1. How do Auto Transport Companies come up with there prices?
Type of Carrier: You will have two choices when it comes to choosing a car carrier, your first option will be an Open Carrier, and basically it is exactly that, your vehicle will be subject to all the elements, it would be just like driving it yourself, just without putting all the miles on your vehicle. If there is rain it will get wet, if there is snow, there will be snow and ice on it, and if there’s a sand storm, it will be subjected to the sand. Usually an Open Carrier would be more than enough, unless your shipping a brand new car, or a collectable, but if you really don't mind having to give it a good wash once you receive it, and it’s NOT a $100,000 vehicle, open should be fine. Your other option would be a Enclosed Carrier, and this is basically a carrier that has covered the complete trailer, therefore your vehicle will NOT be subjected to road debris, weather or any other road hazards. If you’re picky about your vehicle, or scared it might get damaged on a open carrier, then a Enclosed Carrier is the way to go.
Vehicle Condition: Does the vehicle run? If it not, does it roll, brake, steer and have keys? These are all factors that come into play when auto transport companies come up with their price to transport your vehicle. If it does NOT run, there is usually a added premium to ship the vehicle.
Transport Mileage: How much distance is between the pickup location and delivery location, the more miles, will usually result in a higher cost to transport your car. Example: Florida to Georgia, would be less of a cost then let’s say Florida to Washington. Longer distances means higher fuel costs for the auto carriers, and greater costs, so they are usually passed along to the person shipping the vehicle.