This is an article that we got from our friends at American Auto Movers who are a large auto transport company servicing the entire U.S.. Recently, there have been a lot of fly-by-night companies that mislead customers on pricing or time frame. Some of them have gone so far as to running scams by taking deposits and never picking up the cars or trucks. We have a few tips here and some insight as to how the truckers view your car/truck when they plan to transport it.
Why are lifted/modified trucks/jeeps more expensive to transport?
If you call a legitimate auto shipping company and tell them your jeep or truck has been lifted/modified they should be asking you questions like: “How big is the lift kit?” and “What is the vehicle’s height at its tallest point” or “What size tires are the the jeep?” Things like this are very important in the eyes of the trucker because the way the trailers are setup to move the vehicles. Trailers are built with the idea of moving just standard cars/trucks/jeeps. So when your truck has a 6” lift and 35 inch tires with a light rack on the top you could be adding upwards of a 12+ inches to the overall height of a standard truck. This is key because that additional height is going to be eating the space of what kind of car can go in underneath it. Generally throughout the U.S. our trailers can’t be over 13’ 6” from the ground, so when you are stacking two vehicles on top of each other and there is a lifted truck that makes a noticeable difference. When you look at the space between the cars on trailers it is not much, there is an obvious safety margin but there aren’t feet to play with, more like inches. So depending on the overall height of your vehicle you may end up paying for two spots on a trailer. OR, the alternative is to go on a flat deck trailer (if the transport isn’t cross country), where you will pay a surcharge because we are hauling less cars at a time.
With the range of prices I received, how do I know who to use?
Pricing is relative in this industry to the reputation of the companies. Sadly there are many auto transport companies who will tell you what you want to hear, give you a great quoted price in writing and tell you they can specifically meet your date requirements for transit. However, they could also tell you they were a famous TV actor and you wouldn’t really believe that would you? So we always advise people to review the companies they got quotes from on the Better Business Bureau website. Whether they are members or not is not important. What IS key is to see the number of years they have been in business and number of complaints. Don’t be tricked by review websites as often the companies and employees themselves write the reviews about how they are the best auto shipping company ever. While the review websites make an effort to avoid this, it is difficult to catch everyone.
Do your homework on each company and use who makes you feel the most comfortable. Don’t ever prepay a deposit and 9 times out of 10 it will be a smooth transport for you. Good luck.