Auto Transport by Rail
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Auto transport by rail was once quite a popular method of auto transportation in the industry, but has fallen off as other auto transport methods have risen in popularity. It was great because when the railroads were used extensively it was the cheapest and quickest way to transport your vehicle. However, with the advent of the modern car carrier and the continual logistical advancements that have taken place over the past forty or fifty years, auto transport by rail is not nearly as popular as it once was. There are far fewer routes for rail service today because so many companies have stopped providing rail service because it is not cost effective when compared to transport by overland truck.
Rail Freight vs Road Freight
We here at Mercury Auto Transport don’t work with any auto transport by rail services because there are so few out there that providing rail service really isn’t cost effective for you or for us. We would rather work with you to get your vehicle moved by a car carrier because it will save you a lot of money when compared to transport by rail, and it is much quicker and you have more control over when and where your vehicle is picked up. With standard transportation methods you don’t have to drop your vehicle off at a rail terminal and you don’t have to worry about it waiting at the terminal until it is loaded onto the train.
Rail vs Road Efficiency
Usually auto transport by rail services haul hundreds of cars at a time, so it’s more common for auto manufacturers to move a lot of vehicles along the rail at once to several different areas, where they are then taken to local dealerships not far off the rail line. But these are for commercial purposes, for big-name manufacturers to get their vehicles into showrooms across the United States, and even then a lot of times they’ll ship by truck as opposed to train anyway because it’s cheaper and quicker. But there are some, especially out of Florida, which seems to be the most popular auto transport by rail state. But still, even shipping out of Florida the routes available for transport by rail are quite limited and small in number – it’s generally easier to ship by truck than by rail.
If you are searching for a free auto transport quote you’ve definitely come to the right place. We here at Mercury Auto Transport only work with the best carriers in the industry to transport your vehicle, so you know that if you book with us your car will be in good hands. You can fill out our free online quote request form or give us a call toll-free at 800-553-1828 to speak to one of our live auto transport representatives who can give you a quote, answer your questions and help you book your order. With Mercury Auto Transport, you just can’t lose.