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What is Door-to-door Transport?

Door-to-door auto transport is a type of auto transport service that allows you to have your car shipped to and from a specific address. You just provide your origin and destination address, and onsite contact details at each location. Your car will be collected and delivered near your preferred addresses as safely and legally possible.
Door-to-door shipping is the most convenient and efficient way to get your car from one place to another. You don’t have to worry about finding a car carrier or loading your car onto a trailer. This service is convenient and hassle-free because the car carrier arrives at your drop-off location to safely load your vehicle and deliver it straight to the door of its destination. It’s the most convenient car shipping service we offer.

Misconceptions about Door-to-door Car Shipping

While door-to-door service delivers your car from your pickup location to its destination, sometimes the driver can’t get exactly to your door. This is because it can be difficult or impossible to arrange in some cases:
  • Auto carriers are big and sometimes are difficult to maneuver, and they can’t always legally or safely pull over to load or unload your car(s) in tight residential areas
  • Auto transport carriers must follow all local laws and regulations, some streets prohibit large trucks from driving down them
  • Auto car carriers with open trailers have limited protection against low-hanging trees and branches, so they wi
Regardless, when you book a door to door transport service, your car will be picked up and delivered as close as legally and logistically possible to your desired locations. Should there be any issues, your driver will communicate them to you so you can arrange a new location.

Door-to-door car transport is more expensive than terminal-to-terminal shipping, but it could still be worth the cost to you in terms of convenience. To start, compare different car transport companies to discover which ones can best fulfill your needs. Also, get a car shipping quote ahead of time to see how much it will cost.z

What is Terminal-To-Terminal Shipping?

You’ll have to drive your vehicle to a specific port where you can drop it off for shipment if you use terminal-to-terminal transport. This is often used when your car needs to travel across the ocean, as the “terminals” are the origin and destination ports.
Some people choose terminal-to-terminal auto service because of the following reasons:

Flexible – This approach is flexible since you may drop the vehicle off at your leisure, albeit close to your ship date.

Straightforward – Picking up your vehicle at its destination is also straightforward. You can pick it up at your leisure, just note that most ocean carriers charge a storage fee after 48 hours of inactivity.

Money-saving – Terminal-to-terminal auto shipping costs less for the shipment since you are only paying for the ocean transport service.

Door-to-door Auto Transport Services Vs. Terminal-to-terminal Car Shipping Services

When choosing a car shipping service, it is important to decide what is more important to you: “convenience” or “price“.

Door-to-door auto transport services are more expensive than terminal-to-terminal but are far more convenient. Door-to-door shipping is the most flexible shipping method to work around your schedule. This service involves the driver picking up your car from your home and delivering it straight to the destination.
Terminal-to-terminal car shipping services require you to take your car to a designated terminal, where it will be loaded onto a ship and transported to the destination. This method is cheaper than door to door shipping because you won’t be paying a driver to take your car to and from the port. The downside is that you’ll need to arrange your own transport to deliver and pickup the vehicle.
Looking for a reputable, reliable car shipping company? Give us a call today to get your transport underway.

Commonly Used Methods in Door To Door Car Shipping Services

There are two methods used by car shipping companies when transporting vehicles door-to-door:

Enclosed auto transport – Enclosed transport is the safest type of auto transport for your vehicle. This type of auto shipping uses an enclosed trailer that protects your car from weather and road debris. It’s a popular choice for luxury cars and classic cars that need extra protection, as enclosed transport carriers also carry higher insurance policies.

Open auto transport – Open auto transport is the most popular method of auto shipping, in which your vehicle is transported on an open truck bed or trailer. It’s cheaper compared to enclosed transport. When you choose open car transport for your door-to-door auto transport, you can still expect timely pick-up and a professional driver that will take care of your car. Your vehicle will be insured by the driver’s insurance policy in the event of damage. Choosing this mode of transport does not mean that you have to compromise on the quality of service.

How Much Does Door-to-door Transport Cost?

There are various factors that influence the cost of door-to-door car shipping. To get an idea of what you could be paying, here are the factors that affect the cost of door-to-door car transport:

Vehicle Size & Weight – The size and weight of your car is the first major factor of your shipping quote. Heavier cars will cost more to move than lighter cars, because they use more gasoline to transport. Larger cars are more expensive that smaller cars, because a driver can fit more small cars on a truck.

Distance – The distance between the vehicle pickup and delivery locations is crucial to the shipping quote. The cost of auto transport of a running sedan for short distances generally is around $300 up to $700 while long distances cost $1000 or more. The farther the distance, the more expensive it will be.

Open or Closed Transport – Open transport is the most affordable option, while enclosed transport will give your vehicle much more protection during transit.

Condition of Your Vehicle – Inoperable vehicles (“Inops”) will cost more as they require special handling to be loaded onto the carrier. Cars that steer, brake, and roll can be loaded with a winch, while vehicles that don’t roll will have to be loaded with forklifts at the origin and destination. 

Special Requests – Expedited shipments, added insurance policies, top load transport, and other special requests can increase the cost of your transport. Simply give us a call if you have any special requests so we can customize your shipment.

Be sure to speak with us to get the best price for your auto transport. You can also use our user-friendly car shipping cost calculator to find a rough estimate. We also give you an all-inclusive quote without hidden fees.

How Does Door to Door Auto Transport Work?

Follow the three simple stages outlined below to understand how the door-to-door auto transport works:

Step 1: Get a quote & schedule the pickup

Using our auto transport calculator, you can get a custom quote for your door-to-door car transport. All you have to do is fill in the blanks (i.e., pick up/drop off locations, requested date, trailer type, condition of the vehicle, make and model), and we will provide a free, no-obligation quote with no hidden costs or upfront payments immediately.
Alternatively, you can call us to speak to our customer service representatives on the phone. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you figure out the best option for your needs.

Step 2: We pick up your vehicle

A few hours before the scheduled pick-up time, your driver will contact you to coordinate pickup. Ensure that your location is accessible by large commercial vehicles. If the transport truck is unable to fit the vehicle at the pickup location, the transport truck driver will work out an alternative spot (e.g., meeting on a wider street or a parking lot nearby).
Prior to pick-up, the driver will inspect your car and fill out the Bill of Lading accordingly. If there is any existing damage to the vehicle, they will record it on this document. You’ll sign it and receive a copy to keep. The final stage is for your car to be loaded onto the door-to-door auto transport carrier.
Remember that you may talk to the driver at any time throughout the transport. However, we can also provide you with regular updates by email, or phone. Feel free to ask!

Step 3: You receive your vehicle at your desired location

When your car arrives at its destination, the driver will contact you to confirm that you will meet them at the agreed-upon drop-off location. If you can’t make it to the drop-off location at the scheduled time, you may ask someone else to take receive your car. The final stage is to review the car for any damage that may have occurred during transport and to sign the Bill of Lading. You’ll pay the driver the remainder of your balance in cash or cashier’s check, which closes your shipment successfully!

Call us to schedule your door-to-door car shipment with a reliable, friendly, fully licensed, and insured auto transport company: Speedy Car Shipping!