Terminal to Terminal Auto Shipping
Terminal-to-terminal auto shipping is a type of transport service that is slowly being replaced in popularity by door-to-door transport, but can still be a viable method of transportation if you understand the drawbacks of it and are prepared for what comes with shipping via terminal transportation. In this helpful article we’ll break down some of the advantages and disadvantages inherent in terminal-to-terminal shipping and how you can maximize your terminal auto transport experience.
Terminal-to-terminal transport is often cheaper than door-to-door, but this is mainly due to the fact that it is widely regarded as an inferior service. With door-to-door transport the carrier will pick your vehicle up and deliver it as close to the addresses you gave as possible. With terminal-to-terminal, you will need to take your vehicle to a terminal that is provided to you by your auto transport company and drop it off, where it will wait until a carrier comes to pick it up. Terminals are rarely secure, and there are plenty of horror stories where customers dropped their car off at a terminal only to have it vandalized or broken into. It doesn’t happen to everyone, of course, but it can happen.
The lack of security is a major problem with terminal to terminal transport, but the biggest is perhaps the fact that there just aren’t that many terminals anymore. Many terminal companies have stopped providing services for auto transport customers primarily because fewer and fewer people are opting for it. Terminal shipping can be a good thing if you need to get the vehicle off your hands quickly but not necessarily transported right away. You can drop your vehicle off at a terminal where it will wait for a carrier. You don’t have to worry about it and the extended pickup window won’t bother you.
But customers in this situation are fairly rare; more often than not, the vehicle that you are transporting is a vehicle that you will be needing when you arrive at the delivery location, or one that is being shipped to someone who will need it. As customers can wait weeks for a carrier to pick a vehicle up from a terminal, more and more customers are opting instead for door to door transport as their vehicle will be picked up more quickly and transported more efficiently, thus saving everyone time and money and providing customers with a better transport experience, on the whole.