Four things to look for when getting a quote for a cross-country move


Whether you’re moving from Toronto to Thunder Bay or from Vancouver to Moncton,  there’s no shortage of service providers that can get your car there – and all of them offer “the lowest rates” and “the best quotes.” So how do you know which provider is best for you?

Taking a closer look at each provider’s quote is a great place to start.

What to look for in a quote

Each provider’s quote will be different – not just in price, but also in what goes into the quote itself. Here are a few things to consider when reviewing a quote:

  • Detail – Has your provider given you a detailed breakdown, or just a simple number for point A to point B? A number of things go into a move – from tow trucks to rail partners to delivery and more – so it’s a good idea to know exactly what you’re paying for, and are there any hidden costs that may not be reflected in the initial quote.
  • Delivery times – Most service providers give you an average time frame for delivery, as it’s extremely difficult to predict exactly how long a cross-country move will take. However, some service providers will guarantee a delivery time for a fee. In these cases, take a close look at their quote and make sure you’re not being billed for a car rental you may or may not need; providers may build this cost in, knowing they can’t truly guarantee delivery time.
  • Pick-up/drop-off options – Many service providers tell you they’ll pick your car up, but in many cases, if you’re close enough, you can potentially save a significant amount of money by dropping your car off or picking it up. Check and see if drop-off is an option and compare the cost of delivery and pick-up versus dropping it off yourself.
  • Fuel surcharges – Due to the volatility of oil prices, almost all transportation companies add a fuel surcharge to the base transport rates. Make sure your quote includes the fuel surcharge and that it’s not added later.

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Livingston prides itself on delivering clear, concise, no-nonsense quotes. Furthermore, if you ever have a concern about any item on your quote, our friendly, professional staff are available to answer your questions. We will endeavour to match or beat any legitimate quote from a proven service provider.

To learn more about how Livingston can help you move your car across Canada, contact us today. If you’re ready to get a clear, no-nonsense quote for moving your car, fill out our convenient online form.