Door to door auto transport is the most popular method of auto transport in the industry today and has been for quite some time. Many carriers provide only door to door auto transport services, as they are the easiest and allows both carriers and customers more control over the vehicle that is being shipped. In this helpful article we’ll break down how door to door auto transport works and why it is considered the best transportation method for the vast majority of customers and carriers out there moving cars every day.
To start, door to door auto transport is considered the standard method of transport today – most quotes you get, be it from us here at Mercury Auto Transport or someone else, will be for door to door service on an open car transport carrier. That is the most common and the cheapest way to transport your, and it’s easiest for carriers as well because they are able to go where they want (within reason, they are driving a 90 ft long truck after all) and pickup what loads best suit them and the routes they are driving. Door to door makes sense because you and the carrier meet, you release the vehicle to the carrier yourself as opposed to involving a middleman (such as with terminal to terminal service). This allows carriers and customers alike to maintain control over loading and unloading of a vehicle, not to mention it makes it a lot easier to do vehicle inspections for insurance purposes (which are required by federal regulation).
DOOR TO DOOR TRANSPORT EFFECTIVENESS?
It is also the most cost-effective method of transport today. Door to door transport is not as cheap as terminal to terminal shipping, but that’s because it’s a lot more reliable. Terminal to terminal shipping can be great for when you need to get your vehicle off your hands but not necessarily shipped quickly – you don’t need it to arrive ASAP, you just need it picked up ASAP because it’s in your way or causing you problems. Terminal shipping can be a great solution to this, but most people don’t operate like that – they want and need their car when its being transported, but they’ll put up with the inconvenience for a week because it sure as heck beats driving! This is why door to door is better, because it only takes a week for most people to get their car from the day they book. Terminal shipping takes a lot longer than that because many carriers don’t travel to and from terminals often.
If you are searching for a door to door 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.
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REQUEST A QUOTE
First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.
BOOK YOUR ORDER
We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.
VEHICLE IS PICKED UP
Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.
VEHICLE IS DELIVERED
Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.