We reviewed AmeriFreight for 2021 and examined price quotes to get an accurate picture of car shipping costs.
AmeriFreight does not ship vehicles directly, and acts instead as a broker to connect shippers and customers, which is not unlike companies like uShip and Montway. The company says that the carriers they choose are guaranteed to be fully insured and fully vetted to legally ship vehicles within the United States.
Example prices to ship a standard car with AmeriFreight:
The prices listed here are competitive with the rates you’re likely to find with other shipping brokers in the business.
Located in Peachtree City, Georgia, the company is a preferred shipper for military members and others because of their generous discounts and customer service.
Shipping with a broker offers several benefits over shipping directly with a carrier. Customer service and personal contact is a big selling point, as are the various additional services offered by brokers, which can include insurance and protection packages.
No matter the company you choose to ship your vehicle, the process looks pretty similar across the board. Let’s take a closer look:
The first step in the vehicle shipping process is to determine whether or not shipping is even the right choice to move a vehicle. You may find that driving or having someone else drive the vehicle for you is the best option, especially if you’re in a hurry or are unsure of your financial situation.
Shipping got much busier during the pandemic, because people with heavy duty pickups who would’ve normally just rented a trailer from uHaul to pick up a vehicle up to 10 hours away have been more cautious about grabbing hotel rooms and the interactions in busy rest areas that happen on a long trip like this.
Once you’ve decided that shipping is the best way to move a vehicle, you’ll then need to determine which shipping method is best for you. Open-air truck transport is by far the most popular and the most affordable, but there’s also enclosed truck shipping for vehicles that need more protection or more care. Train freight and cargo ships are also an option, but AmeriFreight is primarily a truck shipping company.
Moving vehicles with a shipping company starts with the quote process, which will help you determine how much the move will cost and will give you an overview of the different options each company offers.
AmeriFreight offers free quotes, which can be requested right on the company’s website. They say that customers will be expected to confirm that they are aware of the legal issues, payment procedures, and delivery scheduling methods when completing their online confirmation process. The company takes the pickup address, client phone numbers, and the delivery locations all online. AmeriFreight also offers the ability to store your shipping information online so that you won’t have to re-enter everything each time.
AmeriFreight offers a shipping rate calculator on its website, but it’s important to understand that using the calculator will also send your contact information to the company and you will start receiving calls or emails. As long as you’re serious about shipping a vehicle, that shouldn’t be a problem, and the tool is actually quite useful for determining the price. You can choose the origin and destination locations and specify the type of vehicle. This will give the company an idea of the vehicle’s value and of the type of carrier that will be required to move it.
Pricing is determined by several factors. The requested departure date and time window can affect pricing, especially around high traffic, in-demand times of the year. The type of vehicle being shipped will also play into pricing, as larger or more expensive vehicles may require extra protection or a larger shipping container (trailer, etc.). If you require special services during pickup and dropoff, such as moving the vehicle from a locked garage or help to move the vehicle from a long driveway, you may also see additional charges tacked onto your shipping bill. Once you’ve received a quote and made a decision to sign on with AmeriFreight, the company requires a deposit.
Though AmeriFreight doesn’t publish exact pricing on their website, we can get a decent idea of shipping costs from looking at their sample pricing table. Shipping from L.A. to Miami is estimated at $900, while shipping from Newark, NJ to Seattle, WA will cost around $1,150. Those prices do not include fees or other costs, but the extras will be included in the final pricing so that you have a solid idea of what you’re getting into.
Enclosed shipping costs, on average, 80 percent more than open auto carriers do, and expedited shipping can cost up to $500 more for next-day availability. Non-running vehicles may incur additional costs that include $100 if it is able to be steered and up to $500 if it needs to be fork-lifted or winched onto the truck.
Once you submit your quote request, you’ll start getting quotes from a number of carriers. And a lot of them. If you’re on a busy shipping corridor, you could receive dozens of replies to your quote request in a single day, and it’s up to you to choose the actual carrier you’d like to work with. The good news is that you’ll have plenty of quotes to choose from. The bad news is that it’s difficult to figure out just who is the best carrier.
The driver will call you the day before picking up your vehicle to schedule the actual meeting. You should provide AmeriFreight with a couple of different phone numbers to make sure the driver can reach you when picking up. Prior to being loaded, your vehicle will be inspected, and its mileage will be noted. This will all be recorded on the Bill of Lading, which is a kind of receipt for the shipment that shows what was shipped, its condition, and other information. When your vehicle is delivered, you (or someone you trust very much) will need to use the paperwork to check the vehicle’s condition for any changes. Your vehicle will be loaded onto a transporter that is carrying anywhere from three to ten other vehicles, which the company notes as being very similar to the trucks we see hauling vehicles to our local dealerships. AmeriFreight says that, other than loading or unloading, your vehicle will not be driven without your knowledge.
Having insurance on any vehicle is not only a good idea, it’s required by law in most places. If the vehicle is damaged during shipping, it’s more likely than not that your personal vehicle insurance will cover the problem, but that’s not always the case. AmeriFreight offers a gap protection plan that protects its customers for up to $2,000 for out of pocket expenses in the event that their insurance doesn’t pay up. The service isn’t free, though, and will run between $50 and $100 depending on the vehicle. AmeriFreight says that their gap coverage will protect against damage that is detected for up to 48 hours after shipping.
AmeriFreight is just one of several options when shipping your vehicle. Their pricing appears to be in line with the costs that other shipping companies offer. The company’s door-to-door shipping offerings will appeal to people that want as much of an “all-inclusive” process as is possible. The company is well-reviewed by its customers and maintains a top rating from the Better Business Bureau.
You can also take a look at Car Talk’s extensive review of the Best Car Shipping Companies.
It is, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Brokers have relationships with carriers, and AmeriFreight notes that all of the carriers it accepts quotes from are vetted, insured, and licensed by the US Department of Transportation.
Quotes from AmeriFreight are free. The company’s rate calculator will give a fairly accurate estimation of shipping costs, based on the vehicle and other factors.
Yes. Though the carrier’s insurance should cover damages that occur during the shipping process, it's not guaranteed. Other costs may be covered by the vehicle owner’s insurance, but there may also be costs not covered there. AmeriFreight offers Gap insurance to help cover costs that arise from damage not covered by the customer’s individual auto insurance.
AmeriFreight has several great reviews that cite its ability and willingness to be a present and helpful partner throughout the shipping process. Customers recommend the company because of its employees’ dedication to walk shippers through the process from start to finish.
Yes. AmeriFreight offers reduced rates for various groups of people, including military members, first responders, students, seniors, return customers and more. Discounts range from $25 to $50, depending on the group.
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