AmeriFreight Review 2019

Bottom line: Thanks to its price-matching program and a healthy list of discounts, AmeriFreight is a great option if you’re hoping to save a buck or two on your auto shipment.

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

Need to send your Corolla to California? How about your Fiat to Florida? No matter what you drive or where you need to ship it, AmeriFreight offers affordable and worry-free options to get your car from A to B.

While AmeriFreight doesn’t offer the most user-friendly website, it does offer plenty of ways to save you money on your shipment and keep your car or truck safe.

Pros

  • Offers discounts to reduce your shipment cost
  • Offers damage coverage plans that give you 48 hours after delivery to inspect your car
  • Provides helpful information about the auto transport industry

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a user-friendly website
  • Doesn’t thoroughly describe its services online

See where AmeriFreight ranks on our Best Car Shipping Companies list.

What services does AmeriFreight offer?

AmeriFreight is an auto transport broker that offers just about everything you need when shipping a car, but there are a few features and services that stand out above the rest.

Standout features

  1. It offers price matching and other discounts.
  2. It has multiple damage coverage options.
  3. It provides helpful info about the auto transport industry, including pricing.

Services AmeriFreight offers

  • Car shipping
  • Motorcycle shipping
  • Trailer and RV shipping
  • Boat shipping
  • Open transport
  • Enclosed transport
  • Door-to-door delivery
  • Additional damage coverage
  • Expedited shipping
  • Top-load guarantee
  • Extra luggage storage (up to 100 lbs.)
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BROKERS VS. CARRIERS

BROKERS VS. CARRIERS

AmeriFreight is an auto transport broker, meaning it doesn’t have its own trucks. Instead, it vets other car shipping companies to ensure they meet certain standards and matches you with the right carrier for your needs.

How much does AmeriFreight cost?

Auto transport costs vary from shipment to shipment, so it’s hard to spell out exactly how much you’ll pay to deliver your car.

As a general rule of thumb, AmeriFreight says you can expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $2,000 to ship a standard-sized sedan anywhere in the continental United States.1 If you choose an enclosed carrier, you’ll pay even more—up to 80% more.

Luckily, AmeriFreight offers a couple of tools to give you a better idea of your shipping costs.

AmeriFreight’s rate calculator

Calculating your car shipping costs (try saying that five times fast) with AmeriFreight is a fairly simple process.

Here’s what you’ll enter into AmeriFreight’s rate calculator:

  • Your car’s pickup and delivery location
  • The earliest date it’s available for pickup
  • The vehicle type (small sedan, full-size pickup truck, boat, RV, etc.)
  • Whether or not it’s in running condition
  • Whether you prefer an open or enclosed carrier
  • Your name, email, and phone number

Once you submit your info, AmeriFreight shows you a rough cost estimate on a new page and asks if you’d like to provide additional information to receive a formal quote.

When we entered our info to ship a small sedan in an open carrier from Salt Lake City, UT, to Kansas City, KS, it estimated a price of $787. When we converted that estimate to a quote, the price jumped a whole $3 to $790.

Considering how much prices in the moving industry can vary from your estimate to your final quote, we were pleasantly surprised with how close our original estimate was to our official quote.

Keep in mind, however, that AmeriFreight still has to pitch your quote to its carriers—so this price isn’t guaranteed and might change depending on the carrier that books your shipment.

AmeriFreight’s educational information

Aside from its rate calculator, AmeriFreight also offers a ton of educational information about pricing across the auto transport industry. If you’re just dipping your toes in the water with research before diving into the quote process, this is a great place to start.

On AmeriFreight’s website, you’ll find everything from popular shipping route costs to specific pricing factors for your auto transport, including how much each factor adds to your final bill.

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HEADS UP

HEADS UP

You’ll pay AmeriFreight an initial deposit when you book your shipment—and you’ll pay your balance to your carrier upon delivery by cash or cashier’s check. Most drivers in the industry prefer cash, however, so a trip to the ATM might be in order.

AmeriFreight offers plenty of discounts

Depending on the car you need to ship and where you need to ship it, your final bill can get pretty expensive. Luckily, AmeriFreight offers price matching and plenty of discounts.

AmeriFreight’s price matching policy

Whether you’re shipping a car or planning a full-service move, we always suggest you shop around and compare prices. After all, we all want to save money, right?

Searching for the best deal usually leads you to the company you’ll end up using. But what happens if that cheaper competitor has fewer features you really want? With AmeriFreight’s price-matching program you get the best of both worlds. You pay the lowest price and still get to take advantage of AmeriFreight’s standout features.

So how exactly does this price matching policy work? AmeriFreight promises to match any price quoted by a company with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and above-average customer reviews.

We think this is a win-win scenario because, no matter what, you get the price and the services you want.

Do you prefer the services offered by the lower-priced company? Great! You found a better option for you!

Do you like another company’s price but prefer AmeriFreight’s services? No problem! AmeriFreight has you covered—as long as the other company meets the standards mentioned earlier, of course.

AmeriFreight’s discounts

AmeriFreight also saves you money through its discounts—and it has quite a few of them. In fact, AmeriFreight advertises more discounts than every other company on our best car shipping companies list. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Student discount: $25
  • Senior citizen discount: $25
  • Military discount: $35
  • First responder discount: $35
  • Early bird discount*: $35
  • Return customer discount: $50
  • Multiple vehicle discount: $50 for every additional vehicle in your shipment

*Early bird discount applies if you book within twenty-four hours of receiving your quote.

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KEEP IN MIND

KEEP IN MIND

AmeriFreight only allows you to redeem one discount per shipment—unless you take advantage of its price-matching policy or the early bird discount.

If you book your shipment within twenty-four hours of receiving your quote, AmeriFreight will apply the early bird discount plus one other discount (if you qualify).

AmeriFreight offers damage protection

Auto transport isn’t without risks. Although shipping is the most convenient way to send your car to its new home, it also exposes your vehicle to accidental dings, dents, and scrapes.

AmeriFreight makes sure each of its carriers has insurance to cover any damage they cause during the shipment—but that insurance doesn’t cover everything.

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LOOK OUT FOR EXCLUSIONS

LOOK OUT FOR EXCLUSIONS

Car carrier insurance is often limited to damage that occurs while your vehicle is on the transport trailer. If your car is damaged during loading, unloading, or storage, you’ll foot the repair bill yourself.

Be sure to ask your broker if it offers additional damage protection so that your car is covered in any situation.

AmeriFreight’s optional AF Total Assurance (AFta) plan acts as a barrier between a carrier’s insurance exclusions and your wallet. If your car is damaged and your carrier won’t pay for repairs, the AFta plan steps in to cover the costs.

AF Total Assurance Plan protection levels

If you sign up for AmeriFreight’s AFta plan, you have three options—each with an increasing level of coverage and features:

Option #1: $40 plan

  • $600 in coverage for minor damage (rock chips, oil spills, light hail damage, etc.)
  • 48-hour grace period to inspect your vehicle for damage

Option #2: $78 plan

  • $800 in coverage for minor damage (rock chips, oil spills, light hail damage, etc.)
  • Covers up to $2,000 of your personal auto insurance deductible
  • $350 in coverage if your keys are lost or stolen in transit
  • Rental car if your vehicle is 15 days late or more
  • 48-hour grace period to inspect your vehicle for damage

Option #3: $98 plan

  • $800 in coverage for minor damage (rock chips, oil spills, light hail damage, etc.)
  • Covers up to $2,000 of your personal auto insurance deductible
  • $350 in coverage if your keys are lost or stolen in transit
  • Rental car if your vehicle is 15 days late or more
  • 48-hour grace period to inspect your vehicle for damage
  • Waived cancellation fee

We like that AmeriFreight allows you to choose the coverage level that’s best for you. Want to save some money (and trust your keys to arrive with your car)? Choose the $40 option! Want all the bells and whistles and the option to cancel without paying a fee? Go for the $98 plan!

Most of all, we like that no matter which plan you choose, you have forty-eight hours to check your car for any new bumps or bruises—which is forty-eight hours more than most carriers offer.

No matter what you’re shipping, we think purchasing one of AmeriFreight’s AFta plans is a no-brainer.

AmeriFreight provides useful educational info

If you’ve never shipped a car before, you likely want to learn more about the process before taking the plunge. (I know I would.)

AmeriFreight’s website tells you what to expect from any car shipping company, not just AmeriFreight. It shares information about average car shipping costs, procedures, and red flags to look out for as you’re comparing companies.

We found its pricing examples to be the most helpful resource.

AmeriFreight lists ten popular routes and a price estimate for each. These numbers are just estimates—your shipping scenario will be different—but we still appreciate having this point of reference.

The website isn’t the sleekest we’ve seen, and we wish it had more specific information about AmeriFreight’s own offerings. That said, it’s a great resource for general industry knowledge and for actually booking your shipment—no matter which car carrier you choose.

Our recommendation

AmeriFreight is the perfect auto transport company if you want to save some money and add a bit of extra protection for your car while it’s on its journey.

Although its website isn’t as easy to navigate as others we’ve seen, we still think AmeriFreight offers plenty of perks:

  • Price matching and other discounts
  • Additional damage protection
  • Helpful educational information

Overall, we think AmeriFreight is a solid choice for your car shipment and well worth considering as you narrow down your options.

Have you shipped a car with AmeriFreight? Tell our readers about your experience in the comments below!

About Colin Holmes

Colin Holmes
Colin Holmes is no stranger to moving: he’s done so five times in the last five years, and he’s used his expertise to help over 185,000 readers plan their moves in the last year alone. As a former journalist and documentary interviewer, Colin brings a wealth of research experience to Move.org.