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car shipping sites

Not all car shipping sites are the same.  There are two main categories they fall into.  Actually companies and lead generating sites.  Part of the confusion for must customers looking to ship a car, is to find a legitimate company with a good reputation to ship their car.  As people go through the internet they generally aim to get 3-4 quotes for companies and then move compare their prices.  Unfortunately, the internet has numerous sites which appear to be companies, but in actuality are then selling your contact information to 5-10 different companies.  This is something consumers are used to, comparing 5-7 prices on one site, an example of that would be cheap tickets.  The difference between the two is that if you go on cheap tickets comparing prices someone from a basement run home office isn’t going to be calling you telling you why they are better than another airline.  These lead generating sites often open the door for fly-by-night companies to arrive and quote out large amounts of quotes to people without taking the care to get them an accurate number, but just to see how much they can sell.  This is not always the case, but my advise would to be to stick with 4 or 5 quotes from sites on the internet where they are an actual company.  Where you can confirm their credentials and years in business BEFORE giving away your email and cell number.  As always we have car shipping tips on our site which would be helpful for anyone looking for the service so they can make an educated choice.  Of course, we are not the only reputable companies, there are many, but it is important you do that homework before selecting which car shipping company you want.

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selling car transport leads

Some car shipping tips that you should keep in mind when you are looking for quotes, is be sure the companies you are calling to get quotes from are actually companies that ship cars and not lead generating sites.  Often there are sites that rank high on Google and appear to be a car transport company.  However, often these sites are strictly used to sell leads to what are often fly-by-night companies because they do not appear on Google because they continually change their name.  Of course, this is not applicable to all companies who receive these leads but often our customers tell us they were mislead and thought they were getting a quote from one company and then started to receive numerous emails, text messages and calls from people being hard sold into accepting the quote.  As always do your home, look for yourself how long they have been in business on the BBB.  It is going to cost you some time upfront, but generally the headache saved will be worth it in the end.

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car transport west to east

Throughout the year changes occur with demand which has a big effect on the pricing in the industry.  For the last few months there has been a large surplus of cars going from the east coast to California and Arizona.  The strange thing isn’t the demand to ship a car west, it is that there are hardly any people who want to transport east.  What is happening is the shady companies are taking advantage of this buy continuing to quote low prices to the west coast and charge a deposit and never load the cars.  However anything going east is cheaper than normal because our trucks need to get to that coast where the premium rates are.  As always, we recommend you do your homework when shipping a car and check out our car shipping tips there are many reputable companies but unfortunately people tend to be excited by the cheap prices of the scam companies.

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Relocation Tricks

As a car transport company, we inevitably end up moving lots of automobiles from people who are relocating their life to a new city or state.  While we are never involved in the transport of household items, recent comments from several customers reminded me of the problems consumers face when making a decision for household items.  The major complaint I get from consumers when moving their household items is the up-sell they get when the company arrives to load their items.  A piece of advise from us would be when you call give them an itemized list of EVERYTHING in your house so there is no reason for the price to change.  Secondly, make sure the company you chose has been around a while, newer companies worry less about their reputation and more about getting money in the bank.  While you may pay more initially to go with a reputable company, you can have piece of mind your items will safely arrive to their destination.

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car transport scam

I have talked about this several times on the blog, but I really wish I could get this information out to people on a bigger scale.  We encounter a huge volume a calls from people who get 10 quotes, take the cheapest one (of course fail to wonder WHY it is so much cheaper.)  Here is what we advise all of our customers to do when they get quotes, get several quotes from reliable companies that have been in business for at least two years or more, are on the Better Business Bureau and do not have lots of complaints.  Generally the companies that run scams quote out lots of cheap rates, ask customers to prepay a deposit and fail to deliver the service and try to keep the deposit.  it is simply a matter of if you want to pay for good service or just hope your car arrives safely and on time and you are able to reach the company you hired while it is in transit. Good luck in your search.

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ship a car

While I know we have talked about it before on the blog, it deserves being mentioned again.  A few weeks ago one of the receptionist asked me why so many people who call in ask her for pickup immediately because they booked with a company that let them down.  So, I wanted to touch on it again because as things stand now if you want to ship a car you have to be careful on what companies to even consider.  Unfortunately many car transport companies quote out prices that are unrealistic and make promises they can’t back up.  It is important to look up the reputation of the companies who are quoting you on the Better Business Bureau to see if they are experienced or valid companies first.  Often what happens is that customers get a quote of, as an example, $800 on a move that should cost $950-1000.  And like most anyone, they feel like they are getting a great price.  Unfortunately the company that quoted that price may want full or partial payment upfront because they have only been in business a short time and are not even certain they can get the car moved but they do want the money.  Then, after they don’t get the car shipped, they have to fight to get that money back which may or may not happen.  Then they have to scramble to find a reputable company and change their budget on having the car shipped.  The point of this blog is that you should research the companies before you even get a quote, then you can get accurate pricing and generally reputable companies will be similar on the pricing.

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Car Transport Hubs

Car transport hubs are a very efficient way to help customers and carriers accomplish the desired result.  Pickup and delivery is the areas where schedules and time tables need to be matched up and that is why there is typically the most problems.  In some cases drivers arrive to a city ready to deliver the car and the customer is not there or not ready to receive it.  Often this is failure from the driver calling the customer to coordinate a time early enough that the customer can make arrangements.  Using the hub allows the drivers time to call ahead and coordinate a time to make delivery.  If the customer is not ready to receive the car, it is simply not loaded onto the truck for delivery.  In this scenario everyone wins more often than not.


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