ZHIPPING is the trusted name in car shipping service industry. Before you do business with us, you may ask the question “How much does it Cost to ship your Vehicle?” There are nine factors that determine the cost of shipping. The Distance

 The distance

is the number of factors that determine the cost. When shipment, the company must consider fuel, time and wear and tear on the truck. These elements are determined by the distance. The farther it takes to ship the vehicle (measured as the distance between origination and destination), the higher is the shipment cost. If your distance between origination and destination is great, then you will get a higher shipping cost. Our transport calculator will accurately compute your expenses for distance short or long.

 Vehicle Length

A second factor to consider when calculating the cost of shipment is the Vehicle length. The shorter the vehicle length, the more efficient is the transport service as it allows more room for other shipment. This means more money. But if the vehicle is too long, it will cover the space that should have been allotted for other vehicles. For example, the Truck may usually carry four average length cars, but your car is longer, which may cover ¼ space needed for a fourth car, the result is only three cars could fit in to the truck. The trucking company lost the opportunity to earn for the fourth car. Thus, the quote for the longer vehicle is higher to compensate for the presume loss. Zhipping’s Transport Calculator considers length of the car.

 Vehicle Height

Just like length, the height of the vehicle can also incur additional cost to the transport company. An SUV typically has a higher shipping cost the sedans as SUV are taller. Taller vehicles prevent sedans to fit over or under it. SUVs and taller vehicle cost much higher in shipment cost to compensate for the loss in revenue. Zhipping’s transport calculator also considers the height of the car.

 Ground Clearance

Transports service companies make sure that all the vehicles get insured before being move in to the carrier. The last thing a transport business wants is a damage claim. Vehicles with lower ground clearance are prone to damage. That is why they need to be shipped enclosed, so it can be treated with anti-shock material to prevent damage. A vehicle with a ground clearance of lower than five inches need to be shipped enclosed. They are more expensive to ship. The shipment cost is 40 to 50 percent more.

 Vehicle Curb Weight

The like the length and height, the weight of the vehicle is also a determinant of the cost of shipment. Car Transport services must comply with the standards assigned by weight scale station. It is bad to business when a transport company asked to remove its client’s vehicle because of being overweight. Furthermore, heavier vehicle are more expensive to transport because they drag on fuel consumption. For this reason, heavier vehicle, those 4,500 pounds and heavier are costlier to transport and command higher car shipping cost.

 Vehicle condition

Vehicle that are not running command a costlier service because they demand a non-running fee. A non-running car is hard to transport on and off, so transport companies need additional people and additional machinery to move the vehicle from on place to another. This is the reason why they charge non-running fee. Thus, if your car is on running condition, you will pay less on shipmate cost compared to someone whose car is not running. The non-running fee makes the differences.

 Type of transport: enclosed or open

Open transport is less costly than Enclosed transport. If your vehicle required enclosed transport, you will have to pay 40 to 50 percent more. About 97 percent of all car shipment is open transport. But some vehicles are need to Enclosed transport because they are more prone to damage. The difference on the price lies on the cost effectiveness. Open transport system can accommodate 10 vehicles, while enclosed transport can only accommodate five. Both type may travel the same distance, and have similar expenses on fuel and maintained, but enclosed transports services earned less. To compensate for the loss, the company charges more.

 Seasonal Fluctuations

Season fluctuation is another factor that may affect shipment cost. The difference between off season and peak season can be dramatic. During winter season, customers flock to the warmer states such as Florida. The increased in the demand drives up shipment cost and by April they go back to northern state by the thousands which again increased the demand and the cost. The Zhipping transport calculator reflects market conditions.

 Auto Shipping Locations

Finally, the location of the company can have a big effect on the shipment cost. If the company is located in populated areas and nearby destinations, the shipment cost is lower as maintenance cost is also lower. If your shipment company is on a remote area with limited number of people, you may have to pay a higher shipment cost.