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Car shipping services can be expensive, but there are things you can do to minimize your costs. We walk you through a five-step process to getting a good deal on your auto transport quote and identify the most common discounts to ask your shipper about.
Auto transport deals
Getting a good deal on auto transport quotes is about more than discounts—it’s also about knowing how the system works. It’s kind of like shopping for a new car: if you learn some simple tricks, it’s easy to avoid being taken advantage of.
There are five things you can do to increase your odds of a lower transport quote:
1. Use a reputable broker. You typically work with two types of companies if you want to ship a vehicle: carriers and brokers. Carriers are the companies that physically ship your vehicle using one of a small number of transport trucks. Brokers are the companies that hook you up with carriers. Because they have access to a vast network of carriers, brokers can usually find you lower prices. Check out our list of the best car shipping brokers to get started.
2. Get multiple quotes. Go into almost any grocery store, and you’ll find that a Snickers bar costs about the same. It doesn’t work that way with car shipping quotes. Estimates from different car transport services can vary by hundreds of dollars for the same job. We recommend getting quotes from three to five transport companies. Read How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Car? to learn more.
3. Ask about price matching. Save money by asking auto transport companies if they offer price matching. If you get multiple quotes, it’s easy to say, “Company ABC said it would ship my car from Location A to Location B for X dollars. Can you match or beat that?”
4. Understand insurance basics. Some companies will try to sell you expensive insurance to ship a vehicle, but it may not always be in your best interest. Any company in the vehicle transport business is required to carry basic insurance to protect your car against negligent damage. Supplemental plans that cost extra can have value, but they aren’t always necessary. Learn more in Auto Transport Insurance—How Your Vehicle Is Covered in Transit.
5. Ask for a discount. Auto transport discounts are relatively common, but shipping company websites aren’t always up to date or easy to navigate. When you get your auto transport quotes, take an extra 10 seconds and ask the customer service representative, “Do you offer auto transport discounts?” Not sure what kinds of discounts are even possible? Scroll down.
Auto transport discounts
It can be expensive to ship a car. Why pay full price if you don’t have to?
Not all transport companies offer discounts, but many do. Since you often have to ask for a discount to get one (because companies aren’t always forthcoming with this info), we’ve put together a list of the most common options.
Common auto transport discounts
|Type of discount||Who’s eligible|
|Students||Students enrolled in college|
|Military personnel||Those serving in the US military|
|Seniors||Those 65 years or older|
|Snowbirds||Those who move twice each year when the weather changes|
|Seasonal||Those shipping cars during high-volume and low-volume seasons|
|First-time shippers||Those shipping a car for the first time|
|Multiple vehicles||Those shipping two or more vehicles at the same time|
|Early birds||Those who place an order within 48 hours of getting a quote|
|Online bookings||Those who make reservations online|
|Return customers||Those shipping with the same company two or more times|
|First responders||Those in public service professions such as police, firefighters, and EMTs|
|Students enrolled in college|
|Those serving in the US military|
|Those 65 years or older|
|Those who move twice each year when the weather changes|
|Those shipping cars during high-volume and low-volume seasons|
|Those shipping a car for the first time|
|Those shipping two or more vehicles at the same time|
|Those who place an order within 48 hours of getting a quote|
|Those who make reservations online|
|Those shipping with the same company two or more times|
|Those in public service professions such as police, firefighters, and EMTs|