Key Reasons Why the Cost of Car Shipping Is Higher In 2021

Key Reasons Why the Cost of Car-Shipping Is Higher-In-2021

As the U.S. economy reopens after more than a year of lockdown, people have begun adjusting to the new normal. Most people are going back to work, and there has been a higher demand for cars to avoid public transit. Although some people are also willing to travel again, businesses in the auto transportation industry respond with price increases after a year of operating on a limited scale. The cost of car shipping has also been affected.

Supply Chain Disruptions

The severe shortage in the supply, particularly semiconductors, is presently causing delays in global car production. During the lockdown, car manufacturers were closed or running at reduced capacity due to a shortage of computer chips used in vehicles. Businesses in the auto industry took quite a hit during the pandemic, although; they are now geared up for recovery.

However, some sectors in the industry are experiencing more notable disruptions in supply chains such as basic materials, machinery, equipment, and cars. Raw material prices for goods such as oil, steel, lumber are increasing as demand is outpacing the supply. The automobile industry is experiencing a rise in gasoline prices. All of these are pushing inflation up further. Some car dealers say the elevated prices could last or rise even further. While most analysts say, the increase in car prices will likely be transitory as production ramps up and demand subsides. With the signs of inflation and price increase as a whole, it is seemingly a fluid situation.

Post Covid-19 Effects on Cost of Car Shipping

The viral pandemic triggered a cascade of price hikes throughout America’s auto transportation industry. The surge in price has made both new and used vehicles unaffordable for many. Prices of new cars skyrocketed, and many buyers turned to the purchase of used cars. All these boosted the demand for used cars.

The demand increased such that used-vehicle prices soared even more than the new cars. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of previously owned sedans, pickup trucks, and sport-utility vehicles soared 10% in April. It is the most significant spike seen since 1953, when the government started collecting data.  This unprecedented surge in prices for used cars is the major contributor to the surprise jump in U.S. inflation in the last few months. The increased demand for vehicles has also resulted in a surge in demand for car shipping. Pickup truckers are most affected by the price hike, leading to an increase in the cost of services rendered by car carriers.

While most car carriers do their best to meet delivery expectations, they also face unexpected road delays. To avoid unwanted delays, schedule your vehicle for shipping ahead. It will ensure your car transport broker has adequate time to plan your car shipment with your car carrier. Despite the increase in the cost of car shipping, it is best to ship from major metropolitan areas than remote areas. Car carriers prefer routes going from one central hub to another. Drop-offs at centrally located terminals whenever possible cost less than finding a car carrier to transport to remote locations.

Metti International Is Here To Help

Since the primary benefit of using a car shipping broker is convenience and flexibility, Metti International is here to help ship your vehicle. We are a licensed and bonded car shipping broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. We work with carriers with a 95% or higher service rating, so your car will arrive safely and timely.

At Metti International, we are committed to providing you with excellent customer service and an exceptional transport experience. As a finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), we are here to help ensure your car shipment goes smoothly.

Call Metti International today at 866.620.1776 or request a quote online. You can also visit our website at

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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.