Why Car Shipping Service Costs Have Increased

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For those who have shipped a vehicle in the past, you may notice increased prices in 2021. With car transport made up of so many components, this change can be attributed to a number of reasons. In this blog, you’ll discover why prices are higher this year and what you can do to keep those costs down for your own transport service. 

Changes that have impacted car shipping in 2021

Gas prices

When fuel prices rise, it also increases the cost for car shipping companies and their shipping customers. According to data from DAT, gas prices were up over 35% year over year, as of June 2021.

Driver shortage

There is currently a lack of truck drivers in every segment of the industry. In fact, the same DAT research shows truck availability was down nearly 12% year over year. This can be attributed to many drivers making the move to Amazon and other last mile delivery companies where they can do same-day moves and minimize cross-country driving. Additionally, a large population of truck drivers are retiring with fewer new drivers entering the industry to replace them. 

More volume

The rise of remote work and a large retirement population is encouraging many people in the United States to relocate. Therefore, while supply has gone down, demand has continued to rise. Since carriers and truck drivers can charge more with increased demand, the customer ends up paying more.  

Learn more about all the factors that determine costs for car shipping or get a real-time vehicle shipping quote

How to reduce car shipping costs (and frustration)

Even in this current environment, there are steps you can take to get the best shipping price.

  1. Book as early as possible. By reserving your shipment well in advance, you give the company plenty of time to assign a truck and driver and fill available capacity for a reasonable rate. 
  2. Be flexible with shipping dates. Being more flexible with pickup and delivery dates can reduce your fees.
  3. Choose open trailer transport. An open trailer will always be less expensive than an enclosed one. Be aware that if you have a luxury or classic car, or a vehicle with low ground clearance, you may need to use an enclosed trailer.
  4. Be patient and understanding. The shipping company will work as hard as possible to accommodate all of your requirements. 

Finding the best price for auto transport

Rather than spending hours researching online to compare carrier pricing, use the services of an auto transport broker. Brokers have partnerships with thousands of carriers and specialized industry expertise to help find you the most affordable options for your vehicle transport. 

Montway Auto Transport is a leading car shipping broker that arranges shipments for over 140,000 vehicles across the United States every year. We work with only licensed and insured carriers to ensure your car, truck, boat or motorcycle gets to its destination safely. To get the most accurate price estimate for your vehicle shipment, request a free instant car shipping quote or call 888-666-8929.