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Uncovering the 7 Main Cost Factors in Your Car Shipping Price

David Stone
Updated October 18, 2021 by David Stone

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    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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    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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    8 Factors Affecting Car Shipping

    David Stone
    Updated October 18, 2021 by David Stone

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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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      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 sign that fake auto carrier reviews have been spotted

      A Look at Fake Auto Carrier Reviews

      David Stone
      Updated October 18, 2021 by David Stone

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        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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        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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        What are the Best Ways to Ship My Car?

        David Stone
        Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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          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

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          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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          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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          Why You Should Never Go Cheap When Shipping Collectible Cars

          David Stone
          Updated October 18, 2021 by David Stone

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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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            Comparing the Costs of Living When Looking for a New Home

            David Stone
            Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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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 November 24, 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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                Things to Know When Shopping For Your Next Family Vehicle

                David Stone
                Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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                  shopping for next family car

                  Shopping for a family car can be tough. You might have kids that fight that you want to keep separated, or maybe you need to take a large number of children to activities a few times a week.

                  If your family is tall, or if you have more than one child that needs to be in a car seat at the same time, you might struggle to find a car that accommodates all of your needs. Add to these considerations, gas mileage concerns and parking issues and you might be feeling stressed just thinking about this purchase!

                  Thankfully, there are some great ways to make sure that you think of all of the factors and features related to your next family car buying process. If you have been able to narrow down all of the important items that are must-haves for your next family car, you will not experience nearly as much stress when you are shopping for the car itself.

                  If you are ready to learn more about things to know when shopping for your next family vehicle, read on!

                  What is a Family Car?

                  Family cars are defined by Kelly Blue Book as cars that are able to carry multiple passengers and perform the necessary functions to be used for daily family life. This means that things like SUVs, vans, and other larger vehicles will be on the list as well as station wagon-style cars. The size of your family might impact the overall size of your family car, but most people think of family cars as being large enough to handle a lot of passengers and to carry backpacks, coolers, and other gear.

                  Large families will need a lot of rows of seats for kids and friends of their kids, and you might find that you want to have a storage space in the back as well. This means that hatchbacks can serve this function for small families in the same way that a van can serve this need for a much larger family.

                  At the end of the day, a family car is any car that can carry around your number of children and other family members as well as any items that these passengers will need at the planned destination.

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                  Things to Know When Shopping For Your Next Family Vehicle

                  These are the basic considerations that you will need to take into account when you are shopping for your next family car. Make sure that you consider at least a portion of these factors before you make a decision to buy. Being sure that you want the car that you have picked and that it will take care of your family’s needs is an important part of the buying process.

                  1. Headcount

                  This is the single most important feature of a family car purchase. You need to have the minimum number of seats required to haul around your own family in the car that you select. You cannot compromise on this factor by thinking that you will not always have all of your kids or family with you when you go places. As soon as you try to plan a vacation or a road trip, you will be sorry that you do not have enough seats for all of you in your current family car.

                  Make sure that you also consider if you will need to haul around family friends or your children’s sports teams as well. You want to be sure that you do not pass on the third row of seats only to find out that you will need them many times a week! It is always better to be able to fit everyone into the same car rather than trying to bring two cars to every sporting function.

                  2. When Looking for a Family Car, Consider Space for Everyone

                  This can be one of the big pitfalls for buying a smaller vehicle to help you with your ability to park and to save on gas. Many families have instantly regretted buying a smaller car that has enough seats for everyone but not enough space. While your kids might all fit into the car that you have selected when they are small, they will eventually be adult-sized people and you might find that everyone is very uncomfortable in your car.

                  The other issue that can come up related to space is that kids that are in tight quarters tend to bicker and fight. It can be worth the extra money to pick a family car that will allow everyone to have some elbow room and a bit of their own space during long trips.

                  3. Safety

                  This is a big item on the list and you will need to be sure that your family’s safety is covered by the features of the car that you are interested in buying. Older cars are inherently much less safe than new cars, and you might want to look into features that are offered in some larger cars like curtain airbags and other items that can prevent trauma during a car accident.

                  You can pick a large cargo van for your family car, but these kinds of vans are often not equipped with all of the necessary safety features that you would ideally want to have in your family car. Make sure that your family is safe above almost everything else that you consider on this list.

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                  4. Auto Transport for Your New Family Car

                  If you have found the perfect car online but it is not in your local area, you will need to think about auto transport to get the car to your location. This can be tough when you are considering shipping a large vehicle across the country or even across a few states.

                  When working with an auto transport company for this kind of task, make sure that they are insured properly in case something happens to your car during its trip across the country to your home. You should also make sure that they are prepared to haul a large vehicle. Many smaller companies will not have the right trucks or trailers to haul a large SUV or van for you.

                  A quality auto transport company will be willing and able to give you all of the details about your car’s transport upfront. Never work with an auto transport company that is not transparent about their insurance coverage, their quotes, or the delivery dates and arrangements related to the trip.

                  5. Added Entertainment

                  While it might seem like an unnecessary frill to offer your passengers and your kids, entertainment features can be a really big help when you take your children on long road trips. Anyone who has struggled to keep bored kids happy on long road trips will be able to vouch for the tiring nature of this kind of challenge.

                  While it might add some expense to your overall purchase, TV screens that allow your kids to watch movies can be a very big help to you and your kids when a long trip is on the calendar. You will struggle with less fighting and less whining and your kids will have a lot more fun when they need to hang out in the car for a long time.

                  6. Shop for a Family Car That’s Easy to Clean

                  How easy is it to clean the car that you are considering buying? This can be a factor that many people do not consider when they are looking into a new family car purchase. You might be surprised at how hard it can be to clean some kinds of surfaces and you know you will be shocked at the kinds of messes that your kids can make despite your words of advice about eating in the car and spilling drinks in the backseat.

                  Make sure that you prioritize leather seats over cloth and look for cars that offer neat built-in vacuum options. You will probably want to get rubber floor mats no matter what kind of car you invest in as well. You might find that this feature is the most important argument in favor of one vehicle over another.

                  7. Storage Space

                  One of the common regrets for those who have purchased a family car is a lack of trunk or storage space in the vehicle. For many people with kids, there is no limit to the surprises about how much stuff is needed for kids to go to sporting events or to go on a road trip. You should consider the ultimate maximum level of packing that you need to be able to do when you look at each kind of car for your family vehicle.

                  Vans shine the brightest when storage is a major consideration for your family and you will probably find that large SUVs come in a close second. There is really no way to travel in comfort with lots of bags or gear if you do not have the right size storage space in your car.

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                  8. Car Seat Functionality is Important When Looking For Your Family’s Vehicle

                  One of the most commonly overlooked factors when shopping for a new family vehicle is car seat latch options. Some cars only have car seat latch options in a few seats. This might be fine if you have just one kid that is in a car seat, but if you have more than one, it can be a really big issue for your family.

                  Always make sure that you inquire about the car seat latch functionality of any vehicle that you are considering for your family vehicle. This is one area where being safe rather than sorry is well worth the added effort. Imagine having to take two cars everywhere because you need to be able to use more than one car seat!

                  9. Budget

                  Whether you want to have all of the fun features and additions to your new family car’s total build, you might need to stick to a budget. Cars have never been more expensive, so you will need to create a budget so that you can keep yourself from buying a car that is outside of your comfortable price point. You would be shocked at how easy it is to end up with a car that will cost you $500 or more a month!

                  Sticking to a budget can help you to prioritize features and additions to your total build for a new car, and it can help you to shop with more accuracy if you are looking at cars online. There are many ways to customize a car that you are buying from the manufacturer and you can use the same logic to weed out cars that do not fit your needs when you are shopping online as well.

                  10. Look for Reliability in Your Family’s Next Car

                  Many family cars are known to be reliable, but you should always make sure that you do the research before you buy anything. Honda and manufacturers that are well-known for reliability are often the best choices to make for your family car as there is nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with a group of kids to keep out of trouble!

                  If you want to be sure that you are getting a car that will hold up to your daily driving miles, do some research via Kelly Blue Book and car magazine blogs to find out which cars are the most reliable choices. There are also many side-by-side comparison tests that are done by YouTubers and car experts writing for car magazines and other publications. You will be really glad that you do not have to worry about your car being reliable every time that you hit the road for an away game that is out of town.

                  11. Cost of Ownership

                  This is a factor that is often overlooked when people buy a new car. It can be easy to look at many of the other features of the vehicle as well as the total purchase price and not think about the cost of maintenance or repairs. There are some makes and models of cars that are notoriously expensive to maintain and you probably do not want to pick any of these for your family car.

                  Always look into the cost of tires as well as basic repairs and maintenance before you buy a car. You will want to be prepared for your annual costs just like you are prepared for the total monthly payment that you are going to be making. This can be a major factor for the overall enjoyment that you have for your new family car.

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                  12. Consider the Location When Shopping for Your Family’s Next Vehicle

                  It is definitely possible to buy a car online and have it sent to your home these days. You might feel confident that you will love the car and feel that you do not need to do a test drive. However, if you have never driven a van or an SUV, you might want to consider shopping locally rather than looking out of state.

                  It is very common to be sure that you will love a car and then when you go on a test drive, you find out that you hate it. You want to be sure that your kids will be comfortable as well, so it can be a big help to bring them along with you on your test drive. Even if you do not buy locally, make sure that you can test out a similar make and model of car before you buy something sight unseen.

                  13. Parking and Mileage

                  These may not rank high on the list for everyone, but if you live in a city or any area where parking is limited, you might need to consider this factor as a bigger part of your overall checklist. The same applies to the mileage that your new car will get. Buying bigger cars means that both of these items will be harder to manage and you should carefully consider if you can afford to drive this size vehicle and if you can park it in town or near your home.

                  SUVs will almost always get worse gas mileage than other large vehicles, and you will find that parking a van can be just as hard as parking a large SUV in most cases. If you do not have a driveway at your home and have to park in a garage, make sure your large new vehicle will fit in your parking lot.

                  All cars are required to display their gas mileage for city and highway driving on the stickers, and you can find out a lot of information about the average mileage of all cars when you do some looking around online. Make sure that you think about both of these factors carefully before you end up with a car that is too expensive to take on long trips or that does not fit in your parking slot.

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                  14. Access and Door Arrangement

                  This can be a big factor that many people do not consider when they are buying a family car. You want to be sure that everyone can get into and out of the car without much muss or fuss and you need to look at the ways that cargo or storage access is offered as well. You want to be able to use your car for all of the purposes that you need it to accomplish without having to struggle to do so.

                  There is nothing that is more frustrating than finding out that the access for your hatch or backseat storage is cumbersome to use or narrow. There is also nothing that will cause more conflict than the scrabbling of kids over one another as they get in and out of your vehicle. Make sure that you test out some common access points for your car before you determine if it is the one for you.

                  15. Leg Room

                  Last but definitely not least, legroom can greatly impact the comfort of your family vehicle. This is less of an issue when your kids are little, but it will matter more over time as they grow up. Being able to actually have room for your knees and your feet can make a big difference to the overall comfort of a car.

                  You will also find that you need to look into the spacing between the driver’s seat and the row of seats behind it. Many parents have found out after a car purchase that their kid can kick their seat relentlessly for an entire drive. This is where vans tend to shine the brightest, but you will find that there are other family cars out there with great legroom as well.

                  This is one of the instances where being able to shop locally and bring your kids along for the test drive can be a big help. You will be able to see right off how well your selected car works for your whole family when you take a test drive with them.

                  Buying the Right Family Car Doesn’t Have to Be a Struggle

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                  If you are looking for a new family car, you might be feeling very defeated by the whole process. There are many factors to think of and features to choose from, and you might not be sure about what is the best choice for your family’s needs. Thankfully, if you sit down and consider all of your must-haves for any car that you buy, you will help narrow down your choices to a manageable list.

                  Once you know what you will not be able to compromise about, you will be able to shop much more effectively. Thinking about overall comfort and affordability can be a big help to your overall shopping process. You will see how much easier it can be to shop for a family car when you are able to rule out fancy features and hone in on the essentials.

                  Shopping for the perfect family car can be a lot of fun if you are armed with the right list of requirements and features for your family’s unique needs.

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                  Deciding Between Leasing and Buying Your Next Car

                  David Stone
                  Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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                    If you have always bought your cars in the past, but you are wondering if you should try a lease this time around, you might have a lot of questions. Both buying and leasing can be great options depending on your own unique situation. There are advantages to both options that might benefit you and your situation.

                    If you want to own your car, leasing will probably not be the right choice for you, but there are many other aspects of buying and leasing that are quite similar after this consideration is removed. If you are not sure which might be the right choice, you need to consider some key factors.

                    If you want to learn more about the difference between leasing and buying your next car, read on!

                    What is Leasing?

                    One of the first things that we need to define is what leasing actually is. When you lease a car, you are financing the cost of the car for a certain period of time or for a set number of miles. You will make monthly payments to the dealership for the vehicle in exchange for the use of the car. At the end of the term of the lease, you can choose to buy the car or end the lease and get a new car if you want.

                    Leasing offers you the chance to save some money and get a car that you might not otherwise select. This can be a great choice if you do not drive very many miles every month and you want to try out a new kind of car without being forced to pay off the loan amount for the total price of the car. You will need a high credit score and a low debt to income ratio to be approved for a lease.

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                    Deciding Between Leasing and Buying Your Next Car

                    Leasing and buying are not that different in some ways. There are always going to be considerations that you need to think about when you are choosing between these two options for your needs, but they can both be good choices depending on your unique situation.

                    1. How Much Can You Afford For a Lease or Purchase Payment?

                    This is where a lease really shines. If you want to drive an exotic car or an expensive car without having to make a steep monthly payment every month, a lease can be a great choice for your needs. You will find that leases are usually much less expensive over the course of the term of the lease than making payments on a car that you are eventually going to own.

                    This is one of the key features of a lease that can be very attractive to some people. You can use a spendy vehicle for a low monthly cost and not worry about having to pay off the entire cost of the car.

                    2. Excellent Warranty Coverage

                    One of the other features of a lease that can be very attractive is the superior quality of warranties that are often offered on a lease. Dealerships cannot be sure that you will choose to keep the leased car and pay it off after the end of the lease, so they want to be sure that the car is in great condition at all times.

                    This means that you will have access to excellent warranties when you are leasing a car that you might not be able to gain access to when you are trying to pay off a car that you are buying. This can be a great benefit if you want to make sure that you can afford to use an expensive car that would require spendy fixes out of warranty.

                    3. Do You Want to Buy the Car Instead of Leasing It?

                    If your main goal is to own the car at the end of the payment period you have signed up for, you need to look at buying the car instead of leasing it. While you can choose to buy out the lease at the end of the lease period you can finance the remainder to buy the car, but you might have a much higher payment to take care of as you start to work on owning the leased car.

                    Buying your car often offers you the best lifetime return value on the vehicle, but if you are looking into an exotic or another kind of car that will lose a lot of value very quickly, buying might still be a bad choice for your needs.

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                    4. Do you Want to Make Changes to the Vehicle?

                    Leased cars have to be returned to the dealership in the condition that they were given to you at the start of the lease period. You cannot make changes or modifications to the car without breaking your lease. This means that you cannot add new interior options, change out tires or make any other cosmetic alterations while you have the vehicle on lease.

                    If you want to make cosmetic changes or alter the engine or other parts of your car, you will need to buy it and not lease it. After you buy out your lease you can make any changes that you would like, but before then, your hands are tied.

                    5. Do you Want To Pay For Auto Transport?

                    If you do not want to have to pay for auto transport, you might not want to buy your next car. Buying often means that you will need to bring the car of your choice to your location, especially with online shopping in the mix. When you lease, you will need to be located near the dealership so that warranty work and other kinds of checks can be done at the dealership that you are leasing from.

                    If you can afford to pay for an auto transport company, you will want to consider if leasing is worth it for your needs. However, you should always be certain that you can secure a quality auto transport company to bring your new car to your location if you are going to buy outside of your local area. You might find that you can find a better lease option locally for your needs if you live in a remote location that many auto transport companies do not service.

                    6. Do you Want to Get a New Car Every Few Years?

                    If you want to have a new car every few years, leasing is the right choice for you. Leases allow you to use a car for a set period of time and then trade it in when the lease ends. This means that you can drive a vast array of different cars over the years due to the freedom to trade in the car that you are leasing at the end of each leasing period.

                    For people who like to own their own car, this will likely not be a big consideration, but if you get bored with your vehicle frequently, a lease will allow you to trade it out for a new car every time your lease period is over. Some dealerships will also offer lease incentives for new cars that they are bringing onto the lot, which means that you can get an even better deal on a new lease.

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                    7. Do you Want to Resell Your Car?

                    If you want to be able to resell your car, you do not want to get involved in a lease. For those whose main goal is to pay off their car and sell for cash before getting a new car, a lease will never serve your needs like buying a car will.

                    While you can choose to buy your leased car at the end of the lease, you will have to wait out the loan repayment part of the process first before you can sell. You have likely not been making much in the way of payments toward the actual cost of the car during the lease period, so your time investing in the new loan can hinder your ability to sell your car in the future.

                    8. Think About How Much Your Drive When Deciding Between Purchasing and Leasing

                    Most leases come with built-in mileage limits. If you reach the mileage limit ahead of the end of the lease period, your lease will end. This can be a big stumbling block for leasing a car if you drive many miles to work or if you like to take road trips all the time. Many people are shocked at how much their daily mileage adds up just for driving to and from work!

                    If you are not sure if you drive too much to take on a lease, find out what the approximate mileage limit will be on the leased car that you are interested in. You will need to figure out the mileage that you drive in a day heading to work or running errands. If you figure out how much mileage you drive in a year, you will know if the lease limitations are going to work out for you or not.

                    Overall, if you drive a lot or have a long commute, a lease will not be a good option for your needs.

                    9. Do you Have Money for a Down Payment?

                    Financing a car can be really easy if you have money saved up for a down payment or if you have a car to trade in on this new purchase. In cases where you have a good down payment on hand, you can get a really good deal and a low payment for your car purchase.

                    However, if you don’t have any saved money for a down payment, or you do not have a car to trade in, a lease might be a better choice for your needs. Leases will get you into a car at a much lower payment than what you might have to pay if you are buying without any cash down or a trade-in. it is important to note that you can buy a practical car without cash down, but an exotic or a high-dollar car will be tough to afford without any cash down or other monetary investment.

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                    10. Are you Fine With Paying Leasing Fees?

                    Many people are not aware that there are leasing fees that are part of your lease process. You will need to pay an acquisition fee which covers the administrative costs of the lease for the dealership. You will also need to pay a security deposit that is the amount of one full month of leasing cost. You will also pay an early termination fee if you end the lease early.

                    When you turn your leased car back in, you will be charged a disposition fee which covers the cost of cleaning and selling the leased car at the end of your lease period. If you are not fond of the idea of paying these fees, you will need to look at buying your next car rather than leasing. These are not usually steep fees, but for some people, it is a frustrating set of costs just to use a car for the leasing period.

                    Leasing is Right for Some People While Purchases Are Perfect for Others

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                    This list of lease and purchase benefits should help you to determine which kind of process is the best fit for your needs when you are looking for your next car. If you are still not sure which is the right process for you, you can head to a dealership and talk with a salesperson about the leasing arrangements or deals that they have on offer. Sometimes these leases will be such a good deal that you will be convinced to try a lease.

                    Always remember that buying a car offers you the best long-term return on your invested value. You should pick and choose between these two options with an eye to your future goals for your car ownership needs.

                    Leasing might be perfect for you and a completely wrong decision for someone else. Always consider what your long-term financial goals are before you buy or lease your next car.

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                    How to Be Sure of World-Class International Car Shipping

                    David Stone
                    Updated October 18, 2021 by David Stone

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                      Few things concern vehicle owners more than the ultimate long-distance investment. Learn how to relax with our guide to international car shipping.

                      Key Takeaways: 

                      • International shipping methods vary, with inherent pros and cons
                      • Car owner preparation plays a large part in successful transport
                      • Climate concerns, proper paperwork, and timing are important factors
                      • Working with an experienced international auto broker protects your investment

                      Every car owner should take two steps before their vehicle makes any journey: Learning how the auto transport process works and knowing what to look for in an auto transport company. This knowledge can cut your concerns in half when entrusting your vehicle to a carrier, but even the most well-versed customer gets antsy over international car shipping.

                      This is understandable. The longer the journey, the more potential for mishaps when car owners and carriers don’t prepare or perform as they should. Read our guide to learn how safe the long-haul can really be and discover what you can do to prep your vehicle for shipping.

                      International car shipping methods

                      Cars can go overseas in a solo shipping container, which is the more expensive but also the safest of the usual methods. Added protection from damage, theft, and the elements isn’t the only benefit: If you opt for a shared container, you’ll save some money as the shipping charge is spread between the owners using it. A downside is that these containers won’t ship until they’re full, subjecting them to potential delays that don’t affect the solo option.

                      Less expensive and, as a result, more risk-prone is RORO shipping, which stands for “Roll On, Roll Off.” Your vehicle is rolled onto a ship (which may be of various types) and shored up against transit shift with many others until being driven off at the docking point and transported to drop off. This approach has the virtue of being quicker than container transport, and its lower price tag makes it the most common method of international car shipping.

                      If you do have the money for air freight, you’ll receive the safest and fastest international shipping out there. Owners of particularly expensive vehicles may find their insurance company gives them no choice but to use air freight to prevent an unnecessary payout, so check with your provider if that’s the vehicle class you drive.

                      5 ways owners can prep for international car shipping

                      Beyond selecting a safe shipping method, there are steps car owners can take to make sure their vehicles are in good condition when they make it to their final destinations.

                      1. Consider the new climate

                      When your vehicle lands in a new country, it may be faced with a significantly different environment than it’s used to. Increased levels of precipitation and cold are usually the issue here and can be tackled in several ways. Fitting your car with weather-specific tires before it ships means it can hit the ground running at Point B. Reassessing and, if necessary, replacing your windshield wipers and car battery also gives you a head start on Mother Nature.

                      2. Be extra-careful with luxury or electric cars

                      Shipping luxury or electric cars internationally means some extra prep, but some steps are common pre-shipping practices. Owners of either car type should document their vehicle’s condition thoroughly before it ships. Knowing how to inspect your vehicle at both ends of an international trip helps you successfully manage potential damage claims while readying your car’s contents to ensure it meets weight restrictions (and stays within the law).

                      Prepping an electric car for shipping means giving it a good wash (dirty cars can hide transit damage), fully charging the battery, and running a complete maintenance check. Owners of luxuries and electrics/hybrids may also want to consider auto transport insurance. Accidents can happen even with the best carriers, and extra coverage will provide greater peace of mind.

                      3. Check if international car shipping is even possible

                      The country you’re shipping to may require a clean vehicle title before allowing import, if it allows it at all. Check your car’s VIN before shipping to streamline international transport and contact Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), they will be able to confirm if your destination country accepts your car.

                      4. Refer to CBP resources

                      The CBP provides a handy international car shipping glossary that demystifies shipping lingo and clarifies the required documentation, times of presentation, and how shipping via sea or air affects procedure. Typical documentation required from car owners is proof of ownership (this may be a Bill of Sale or the VIN), photo ID, and vehicle registration.

                      A CBP vehicle export cover sheet must also be completed and all required paperwork submitted to the authorities at the export point no less than 72 hours before shipping. These are standard requirements, however, further documents may be necessary, as may duplicates, and an existing lien on your car will require written permission from the holder before it can ship. Contact the CBP in advance with all questions and concerns.

                      5. Consult with an experienced auto broker

                      That carrier company you spoke to may have sounded worth the money, but only an auto transport broker who handles international car shipping can provide the insight necessary for a smooth journey. Brokers vet carriers on metrics like their safety record, experience level, ratings, references, and insurance status.

                      These specialized brokers can also help car owners consider other important matters, like additional customs or import fees and how to get their car safely from the docking point to the desired pick-up location. The cheapest auto carrier isn’t always the best, especially when it comes to international trips. A good broker will ensure you get the best possible service at the lowest possible price.

                      Trust Mercury Auto Transport when shipping closer to home

                      Mercury Auto Transport is a nationwide, full-service auto shipping company that connects buyers with reliable vehicle carriers anywhere in the country. Our process is transparent and trustworthy, and we can provide you with a car shipping quote within minutes. We’re always working to get you the best deal. Call us today to see how we can help!

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