Car shipping news articles about auto transporting.
- The government requires auto shippers to carry liability and cargo insurance.
- The Internet has expanded the zone for car bargain hunters.
- Shipping a car from New York to San Francisco costs about $1,000, may vary.
What do you do if you need a car moved a considerable distance without driving, towing -- or pushing -- it?
That may seem like a silly little question, but it's big business -- an estimated 15 million cars are sold annually over the Internet on such sites as eBay Motors, Cars.com, CarsDirect.com and AutoTrader.com.
Choosing a reliable transport service can be a daunting challenge. Matt Chasen, an online auction-style marketplace for shipping and transportation, says the for-hire freight market is a $400 billion business. Although there aren't specific statistics for personal vehicle transporting, Chasen estimates it at about a $5 billion per year shared among thousands of carriers.
There are a number of reasons you might need to ship a vehicle from one location to another:
1. Purchasing an out-of-state used car on the Internet.
2. Buying that classic car you've always lusted for from a distant collector.
3. Flying to a vacation spot or winter home and having your car delivered there.
4. Getting your car home after a breakdown or accident far away.
A low-cost solution would be to find someone to drive the vehicle -- perhaps a college student looking for a cheap way to get home or through a professional service. This often is inexpensive, but it puts wear and tear on your vehicle -- unacceptable if your vehicle is a collectible or an expensive luxury car. There could also be insurance issues and, after all, a stranger is driving your car.
One alternative -- which may be less expensive than you think -- is using an auto transport service.
According to the Shipping Price Estimator at uShip, trucking a car or light truck 1,084 miles from Houston to Chicago, for example, will cost approximately $550. From New York City 2,916 miles to San Francisco, would cost about $1,000. Estimates are available through calculators and other similar sites. The rates are based on not only distance, fuel cost and weight, but also on trucking routes and availability. Estimates can vary from day to day.
Before researching auto transporters, here's what you need to consider:
5. What is my budget?
6. How important to me is a closed carrier versus an open one?
7. How flexible is the delivery date?
8. What is the approximate mileage from pickup to drop off?
9. Is the vehicle in good running order?
Prices can vary widely depending, first, on the kind of carrier you select:
10. Open carriers: Typically less expensive, but expose your vehicle to the elements and provide more opportunity for damage. Input by John From Ace Car Shipping. If your vehicle is an every day driver then your car being open to the elements should not be to concerning unless you prefer and open carrier verses a closed one.
11. Multicarriers: Less expensive than single-vehicle carriers, but often stop to pick up and drop off other vehicles en route, making it important to establish the flexibility of your delivery date. Multicarrier pricing may also vary with regard to where your vehicle is placed on the carrier: upper or lower level. Although your vehicle will be on a transporter, it still must be loaded on and off the carrier. If it isn't in running condition, you need to alert the shipper before signing a contract to determine if there will be additional charges.
Here is the information you will need to know to get the most transporting value for your buck:
12. The U.S. Department of Transportation, or USDOT, requires all auto transporters to carry liability and cargo insurance. The industry standard is $50,000, but some shippers carry less. Request written proof of coverage with its limits. Make sure it's enough to cover your vehicle. If it isn't sufficient, have the transporter compute the cost of the additional coverage needed and get that in writing.
13. Obtain and check references. Check with the Better Business Bureau where the company is located for any unresolved complaints.
14. All shippers must have an active USDOT number, as well as an Operating Authority, or MC number, which can be verified at www.safersys.org
15. Find out if your vehicle can be dropped off at your doorstep or at some nearby location.
16. Ask for a list of any supplemental charges not covered in the contract, such as extra insurance fees and fuel surcharges.
Investing a little time and effort before your vehicle is loaded on the transport can minimize problems during shipment and reduce hassles at delivery. Before shipping:
17. Remove any valuables from inside the car.
18. Wash the exterior to identify more easily any dings, scratches or dents.
19. Photograph the vehicle from every angle, and make a note of any existing damage.
20. Disconnect the car alarm. If this isn't possible, provide the driver with detailed instructions on how to deactivate it.
21. Remove any aftermarket accessories: bike racks, fog lamps and antennas.
22. Note any fluid leaks and before loading, notify the driver if any exist.
23. Reduce the fuel in the gas tank to less than half.
Upon delivery you should:
24. Carefully inspect the vehicle with the transport driver. Use the photos taken before shipping to back up any damage claims.
25. Note all damage on the inspection report and insist on the driver's signature.
26. Retain a copy of the inspection report and immediately notify the company.
"If the car is delivered at night," Chasen says, "it might be easy to miss things; so definitely use big lights and flashlights to do the inspection."
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Automobile organizations in auto transport industry have begun
to notice a significant change in driver
behavior. This applies to all types of
drivers, autos, trains and even airline
pilots! Across the board, they are all
being asked to cut their speed. “There
is anecdotal evidence that people are
slowing down,” said Sheila Rainger, head
of campaigns at the RAC Foundation. “On
the motorways there will be people on
the inside lane sticking to 70 mph,
while before they would be whizzing much
Edmund King, the president of the AA has
noticed a similar trend. “Driving on the
M3, I noticed that there are now a lot
of people driving at 60 mph, rather than
80 mph,” he said. “This can save up to
12 miles per gallon.” Even the AA
patrolmen have noticed that there are
fewer cars on the road and those are
“There’s definitely not as many cars
around, especially in the city,” said
Ray Walker, who is based in Sheffield.
“People are thinking about their
journeys more, and whether they really
need to go out in the car.”
Steven Neath of Bristol has noticed that
he is overtaking other vehicles as he
rattles by in his 1963 AA minivan. “It
can do 60 mph absolute maximum, and we
used to joke that you’d never overtake
anyone on the motorway - there were
constantly cars racing past at 80 or 90
mph,” he said. “But these days I’m
suddenly overtaking whole lines of cars.
A lot of people are driving along slowly
on the inside lane.”
Even train operators are doing their
part to save energy. A spokesman for the
industry stated, “We have a timetable to
stick to so slowing down trains is not a
practical option. However train drivers
are being encouraged to ‘coast’ whenever
possible. For example, when going down a
hill. This entails easing off and
letting the train use its own momentum
where appropriate and safe to do so. At
depots we encourage drivers to switch
the engine off to save fuel.” Some
companies are even using a regenerative
braking technology, similar to what you
would find on a hybrid vehicle, to
further save energy and fuel.
AITA, the Aviation Industry Trade
Association, has been utilizing “Green
Teams” to teach airlines how to conserve
fuel. Options may include lightening the
plane as much as possible, better route
planning and even keeping the planes
clean. A clean plane reduces friction
and thereby reduces fuel consumption.
And of course, several airline carriers
in both the United States and the U.K.
have also asked their pilots to just
simply slow down. “We have had
reductions of two to three miles an hour
on all routes,” said an airline
spokesman. “It has meant significant
savings in fuel costs, but with all the
other air traffic and stacking delays
has minimal impact on passengers.”
According to the Chamber of Shipping,
even freight and some passenger ships
are moving slower. “Container lines have
been knocking a couple of knots off
their speed to save fuel, while meeting
their delivery schedules, “ said Robert
Ashdown, head of the Chamber’s technical
division. “Shipping companies are not
completely in control of their speed,
that is down to charterers. But even
they are willing to slow down so they
pay less for fuel. Some ferry companies
and auto transport companies have also
done so, while trying to stick to
passenger timetables. “ These carriers
include Stena who since July has added
some 14 minutes to the Belfast/Stranraer
crossing. Even Maersk Line has cut the
speed of some of their ships back to 20
knots from 24. All in an effort to
control fuel bills.
Lower fuel prices help transport companies, Prices have plunged from a year ago
by David M. Johnson | Capital News Service
BALTIMORE — The average price of gasoline in Maryland has plunged more than a dollar per gallon since last October, allowing some businesses to finally catch up at the pump.
Willis W. Gleason, co-owner of Nobody Auto Transport in Baltimore, said his company's fuel costs have dropped about $2,000 a week this year to power his three trucks.
Last year, "the companies that hired us charged the manufacturers surcharges, but did not pass that down to us," Gleason said. "The trucks get about 5.5 miles per gallon."
Gasoline prices usually start to drop as fall arrives because demand for fuel decreases, said AAA spokeswoman Ragina Averella. This year, regular gasoline is down $1.05 per gallon, and the diesel used in many large trucks has dropped $1.38 since last October, according to the association's Fuel Gauge Report released Tuesday.
"We believe gas prices are significantly lower than last year due to sluggish demand and the slow economic recovery," Averella said. "Oil prices are driven by perceived direction of global economy."
Some businesses, such as Her Majesty's Service, a vintage limousine company in Baltimore, had to scramble to deal with record high prices in June 2008. For them, even a penny change in price can mean the difference between profit and loss.
"We never had a surcharge for fuel when prices went way up," said Dean Ray, owner of Her Majesty's Service. "Now they came down and we're back on track."
When gasoline prices started their precipitous rise in 2008, transportation companies had to decide whether to add an additional fee or fuel surcharge to offset the added cost of routine business.
Ray's business was not losing money a year ago, but with a party bus in his fleet and a vintage Rolls Royce that gets about 12 miles per gallon, he was not making much of a profit, either.
Taxicab companies also are hard hit by oil price fluctuations. Baltimore drivers got a break in September 2008 when the Maryland Public Service Commission allowed them to raise their fuel charge for trips.
Since then, gas prices have fallen, but so has demand for cab rides because of the recession. According to Behrooz Jamshidi, owner of Baltimore Taxicab Association, lower fuel prices are helping his company get through a rough year.
"There are less conventions — that used to help us a lot. Now people walk 15 blocks instead of taking a cab," Jamshidi said. "Even with this rate, the drivers are not getting enough, so we have difficulty getting paid from them. Definitely it could have been much worse if the price [of gas] was higher than this."
The Maryland Public Service Commission has an ongoing rate case on whether the fuel charge should be lowered, said press secretary LaWanda Edwards, who also said the case may not be decided until December.
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Automobile Shipping Quotes only works with a network of trusted brokerages in order to insure that their patrons will be provided with the best auto transport experience. Thanks to their instant quote system and their real time lead generation they're able to provide unparalleled service to their potential auto shipping customers as well as brokerages.
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Lawmakers question GM, Chrysler carhauler moves
By KEN THOMAS , 10.08.09, 08:02 PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- Months after the government bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, some lawmakers are questioning tough contract demands by the two auto companies that union officials argue could lead to the replacement of hundreds of union carhaulers with nonunion drivers.
Michigan lawmakers have raised the issue with GM CEO Fritz Henderson and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne in letters during the past week, concerned that the automakers could reduce business with auto transport companies whose drivers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
"We demand an explanation of your position," wrote Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., in letters to Henderson and Marchionne. "We do not support your plans to abandon your long-term carrier partners."
Union officials said GM and Chrysler have sought cost savings of at least 25 percent from Allied Systems Holdings Inc. of Atlanta, and Cassens Transport Co. of Edwardsville, Ill., who deliver assembled vehicles to car dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
The Teamsters represent about 4,800 workers who deliver new cars and trucks to auto dealers. More than 2,000 employees work for Allied, Cassens and Jack Cooper Transport Co. in Kansas City, Mo.
10/09/2009 3:59PM ET
BATS Real-Time Market Data by XigniteChrysler Group LLC's contracts with Allied and Cassens expired Sept. 30 and the company has shifted some work to nonunion contractors, affecting 129 union drivers, including 50 in Detroit, said Fred Zuckerman, director of the Teamsters' automobile transport division.
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Post a CommentAccording to a one-page summary titled "Chrysler Vehicle Distribution Changes," the company said some of the changes occurred because a new facility built in Toledo, Ohio, allowed the automaker to mix vehicles in one location for distribution.
Chrysler said in the document that Allied and Cassens failed to address uncompetitive cost structures and beginning Oct. 1 the auto company would re-source 28 percent of its haulaway carrier business "to improve transit time and reduce costs by $31 million over three years." Chrysler said in the document that Allied and Cassens would reduce 77 Teamster jobs in Michigan.
Zuckerman called it an attempt by Chrysler to undermine union drivers. "We don't believe for a minute that it had anything to do with cost," he said.
In addition to the 50 jobs in Detroit, Zuckerman said the Chrysler moves led to union job losses in Winston-Salem, N.C., Warren, Mich., Richfield, N.J., Buffalo, N.Y., Miami, Jessup, Md., and Shelbyville, Ky.
Teamster officials are also watching upcoming talks between General Motors Co. and Allied, whose contract with the automaker expires Feb. 1, 2010. About 400 union drivers deliver GM vehicles for the transport company.
Allied filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and imposed a 17.5 percent wage cut on its workers in 2007 and 2008, Zuckerman said. He said GM has sought cost reductions of 26 percent, cuts he said would be unsustainable.
A GM spokeswoman declined comment. Messages left with Allied and Cassens officials weren't immediately returned.
The union job losses have caught the attention of several Michigan lawmakers, who sought government loans for GM and Chrysler and pushed for a $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program to revitalize auto sales.
"I urge you to not discriminate against the unionized labor work force," wrote Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich. "Although cutting costs is a necessary measure, I expect that you will not base your decision exclusively on which operators pay their employees the lowest wage rate."
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., wrote the "intent of the government's support for GM and Chrysler and the 'cash for clunkers' program was to keep the automobile industry viable and not to force companies in the supply chain like the car haul industry into bankruptcy."
In response to lawmakers, Mike Keegan, Chrysler's senior vice president of supply chain management, said the company explained to Allied and Cassens its inability to continue subsidizing their uncompetitive business models, particularly in light of the automaker's recent bankruptcy action and the concessions made by the UAW, CAW and dealers.
In a letter to Congressman Peters, Keegan said Chrysler's business relationship with Allied and Cassens will continue in segments and regions where they are more competitive. Of the 77 Teamster jobs that will be lost in Michigan, he said 20 of these positions will be filled by Teamsters in Toledo, Ohio.
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This cracks me up. The USS Ronald Reagan had to go from San Diego CA to Washington to have some work done, so they saved some expense by shipping the sailors cars and trucks MC on the flight deck! If you assume approximately 1,000 cars being transported and shipped for three days, then the cost per car would be roughly $10,000. Now, since the car carrier had to make the transport anyway, I'm not going to waste time talking about excessive government spending, yadda-yadda-yadda. It's just fun to think about a load price of $10,000 per car. Which you'd pretty much have to get to make the payments on the most expensive car hauler ever built! According to the article in the link above, the aircraft carrier will set you back between 4.3 and 6 billion-with-a-b dollars. A new Cottrell stinger car trailler costs slightly less.