Factors That Influence the Cost of Car Shipping

Is it your first time shipping a car? Then, you would need to employ the service of a good, well experienced auto transport company. It is essential to find one that provides plenty of information and competitive pricing. You can request a price quote from the auto transport company, but keep in mind that the lowest price may not be the best service. The price quote process ensures that the auto transport company adequately considers most factors and shipping details when calculating the cost which may vary slightly.

Here below are some key factors that influence the cost of shipping your car:


Location is a huge factor when it comes to shipping your car. Car carriers prefer routes going from one major hub to another. Drop-offs at centrally located terminals whenever possible cost less than at finding a carrier to transport to remote locations. 


When calculating the cost of shipping your car, the auto shipping company would consider the vehicle model, its length and weight, including its height. Having a modified car with larger tires, inoperative cars or cars lower to the ground, could cost more to ship.


Domestic shipping offers Enclosed car transport offering the best protection for vehicles, making it more expensive than the Open carrier shipping option.

For overseas shipping, the RORO international car shipping method is less pricey when available than the overseas Containerized shipping method. Door-to-door transport also costs more than terminal-to-terminal shipping services, so you can consider the option that fits your budget.


Auto-shipping is more expensive during certain months and seasons. People are most likely to travel more in the summer and other popular months for vacation than during the winter season unless it’s going to Florida. During these seasons, the road and weather conditions would influence the cost of shipping your car.


The more flexible you are with pickup and delivery dates, the less you may have to pay. It will allow adequate time for you and the auto transport company to prepare for shipment. Some auto transport companies guarantee fast pickup and drop off so you can ship on short notice; however, it can be more expensive.

Metti International makes it faster and easier for vehicle owners to transport cars domestically and overseas. Whether you are moving to a new state or migrating to a different country, we can help you ship your vehicle.

Call Metti International today to schedule your auto transport at (866) 620-1776 to speak to our staff and you will get an instant quote. For more information, you can also visit our website at www.mettiintl.com/








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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.