Your price is calculated by mileage relative to range (long or short). Longer distances have a lower per-mile cost to transport a car.
Shorter distances mean more of the trucker’s time is spent picking up the load instead hauling the load, so that increases the cost of your delivery.
Simply put, truckers make their money on the road.
Metro or Rural
This impacts the number of truckers traveling to a specific location. Transport to less populated areas will increase the price to ship a car.
On average, higher-populated areas have more truckers driving through to transport vehicles.
Requesting a Pick up or a Drop off in a rural area will affect your calculated quote because truckers will have to veer away from our most popular routes.
Operable or Inoperable
Transporting non-drivable vehicles increases your rate.
A drivable car is easily driven onto the carrier trailer.
Non-operable vehicles are much harder to load, and they should still roll, brake, and steer.
Additional accommodation is necessary for cars that do not roll.
Make & Model
Weight, Space, and Handling
Determined by car Type, Size, and Model.
Truckers have to account for the total weight they can haul and the space available on their truck.
Longer and/or taller vehicles must be properly accommodated for in the transport trailer.
Open or Enclosed
Open Transport is standard and does not affect the price to ship the car. Enclosed Transport is a minimum 25% higher rate.
Enclosed Transport provides an extra level of protection for vehicles that need special care.
This service is recommended for cars worth $50,000+, classic cars, or collector cars that are not regularly driven.
Market and seasonal demands affect route popularity and car shipping costs.
The market supply and demand fluctuates along different routes based on seasonality and location.
The direction of travel will also affect your calculated quote, as market supply and demand can be higher or lower along one way of a route as opposed to the other.
Special Vehicle Considerations
Additional accommodations may be necessary for the following conditions. Please let your booking agent know and we will make the appropriate arrangements.
Vehicles over 7 feet tall
Ground clearance that is under 4 inches
Shipping of multiple cars
You can request to have your car shipped on the top level of double-decker trucks (usually $75 extra). Note: A car hauling trailer with a single deck is still considered top-load as it guarantees that your car does not have a vehicle above it.
Requesting to have your car picked up ON or BY a specific date (and/or time) will increase your rates in order to accommodate for that specific time frame. Please call and speak with an agent to arrange a customized transport quote.
You can have your car shipped fast with a premium service, and a trucker will re-arrange his or her pre-determined route and schedule to accommodate your specific needs. Learn more.