Shipping Luxury Cars Guide
How much does it cost to ship a luxury car?
Shipping a luxury automobile often costs more than shipping your daily commuter.The reason is the type of transport recommended for luxury automobiles. Expensive, high-end vehicles are often transported in a single car carrier, or at least enclosed carrier. Enclosed vehicle shipping is more expensive due to three main reasons – protection, insurance and availability.
Covered carriers offer full protection from road and weather elements. They provide high insurance coverage, usually up to two million dollars. By availability, we mean the total number of such trucks available in the US. Specialized enclosed car shipping trucks are fewer than the standard open car carriers.
The cost of shipping a luxury vehicle vary. It could be anywhere from $200 to as much as $2000. Expect even more if shipping to Hawaii, Alaska or internationally. When you hire an enclosed carrier, expect the rates to be $300 to $500 more expensive than booking a standard open truck. Door-to-door is the standard and preferred solution when transporting a luxury automobile, and does not cost extra.
To better understand the economics of car shipping pricing, please refer to our cost to ship a car guide. Learn how it works and what it costs, and please do not choose an auto transport company based on the price only. Low prices often mean longer time for shipping or low-quality service. Call our team now to discuss your options and price.
What type of services does an auto transport company offer?
With Corsia you will have to choose between the type of carrier and the time-frame of delivery.By carrier type you need to choose from open or enclosed. By time-frame you need to choose standard or expedited service. Both open and enclosed trailers work for any luxury automobile, but before deciding what is best for your car, let us delve into the advantages of either.
- Open auto transport is the standard vehicle shipping service. An open carrier is less expensive due to the fact that it is readily available across the US. Depending on the type of trailer, it can fit up to ten cars, which makes it efficient and fast. A disadvantage, however, is that it exposes your car to all road and weather hazards.
- Enclosed auto transport is the preferred shipping option for luxury automobiles. An enclosed auto carrier provides complete protection from all weather or road elements. This, however, makes it more expensive. This option can also be a bit slower because there are fewer enclosed carriers in the country. Since such carriers carry high-end cargo they need a insurance up to one million dollars, and this contributes to the higher shipping rate.
What is enclosed auto transport and why choose it?
Most enclosed carriers are equipped with hydraulic lift gates to hold the vehicle horizontal while loading and unloading. This is the best option, but it is always more expensive than carrier with regular lift gates. In any case, the truck drivers have experience in handling high-end automobiles. Enclosed trailers offer complete protection from road and weather elements. This is the safest method to transport a vehicle.
Is car shipping insurance included?
Every car carrier is required by law to provide cargo insurance. As mentioned, enclosed carriers usually provide up to a million dollar in cargo insurance. which is most than acceptable for most high-end automobiles. Yet, you need to make sure you are completely comfortable with the amount of car insurance your carrier is providing. Call our agents now and discuss your options and preferences.
How does auto transport work?
Corsia Logistics transports sports and luxury vehicles nationwide daily. Our team of car relocation specialist is knowledgeable and we will offer you the best vehicle shipping rate and solution. This is the process in five steps:
- Enclosed auto transporter comes to pick-up your vehicle.
- The carrier completes vehicle pre-load inspection report.
- The carrier loads the vehicle and straps it securely inside the trailer.
- The trailer is closed and secured and the driver is on his way to deliver your automobile.
- At delivery the carrier unloads safely and inspects the vehicle again.
Check license and insurance
When shipping a car it is important to verify the company’s insurance and licenses. Many companies have posted their license numbers on their website, but you can call and ask or check with the FMCSA website.
Booking your auto transport service
Booking your luxury auto transport is easy. You can do that by phone or online. Yet, this is not exactly the last step. It means you have chosen the transporter and the time frame for shipping. After that comes the pick-up and the vehicle delivery. An important part you need to pay attention to is the vehicle condition report, or also called Bill of Lading. This is a document our carriers complete at pickup and at delivery. At delivery this report will be used to help determine that the vehicle is received in the same condition it was picked-up.
Learn more – ship with confidence
A single auto transport company can not serve every single route in the US. That is why the industry is managed by small owner operator carriers, and small management companies (brokers). Many companies are both carriers and brokers. Most carriers are small independent companies who serve only one or two routes.
The broker is the connection between you (the shipper) and the auto transporter. This is how the industry operates – brokers, carriers and customers depend on each other. A good broker company will work with you on the best market price. They will stay in touch with you from pick-up to delivery of your luxury automobile. When you arrange the vehicle hauling service, the carrier becomes your primary point of contact. An honest broker, however, will confirm that you can count on them throughout the process.
Corsia Logistics can accommodate all demands for safe and secure luxury car transport. We work with fully vetted and insured carriers, who will deliver your luxury automobile on time. The auto transport process requires great communication between our agents, dispatchers and the carrier. We stay in touch with the carrier and with the customer from pick-up to delivery. Check our customer reviews now to learn about our services and thousands of happy customers!
To make a booking, please request a quote online and or call our team now. You can also chat with us online! Ship your car with peace of mind. Thank you.