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Auto Transport Quotes Instantly Online – What Company Was First?

Direct Express Auto Transport was the first company to offer an instant online auto transport quotes calculator. When we entered the auto transport business in 2003, we immediately recognized how difficult it was to get a straight answer to a simple question, “How much does it cost to ship my car?”. Calling around to numerous auto transport brokers elicited the same response, that a vehicle shipping estimate could only be provided if personal information was first received. That did not sit well with us. Who wants to be hounded, right?

Direct Express Auto Transport went the opposite way, painstakingly creating an auto transport quotes calculator that could produce accurate rates instantly from any location to any other in the 48 contiguous United States. Further, we decided not to ask for any personal information, instead trusting the customer to appreciate our car shipping rate service and honor us with their business. We didn’t stop there. We also decided that it would only be fair to allow the customer to cancel with a full return of the deposit anytime prior to picking up the vehicle. We still do business that way and our customers appreciate it.

Why Our Car Transport Rates Calculator Is So Much Better

It was only a few years ago that a couple of auto transport brokers tried and failed to copy our car transport rate calculator. We even recognized our words and descriptions on their sites. The car transport quotes calculator is a mathematical puzzle that those other cheap knockoffs have not solved. Direct Express Auto Transport has reportedly the lowest cancellation rate in the car transport industry, which only happens with hard work and a proven formula. We are rightfully proud of our success and know it is because our car transport rates calculator is spot on most of the time.

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The Most Accurate Vehicle Transport Quotes – Why So Important?

You are competing against other customers for space. It is all about supply and demand, which is on full display in the vehicle transport business. Which vehicles will ship first if there are more waiting than space available? The highest priced vehicles, of course. Remember that kid in third grade who cut in front of everybody at the water fountain? It happens in the vehicle shipping business too, as the higher priced automobiles cut in front of the lower priced vehicles and ship first. It does not matter when the customer enters his order. The best paying vehicles for the carrier will always go first, which means somebody new can cut in front of somebody old at any time. Ouch – that hurts! We know it well and aim to hit that sweet spot where the customer saves money, while the carrier considers the payday sufficient. In other words, a fair deal.

That’s why we are so good. We find the sweet spot! We pass up the too low, won’t ship anyway orders, and price our customers’ vehicles properly to ship on average inside of one week. That’s what our vehicle transport rates calculator is doing on this page – producing accurate quotes that you can count on.

Florida is a great example. After the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, tens of thousands of retirees who are called “snowbirds” in the vehicle shipping business, all want to ship their automobiles at roughly the same time from New England, the Atlantic eastern seaboard and Midwest. However, there is typically far more vehicles attempting to ship than the transportation system can efficiently handle. An auto transport broker can actually put any low price he wants on those vehicle shipping quotes and book a lot of business, and many do just that, but we know that the chickens will soon come home to roost if those vehicles don’t ship. So it makes no sense to us not to price vehicle transport quotes at the proper market rate. Consequently, our customers’ vehicles are most often among the first to ship.

A Great Car Shipping Rate! Is There Ever An Opportunity?

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Yes there is! In the example above, imagine being the guy who is doing the reverse and shipping from Florida in January. Going the wrong way, right? There would be a smaller supply of cars in Florida leaving in the winter, and therefore with heightened carrier demand far too short a supply. That will serve to push down the price for car shipping services dramatically. The customer in Miami can probably get exceptionally fast service to New York or Boston at nearly half the normal rate. How about that! Our car shipping quotes calculator automatically transitions for that scenario, which is classic supply and demand economics.

There are also certain cities that it just seems like the orders ship faster almost year round. Our favorite places to ship in or out of are Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco. We wish we could include New York City, but there are some boroughs that are just plain tough. We discuss that more in depth on our states page.

Auto Shipping FAQs – What You Need To Know

Direct Express Auto Transport gathered together a very helpful list of what to do, what to expect and how to prepare for auto shipping. It’s too exhaustive to place on this page, but we think you will find it valuable. Go to our FAQ page for that, or you can learn more about the auto shipping industry by going here. In the meantime, Direct Express Auto Transport offers three auto shipping rate levels: Standard, Expedited and Rush. The first one, Standard Rate, is plenty fine for most people as their vehicles typically get assigned a carrier between 1 and 7 days of availability over 80% of the time. It offers the best deal on auto shipping, especially for those on a tight budget, and most people are fine waiting a few extra days. A high percentage of customers actually ship within a couple days and do so at that lower Standard rate. But by selecting the Expedited Rate, the auto shipping quote calculator adds $75 and the probability of success increases to 85% and the number of days reduced to 1 to 4. Your Expedited auto shipping order cuts in front of the other normally priced vehicles, and maybe a driver chooses that over another. Or maybe he drives a little out of his way to fetch or deliver your vehicle. That extra $75 is often well spent if you are in a hurry to ship your car. There are some people who just don’t want to chance it and go full steam ahead, selecting the Rush Rate, which is $150 more than the Standard Rate. If there is a carrier anywhere in the vicinity of the origination and heading anywhere near the destination, that extra $150 is often enough to get fast action. The odds of that increase to 90% and the number of days to assign a carrier usually reduced to an astounding 1-2 days. None of it guaranteed, of course, but the probability is exceptionally high. Remember, Direct Express Auto Transport originated the instant online auto shipping quote calculator, which means we have been doing it longer … and we say better too.

Auto Transport Reviews – Why We Are A Five Star Companycar shipping reviews five stars

Direct Express Auto Transport consistently earns high auto transport reviews, usually five stars on TransportReviews, TrustPilot and Google+ Plus. The thing to remember is that we ship over 10,000 vehicles annually, and while not perfect, we have an amazing track record of success. Our vehicle transport quote calculator does such an amazing job of providing accurate quotes that we simply have a much higher percentage of satisfied customers. It also helps that Direct Express Auto Transport has an experienced staff of customer service representatives. We care and it shows.

Hours of Operation – Weekdays

Eastern: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Central: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Mountain: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Pacific: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our secure website is available 24 hours a day,
7 days a week for vehicle shipping rates and booking.


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