that not only change how much shipping costs for different customers but can also affect pricing for the same individual depending on their schedule. Let’s start with the variables of most interest to vehicle owners — namely, the ones they have control over!

          1. The time of year

          Assuming there’s no rush to reach your location, you have the luxury of selecting the month your vehicle ships. Seasonal strategy can give you some leverage on car shipping prices, but there are a couple of caveats.

          For example, July to August is quite literally the hot period for car carriers. Business booms because people have more time to make house moves, relocate for work, etc. Auto carriers know the demand is there, so they’ll hike their rates accordingly to cash in. Conversely, you may strike lucky and find a carrier who’s willing to undercut the competition during such a busy time.

          December to February is the auto transport low season. The same number of carriers have to make money, meaning many are willing to drop prices to compete for fewer contracts. This is a win for the customer; however, nasty weather conditions can lead to longer travel times or risky/alternate routes for carriers. Both of these can cause a shipping quote to spike.

          There may also be a rush of “snowbirds” heading to sunnier climes and creating a level of demand similar to summer. The takeaway here: consider Spring. It’s parked right between two potentially pricey periods and may reduce your car shipping price.

          2. The transport method

          This is the second cost factor drivers have some control over. Why only some? You’re of course free to choose from the various vehicle carrier options. They each come with their pros and cons, but open carrier shipping can be up to $421 cheaper.

          However, there’s a payoff: Open carriers don’t afford the protection of enclosed ones, which leaves the car open to increased risk of road damage, in-transit knocks, or theft. There is the option of top-loading, which will see your car racked on the upper level of a rig, thus lowering the potential impact of road debris, but again this adds more to the bill.

          Now, let’s say you’re shipping an extremely valuable car like a classic, antique, vintage, or luxury model. Is open carry really a good choice? This part of your car shipping price ultimately depends on the risks you’re willing to entertain in order to save now (but potentially pay later). 

          Now, let’s review the factors that no car owner has control over.

          3. Distance traveled

          Fuel consumption and mileage are two carrier expenses no customer can avoid. Generally speaking, the farther your car is going, the more you may have to pay and the longer and harder the carrier has to work to get it there, which means more labor costs. Toss in tolls and the cost of weigh stations across the route, and you’ve got two more added expenses.

          There is a bright side: Shipping longer distances could cost you less per mile than a short trip since some auto carriers don’t want to lose potential customers on the former or income from the latter. Ask any carrier you’re considering if they offer lower rates over greater distances.

          4. Door-to-door vs terminal-to-terminal

          The convenience of having the shipper pick your car up from your home/place of business and drop it off at or nearby your pre-selected destination comes with a higher price. This is because it can sometimes take extra effort for the carrier to negotiate unaccommodating roads in order to drop your car off as desired.

          Alternatively, you could opt to drive the car out by yourself to a transportation terminal, where it will be left and picked up before being dropped off at another of their terminals. You’ll have to go pick your car up there too. This might seem cheaper, but terminal fees quickly add up to make it an expensive option. 

          5. Vehicle dimensions and condition

          Height and width affect how much space your vehicle takes up on the carrier’s rig. If your car takes up two spots, you’re going to be charged accordingly because the carrier could have transported another car along with yours.

          Width and height go beyond the “factory floor” dimensions and includes any additions such as roof racks, so factor those in. The heavier a car is, the more it weighs on the rig and the more fuel is necessary to transport it. This raises the carrier’s expenses and yours as a result.

          Not every car is ready to roll onto a carrier, either. Some have to be transported in partially or completely inoperable condition. This makes the carrier’s job tougher when it comes to getting it on board and will increase the car transport price.

          6. Insurance costs

          Auto carriers will have some degree of insurance in place to protect themselves and your vehicle. The possible added expense here is that their level of coverage may not be satisfactory for your vehicle’s needs. If so, you’ll have to look into auto transport insurance as an extra layer of security. This raises the initial car shipping price but provides peace of mind and a financial buffer against any damages.

          7. The bidding process

          Finding a carrier by using an auto broker as opposed to speaking directly to carriers triggers a bidding process. The carriers vie for your contract, and not every carrier who runs your required route will be available on that given day. The number of carrier companies bidding on your business thus varies at any one time, which adds another random element that makes it hard to predict what your quotes will be.

          Mercury Auto Transport uses the above factors when calculating your quote. We’re a full-service auto shipping company that connects customers with reliable carriers across America, and we keep our process transparent. Call us today to see how we can help!

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          2020-01-21
          Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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          Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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          HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

          REQUEST A QUOTE

          First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

          BOOK YOUR ORDER

          We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

          VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

          Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

          VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

          Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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          factors affecting car shipping

          8 Factors Affecting Car Shipping

          David Stone
          Updated August 17, 2021 by David Stone

          Table of Contents

            factors affecting car shipping

            Moving to a new location can be an exciting adventure. You get a chance to try out something new, take on a dream job, or see how a new location can affect your life. While you prepare for the move, you may need to consider how to move your car with you.

            The obvious choice would be to drive the vehicle. But if you have more than one vehicle to move and you want to drive together with your family, or you are interested in driving a moving truck so you can’t take the car along, you may need to look for other options to make sure the car gets to the right location.

            Car shipping companies will be able to make this process easier. They can help pick up the car in your current location and then move the car over to the new location, having the car ready to go when you are.

            As you choose the right car shipping company for your needs, there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to the cost to ship your car. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top factors that will affect your car shipping costs so. You can make the best decision during your move.

            What Factors Affect Car Shipping?

            As you look through different car shipping companies, you may notice that there are different prices to get the same work done and to get your car to the same location. Each car transport company is able to set their own rates and this could be the key to helping you find a good deal.

            No matter which car transport company you decide to go with, there are certain factors that each one will look at to determine how much it costs to transport your car. While each company may factor these a little differently, they all come together to provide you with a final price to move your car from one location to another.

            With that in mind, some of the different factors that will affect the cost of shipping your car to a new location include:

            The Location of the Move

            things that affect car shipping

            The cost to ship your car is going to be a major concern for many people who need to move across the country. Most of the time, household goods movers will be great for moving all of the different things in your home, but most of them will have nothing to do with moving your vehicles at the same time.

            This means that you will need to find the right auto transport company to make sure that the car will make it to the new location. And the location of the move will make all the difference in how much you will have to pay for all of this work.

            If you are moving from one big city to another, you will be able to get a better deal in most cases. The auto transport company already has routes that go to these locations so they will not need to hire extra help or add to a route to get the car to a new location. This can make it easier if you have some flexibility in the pick-up and drop-off location.

            However, if you plan to need the car in different locations that are in different areas, ones that are a little off the beaten path, then you may pay more to get them delivered to that exact location. The car transport company has a lot of changes to make to ensure the car gets there and this costs them more, so the costs will be handed back to you.

            To keep some of your costs down with car shipping, you may need to consider the right drop-off and pick-up location. If you have some flexibility with this and can do some of the work to get the car to a different location, you could potentially save a lot of money on this process as well.

            The Trip Distance Can Impact Auto Transport

            The distance that your car needs to go will make a big difference in how much it will cost you to move it. A move that is only 200 miles is going to be a lot less expensive compared to one that is 1500 miles.

            There are many factors that will determine why the trip distance is going to cost you more or less depending on where you need to go. There is more risk for potential damage to the car, you have to pay for the extra gas to get further away, and the truck drivers will need to be paid more for the extra work that they do.

            Most of the shipping companies that you will work with will charge a price per mile. This means that you will need to pay based on how many miles your car will go. They may offer some discounts per mile based on how far you go, but you will still need to pay more for the longer drives.

            When you need to transport the car to another country, you will have to pay different rates for the work as well. It is a good idea to discuss the rates with your car shipping company ahead of time. They will often charge differently based on international transport versus ground vehicle shipping for most customers so this will make a difference.

            The Car Hauling Season

            factors that impact car shipping

            It may be hard to believe, but the car shipping business is going to have highs and lows and there are certain seasons when it will cost less to move the car, and seasons where it costs more to get it done. This is similar to what we find in other industries and when you have some flexibility in when to ship the vehicle, this can save you a lot of money.

            With car shipping, it is going to cost you more to transport the car during the winter compared to doing it during the summer. This is because winter is considered the snowbirds season, which is the time of the year when retirees and others will head down to the southern states, like Arizona, Texas, and Florida

            This results in more traffic on the roads and can make the road conditions more dangerous than before. This can drive up the costs for transporting your vehicle and may make it a bad time to do this move unless you have no other choices.

            You will need to talk to your car shipping company to figure out how much they will charge at different times of the year. They may be able to offer you some deals to help you make the decision and to ensure that you are getting the best price possible. Choosing the right season is a big part of the price that you will get.

            The season can also affect what type of transportation you are able to go with. If it is winter and you are moving up north, you may want to consider enclosed shipping to provide protection to the car from the snow and elements when you move. This can add to the costs even more than before.

            In some situations, you do not have a say in when you are able to move. You will have to make the move when everything lines up and when it works the best for you. If you do have some of that flexibility in the schedule though, being careful about the season you move in can make all the difference.

            Your Flexibility for Delivery Time Frame

            You will find that the more flexibility you can have with getting the car delivered, the better the deal you will get when it comes to shipping your car. If you need to get it done on specific dates and it needs to be done on a rush order, then you are going to spend more along the way.

            After the cost of getting the car shipped, customers can often become concerned with how long it will take to get the car to the new location. You need to know when your car will get to the new town so you know when to expect it and when you will be able to use it again.

            In most cases, the faster the service you require, the more you will need to pay for that service. Fast car shipping will cost you more money, just like with any other shipping service that you may choose. The car shipping company will need to take extra steps to plan out a route that will get the car there on time, and they will give the extra costs to you.

            When your request is more flexible, you can save money. This allows the shipping company to organize the delivery a bit better and they will be able to use the most efficient transportation practices, helping them to save more money, which would then help you to save money on shipping as well.

            Type of Car Delivery Can Affect Shipping

            The type of shipping that you would like to use will make a difference in the price as well. The more protection you want to provide to the car while it is being transported, the more expensive it will be as it gets to the new location.

            Each shipping company will be a little bit different on the options that they provide, though many will offer the open delivery and the enclosed delivery option. If you add in more specifics to the transport, you will have to pay for those as well.

            For the least expensive option, the open trailer delivery will be the best option. This is the type where the cars will be left uncovered, which can expose them to road conditions and the weather during the trip. There usually are not problems with this one and most car owners will receive their car back in good shape and no problems.

            The reason that this method is less expensive is that the company is able to load many cars onto the transport truck at the same time and move them together. All the costs are shared between the different car owners, making this more affordable. This is the most common option that most car owners will choose.

            Another option to go with is enclosed car shipping. This is a good option if you would like your car to have a bit more protection along the way. If you have a classic car or a sports vehicle, then it may make more sense to have it placed into an enclosed transport option.

            While the enclosed trailer transport does cost more money, it allows you to move the vehicle as safely as possible, can prevent damage, and will help give you peace of mind knowing that your car will make it there safely.

            The Size and Weight of the Vehicle

            things that impact car shipping

            Your vehicle is going to make a big difference in the amount that you will spend as well. The modifications on the car, the size of the car, and how much it weighs will matter here. If there is anything special about the car, the transport company may need to charge more to help give it special attention.

            Most transport companies are going to offer standard and premium shipping services to help handle all of the car shipping requests that they may get. For example, if you have made some modifications to your car, the company will need to do some special handling and shipping on it, which can affect the cost to ship that car.

            There are different modifications that can count here. For example, it could include lifting or lowering the car, which then changes the overall height of the car. These modifications mean that the auto hauler may need to adjust the truck levels during transporting to accommodate the vehicle. This will cost you more too.

            Then we have the size and weight of the vehicle. The more your car weighs and the more space it takes up, the more it will cost you to transport it. Smaller and more compact vehicles will take up less space and are lighter so it costs the transport company less money to move them to a new location.

            On the other hand, large vehicles are going to be heavier and can weigh more. This will affect the amount of fuel that is consumed when you transport the vehicle and those costs are going to be passed on to you when it is time to move the car.

            Make sure that the car weighs as little as possible when you take it to the transport company. Only put enough gas inside to get the car to the transport company and then off the truck at the new location. This can save some weight and the car does not need gas until you pick it up later.

            Make sure to remove as much as possible from the car as well. If you keep a lot of items in the car that could add to the weight, you need to get those removed as quickly as possible. This will help you to keep the car light enough to move and not cost you more money than necessary.

            Personal Items You Add to the Vehicle

            factors the affect auto transport

            Be careful with the personal items that you decide to leave or add to the vehicle. Many customers try to take advantage of all the room in their cars and they will load it up with personal items.

            In most moving situations, this is going to be a great option. You can use some of the passenger and cargo spaces in the car to transport all of the goods while you move the car. This is a great idea if you are driving the car to the new location, but could cost you quite a bit if you are moving the car through a transport company.

            Adding all of these personal items is going to increase how heavy the car is, which will then affect the cost to ship the car. Even if you do not mind paying a little bit extra for this weight, many car transport companies do not allow their customers to add personal items in the car because it becomes a big liability if someone breaks in and steals the item.

            You will have to talk to your car transport company to see what their rules are about this. Some require you to have extra insurance. This, plus the extra weight in the car, will affect how much you pay for transporting the vehicle and you will have to decide whether this is a good option for you.

            It is usually best to just keep your personal items with you in the moving truck. If something does happen to your car during transport or you get separated from it for longer than planned, then you will be happy to have the personal items in your possession. This will also save you money on having to pay more for your insurance and more while transporting the car.

            How to Choose a Car Shipping Company

            things that impact auto transport

            Now that we know some of the different things that will factor into the cost that you pay to ship your car, it is time to decide which shipping company that you would like to use. There are a few different things to consider along the way when it comes to choosing the right shipping company including:

            The Reviews

            One of the first things that you should do when choosing a car shipping company is look at some of the reviews that other customers provide for that company. This can tell you a lot about the company and can be a big factor in which company you decide to work with for shipping your car.

            Make sure to check out the reviews on more than websites if this is possible. This will help you get a more complete view of what the company is able to provide and whether they will take good care of your car. Once you have taken a look at the reviews of the company, you can decide whether to add it to your list or not.

            The Cost

            The first thing that most people will look at when it comes to choosing the right car shipping company is the cost. You want to make sure that you are getting a good deal on the shipping while still having good customer service and the best care for the whole car.

            You should talk to more than one car shipping company before you decide to go with one over the other. You may find that they will offer different prices based on the exact services that they are able to offer. You could get a better deal by shopping around rather than keeping with just one company because it is easier than doing your research.

            Which Routes They Have Available

            You may need to choose a shipping company based on the routes they have available. Some companies may not go in the direction that you want, or they may not have a stop on their route that is anywhere near the location where you would like them to drop the car off at. When this happens, you will need to pick a different company to work with.

            This can be even more likely if you want to move the car to another country. Not all of the different options for car shipping will allow you to ship to another country. You may need to discuss with the company to see whether they are able to get to the location where you need to be.

            You may also need to have some flexibility with the pickup and the drop-off locations that you choose. By picking a slightly different town for both of these, you will be able to save money and may find a route that works out better for you.

            The Customer Service

            factors that impact vehicle shipping

            Always take a look at the customer service. You can find this a bit in the reviews that you read for the company. But you should also give them a call and discuss your move with them. The way they work with you on the phone and the attention they provide you should give you a better idea of how well they value customer service.

            When you are moving your car a long distance, you want to trust the people who will be in charge of your car. If you are uncertain about the customer service that this company is able to provide, then it is best to work with a different company.

            Transporting Your Car to Your New Home and The Factors That Impact the Process

            Transporting your car can make life easier as you work on a move. You may not be able to drive the vehicle on your own while handling a moving truck and other options, but you still need that car to end up by your new home to ensure you can drive around while there.

            Car transport companies can be one of the best ways to get your car to the new location without the hassle of driving it yourself, but the amount it costs will be determined by a number of factors. The distance you need to go, the amount of flexibility you have, and the shipping method you choose will all factor into the final price of moving that vehicle.

            When you are ready to make that big move and are trying to plan out a budget that makes the most sense, make sure to research the companies you would like to use and pick the one that helps get the work done while providing you great service and an affordable price.

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            2020-01-21
            Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
            google Eric D. View review
            2020-01-21
            Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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            OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

            HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

            REQUEST A QUOTE

            First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

            BOOK YOUR ORDER

            We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

            VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

            Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

            VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

            Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

            A sign that fake auto carrier reviews have been spotted
            A sign that fake auto carrier reviews have been spotted

            A Look at Fake Auto Carrier Reviews

            David Stone
            Updated July 19, 2021 by David Stone

            Table of Contents

              A sign that fake auto carrier reviews have been spotted

               

              Not every auto carrier review you find online should be taken as 100% truth — false information is out there.

              Shipping your car from one city to another is a stressful experience. First, you have to select a carrier, and you’ll quickly learn that there are many different options available. Even once that part of the process is complete, you’ll be left wondering if you made the right decision.

              Reading online reviews is an essential tool as you select a service provider. After all, what better way to learn about a company than through the experiences of past users?

              However, false reviews are an issue in every industry, including auto transport. The gist is that companies will hire firms to post positive reviews, which can persuade consumers to use their services.

              They might also use hired posters to write negative reviews about competitors.

              While online reviews can provide a sample of public opinion on a business, they shouldn’t be your only resource because there could be a lot of fraudulent information circulating. 

              Here’s a look at how to spot false auto carrier reviews and some insight into another method you can use to learning about your vendor. 

              Key Takeaways

              • Fake auto transport reviews are everywhere
              • Weeding false information out is possible with some effort
              • Mercury Auto Transport can assist by vetting potential carriers for you

               

              How to spot a fake review

              As you look through auto carrier reviews, it’s almost certain you’ll come across some featuring misleading information. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can use to spot the fakes.

              • Watch for scene-setting: Commonly, fake reviews will develop a narrative featuring a ton of background information rather than focusing on the actual experience with the vendor. Reviews that go deep into locations, settings, and the type of car they’re transporting could be fake because this is all generic information rather than objective data on the carrier. 
              • Look at the names: One reliable way to spot a bogus review is through the name the writer uses. Names like John Smith and Jane Doe are common fakes, while a randomly generated username made up of numbers is also likely fraudulent. The profile might not have a picture or use a stock photo, as well.
              • Observe similar reviews: A major red flag when looking at auto transport reviews is when you find multiple write-ups using the same phrasing or words. In these cases, there’s a good chance the firm creating the reviews was provided with a list of talking points to include, leading to repetition.
              • Consider the language: Reviews using industry jargon and terms that the average customer wouldn’t know are suspicious. There could be situations where the consumer has picked these terms up during the shipping process, but these instances are rare because most users don’t dig that deep into the industry.
              • Be cautious of glowing reviews: If a review is 100% positive or negative, it could be a fake. Most real reviews will mention both pros and cons of the service, even if the drawback is a small thing and the experience as a whole was a good one.

              While none of these situations mean that you’re 100% dealing with a series of fake reviews, it’s vital that you remain cautious as you read them. Don’t take anything as the whole truth, and only use online information you find on a shipping vendor as part of the story, rather than the entire thing.

              How to find valid information

              It’s worth noting that not all information found in online reviews is fake; you just have to be careful about what you’re reading. If something sounds too good to be true, it might be an attempt to mislead consumers. 

              Online review sites are attempting to make the process more transparent nowadays, but misinformation can still slip through the cracks. Keep your expectations realistic and don’t believe everything you read just because it’s published online.

              Using an auto transport broker is another way to ensure your carrier is legitimate. The last thing you want is a vendor that doesn’t have the necessary licensing or has a bad reputation in the industry. 

              A reputable broker will complete a background check on every vendor before allowing the vendor to start a shipment bid for their customers. The broker will look at ratings, references, and insurance. It will also verify all the information the carrier provides, offering you peace of mind. 

              If you’re unsure about the reviews you’re reading online, using a broker can put your mind at ease as you ship your car across the country.

              Shipping your car

              As you begin your search for an auto carrier, reviews can be part of the process. Your car shipping broker is another asset that can ensure the entire process runs smoothly. 

              Mercury Auto Transport is a broker that thoroughly vets every carrier before presenting their bids to you. We allow you to compare prices and only provide quotes from fully insured carriers with FMCSA licensing. Contact us to request your free auto shipping quote today.

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              Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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              BOOK YOUR ORDER

              We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

              VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

              Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

              VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

              Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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              best ways to ship my car

              What are the Best Ways to Ship My Car?

              David Stone
              Updated August 17, 2021 by David Stone

              Table of Contents

                best ways to ship my car

                When you start to make a plan to move your car from one area to a new one, many people just get into the car and drive it to the new location. This is a great idea if you plan to move just a short distance, but if you would like to transport the car over a long distance, or even to a new country, it may be easier to work with other options.

                The neat thing here is that you have a lot of choices when it comes to transporting your car a long distance to meet you in your new home. You can hire a professional transportation company all the way to a local college student to drive the car for you. It is important to look at all the options and see what is available to you.

                Whether you want to provide the best in protection for your car to ensure that you are able to get those classic cars to a new location or you need to find a budget option that will move the car cross-country, there are a ton of options out there.

                The Best Ways to Transport Your Car

                The Best Ways to Transport Your Car

                When it is time to transport your car, no matter the distance you would like to go, there are many options that are available. Some of the best options to choose from include:

                Open-Air Truck

                One of the most popular options that car owners will choose to transport their car across the country is an open-air truck. Most car shippers who utilize this option will simply put the cars on an open-air trailer, one that is similar for transporting new cars, and then can ship them off to the new location.

                You will find that this is generally the least expensive option available to provide you with a way to get your car to a new location. The easiest way to utilize this option is to work with an online auto transporter directory. You can request bids from brokers and auto shippers within Canada and the United States to make things easier.

                This can help you to get a lot of great information and quotes for moving the car. Most of the shippers will provide you with a time delivery window that ranges from seven to 21 days. You need to have a conversation with these car transport companies and learn more about them. The more questions, the better.

                Ask about the pricing and all of the terms and items that are included in the price that they provide to you. You are likely to get a lot of bids all at once and you want to make sure that you not only get a good price, but you are getting the best protection and will not end up with lots of extra charges added to the mix by the time you are done.

                Enclosed Truck

                While the open-air truck is a great option to go with to save money and still get your car to the new home in no time without the hassle. If you want to add some more protection for the car while it is being transported, then an enclosed truck is a better option for you to work with.

                For anyone who is concerned about how the weather is going to affect their vehicle or who would like to do a bit more protection for a nicer car, the enclosed truck is a better option. Keep in mind that the cost is going to be higher than using the open-air truck from before.

                However, there are some car owners who will think that this cost is worth the money. If it is the middle of winter, or you have a high-end vehicle that you do not want to get damaged, then the enclosed truck is a much better option to choose.

                This enclosed truck is also going to provide you with some more peace of mind when it comes to avoiding damage to the vehicle. No matter which of the two you decide to go with, it is a good idea to double-check that there is enough insurance through the shipper to keep your car as safe as possible.

                Professional Driver Service

                best ways to transport my car

                The two options above are the ones that most people will choose to use. They can get your car to a new location quickly and save a lot of time and hassle when you are making a big move. There are other options that you can go with too though, and one of these is to hire a professional driver to take care of moving your car.

                If you do not mind having a few extra miles on your car to get it to move, then it may be a good idea to hire a driver to take care of moving the vehicle. They will be able to pick up the car and will personally drive it to your new location. This can be faster than hiring a transport company and can get it where you need it quickly.

                This is a good option if your move is a shorter distance and the car transport company does not make sense for you. It works well for students and corporate vehicles. These companies could even make it easier for you to transport some of your own belongings and even pets with you as you move.

                Non-Professional Driver

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                You can even choose to go with a non-professional driver to save a little money. This will get your car to the new location, but you do need to ensure that you are choosing someone you know personally or someone you are sure that you can trust.

                A college student or a friend may be willing to help transport your car for less money than paying for the car transport company, especially if you need to move quickly and can make it work during a spring break or another time when a college student is able to get the work done.

                There are a few things to consider when doing this option. First, you need to make sure that the person you pick is someone you trust. You want to have your car make it to the new location safe and sound and the person you pick most likely will not have insurance and other protections on them like a professional driver.

                This is what helps you get them for a lower cost, but will also carry some risks. Check with your own insurance company to make sure that you are able to do something like this and be aware of the risks to ensure that your car will be safe.

                Cargo Container

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                In some moves, you may be moving the car across the country or overseas. This can be a long trip, but you are able to get it there through some of the methods we discussed above. But when you need to get the vehicle shipped overseas, you will need to work with another method to help the car get there.

                The only real viable option that you can work with is a cargo container. Shipping containers are often going to be somewhere between 20 to 40 feet in length, but there can be different sizes that the company will use depending on what they are shipping and how big the shipping load is at the time.

                You will need to take some time to do your research and find ones that will offer international car shipping. A simple web search will often give you a few results that you will love. You can read some of the reviews and compare prices just like you did with the ground transportation options to make sure you get the right one.

                As you decide to work with the cargo container, you will need to provide them with the necessary ownership paperwork to make this easier. Keep in mind that your car will need to go through customs and other steps in the new country, so you need to provide proof of ownership and more to help make this process easier.

                The shipping company can help tell you the type of paperwork that you will need. Try to gather it up as early as possible to help this process become a little bit easier and to avoid problems when it is time to deliver the car.

                Keep in mind here that you will not need to fill up the entire container with just your car. You will reserve the amount of space that you need based on how many cars you would like to ship. Unless you have a lot of cars that you need to transport, you will not fill up the transporter.

                The good news is that the container will get filled up with cars for other customers. The transport company will make sure that your car is loaded up and secured down properly to ensure that it does not move around while it is being transported to another country.

                Using a cargo container can be more expensive, but you are moving your car to a faraway location and this takes a lot of time and will require many different parts to come together. Choose your international shipper carefully to make sure that you are getting the right company and that your car will make it overseas safely.

                How to Choose the Best Way to Ship Your Car

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                Now that we know a little bit more about some of the different methods you can use to transport your car to a new location, it is time to look at the factors to consider when it is time to pick a company.

                With so many companies to choose from when it is time to work with a car transport company, it is sometimes hard to choose the one that is right for you. Some of the things to consider while you do your research include:

                Look at the Cost When Deciding the Ideal Method for Shipping Your Vehicle

                The first thing that most people will consider when it comes to transporting their car is the cost. There are different costs that you can spend and each company will come up with a different calculation that they can provide you as well.

                You will need to consider how far the car is going, the type of car to determine the weight and some of the transport options that you would use. These can all affect the price that you end up paying on that vehicle.

                Each company will factor in each of these items in a different way and they can offer different deals based on how much time you give them to get prepared for you. It is a good idea to shop around a bit to find the right company that can provide the best price for your transport.

                When the Car Will be Delivered

                You will need to consider when you want the car to be delivered. The more flexibility that you have with your car and when it can be picked up and dropped off, the better price that you are able to get for the move. However, if you need to have the car by a certain time, then you will need to consider which transport company will be able to do the work for you.

                You will need to have realistic expectations for how long it takes to deliver the car to the new location. Many companies need to find different options to make sure the car gets there as efficiently as possible. Look into the dates for each company to make sure that the car will be there when you need it most.

                How Much Protection You Need

                There are different types of options that you are able to work with when it comes to protecting your car no matter how far you plan to make it go to your new location. You could do an open-air truck to save money, but then the car is exposed to all of the elements.

                You can even go with an enclosed truck. These provide some more protection than before and will keep the car better than being out in the elements. These are also going to be a lot more expensive compared to the other options, so you may want to consider whether it is worth the cost.

                The amount of protection that you will need for your car is a personal preference. You can weigh the distance that you are going to go and the price in order to figure out which protection method is the right one for you.

                The Best Way to Ship Your Car Depending on How Far it Needs to Go

                best method to transport my vehicle

                The type of transport for the car will depend on how far you plan to have the car move with you. The further you would need it to move, the more protection that you should consider looking at.

                There are also choices that can make it easy to move your car overseas if you plan to move that far. These options are slightly different compared to just moving cross-country, so talk to the right car transport company you would like to use to figure out the right coverage that you need for your car based on the distance.

                Look at Insurance Options

                Car shipping insurance is a good idea to consider. This will help you to keep your car protected in case something does go wrong. Most car transport companies are going to be careful with your car and can get it to the new location without any issues. However, accidents do happen and you should consider getting the right insurance to help.

                Whether an accident happens, theft while the car is parked, or some other type of issue with the car, car shipping insurance is a good thing to have. And since it is often short-term insurance, it should not cost too much to get the peace of mind that you need while your car is moving across the country.

                You can also take a look at your current car insurance policy. Some of these can provide you with some protection that you need for this. You can also consider adding something to the policy that will protect the car while the car makes it to your new location.

                The Reviews of the Transport Company

                Before you choose any car transport company, it is a good idea to read through the reviews that previous customers have given them. Do not just look on their websites. This will just include information that they choose to put on there. Consider looking at other sites, including their Facebook page and Yelp, to help you learn more about them.

                While a few bad reviews out of thousands is not that bad, you should be wary of companies that seem to have a lot of negative comments. This is a sign that the company is not doing a good job and may cause damage to your car as well.

                Make sure that you feel confident in the car transport company you want to use. They are responsible for a valuable possession that you own and it is important to go with someone you trust when moving the car.

                Transporting Your Car

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                When it is time to transport your car, it is important to make sure that it is prepared and ready to go. A driver will often come to load up the car to make sure it is ready to go. Some of the things that you should do to help prepare the car include;

                Make sure the car is drivable: Even though it will be on the transport, it needs to be drivable to get to the right place in the end. Check the tires and how well the battery is doing and top off the oils and fluids.
                Test the emergency brake: The transport company will not work with the car if this part is not working for safety reasons.
                Do not fill up the gas tank: This is not necessary for transporting the car and having a lot of gas in the car will make it weigh more, adding to your costs.
                Remove the attachments: You need to remove anything that is going to fall off or could break while the car is being transported. This could be things like bike racks and antennas.
                Wash the car: While this is not a requirement, but it will help you to identify damage to the car if you keep it clean.
                Disable the alarm: This can be a big annoyance to the transport driver if they have to figure out how to make the alarm stop and you are nowhere to be found on the drive.
                Deactivate the toll pass: If you live in an area with a toll pass, you need to take it off the car and deactivate it. If you do not, you will get charged for any tolls the transport company goes over. Since they are moving the car, they take on the costs so don’t add to your costs here.

                Once your car gets to the new location, it is a good idea to check all around for damage. It isn’t likely that the car will have damage, but it is still a good idea. You will need to sign something at the beginning of the trip stating that previous damage was already there and then a signature on the bill of lading will let them know the car is in good shape after dropping it off.

                Best Ways to Shipping Your Vehicle to Your New Home

                When you need to do a long drive to a new home, you may want to consider working with a transport company. They will be able to get your car to a new location while you fly or find other ways to get there faster.

                There are many options out there to help you transport your car and get it to the new location that you would like. Take a look at some of the fantastic options above and things to consider when you are ready to transport your car and see how simple it can be.

                 

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                BOOK YOUR ORDER

                We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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                close-up of a stylish red classic car’s side profile against a black background

                Why You Should Never Go Cheap When Shipping Collectible Cars

                David Stone
                Updated July 19, 2021 by David Stone

                Table of Contents

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                  Every vehicle has value, but some are defined by it. Learn why collectible car owners should take every precaution to protect their investments.

                  Key Takeaways

                  • Collectible chronology conflicts, but the utmost shipping care is always necessary
                  • Enclosed transport is the only way to travel for collectible cars
                  • Owner care pre-shipping is an essential factor
                  • Insurance is an excellent protection for collectibles
                  • Auto brokers are a bridge to the best shipping companies

                  Classics, vintage, and antiques are some of the most sought-after vehicles in the world. Knowing which characteristics define each class is the first step toward finding the best way — and the best auto transport team — to take care of them. Just how valuable collectible cars are can vary widely based on market forces and other factors, but their emotional worth is incontestable. This is why owners of these select machines must do all they can to preserve them.

                  Some quick (and debated) collectible definitions

                  Scarcity, design aspects, and simple age are the three basic criteria for judging older cars. The actual definitions aren’t quite so simple with states, auto insurers, and fans fielding varying opinions on the “right” designations. 

                  • Classics: A “classic” needn’t be as old as it sounds. As little as 25 years need to pass before cars can qualify for the title. This is a contested number, however, with insurers and car clubs each having conflicting views on the necessary time frames. Opinions also vary from state to state, so owners should consult with local authorities before attaching that “classic” tag.
                  • Vintage: Some insurers view vintage as having been constructed between 1919 and 1930. Other models may qualify as vintage far earlier in the eyes of enthusiasts by virtue of being made in the Brass Era (1896 to 1915). 
                  • Antiques: Qualifying for the oldest sounding tag of the three may surprise you. The Antique Automobile Club of America rules that vehicles 25 years and older can carry the title. The American Collector’s Community holds a different view: 45 years and older.

                  There are two key lessons among all this dissent: The first is that some investigative work is required on the owner’s part to attach the right label to their collectible vehicle. The second is that protecting it during transport takes equal forethought along with some valid extra expense. Here’s what makes the extra cost worthwhile.

                  Collectible cars face particular shipping risks

                  Every vehicle faces varying degrees of exposure-dependent risk during the auto transport process. Most of these are significantly exacerbated by open-bed auto carriers, which is why collectible owners should always go the extra mile and choose enclosed shipping. This is more costly, but it helps tackle auto transport risks by:

                  • Reducing the risk of theft: Worst-case scenarios see vehicles lost to thieves before they reach their destination. Car criminals will be twice as attracted to a collectible, but their interest won’t be triggered if they can’t see the vehicle thanks to its own enclosed carrier.
                  • Minimizing the chances of damage: Dings, scrapes, and dents can all find their way onto a vehicle in transit. Enclosed auto transport goes a long way to avoiding this since much of this damage comes from flying road debris. The greater expense of hiring an enclosed carrier that houses only your collectible also removes the chances of another vehicle impacting yours.

                   

                  4 steps that will increase your peace of mind when shipping a collectible automobile

                  The term “cutting corners” incorporates more than simply tightening your wallet. There are two other valuable expenditures — time and effort — that should be invested liberally if you want to ensure the safest possible passage for your collectible. Concerned owners should apply these by taking four important steps before shipping a collectible vehicle:

                  • 1. Research carriers thoroughly: Any carrier can claim they’re the right choice to transport your prized vehicle. Never take them at face value or be overly impressed by a high price tag. Take the time to research the company’s safety record, insurance status, and prior reviews to come to an independent decision. Here is how to vet potential carriers.
                  • 2. Be a conscientious owner pre-shipping: Owners who expend a little extra effort prior to shipping their collectible cars can save themselves a lot of money and stress later. Follow a few best practices by emptying the vehicle of all unnecessary contents, ensuring it is inspected (and, if necessary, repaired) before it leaves, and taking plenty of interior and exterior photographs. That last step will help prove your case if the collectible is damaged under carrier care.
                  • 3. Invest in insurance: If there’s one thing owners of collectible vehicles know, it’s that you can never be too careful. Any carrier worth your consideration will have insurance of their own, but accidents can still happen and there’s no guarantee that the carrier’s coverage will be enough to repair or replace an expensive collectible vehicle. Look into auto transport insurance and consider it as a worthwhile short-term investment.
                  • 4. Hire an experienced auto broker: Cutting corners to save money can also mean cutting out those you perceive as middlemen. Auto brokers are middlemen in the very best and most cost-effective sense. They greatly speed up the search for a reputable and reliable auto carrier and help make their service history and pricing structure transparent. 

                  Paying for a broker’s services gets you multiple trustworthy quotes and, when you’ve made your carrier selection, keeps you both connected with ongoing communication. You could certainly go it alone when seeking a collectible carrier quote, but there are some potentially costly variables that a broker can help you avoid.

                  Speak to Mercury Auto Transport for the best in carrier service

                  Mercury Auto Transport is a nationwide, full-service auto shipping company that connects buyers with reliable vehicle carriers anywhere in the country. We appreciate the high standards of care that are necessary to transport collectible vehicles.

                  Our process is transparent and trustworthy, and we can provide you with a car shipping quote in minutes. We’re always working to get you the best deal. Call us today to see how we can help!

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                  Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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                  Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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                  HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

                  REQUEST A QUOTE

                  First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

                  BOOK YOUR ORDER

                  We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                  VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                  Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                  VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                  Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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                  comparing the costs of living

                  Comparing the Costs of Living When Looking for a New Home

                  David Stone
                  Updated August 4, 2021 by David Stone

                  Table of Contents

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                    It can be daunting to figure out what you can afford when you are thinking of moving to a new location. You might be moving by choice, or maybe work is taking you in a new direction that you did not expect it would. This can lead to a lot of stress-related to figuring out how much you can afford to spend on a new home, as well as hobbies and vehicles when you move to a new place.

                    The cost of living can be a complicated thing to assess. There are many variables that figure into the cost of living for an area. You might be working in the city but living in the suburbs for example. Maybe you are going to sell your car to afford to live downtown.

                    No matter what your goals and plans are, you need to think about the overall cost of living associated with any place that you are thinking of moving to well before the actual move.

                    Comparing the Costs of Living When Looking for a New Home

                    1. Compare the Cost of Homes

                    The first step you need to undertake is comparing the amount of money that you can get when you sell the home that you have now to the cost of buying a new home in the areas that you are thinking of moving to. If your local area is a great place to sell a home, you might get a lot of money back out of your house that you can apply to a new home in a new place. However, if you are moving to a very expensive city and the cost of housing in your current area is down, you might struggle to get a home in your new location.

                    You always need to be sure that you look into the cost of housing as well as the cost to build housing in any area that you are thinking of moving to. It is an all-too-common story for people to sell their current home and then realize that they do not have enough money from the sale to buy a new home in a new location.

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                    2. Think About Car Shipping

                    Will you need to have your car moved to your new location via a car transport company? This can figure into your moving costs and the fees and charges that are associated with moving to your new home. If you are moving across the country, you might have a really high bill for your car transport costs. This can add to your considerations for what kind of living arrangements you need to make.

                    There are limited cases where car shipping is too expensive to justify moving the car that you own to your new location. This can be especially true if you are going to be living in a place where the cost of cars is very expensive as well. Car shipping should not break the bank in most cases, but you need to make sure that you research your car shipping situation before you commit to your move.

                    A good car transport company will be able to provide you with a quote that offers all the right information for your needs and that will explain clearly when your car will be delivered as well as the route that it will take on the way to you. You should not have any questions about the transport process before you agree to the contract.

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                    3. Think About Inflation When Comparing Living Costs

                    This is one of the factors about a move to a new place that many people do not think about in advance of their move. The cost of living will be very likely to continue to go up and this is particularly true in places like cities or new areas that are growing very quickly. You need to build some cushion into your budget for an increase in all of your costs, from groceries to clothing, to fuel.

                    If you are barely able to afford to move to a location, you should really think hard about whether you want to move there at all. The cost of living will increase over time in most cases and you might end up in a very tough situation if you suddenly cannot afford your home or other costs of living in your new location. You can look at the projected costs for your area and calculate a steady increase of a few percent per year to see what your projections will look like in about ten years.

                    4. College and Other Costs

                    If you have young children, you might not be thinking about college at this time, but kids will only get more expensive as they get older and do sports and start to prepare for higher levels of education. If you move to an area that is not located near any schools or places that offer activities and necessary extracurricular possibilities, you might need to figure in some costs for travel for your children to get what they need in your new location.

                    If your cost of living is reduced significantly in your new location, you might find that you can swallow the costs of taking your kids out of state for college or sports opportunities, but this might not be realistic in some locations. Make sure that you think about the cost of future needs for your children before you move to a new location that does not serve these needs within your budget.

                    5. Think About Variances in Costs of Living and How Your Needs Will Evolve

                    What are your long-term goals for your new home? Do you have expensive hobbies or a desire to go back to school for a new degree? If you have plans that will be difficult to afford in your possible new living location, you need to build this consideration into your overall moving considerations. You cannot assume that you will be comfortable at the same level of spending for the rest of your life.

                    This is one of the reasons that moving to expensive cities can be a big mistake for some people. Moving away from a place where you can afford the things that you enjoy can be easy at first when you think that you will be able to continue on the trajectory that you are currently on.

                    However, if you find that you cannot grow your income in keeping with the cost of living or you realize that you have moved to a place that is too expensive for you to pursue your hobbies, you might end up in a place that you are not happy with.

                    The cost of living currently is a good place to start your budget, but you need to build in some considerations for the cost of inflation as well as the cost of your continued desire to grow and evolve into new experiences and skills.

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                    6. Calculate Costs of Food and Gas

                    Food and gas are some of the most expensive items that you can need to budget for when you are thinking of moving to a new location. You might find that gas and goods are much more expensive in the new place that you are thinking of moving to. This can be a major issue for people who move to new locations without researching this factor.

                    If you are not sure what the cost of basic needs is in the new location that you are planning to move to, you need to figure out how much of your income needs to be devoted to these costs when you move. Your new income will need to cover this cost and you need to be sure that you can make enough money to afford to live comfortably and buy the things that you need.

                    Keep in Mind That Comparing the Cost of Living Can Vary Greatly

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                    Assuming that you will be able to afford any location in the world is not a very practical attitude. While your unique situation might make this true, you need to think about all of the details of your daily costs and needs when comparing your cost of living in your current location with that of the new place you are thinking of moving to. Being unaware of these factors can lead to major concerns and disappointments with a move after you have gotten to your new location.

                    Make sure that you think about the costs of getting to a new location as well as the costs of buying a home in the city that you are thinking of moving to. Consider car transport costs and the costs associated with keeping your car when you move. There are many considerations that you need to make sure you have thought of before you move to a new city or state, or country.

                    Thinking about all of the details related to the cost of living in a new location well before you move can be essential to your long-term happiness in your new home.

                     

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                    How to Save Cash When Buying and Shipping Out-of-State Vehicles

                    David Stone
                    Updated July 19, 2021 by David Stone

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                      Out-of-state auto shipping can be more expensive than you think. Here’s what you need to know to get the best price. 

                      When shopping for a car, there will always be situations where the best deal is in a different city or even in another state. However, this scenario brings about an entirely new set of issues, because you’ll have to figure out how to get your new vehicle home. 

                      Your first instinct might be to drive or fly to the car’s location because that allows you to move it back to your city on your own. Doing so will take a lot of time, though, so coming up with an alternative solution might be your best bet. 

                      Buyers are increasingly shipping out-of-state vehicles because of how convenient the process is for them. The gist is that a shipping vendor will grab your car from the seller, put it on a truck, and bring it to you. 

                      Of course, there is a surcharge for this service, but it’s often worth it for the time savings. Plus, driving cross-country is expensive, too, and can be risky.

                      Here’s a look at some ways you can save money when buying and shipping a vehicle purchased from another state.

                      Key takeaways

                      • Buying an out-of-state vehicle opens up new opportunities
                      • There could be logistical hurdles to overcome
                      • Car shipping services can assist
                      • Mercury Auto Transport can streamline the entire process

                       

                      How to save money when buying an out-of-state vehicle

                      Online car-buying makes it easier than ever to locate your dream car, no matter where in the country it resides. You can quickly search through vehicles for sale in any state and identify the ones that might be worth an offer. 

                      As you search, you should know that Florida generally has the most affordable cars in the country, while California has the most expensive. But, of course, these prices will vary significantly based on the vehicle you’re interested in buying because specific car popularity, and therefore cost, varies by region.

                      Saving money on your purchase might also involve some negotiations. Begin a conversation with the seller early to see if there’s any room for movement on the asking price. You’ll also want to explain that you’re an out-of-state buyer who might have to ship the car to ensure there isn’t any hesitancy later when finalizing the deal.

                      You should also be aware of the sales tax situation, as you’ll still pay tax in the state where you register the car. As a result, there aren’t any savings available when buying in a no sales tax state like Oregon, Montana, Delaware, New Hampshire, or Alaska.

                      In the end, you can handle your out-of-state car buying experience much like any other vehicle purchase, especially if you’re well-versed in the auto transport industry. 

                      Determining the cost of your car transport

                      It’s important to factor in shipping costs before making your purchase to ensure buying an out-of-state car makes financial sense. Although you might pay a bit more upfront for a local vehicle, it could end up costing you less because you won’t have to pay for shipping. 

                      The cost of shipping a vehicle depends on various factors, including your location, the car’s location, the total distance it travels, and the vehicle’s size. In addition, options like open or enclosed transport, the time of year, and how quickly you want the car to arrive will also influence the price. 

                      Ways to reduce your shipping costs

                      There are a few actions you can take to reduce your shipping costs, creating an altogether more affordable experience as you purchase an out-of-state vehicle. 

                      First, carefully select your transportation method. Choosing an open transport option will save some money because more trucks are available and each carrier can fit multiple vehicles. Enclosed transport will cost you more, but it is safer for the car. The choice is up to you but going with open transport is an easy way to lower your costs. 

                      Next, think about the season in which you’re transporting the vehicle. Summer is the busiest time of year for auto transport carriers, so they’ll charge a premium during the warmest months. You can save some money by shipping in the winter, but, of course, that might not be possible if the seller wants to complete the deal immediately. 

                      Finally, you can save some cash by retaining flexibility. This method will depend on the seller, but your carrier might reduce your rates if you create a wider pickup and delivery window. You can also pay for expedited shipping if you want your new car in a hurry. 

                      Finding the right carrier

                      Comparing quotes from various carriers before selecting one is the single best way to save money on car shipping. An auto transport broker service will present you with multiple offers based on your parameters, ensuring you find one that meets your needs at a price you can handle. 

                      Mercury Auto Transport is a car shipping broker that can put you in touch with FMCSA licensed and insured carriers. We guarantee price, door-to-door service, and bumper-to-bumper insurance from the second you accept an offer, providing peace of mind through the car buying and shipping processes. Contact us today to receive your free vehicle transportation quote.

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                      2020-01-21
                      Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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                      OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

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                      REQUEST A QUOTE

                      First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

                      BOOK YOUR ORDER

                      We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                      VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                      Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                      VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                      Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.