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What to know about shipping a vehicle when moving

28March
2015

What to know about shipping a vehicle when moving
Letís face it: moving can be a stressful experience. Thatís why it often makes sense to hire a professional for home moving services, but what about moving a vehicle?

While many people in need of removal services choose to drive their cars to their new location, this isnít always the best option, if itís an option at all. Most international relocations and all overseas moves require the use of an auto transporter such as A-1 Auto Transport, Inc., whether you choose to have you car sent in a container, on a boat, or on a plane. In this blog post, weíll take a look at how to transport your car when moving and what options you have when choosing a company.

Factors Affecting Cost

The price of relocating a vehicle can vary based on many different factors, but there a few consistent elements you will find from company to company. The first is the distance being shipped. As an obvious example, it will cost more to transport a car from London to the United States than it would to ship the same car from London to Madrid, Spain.

The type of vehicle, including the make, model and year, also has an impact on the price of shipping. Smaller vehicles, such as scooters and mopeds, will cost less to ship than a full size car. By the same token, a large truck or van will cost more to move than a smaller vehicle.

The method of shipment that you choose can really make a difference when it comes to the final price. For international shipping, there are three main options to choose from: container transport, RORO (roll-on/roll-off), and air freight. In the section below, we’ll give a brief overview of each option.

Methods of Shipment

RORO - Roll-on/roll-off is one of the most popular ways to move a vehicle internationally. Here’s how it works: your vehicle, once it has arrive at the port for loading, is driven onto the shipping vessel where it is then secured. After arriving, the vehicle is driven off the boat. Typically, RORO shipping makes use of a cargo shipment area to store the vehicles during transit.

RORO - Roll-on/roll-off - All Removals London

Containerized Shipping - A shipping container is one of the most popular ways to move a car for a couple reasons. The first is that you can put personal items and furniture in a container along with your vehicle, which is not an option with most other types of auto transport. The second is that you can share a container with another party to reduce the cost of shipment for both.

Air Freight - Air freight is generally reserved for high value or rare vehicles since the cost is so much higher than other forms of transport. Owners of luxury vehicles and exotic cars will often opt for air freight because of the personalized service and quick delivery time.


Writen by A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. for All Removals London


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