What’s the big deal about added car weight?
How weight can affect car shipping rates is one of the most frequently asked questions by auto transport service customers inquiring about an accurate estimate. While getting different quotes, you’ll also come across terms and conditions like:
- Make sure the gas or fuel tank is only about a quarter full
- And pack only up to 100 lbs. of personal items, if necessary
You obviously don’t have to chop off the seats or other stuff to get the weight down, just make sure there’s nothing extra. But why all the fuss around maintaining the car’s weight? There are two significant reasons for this:
Fuel Consumption for the Auto Transport Carrier
More weight on the trailer leads to a significant drag, which affects fuel consumption. This is the primary reason that affects your costs as well. Transport trucks need to keep going at the desired speed, inertia, and rolling resistance, which can be impacted if it’s overweight.
Therefore, if you need to ship heavier vehicles, your costs would certainly be higher as compared to any other compact, lightweight car.
Heavier vehicles cost more to transport because it has to make up for the difference in gas or fuel for auto transport services. But carriers are flexible and will allow one suitcase or a bunch of tightly packed (avoid fragile) items hauled into the trunk or below the window line. The items aren’t insured, and the driver or the company has no liability of breakage/ confiscation or fuel pilfering. This reduces the risk of damage or theft.
Weight Rules for shipping cars
While traveling long distances, transporters are allowed to take only certain types of routes. They have to stop at weigh stations one or more times. If they’re found to be overweight, they’ll have to unload all cars, and the authorities literally pull out everything that’s not supposed to be on the trailer. This delays the shipment, is troublesome, your items may be confiscated, and the final bill may include the cost of hefty fines or additional payments.
So, it’ll always be better from your end to keep the weight minimal. This ensures the shipment is a lot easier and swift.
How to ship your car with extra weight?
To ship your car anywhere within the country, there are various options, including open or enclosed transport. You can request your free quote to precisely understand how much you’ll have to pay for what kind of services.
At Number 1 Auto Transport, we make sure to provide 100% satisfaction to our customers with the utmost care and transparency. You can get in touch with our representative at 855.422.4141, and they’ll also guide you on the different weight ratings to use to determine the correct weight of your vehicle.
We work within the said timeframe and deliver shipments in the condition you left it in.
We’re a trusted car shipping company in the US offering nationwide deliveries of small to big sized cars, and even heavy construction vehicles.