Nationwide Auto Transport Reports "False Economy" Due To Recession Has Reduced Family Car Shipping

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“Families moving more than 2,000 miles can save hundreds of dollars by using auto transport, but they don’t,” leading car transporter reports

The wave of families moving from America’s hardest hit economic regions to healthier areas or back to supportive families in other states to start over again has “changed the demographics of personal auto shipping over the past three years due to personal decisions based on an unfortunate false economy in vehicle shipping,” according to Nationwide Auto Transport, a leading U.S. provider of vehicle transport.

Nationwide’s Adam Talburt reports, “In the past three years, while our car transport business overall has increased, one sector -- work for personally owned vehicles of families needing to ship cars for economic reasons -- appears to have significantly declined. While the statistics of car carriers, motorcycle shipping and boat transport are hard to find, we suspect this decline in moving cars and other services such as motorcycle transport by economically impacted families is due to the false economy represented by a mistaken belief that it is less expensive to, say, drive the family car from Detroit to San Jose than it is to ship a car by an auto transporter. While we cannot speak for moving a car with other auto transport companies, our own experience indicates that this popular economic bias against shipping with car transport companies is simply not supported by the facts.

“The savings to ship vehicle with a reputable, national auto transport service should be in the hundreds of dollars,” Talburt said. “It is a simple matter of getting a car shipping quote to transport a car anywhere in America, and then comparing the quote to the hidden expenses of car relocation by driving versus using a car shipping company. The actual math to transport a car is very straightforward once you have the auto transport quote.”

Where’s the savings?

Talburt said, “The good news in auto relocation is that working with car transporters is usually less expensive than driving yourself for longer hauls. The bad news is that people in economic trouble tend to make a simple “gasoline versus auto shipping quote cost” comparison and then come up with a false economy in car transportation.”

“Actually, many families save not just days of productive time, but also hundreds of dollars by using car transport. Plus, they eliminate important out-of-town repair risks by using car transporters,” Talburt said.

“In fact, people driving more than 2000 miles can save 3 or 4 productive work days, at least 3 nights of hotel cost, highway restaurant costs and the risk of being saddled with high repair costs in unfamiliar territory, even before considering the price of gas,” Talburt said. “Since most families have more than one car, it is not just a trip, but ends up being a caravan that, versus automobile transport, increases the risk of problems and splits the family into two or more vehicles.”

Throwing the dice

“Beyond the day-to-day auto shipping variables, a certain percentage of family-driven cars will experience mechanical problems, forcing them to deal with an unknown mechanic, possibly be delayed a day or more and then be required to pay whatever repair cost is demanded,” Talburt said.

“Even if using car shipping companies was not less expensive in the first place for longer hauls -- and ours is clearly less expensive – an auto transport company is also cheap insurance against the common out-of-town-and-broken-down nightmare. Just get the auto shipping quote and do the math.”

About Nationwide Auto Transport

Nationwide Auto Transport is a leading, licensed and experienced car shipping company and provider vehicle transport services throughout the lower 48 states with quick auto transport quotes for private individuals, dealerships, corporations, auction houses, collectors and insurance companies. It has shipped thousands of cars, trucks and a variety of heavy equipment and rolling stock as Nationwide Auto Transport and a predecessor car transport company and car transportation service, Reliable Auto Transport. The company is primarily engaged in business categories including automobile moving, boat transport, motorcycle shipping, heavy equipment transport, and specialty vehicle shipping. Nationwide Auto Transport is privately held with corporate headquarters in West Plains, Missouri, and can be found at or by phone at 1-800-689-6498. As it is a privately held car transport company, Nationwide Auto Transport does not disclose financial results and does not comment on the results of other auto shipping companies, auto transport service or automobile moving outside Nationwide’s own business.


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