When you’re planning a move, one of the biggest questions is often how to get your second car to your new home. You may also need to move a boat, recreational vehicle, antique car or other motorized vehicle. Allied takes away the stress of moving your prized vehicles by offering dependable auto transportation services.
We use both open car carrier transport and enclosed car carrier transport methods depending on your needs. Open car carriers are the kind that auto manufacturers use for transporting new cars to dealerships, while enclosed car carrier transport keeps your vehicle even safer from the elements and may be more appropriate for your classic car or other high value vehicle.
Our vehicle shipping services are available for just about any type of vehicle, including cars and trucks, vans, SUVs, boats, snowmobiles -- you name it, we can move it. We offer door-to-door car shipping, as well as both domestic and international auto shipping.
Automobile Transport that’s Safe, Fast and Affordable
We’re often asked how long it will take to move your vehicle from your old home to your new home. That depends on the distance, and your Allied moving consultant can provide you with an auto shipping quote that tells you exactly when your vehicle will be loaded and delivered, with guaranteed dates.
In general, it generally takes about 3 to 7 business days to ship your car from pickup to delivery at your destination. And if we are late delivering your vehicle, we’ll provide a rental car at no cost to you.
Our auto transportation is safe as well as fast, so it comes with coverage in case repairs are needed due to damage. Your vehicle will be covered up to $100,000 valuation at zero deductible per vehicle, and the valuation will be included on your auto shipping quote.
We keep billing simple when it comes to our car transportation services: You’ll receive a single bill with all your charges -- no guesswork required.
How do cross country vehicle transport services work?
Moving companies, like Allied Van Lines, that transport vehicles use either open or enclosed car carriers. Your budget and your needs determine which among these two carriers to use.
Open carriers: The open carrier is the most widely used method for transporting a vehicle across the country. In fact, car manufacturers use open carriers to transport new vehicles to car lots. When you order a new car online, the manufacturer loads the vehicle along with other cars on an open carrier and delivers it either to your home or to a specified location.
Enclosed carriers: Using an enclosed carrier is pricier than using open carriers. Enclosed transport is typically used to carry vintage, luxury, and exotic cars. The idea is to protect these cars from debris and the harsh elements. It's important to note the cost of enclosed carriers can be up to 80% more than open carriers.
It's generally advisable to use open carriers unless you're transporting a luxury or extremely expensive car because this method can save you time and money. It may seem counter intuitive that an open carrier carrying multiple cars is faster. However, it makes sense when you consider that transporting multiple vehicles makes scheduling open carriers faster and easier.
How are car shipping rates determined?
As you research different auto transportation companies, you'll get different car shipping quotes for the services you want. The following are some of the factors that determine shipping rates:
The distance between pick-up and drop-off: This is among the most important factors that determine the shipping rate. In most cases, the long distance is the reason why you're using a car transportation company in the first place. The distance factors directly into how much the car transport will cost to move to your new destination because there are specific fuel and labor cost per mile.
The type and condition of the car: Transporting a larger vehicle tends to cost more than shipping a smaller car. This is due to the weight of your car into the quote.
Luxury/Exotic/Antique: Furthermore, the type of vehicle to be transported determines whether the auto transportation company will use an open or closed carrier. Luxury cars and exotic cars among other expensive vehicles are usually transported in closed carriers whereas it's more affordable and reasonable to transport regular cars in open carriers.
Condition: Many auto transport companies factor in the condition of your car in their quotes. For example, a vehicle that is inoperable may cost more as the transporter may have to use a winch.
Why Allied? The Car Shipment Experts
Your driver will meet you at your home, your office, or the location where the vehicle is stored. Our goal is to offer safe, affordable and fast auto shipping.
It helps to do the following before the vehicle’s date of pickup:
Ensure that it contains less than half a tank of gas
Make note of the vehicle’s mileage and condition
Remove whatever personal belongings you can from the vehicle
Disable your vehicle’s alarm system
Either remove or secure any accessories the vehicle has
What if you need to ship a car or other vehicle that isn’t in working condition? We can handle it for you! Just be sure to mention this information when you get your auto shipping quote so we can plan with a non-running vehicle in mind.
Vehicle Shipping Services You Can Trust
In any part of life, it makes sense to use the right tool for the right job. At Allied, we’re experts at moving all sorts of household belongings and then some -- and that includes your prized motorized vehicles! So we use car carrier trucks for transporting most vehicles.
Trust Allied to move your car, truck, SUV, boat, yacht, classic car, snowmobile, jet ski or other recreational vehicle -- you name it, we’ve moved it! Contact your local Allied agent today for a quote on our auto transportation services that go way beyond automobiles.