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We work with national platforms tracking market conditions constantly. This is how we quote adequate prices directly reflecting current market conditions.
The cost to ship a car depends on the following factors:
The size of the vehicle matters. Smaller cars are cheaper to ship, while bigger, heavier vehicles are more expensive. Auto transport carriers have a weight limit that they must observe, when accepting vehicles. Thus, the make and model of your vehicle, as well as any modifications done to it, and whether there will be any personal items loaded inside, all matter for the total weight of the vehicle and hence of the carrier.
The type of carrier you choose will affect your rate as well. Open auto transport is the standard shipping method in the industry. It is used for all vehicle types and it is the less expensive option because the availability of open carriers is much higher. Enclosed auto transport is more expensive and often used for sports, luxury or classic automobiles.
The distance always affects the price to ship a car. The longer the distance the less it costs per mile, but that is never the decisive factor in the cost of shipping a vehicle. Shorter distances still consume gas and require the same amount of work, but in the end it is fewer miles traveled, which increases the price per mile. This means that shorter distances often cost as much as shipping a car across the country.
The pick-up and delivery locations also affect the price. Auto transport to and from rural areas is a more complex and economically challenging process. Fewer auto haulers are willing to go to remote towns and villages to pick-up or deliver a single vehicle only. This often means higher prices and longer wait for pick-up, or delivery. The majority of the truck drivers prefer to travel to major metro areas where they can more easily load their auto carriers.
Whether your car is running or not will affect your final rate. To ship a non-running vehicle we need a truck that can winch it onto the trailer. This requires more work, more time and additional equipment that not every truck has. Moreover, it requires more skills from the truck driver. A special truck, and special skill set means a higher rate. In some cases, we may even need a forklift to load a fully inoperable vehicle, which additionally increases the price.
When supply is higher than demand, prices drop, but when demand is higher prices go up. In auto logistics, when demand is high the truck space is limited and this means the prices increase. That is why a quote is good for one week only because demand changes on almost every route. Supply and demand fluctuations often happen daily, and even hourly. Thus, manually tracking the auto dispatch boards is crucial. A price that you receive today is usually not the same in a week or two, let alone in a month or two. Understanding supply and demand is very important in the auto transport industry. We want you to understand how it works, so you can ask the right questions and have peace of mind when shipping a vehicle.
If the answer is yes, keep in mind that expedited auto transport service costs more. If you need your vehicle picked-up or delivered on an exact date, or by an exact date, expect to pay a premium.
Door-to-door auto transport is the standard shipping method of Corsia Logistics. Terminal to terminal is an option as well, and contrary to popular opinion, it often costs more due to storage fees and proximity of the terminal.
Top load means loading a vehicle on the top deck of the vehicle transport trailer. This ensures against possible leaks from other vehicles, from flying road debris, and it is generally safer.
Auto transport prices depend on supply and demand fluctuations. Daily fluctuations in supply and demand affect auto transport prices. When a vehicle is priced correctly, according to current market conditions a carrier will take it right away. If not the car sits on the board and waits.
A logistics expert can quote a very accurate price based on current supply and demand situation, and that is why a manual quote is always better.
A car shipping calculator has preset parameters that determine the price. It never takes into consideration supply and demand fluctuations and this is what ultimately renders the price inaccurate.
Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
High five's all around! Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Excellent Organization Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.
Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
Booking your service one to two weeks in advance is best. Any time earlier than that does not guarantee a lower rate or a faster service.
The auto transport industry is heavily influenced by supply and demand fluctuations, and prices often change daily. Sometimes even a same day booking can be quoted a lower price than orders booked a week or a month in advance due to a sudden cancellation or carrier schedule updates.
When you call or request a quote online, our logistics experts will discuss your options, budget and preferences and quote current market price with no hidden fees.
All quotes are not created equal, neither are all auto transport companies.
When you search online you will come across three major entities involved in the auto transport business:
The engine of the car shipping industry is all small and mid-size broker and carrier companies that work together on daily basis to deliver efficient and affordable shipping.
Prices often vary between all three entities. Some companies will quote high prices, while others will quote unrealistically low rate. You may wonder how such differences are possible. They are possible because who gives you the quote matters.
The prices given by lead generator websites and auction websites are usually low-ball prices. Broker and carrier companies can give you the most realistic market price.
The most realistic rate comes from a reputable auto transport broker or a carrier company. This is the engine of the industry – the people who work daily with national dispatch boards and see how prices change. This is what keeps the prices competitive and the industry in balance. Small and medium size broker companies do not allow monopolization of the market by large corporations.
Majority of the orders in the auto transport industry are booked with brokers. The chances of you finding a car carrier who is in the same area as your car, has a spot open, and it is going in your desired direction are usually pretty slim. This is why the broker company is very important entity. As we mentioned, most car carriers are small owner operated companies you can not find online. But you can find brokers who work to find customers to fill carriers’ trailers.
A broker makes sure the carrier is licensed and insured, and checks their safety ratings across the board. A trustworthy broker company will work for you, the customer, to find the right carrier that travels your route and matches your requirements for a type of trailer, insurance liability and delivery time. They will provide a fair, current market price that will ship your vehicle in a timely and professional manner. Most carriers do not manage the shipping process.
A carrier is responsible to load, deliver and unload your vehicle. About 90 percent of the car carriers in the US are small, owner operated companies. This is why the prices you receive online are from auto transport broker companies. A broker is a registered, licensed and bonded entity that can lawfully manage your vehicle shipments. It is the agent that makes sure the small carrier companies’ cargo space is filled. Small broker companies is who can leverage the industry, and keep it in balance. Together with the small and mid-size carrier companies this is a very efficient logistics ecosystem that works in harmony to provide timely auto transport services. Lead generator website
This entity is not an auto transport company of any type. This is an online business created to collect private information for other businesses. These lead generator websites are often found online and customers frequently think they are auto transport companies. But de facto, they are neither a carrier nor a broker. After receiving the customer’s request they sell the information to several transport companies. Then you receive several calls from companies competing for your business. It is often unpleasant to receive 5 to 10 calls in a matter of hours. Moreover, these companies know they are competing against each other and thus quote unrealistically low rates.
The third entity is auction websites or marketplaces. We advise our customers to avoid such platforms because this is where underbidding wars happen. They start too high and go down to an unrealistically low rate. Most companies are not able to give a realistic rate because they need to compete live with large companies who simply can afford to quote low. On the other hand, often due to fees imposed from the auction website, auto transport companies are forced to quote higher prices so they can make at least some profit. It is not only the companies’ fault, or the platform itself. The demand for low prices has always been a factor.
A correctly quoted rate is a current market price that will ship a car now.
Corsia Logistics provides realistic market prices based on current supply and demand. Only an accurately determined price, verified with national dispatch platforms, will ship a car now.
Our dedicated team of professional logistics experts will answer all of your questions and help you choose the best solution.
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