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Golden Key Express is a family-owned, coast-to-coast auto transport carrier. The company ships operable vehicles on open carriers throughout most of the country — with the exception of the Northwest and some areas of the Midwest. Golden Key Express offers free personalized quotes, maintains liability and cargo insurance and allows customers to track their shipments. It has been in business over 10 years.
We like that Golden Key Express is a carrier, not a broker. But it uses only open transporters, which isn’t always ideal. It also doesn’t accept credit cards and isn’t available if you’re shipping to or from certain states.
- Final quotes with no hidden fees
- Ships most types of vehicles
- Handles entire car transport process
- Limited cross-country routes
- No enclosed transport
Golden Key Express vehicle shipping services
Golden Key Express offers a straightforward vehicle shipping service. It transports your private vehicle from coast to coast between specific points in an open-rack car carrier. The company transports operable, private cars, such as sedans, SUVs and pickups of all makes and models as long as they don’t exceed 7 feet in height.
Golden Key Express has some restrictions. Before you get a quote, keep in mind that your vehicle must be operable — the company is not equipped to transport nonworking vehicles. Additionally, you must disclose any modifications you’ve made to your car, such as lowering it. Some modifications can increase the overall price.
The company doesn’t service the Northwest and parts of the Midwest. You cannot ship personal items inside the vehicle, and you must pay with cash or a cashier’s check upon delivery.
Golden Key Express costs
Auto shipping costs with Golden Key Express vary based on a variety of factors, including the shipping date, the transport distance and the type of vehicle. You can be charged extra if you’re unable to meet your vehicle at its destination; Golden Key Express places it in a locked storage facility and adds additional fees to your invoice.
Golden Key Express provides free personalized quotes. You can request yours online and receive the quote via email within 24 hours. You can compare your quote with the average cross-country shipping cost, which is about $1,105 for cars and $1,270 for trucks and SUVs.
Golden Key Express FAQ
- What kind of insurance does Golden Key Express have?
- Golden Key Express has $1 million in liability insurance coverage and $350,000 in cargo insurance coverage. There is no customer deductible. Your bill of lading and the terms of service describe what isn’t covered.
- Where is Golden Key Express available?
- The company provides auto transport out of California and Arizona to locations in the Midwest and on the East Coast, as well as from the East Coast to Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Regular routes go from the Southwestern U.S. to the Eastern U.S. (from South Carolina to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont).
The company does not service the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming). It also doesn’t service Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin. It occasionally services parts of Iowa and Nebraska.
- Is Golden Key Express a broker?
- No, Golden Key Express is not a broker. It is a carrier and never contracts with another company to ship vehicles.
- Does Golden Key Express transport internationally?
- No, Golden Key Express offers transport within the U.S. only.
- What days is Golden Key Express open?
- Golden Key Express transports cars year-round, except for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Is Golden Key Express worth it?
Booking with Golden Key Express means that a single company handles your entire vehicle transport process. This can cut down on transport problems and communication issues. The disadvantages are that Golden Key Express doesn’t offer enclosed transport, and it usually requires two or three weeks of notice for scheduling. If you have an especially valuable vehicle or need your car transported at the last second, Golden Key Express may not be for you. Overall, we think Golden Key is worth considering for auto transport if it is available in your area and on your timeline.
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