When the production of vehicles first started increasing back in the second half of the nineteenth century, auto dealers were faced with an issue. They had to find a way to transport the large number of vehicles from manufacturers to their dealer shops, which was more efficient than the railway boxcars. It’s been over 100 years now, a century in which the auto transport industry has changed significantly.
It was back then that the first semi-trucks and bi-level auto carriers came into use.
Even air shipping gained popularity very quickly and today we can choose from variety of options to transport our vehicles in the most suitable for us way. Modern, safe and convenient. Things we take for granted that have required efforts and innovations to bring the auto transport industry to what it is today. Sometimes, however, it can be fun to look back when the vehicle shipping wasn’t as professional as it is these days.
Many auto dealers were inexperienced in managing vehicle shipping since it wasn’t something they had to do that often before. They were faced with too many important questions: how many cars we can ship at once, how much fuel we have to pay, do we need our own car haulers fleet and more. Some automakers, however, managed to fit one more topic in the list of duties: the style of the car carriers themselves. For many they turned into a whole separate fascination.
The design and shape of the car carriers served as a piece of marketing itself – it attracted attention, it advertised the auto dealer, and most importantly – it spoke about the character of the auto dealer itself. This is why owners of dealerships invested large amounts of time to choose the right make and model of car carrier they wanted to be remembered with.
One of the most popular car carriers was the Quad trailer which remained the most preferred style among car carriers for decades.
Two people decided to dedicate themselves to hard work and to delivering what customers need – personal attention, straight talk and realistic prices.
It was a difficult beginning since this is a competitive industry and some big players really wanted to take us down. Certainly we did not expect a warm welcoming, but why were some big companies disturbed by us we really wondered. It was a good kick in the nose though, to make us understand that we have to work even harder and make sure we deliver this great service customers seek because this is the only way to prove our dedication and professionalism.
We still remember the first six months of working without anything much on the table for us, but we knew things will turn around. We knew that in America when you work hard, when you are consistent and honest you will succeed because people will appreciate it. We knew that people will appreciate our personalized approach and dedication to attention and professional services.
We serve mainly as a broker because as a carrier we are only servicing local California routes, for short distance trips. Brokers are an entity that exists in every industry and this should not be a surprise to customers. We always explain that this is how the system stays efficient and competitive. Brokers and carriers work together to deliver fast and affordable service. One or a few carrier companies cannot service the whole country because this could turn the whole industry into a corporate own body without much competition, and we know what this is called.
The way the industry runs today is by having thousands of owner operator carrier companies servicing certain routes and working with brokers to make sure they load their trucks completely. The brokers on the other hand have access to all of these carrier companies and thus when a customer requests a quote they can quickly check prices on the national central dispatch board and contract with a carrier to transport the vehicle.
Owner operators and brokers are the motors that propel the industry and keep it from the spreading tentacles of corporations.
Many auto transport companies today can be considered corporations or certainly a big company when you look at the number of employees or trucks they have. People don’t often think about the importance of small businesses and what they bring to the table. Thinking about small versus big companies, we know one thing for sure, when a company gets big people tend to start looking small. In contrast, the value of the individual customer is always greater for a small business compare to a large corporation.
Small businesses are more in touch with their customers’ needs and hence the better customer care.
The level of sensitivity is preserved in a small business – daily customer requests and overall handling stays the most important operation. A small business owner usually exceeds customers’ expectations not because they need to, but because they want to.
Transporting a vehicle is a service many people never even think they would need one day. Millions of people move each year and often they expect their moving company to take care of their vehicle as they do to their household goods. The fact is though that moving companies are not authorized to transport vehicles and for them to offer this complementary service to their customer they work with companies like us.
This is when customers realize this whole industry is completely different than the moving industry. And this is when we start our educational process.
We know we have to communicate with our customers how the process works, step by step, because this is the only way to make people feel comfortable giving their car keys to a complete stranger.
But we are not a stranger anymore!
We have been here for three years and our customers are very happy with us! Please, read what they have to say about us online. Just Google our name.
We started small and we are still a small company because we believe in better customer care. Yes, we have hired three people for three years, and maybe we will hire another three in the next three years. We will let you know. Thank you to all customers, many of whom return or refer business to us. We will continue to offer above and beyond customer service in the years to come. Thank you!
This was the one company I had looked into and saw absolutely no bad reviews about, and my time I needed my car by was quickly approaching. So I gave them a call and everything was beyond my expectation. I had so many questions and was constantly calling to get them answered, and they were all answered so pleasantly and professionally and my fear of shipping my car was eased. Placed my order, my car was picked up in California and I was informed daily about the status of my car. Arrived in Texas two days earlier than I expected. It was great! Wonderful company!"
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Factors Affecting Your Cost to Ship a Car:
MAKE & MODEL
SUPPLY & DEMAND
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Corsia Logistics provides realistic rates that will ship your vehicle – this means rates that are acceptable by the carriers because as you know now demand and supply is what ultimately determines the prices. We call them the AA rates or the happy middle ground rates – affordable to the customer and acceptable by the trucker. In this industry the majority of the business is handled by brokers who work closely with carriers from across the US. The auto transport carriers are busy hauling vehicles and the brokers are the once talking to customers and arranging the service and then also talking to carriers, making the connection, so, the brokers need the carriers and the other way around. It is a very efficient system because a single company cannot service the entire country. Brokers work with dispatch boards to post their loads and carriers running this route call to inquire about the vehicle. A carrier always wants to fully load their trailer, but they are not going to take lower than a certain market price and that is why our AA rates always win.
Customers should also take into consideration that what we call our AA rate is the standard rate. Customers can also request an expedited service that usually costs more. The standard rate is perfectly fine for most customers as this means getting a carrier assigned between one and five days. The expedited rate will rush the service and for a higher price expedite the pick-up and delivery dates. A separate option to keep in mind is the guaranteed pick-up and delivery. The guaranteed service cost almost double the standard rate. It depends on all the other factors first and then on how fast and when exactly you need the car shipped. Please call us to inquire about your options.
After all, you never know when you might find a winning lottery ticket at Trader Joe’s and we just want to be there for you when this happens.
When you have just invested half your fortune in a vehicle, you probably want to get it home safely. It’s very likely that this is the car you have always dreamed of and you surely don’t want to lose that gem before it even gets to your house.
It’s not just the price you paid that makes it important, it’s the imagination you put into dreaming about it or the effort you invested in selecting it.
This is why the transportation of the vehicle is no less important. It’s the last step before you can say “It’s finally mine”. But here’s a secret:
Transporting a luxury vehicle across the country or across the ocean can be complicated, even risky.
Sorry I spoiled it for you. But you would really want to take this seriously and do it the right way. You don’t want your investment to end up in bad hands, right? You would want to get your car home undamaged and on time.
So here is our advice on shipping a million dollar car:
1. Choose your shipping company wisely.
Think of this as choosing a bank for your savings.
Or a boarding school for your daughter.
You would want to see their performance and reputation, even previous cases of handling similar situations. You have chosen to entrust one your most precious thing to these people. So it’s not solely about the business – you have to know that you are able to trust the people behind the company.
Here you can find more guidelines on choosing your auto shipping company.
2. Do your online and first-hand research.
Make sure you spend enough time online looking into various ways and options for shipping your car.
Look for opinions and experiences of people who have already been through the process. Contact them personally and ask your questions.
Call you friends and ask them for advice or recommendations. Check if there are stories online of shipping expensive cars where the ending wasn’t so glamorous and make sure you figure out how to avoid such situations.
It’s all about proper research and planning, really.
3.Choose your way of transport.
Once you have plenty of information gathered on the topic, start evaluating each option – the shipping carrier and the actual shipping format. It’s best to choose a carrier that specializes in the shipping of high-end vehicles – it will be worth the money because you know their prior experience decreases the chances of experiencing unexpected issues on the way.
The drivers are also important – they will be taking care of your money after all. Next, choose the transport:
Ocean freight or by air?
Shipping by air is also an option for you if you insist of security and quick delivery.
You might be able to ship your luxury vehicle with a charter plane to avoid any transit delays. It will definitely cost you several thousands more, but the price allows for exclusive and speedy experience.
If you are importing your car, it is quite possible that you choose the ocean freight option, too. It uses container service for higher security, but the time it takes to see your beauty at your door, will feel like forever. Shipping by ocean freight is the most popular option for transporting a car overseas, but keep this in mind – if your vehicle costs more than $1 million, your insurance company will most probably require air freight.
Open or covered transport trailer?
What is the risk you are willing to take in exchange for the money you could save?
The open-air transport is the standard and it is cheaper. It is usually executed with trailers that can be loaded with between 5 and 10 cars, and it has no sides or roof. Rocks, dust, pollutants and Mother Nature could do something to your car, in most cases it would be something small and unnoticeable, but for a million dollar car it certainly will be noticed. On the other hand, the driver has more visibility of the vehicles on the trailer.
You will save a lot of money, too – it is said that covered transport may cost up to 60% more than open-air.
To decrease the chances of scratches you can use a cover, but this is still open trailer.On top of that, if you decide to choose the open-air transport, you will be helping the environment, because the trucks are much lighter than the enclosed ones.
Going for the covered transport, however, offers the highest level of security. This infographic can tell you everything you need to know in a nutshell. The main thing to remember is that it is more expensive and usually it takes longer to schedule a truck because covered trailers are only ten percent of the whole fleet in the US. However, it is worth the wait because these are drivers who know how to handle high-end vehicles and also offer higher insurance coverage.
Be cautious and weigh your pros and cons here. Let’s be realistic – it will be a little silly to risk your investment in the last stage of the process, right?
Calculate all of your expenses
We have mentioned this several times already, but you have to be honest to yourself.
Know how much you are willing to spend on shipping your beauty home, and decide on what exactly you will spend each part of the allocated amount. Some companies charge more for larger vehicles, so you have to take that into account. The size of your vehicle determines the type of carrier or how much space is left on the trailer for other vehicles, for example, and this constitutes a certain cost to the service company. Usually, shipping containers that go across oceans charge by volume, while airplanes charge by weight. Think of it this way – the less involved you want to be in the process, the more you should expect to pay to the shipping company. Convenience is not cheap, after all, but we think your beauty deserves good care.
Now here is where you learn all about costs – read our guide “How much does it cost to ship a car” and have piece of mind.
Speaking of good care, this is probably the most important aspect of your transport preparation. Your standard vehicle insurance normally does not cover your vehicle while it is being transported, so, research and plan on that. Be sure to ask your potential auto shipper about different coverage options as well. Make sure your transporters’ insurance covers stereos, GPS and other electronic additions. If not, have them removed before shipping.
This might all sound too simple or too easy to follow but once you start going through each step, you will see that it is a preparation process that could be overwhelming at times. Considering the amount you have invested in your vehicle, the pressure to take the best decision even higher could explode at some point. So be calm and start early. We advise you to not use websites such as Uship because this is where things will get messy and nerve racking. If you want to go with a known name you can choose the services of an enclosed only auto transport company, but this is never a guarantee for a professional service. However, research is the best thing to do first and then talk to some companies to check how they treat you. Once the process is over, you will have a real diamond in your garage! Congratulations!
If you have the fortune to own a $1 million car, but this is your first time using vehicle shipping services, start here, make sure you check out our abundance of auto transport tips – essential knowledge about the process and more practical advice is all here on our blog!
- Corsia LogisticsCo-owner / Marketing and Business Development, 2013 - present• Website design and optimization. • Development of online marketing strategies. • Landing page optimization • Keyword research; content optimization. • Social media marketing. • Business development.
- Montway Auto TransportDigital Marketing / Social Media Marketing Coordinator, 2012 - 2013• Website performance analysis via reporting utilizing variety of tools. • On and off page optimization strategies, driving higher search rankings. • Keyword research with emphasis on long-tail keywords and strategic writing content. • Develop copywriting strategies, writing and coordinating other copywriters. • Constant landing page and internal linking optimization, and website structure. • Backlinks evaluation and strategy based on SEO best practices and trends. • Research competition to identify and evaluate market share. • Develop social media and email marketing campaigns – copy and design coordination. • Create press release and develop connections to improve offline and online media coverage. • Business development strategies – coordination, implementation and outreach.
- E-Z Movers, IncMarketing Director, 2011 - 2012• Develop and coordinate all marketing and advertising strategies and promotional campaigns. • Prepares marketing reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing sales data. • Supports sales department by providing sales and market data and identifying trends. • Track PPC ads performance and optimize for greater results and ROI. • Coordinate SEO campaigns including keyword research and content creation. • Manage and coordinate Susan G. Komen sponsorship including the Chicagoland marathon.
- Ruprecht Karl University of HeidelbergEnglish Studies - Linguistics, 2015 - present
- Northeastern Illinois UniversityBachelor's Degree in Communications, Media and Theatre, 2009 - 2011
- Sofia UniversityClassic Philologies, 2004 - 2007
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