2020 AmeriFreight Car Shipping Review

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

4.0 / 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 shipping 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 money on your shipment, and it’ll keep your car or truck safe along the way.

Pros

  • Discounts to reduce your cost
  • Damage coverage plans
  • Helpful resources about the auto transportation industry
  • Refunds if you cancel your booking

Cons

  • Poorly designed website with little information

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.

AmeriFreight’s services

  • Local, national, and international transport services
  • Motorcycle shipping
  • Trailer and RV shipping
  • Boat shipping
  • Open transport
  • Enclosed transport
  • Door-to-door delivery
  • Additional damage coverage
  • Expedited shipping
  • Top-load guarantee
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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 ship 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 might pay up to 80% more. Considering that AmeriFreight is one of our favorite enclosed car shipping companies, if you need the extra protection for your vehicle, this extra cost is well worth it.

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

Considering how widely 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.

You’ll pay AmeriFreight an initial deposit when you book your shipment—and you’ll pay your remaining 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.

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

AmeriFreight’s rate calculator

AmeriFreight has a handy rate calculator that turns budgeting your shipment into 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 and asks if you’d like to provide additional information to receive a formal quote.

Keep in mind that AmeriFreight still has to pitch your quote to its carriers—so this price might change depending on the carrier that books your shipment.

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FOR CRAFTY CONSUMERS

FOR CRAFTY CONSUMERS

Once you get a quote from AmeriFreight, you can check out our car shipping pricing guide to compare rates from other transporters. If you can’t afford AmeriFreight despite its killer discounts (which we’ll get into below), visit our list of cheap ways to ship your car for some budget-friendly options.

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 discounts

AmeriFreight 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 24 hours of receiving your quote, AmeriFreight will apply the early bird discount plus one other discount (if you qualify).

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 than 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.

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 can also expose 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. This type of damage protection is sometimes referred to as guaranteed asset protection, or gap insurance. 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 can customize how much it costs and what exactly it covers. Depending on how much you spend, your AFTA coverage can protect you in several ways:

  • Coverage for minor damage (rock chips, oil spills, light hail damage, etc.)
  • Covers up to $2,000 of your personal auto insurance deductible
  • 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 guarantee that your keys arrive with your car)? Go with a cheaper option! Want all the bells and whistles plus the ability to cancel without paying a fee? Get the maximum coverage!

Whether you’re a busy mom shipping her van or a vintage car collector shipping a classic VW, we think purchasing one of AmeriFreight’s AFta plans is a no-brainer.

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THE BEST PART

THE BEST PART

One of our very favorite things about AmeriFreight is its 48-hour damage check policy. No matter which coverage plan you choose, you have 48 hours to check your car for any new bumps or scrapes—which is 48 hours more than most carriers offer.

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. (We know we 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 at least a little bit different—but we still appreciate having this point of reference.

AmeriFreight’s pricing info

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, AmeriFreight 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.

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’s journey across the country.

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 us 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.