Unlike open or enclosed shippers, flatbed carriers are not a method of auto transportation that you can simply request. There are several reasons for this: for starters, there are so few flatbed carriers on the road today that offering their services on-demand can be challenging.
Secondly, they are much more expensive, mainly because there are so few of them on the road today, but despite all this they still play a vital role in the auto transport industry. Read on to find out more about flatbed shipping services and what they’re used for, and whether or not your vehicle needs to be shipped on a flatbed.
FLATBED FREIGHT LOADS
Flatbed transport carriers basically haul anything that can’t fit or cannot be loaded onto a standard open auto transport carrier, and you’d be surprised to see some of the vehicles that cannot be shipped on an open transport truck.
Obviously you have things like construction equipment and things like tow trucks and what not (that’s irony – a tow truck on the back of a flatbed carrier), but there are also some stock production vehicles that cannot fit, especially vehicles of the cargo van and pickup truck variety.
Trucks like the F-350 Super Duty Duly and vans like the Dodge Sprinter have a hard time getting onto an auto transport carrier. Because of their height, most larger trucks like the one mentioned will not fit on the bottom row of the transport truck, and they would be too tall on the top rack and could be damaged by going under a low overpass.
Not to mention the fact that most larger trucks and vans are a lot heavier than a standard automobile; the additional weight can cause further problems for carriers in the sense that they would burn more fuel per-mile with a heavier vehicle on their truck than a lighter one.
These are all reasons why flatbed transportation is only used on an as-needed basis, but the simple fact that it’s going to be more expensive than even an enclosed shipper is usually enough to deter most people from inquiring about it. It is certainly available, but again, we only recommend that vehicles that cannot fit on a standard carrier be shipped with a flatbed transport truck.
FLATBED TRANSPORTATION CARRIERS
It is also harder to find flatbed shipping trucks, which can mean an increase in your pickup window. We recommend calling our office at 800-553-1828 if you feel that the vehicle you are shipping might be too large for a standard carrier.
You can fill out our free online quote form to the right for a basic quote on your shipment, but for the best and most accurate quotes you should call and speak to one of our representatives, who can gather all the information they need to compile an accurate transport quote for your specific vehicle.
They know all the ins and outs of transporting just about any type of vehicle you think of.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does flatbed transport cost?
- Flatbed transports usually only carry 1, 2 or 3 vehicles tops therefore, instead of splitting the cost with 7-10 cars with the same mileage, you are only sharing the total with one or two cars.
- Even though the service is more personalized unfortunately the price is higher.
- Flatbed transports are mostly reserved for inoperable and oversized vehicles.
- How much does flatbed transport cost per mile?
- The costs vary depending on distance. Shorter routes can be $1.00 to $2.00 per mile. Long routes can go from $.60 to $1.50 per mile.
- The weight and size and condition of the vehicle are big determining factors as well.
- Since flatbeds are used for vehicles or equipment that cannot fit on a regularly auto transport trailer the quotes are a bit more complicated and require a personalized agent to go over your detail.
- For a free custom flatbed quote please call us at (800) 553-1828 or fill out our online quote form and receive a quote in minutes.
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Open auto transport carriers are considered the standard carrier in the industry today.
ENCLOSED AUTO TRANSPORT
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HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS
REQUEST A QUOTE
First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.
BOOK YOUR ORDER
We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.
VEHICLE IS PICKED UP
Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.
VEHICLE IS DELIVERED
Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.