Terminal to terminal auto shipping isn’t as popular as door to door shipping. But it’s still a part of the vehicle shipping industry as a whole, so it’s important to both know and understand what it is and who can use it. Terminal shipping is when you drop your vehicle off at a terminal for pickup, and pick your vehicle up at a terminal at delivery. It’s a great way to go if you’re not stressing how long it takes to ship a car, but rather how much it costs. However, there are some drawbacks to terminal auto transport services, so make sure you know about those as well. Luckily, we’re going to be tackling terminal to terminal auto shipping in this very post!
About Terminal to Terminal Auto Shipping
To start, terminal auto shipping is not nearly as common as door to door. This isn’t just true for customers – it’s true for carriers as well. Terminals are difficult for carriers. They pay less, they take longer, and they’re not as secure. There’s just more problems that come with terminal shipping. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any safe terminals, or terminals that carriers don’t want to go to. It just means they’re a bit harder to find.
That being said, though, most carriers will ship to and from terminals for the right price. This means that it’s up to you whether you want to ship via a terminal or not. Terminal shipping takes a bit longer, so you should only use it if you’re not worried about how long it will take to ship your vehicle. They are a bit cheaper than door to door as well. So if you’re not pressed for time and you’re more concerned about budget, terminal shipping can be a great way to go.
However, terminals are not available everywhere. They’re typically in the largest cities in the U.S. So terminals will be easy to find in major metro areas, but not in suburbs or rural areas. This tends to mean you’ll have to drive a ways in order to drop your vehicle off. Plus, you’ll need a ride both from the drop off terminal as well as to the pickup terminal.
Note too that you don’t meet your driver when using terminal shipping services. This adds to the whole “not as popular” part of terminal shipping. Carriers have had issues with false damage claims stemming from damage incurred during storage at the terminal. So make sure to speak to an agent for more.
How Can I Ship Terminal to Terminal?
To ship terminal to terminal just speak to an agent. We can get you a free, customized quote for terminal shipping services, though our standard rates are all for door to door transportation.
Note that you can ship with both open and enclosed car shipping carriers. However, open transport will be easier to find and easier to book. Enclosed shipping is also more expensive, so any savings you get with terminal transportation services will likely be negated.
We recommend terminal shipping services for people shipping parts cars, vehicles they are selling, or for students. There are many reasons to ship via terminals, of course. Such as if you can’t be there for pickup or delivery and don’t know anyone who can be. Again we recommend speaking to an agent to learn more.
Get Door to Terminal to Terminal Auto Shipping With The Express Auto
Whether you’re shipping in-state or out-of-state, The Express Auto has the terminal shipping services you need. You can give us a call any time at 877-835-2087 to speak to a representative for more information, or to get a free quote. Our agents understand the ins and outs of the car shipping industry better than most. They can also give you great information about your specific shipment, including how your pickup and delivery locations may impact your prices and services. You can also fill out our free online quote form any time to get a customized quote right away. So no matter what services you’re looking for, The Express Auto can help you find them.