Luxury vehicles are an investment to ponder and preserve. These tips will teach you how to select and ship one wisely.

Key Takeaways:

  • Brand and dealer research is key to a confident purchase
  • Timing and negotiation can lead to a better deal
  • Taking a test drive can make or break a buy
  • Long-term costs like maintenance, repair, and insurance should be considered before committing

Buying a luxury car is a complex task; there are many attractive options. Review our previous blog to help you choose; we spotlighted several impressive 2022 models, including designs from Bentley, Alfa Romeo, and Mercedes-Benz.

Finalizing your choice requires understanding the vehicles you’re considering, the psychology of the sales process, and a little self-reflection. You’ll be ready to look down the road and start thinking of how to ship the car when necessary. Here are five top tips on buying a luxury car in 2022.

1. Research the vehicle(s) before visiting a showroom

Create a shortlist of potential purchases and start studying them. Study the manufacturer’s website, read online reviews and owner’s forums, and reach out to brand representatives with any questions. Luxury manufacturers pride themselves on how well their products fit the identity and lifestyles of their buyers, so don’t be afraid to engage with them.

You’ll also be more confident if you research potential dealerships as thoroughly as car brands. Look for dealers who are responsive and provide excellent customer testimonials.

2. Be prepared to negotiate and time your purchase

Buying a luxury car can depend on timing. Let’s say there’s a new Bentley coming in 2022, but the previous model is ample for your needs. The fact there’s an updated design approaching is often a good time to grab a cheaper deal; interest in the older model may be waning. You could even consider a used luxury car to increase the chances of a cost-effective purchase.

Shop the luxury car(s) you’re interested in to see which outlet is offering the most competitive price. Be prepared to negotiate whether or not there’s a significant difference in price point. The most affordable option could still be snagged at a lower price.

The art of negotiation includes many aspects: going low on your first offer, keeping your emotions in check, and reading the fine print. Enhance your negotiation position: visit dealerships at low traffic times (the salesperson will have more time to haggle) and time your purchase around the end of the month, when dealers may be more anxious to meet a sales target.

3. Take a test drive

Nothing seals a deal like “owning” the car for a little while. This is where it reveals if the interior is comfortable and opulent enough to deserve the luxury label. Test whether it offers smooth accelerating, sharp braking, responsive steering, and lag-free cornering. You’ve got every right to expect an A-plus performance. Don’t settle for less!

4. Consider long-term costs

Buying a luxury car is a powerful buzz. Keep the trill by paying the continuous costs connected with high-end autos. Premium engines can require more expensive fuels; Some premium vehicles require more trips to the gas station than others.

Luxury cars cost more to comprehensively insure for several reasons; they’re built with higher-grade materials and more difficult to source parts. This makes them harder and more expensive to maintain and repair while making them bigger targets for thieves.

The higher speed capabilities (and a greater chance of accidents) of luxury cars also concern insurers. They can’t be taken to just any mechanic; only experienced specialists can handle luxury cars, and their skills command higher fees.

5. Look ahead to shipping

Shipping is a critical piece of luxury-car journeys. Enclosed auto transport is the most sensible option; it protects the vehicle from in-transit risks: exposure to the elements, damage from road debris, and theft or vandalism. It may also include better insurance from the vendor.

Luxury-car owners often prefer to have their vehicle shipped in its own container because this also eliminates the possibility of contact hazards (scrapes, dents, oil drips) from other vehicles. Enclosed transport is more expensive, and the price increases with more exclusive containers, but this added cost can save a fortune in repairs. Enclosed transport can pair well with door-to-door shipping, as opposed to terminal-to-terminal. We recommend reviewing both methods to consider the pros and cons.

It is important to have a mechanic repair any concerns that may have occurred during transit. Next, completely clean the car and take plenty of interior and exterior pictures. This creates a strong supporting case against liability for damage caused in transportation. Perfect pre-transport prep involves key management, fuel-level considerations, and your vehicle’s current operating condition.

The auto carrier’s qualifications and reputation must be of the highest quality. An auto carrier insured and licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will provide peace of mind. Working with an experienced auto broker like Mercury Auto Transport will give you access to a carrier’s performance history, accident record, areas of expertise, and more.

Contact Mercury Auto Transport for a quote

The Mercury Auto Transport team can help you find a reliable auto shipper if you plan to buy a luxury car out of state and want it delivered with maximum care. We’re also here if you’re simply moving your luxury car from A to B. Just contact us online, drop by our office, or call us 24/7 toll-free on 800-553-1828 to receive a quote.

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We feel it’s important for you to know how we determined your quote. Quotes are based on what the market demands for cars to be moved at a given time. Each quote is compared with the current rates on the National Load Board before being sent to our customers and will be reviewed periodically through the process.

Other companies might offer you a lower price to obtain your business. This method is ineffective because if the car does not pay the correct amount of money, it will run the probability of not getting loaded or transported on time. You will not get this information from our competitors. Truck drivers always take the loads that pay the most first, leaving the loads that are mispriced to be moved last or not at all. We try very hard to avoid this with our customers by quoting a fair but realistic quote up front. Visit our How we determine your quote page for more information.

Understanding auto transport insurance is important and we think it’s valuable to explain how it works. As part of providing a great car transport service, it is our job to guarantee that the carrier we assign to pickup your vehicle is licensed and insured. Click here to check out our license.

When you go with Mercury to ship your vehicle, you can rest assured that the carrier assigned to move your car is fully insured and licensed with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier and Saftey Administration).

Your vehicle is covered by the carrier’s insurance policy that is doing the shipping. Depending on the type and size of the truck/trailer that is shipping your car, the insurance policy can cover from $100,000 to $1,000,000 of damage.

We have also provided a checklist to explain what you need to do at both pickup and delivery in case there are any issues so, you can file a claim and know that everything will be taken care of.

It is rare but, time-to-time there may be accidental damage while in transit and it is good to know that your carrier’s insurance will protect your auto shipment in that event.

To view a sample BOL (Bill of Lading) and learn what to do in case of accidental damage, please check out our Condition Report and Procedure checklist.

When comparing auto transport companies, keep in mind that low-priced quotes often result in delays in getting your vehicle loaded. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible.  

We feel it’s important for you to know how we determine your quote.

When you’re looking for a car shipping rate, you want to understand how auto transport works. Prices are based on seasonal market demands for cars to be moved at any given time. Each quote is prepared based on the season and the current national rates.

When comparing auto transport companies, keep in mind that low-priced quotes often result in delays in getting your vehicle loaded. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible. Not all brokers are created equal in this talent.

Mercury does a thorough background check with each carrier for every shipment. We verify their ratings, references, and in addition, we obtain a certified copy of their insurance certificate, directly from the government agency that it is on file with.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the carrier shipping your vehicle is the very best and that there are no surprises guaranteed.

Mercury Auto Transport is licensed, Bonded and Insured. Our FMSCA Motor Carrier Number is MC647319.

While we do our best match your auto shipping needs with the most responsible carriers with the best track records, from time-to-time there may be accidental damage while in transit, it is good to know that the insurance of the carrier we locate for you will protect your auto shipment in that event.

Shipping a vehicle can be stressful if you don’t know what to do.  This is why we believe it is paramount to have our highly trained agents be your main point of contact from start to finish.

They will go over everything you need to know so you can relax.  In the meanwhile, we prepared this checklist.  This includes everything from pickup to delivery and how to make sure your car is ready for pickup.

When it comes to car moving, we want you to be ahead of the game!  For any questions and further assistance our agents are standing by, (800) 553-1828.  Please read our checklist to prepare your vehicle to learn more.

There are several ways you can ship a car.  The options include enclosed trailer, open carrier transport, flatbed truck, door-to-door shipping services, and to or from a terminal as well.  The most popular of the options is a 7 to 10 car open carrier.  These large trucks can accommodate almost any size vehicle including carsSUVstrucksjeeps, and vans.

Open car transport, door to door is also the best way to get the cheapest auto transport rate possible.  To learn more and see what transport method is best for you, please fill out our free quote form and one of our representatives will respond to you within minutes.  You can also call us at (800) 553-1828.

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.