Need to ship your personally owned vehicle (POV) for your military PCS? SAKAEM offers discounts for military car shipping and ensures safe and on-time delivery. We immensely value the service of the military members and wish to do our part in providing the best military car shipping experience.
Location is a key factor in determining the cost of shipping your vehicle. For example, shipping military in major city routes such as New York City to Miami or Chicago to Houston could be cheaper, due to availability of more carriers and availability of vehicles to be transported on backhaul journeys, which cuts the cost. Whereas, a rural or remote location would require the carriers to deviate from the major routes, as it takes more time to maneuver and most likely the carrier would not find a pick up from that location until they reach a major city. SAKAEM’s national-wide network of carriers ensure that your POV is delivered to your new base on time.
When it comes to distance, in general, the more the miles, the more will it cost. The price involves factors like cost of fuel, tolls, and labor costs involved in long-distance auto hauling. However, the cost per mile gets cheaper the longer the distance. For example, for trips over 1000 miles, the average cost is about $0.60 per mile, whereas shorter trips like 500 miles or less cost about $1 per mile.
Having a flexible time frame saves money, since the company can work on getting you the cheapest military car shipping deals considering the routes and the availability of the carriers. Whereas, expedited shipping would surge the cost as the company needs to find the fastest route and pay the carriers more for having to adjust to the urgency of the delivery. SAKAEM offers you different delivery options to choose from based on the customer’s specific budget and schedule, and guarantees delivery on time.
A commercial car carrier has the capacity to fit between 5 (SUV or trucks) and 9 (regular size) vehicles. Therefore, shipping larger military POVs such as SUVs or trucks would cost more than shipping compacts or regular sedans, as they occupy more space on the carrier. The cost also changes depending on the weight of the vehicles. The maximum load that any carrier can accommodate is regulated by a weight cap of 80,000 lb. by U.S law. Hence, the heavier the vehicle, the lesser the number a carrier can load, even if there is space available on the carrier. This increases the price to ship military cars that are heavier.
The make, model and condition of the vehicle affect the cost of shipping military cars. For example, shipping luxury cars for military moves or vintage vehicles need more care and attention, this increases cost. You may want to choose top-loading for some of your luxury vehicles, to protect them from top leak and dirt and road debris, this increases price. The condition of the vehicle also influences the pricing. An operable/running vehicle is easy to load, whereas the carriers need extra equipment to load and ship vehicles that are in inoperable or “not so good” condition. Please make sure to inform us about the condition of your vehicle in advance so that we can be prepared.
The method of transportation is a big factor affecting cost to ship military cars. Open carriers can fit more vehicles and thus cost less, however the vehicles are exposed to the dirt, dust and elements of weather. Open-air carriers cost on average about 33% less than enclosed carriers. Bigger open car carriers can hold about 8-10 vehicles whereas most enclosed carriers can accommodate only up to 6 vehicles, thus the difference in cost. To ship a regular sedan, it may cost around $1,000, on a coast-to-coast open-air carrier. For shipping the same car on an enclosed carrier may cost an additional $500. Customers often choose enclosed carriers while shipping classic or luxury vehicles. Sometimes the choice of transportation method also depends on the season, such as to protect vehicles from snow or rain.
Seasonal supply and demand affect the cost of shipping. This includes busy routes and availability of carriers during a particular season. For example, during winter a large number of retirees move to the southern states like Texas, Florida and Louisiana for warmer weather. Therefore, there’s a huge increase in traffic, which surges would surge your military car shipping cost as well. Prices may also go high during summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as tourism is in boom.
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