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How much does it cost to ship a car? How is the price calculated?



How Much It Will Cost to Ship Your Vehicle
How much is it going to cost to ship my vehicle?

Below you will find an overview of the significant factors of how transporters come up with the price that they will quote you to move your vehicle.

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Key Factors That Determine Your Cost

  • Distance & Milage  Car carriers are lucky to get 10 miles to one gallon of diesel fuel. Diesel fuel varies in price like all fuels but prices are typically between $2.40 and $3.00 a gallon. Add in all the other per-mile costs like insurance, driver salary, taxes and you can begin to calculate the variable per-mile costs.
  • Carrier Type  Open car carriers are the standard form of auto transport. If you choose to use the more premium enclosed carrier your price will typically increase $200 to $500.
  • Location Special Factors  Most companies specialize in door-to-door service, or as close to your door as a large car carrier can get. In some cases getting close to your door may incur significant additional costs due to toll roads and/or the general hassle associated with getting to some locations. Two places in particular are Long Island in New York and San Francisco, California. With Long Island tolls and traffic can add $150 to $250 to your transport cost. In San Francisco some carriers are flat out unable to travel on some of the steep hills leading to costs to transfer the vehicle to a smaller carrier or towing company.
  • Vehicle Condition and Value  For non-running vehicles you will incur an inoperable charge. This is a fee charged to winch or push a vehicle onto a truck. Inoperable vehicles will often cost an addition $150 to $300. You may also be charged additional fees if you have a collectors car or custom car with excessive value or special needs. All of these factors should be mentioned to your transport company.
Created By: Drew

Submitted by on 8/8/2013 2:07:08 PM