If you are considering hiring a professional service to transport your vehicle from one location to the other while keeping the costs at a minimum, terminal to terminal auto transport might be worth looking into.
How It Works
This option requires a little more effort on your part. Rather than the transport service picking up your vehicle from your home, you will need to take your vehicle to the transport companies’ terminal closest to your location, where it will be inspected and transported from. You will then need to arrange for your own ride back home. If you are transporting a second family car because you’re moving, or sending a sold car to its out-of-state buyer, this likely won’t be a problem as another family driver can follow you in your remaining vehicle. Otherwise, you can arrange for a friend to give you a ride back from the terminal.
The service will then transport your car according to the agreed upon schedule and budget, and will be delivered to another terminal hub closest to your destination. Once again, you will then need to go to the terminal to pick up your vehicle. A representative from the company will meet with you there to do a final inspection and release your car to you.
What Are the Risks Involved?
Terminal-to-terminal shipping is handled in the same manner as door-to-door, the only difference is that your vehicle is delivered from and to the companies terminal, which requires you to deliver your vehicle to the terminal for it to be transported, and for you to claim it at the terminal at its destination. There is no additional risk regarding its transport, as those functions are identical to your other delivery options.
It’s possible that your vehicle may sit for a day or two at the terminal until you are able to pick it up. Some vehicle owners worry that their car will be exposed to additional risk of vandalism or theft since it will be stored outside at the terminal lot. Most deliveries occur without incident, but if you are worried about your car’s safety, talk to your customer representative to see what precautions are being taken while your vehicle sits in the lot. Your company may protect its cargo with security cameras or 24-hour guards. Never hesitate to ask.
How to Get Started
Though this type of service may require a little extra planning and work on your part, it can significantly keep the costs down. To get started, you will need to find an auto transport service that offers this option. If you specify this request when asking for quotes, you should be able to locate a carrier in your area.