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Auto Transport Options

In auto transport, several services are offered. Well, this depends on your patience and how quickly you want your vehicle transported or shipped. It also depends on the money you are willing to pay and where your vehicle needs to be collected and delivered. The most known types of services that will be offered to you when shipping your vehicle are terminal-to-terminal and door-to-door services. The difference between the two is that door-to-door services simplify the process of auto shipping and terminal-to-terminal offers important savings.

Wherever you go or call up, most of the companies involved with transporting of vehicles provide door-to-door options, which means that your vehicle will be collected and delivered as close to the given address as possible. Reasonably, a vehicle cannot be delivered to the front door of your house, because depending on where you want the vehicle delivered, many trucks and trailers cannot travel down narrow – or in many cases – steep roads and streets. It will be more than likely that your transporter will contact you and request a meeting in a nearby parking area to collect or deliver your car. Flexibility is what you need. You need to ensure the transporters that a representative or you will be available collect or deliver the vehicle.


A few larger shipping companies offer the customer terminal-to-terminal shipping at a discount price. A terminal being a storage facility is located usually in a metropolitan area. Vehicles being transported to and from a terminal allow the transporters to deliver or collect vehicles going to the same area. This simply means that terminal-to-terminal is much cheaper than door-to-door. This option seems to benefit people who need to deliver or collect their vehicle on a specific time and on a specific date. At a terminal your vehicle can be delivered and stored until the owner or representative is able to collect it. Once your vehicle is delivered to the terminal you will be contacted.

With every deal, there are hidden costs. Although the price for terminal-to-terminal is far less costly than door-to-door shipping, you should pay attention of the price you are paying to drive your car to the terminal, and if there is no terminal located in your area for a delivery or a collection, your vehicle will then have to be driven to the storage facility and transportation home will have to be looked at. If you are considering a tow truck, think of the amount of having to pay to have your car delivered and collected to and from the terminal.

So what will be your best option? First you have to consider your budget and when you are deciding on a transport service to collect and deliver your car – either door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal. Terminal-to-terminal may seem cheaper than door-to-door at first, but the extra costs and the inconvenience it may cause could make door-to-door the better option. When you start comparing quotes from transport companies, read your contract carefully, especially the terms and conditions – to be 100 percent sure what service your shipping transport company is offering.

 
 
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