Sport utility vehicles are great – they combine the power and towing capability of a small pickup truck, the comfort and cargo space of a minivan, and the luxury of a standard car. Since the sport utility vehicle was introduced over fifty years ago, a lot of things have changed – and a lot of companies have created their own SUV lines. When it comes to transporting an SUV, your prices can be affected by a lot of different factors, namely because of how many different SUV’s there are on the road today.
SUV’s come in all different shapes and sizes, and this makes it hard to price an SUV accurately without having more information. Every auto transport company will ask you the year, make and model of the vehicle you’re shipping, but more often than not they’ll stop with that – unless you’re transporting a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle. This is where the submodel is important – if you’re transporting a GMC Yukon Denali XL and you tell your transport company you’re shipping a GMC Yukon, you’re in for a bad time. The Yukon Denali XL is a lot bigger than your standard Yukon, and this is but one example – almost every SUV line from every major manufacturer has an SUV line that increases in size as the price goes up.
Make sure to be specific when you’re talking to your shipping company and make sure that you let them know of any lifts or other modifications. These can also increase your auto transport price, especially if your SUV is lifted. If you don’t let your auto transporters know about any lifts or modifications, you could end up causing yourself a lot of trouble because your SUV may be too tall to fit on a standard carrier if it is lifted. If your shipper dispatches the wrong kind of truck to pick up your SUV, just to find out they can’t load it, it’s a wasted trip for the driver, a waste of time for the carrier and a huge expense for you. Some companies may even flat-out cancel your order because you misrepresented your vehicle – so don’t do that.
When it comes to transporting your vehicle during the summer months, you should really understand why things are the way they are. Auto transport is a seasonal industry, with more people moving during the summer months than in the winter months. This can increase prices into or out of major cities, especially areas like New York or Los Angeles; with more people going in or out of one area, trucks are able to increase prices per load because of the backlog of customers. This can be a tough time to ship; if you need to move your vehicle during the depths of the summer season try not to book more than a week out; this will ensure that you get the best auto transport prices for your shipment and should get your vehicle picked up in a timely manner. Booking too far out may cause your vehicle to not move as quickly, as auto transport prices tend to change on a near-weekly basis during the summer season.
Another tip is to make sure that you budget enough money to get your vehicle moved. Transport during the summer months is more expensive than other times of the year, especially into or out of metropolitan areas, and with the way that prices change in the car shipping industry it’s best to do what you can, financially, to entice transporters to pick your vehicle up over all the other ones. This usually isn’t the best move during most other times of the year, but because of the summer squeeze it can be a good tactic on the whole.
Technically car shipping carriers aren’t licensed to carry any household goods, which means that legally, nothing can be in your vehicle during transport. In reality, however, most carriers really don’t care if you have a little bit of junk in the trunk of your car. The additional weight – so long as it’s kept below 50-100 pounds (depending on the carrier) – isn’t going to do anything to push the truck overweight. Usually. There is a point where if everyone’s got enough stuff in their cars that the truck will be too heavy at the next weigh station, which would end up causing a lot of problems for everyone – the driver, the government, and not just you but every customer who’s vehicle is on the back of the carrier at the time.
We here at All Pro Auto Transport recommend that, if you have to put anything in your car, make sure that you put it in the trunk and that you limit it to light items, such as blankets, pillows, clothes and linens. Please don’t put any electronics or anything remotely valuable or sentimental in the vehicle – this is because auto transport carriers not only are not licensed to carry household items but their insurance does not cover anything loose inside the vehicle. Damage to the vehicle itself the insurance will cover. Damage to stuff you put inside your car? Not so much.