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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Car? Decoding the Real Cost of Shipping Your Car

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Decoding the Real Cost of Shipping Your Car

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The world of car shipping can be a maze, and at times, it feels as though you're up against a legion of villains. Misleading instant quote calculators, hidden fees, Cash on Delivery, and predatory practices are everywhere, muddying the waters of an already complex industry.

Hi, my name is Jerry Teeter and I am the Founder and CEO here at Mr. Car Shipper and my mission in life is to save as many people from predatory car shipping brokers as possible.

Perhaps you've ventured into this unknown territory of car shipping, drawn in by seemingly low-cost quotes, only to find yourself entangled in a bait and switch scheme. This is an all-too-common trick played by car shipping brokers ALL over our industry. They bait you with attractively low rates, then jack up the costs once you’ve signed their agreement—oftentimes without your approval.

It's easy to be lured by the "Instant Online Quotes". However, these calculators are far from accurate, often purposely designed to quote low and reel you in. What initially appears as a simple, affordable solution becomes a twisted tale of unexpected charges and price hikes.

In reality, shipping costs depend on numerous factors. Every vehicle, route, time of year, and other variables can dramatically affect the price. That means, a one-size-fits-all quote is simply a mirage. To break it down, your car shipping quote is going to involve two main pieces.

First, nearly all car shipments flow through a car shipping broker and they charge a fee for their service to find you a car hauler that is going on your route during your desired time frame. These broker fee’s can range anywhere from $150-500 depending on the level of service you are getting. Most brokers in the industry are high volume, low service so they will charge between $150-200, disguised as a deposit. Once your order is assigned to a driver, you won’t hear from them again and you will be completely on your own from that point forward.

The second piece of a car shipping quote is the carrier pay, or the amount the actual truck driver charges. This is the bulk of your quoted price, but this is also where much of the bait and switch schemes live. We go deeper into these schemes in other videos on our blog so we won’t address those here. The ONE thing I do want to mention is that you should ask your broker if they will have you pay the driver Cash On Delivery, or COD. If they answer YES, you should NOT use their service because COD puts you at HIGH risk of Bait and Switch schemes along with other issues related to damage claims.

Mr. Car Shipper stands apart from these villainous tactics, navigating the industry's complexities with an unwavering commitment to honesty and transparency. Founded in 2002 with the mission of saving as many consumers from predatory brokers as possible, Mr. Car Shipper has built its reputation on ethical business practices; earning recognition as the preferred car shipping partner of PODS, UPack, and 1-800-Pack-Rat, and, most recently, receiving the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics in 2022. We have protections in place for YOU that few companies in our industry can say they offer.

Mr. Car Shipper believes in providing personalized quotes, factoring in the specifics of your vehicle and your move. For instance, if you ship your car on an open trailer, you will typically pay between $1,000-$2,500 per vehicle—which is often times higher than the deceptively low prices you see in Google Ads by predatory online brokers. $499 car shipping quotes simply don’t exist.

You see, when it comes to car shipping, there are no shortcuts… no magical instant quotes. You need a seasoned partner that knows the terrain and has the expertise to navigate You through this process efficiently and ethically. Mr. Car Shipper is that partner who will manage the chaos of car shipping, so don’t have to and will help you steer clear of predatory brokers.

As YOUR reliable guide in the chaotic world of car shipping, Mr. Car Shipper will be your point of contact from quote to delivery. Our goal is to minimize the bumps along the road, and deliver your car safely, leaving you free to focus on other aspects of your move.

Remember, your move doesn't have to be a journey into the unknown, riddled with bait and switch schemes, unexpected costs, and uninsured brokers. With Mr. Car Shipper, you have a trusted ally that values transparency and integrity above all.

If you're planning a move, visit for a free, no-obligation quote. Say NO to bait and switch schemes and YES to straightforward, reliable car shipping partner. Let Mr. Car Shipper take the wheel and guide you safely through your car shipping journey.

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Jerry Teeter

Founder/CEO Mr. Car Shipper

Welcome to Relocation Simplified, your essential tips on moving your home and auto. I have been transporting cars all over the U.S. for consumers since 2002. In 2012, Mr. Car Shipper shifted and started focusing on serving consumers relocating from one state to another. Since then, MCS has partnered with the largest moving companies in the industry and has become a leader in the car shipping space.

Join me as I share inside industry knowledge and tips that will help you on your moving journey.

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