There are also other factors that affect the cost of shipping:
If a vehicle is inoperable (non-drivable), there is an additional fee for that service of usually $100-$150. That's because with these types of vehicles the carrier needs to be equipped with a hydraulic winch in order to get the vehicle onto the truck (not all trucks have them). But even if the car doesn't work, most carriers also require that the vehicle rolls, brakes and steers and that it is accessible (not buried in the back of a barn with no way to get it out).
There are 2 main types of car carriers. One is an open carrier (similar to what you see outside of a dealership with new cars on it) and the other is an enclosed carrier. There are more open carriers in the industry then there are enclosed and open carriers are more economical as they can spread the cost of transport across more vehicles (open carrier around 6-10 cars vs. enclosed around 2-6). In addition, enclosed carriers will cost $200-$500 more than an open carrier. Enclosed carriers are more of a 'specialty' carrier with higher insurance coverage on their cargo. Open carriers usually have $100-$300k cargo insurance and enclosed is around $150-$1mil depending on the type of trailer and amount of cars it carries.
Different kinds of trucks are deployed for towing. Tow trucks with adjustable boom hydraulic winch is used to recover vehicles that have fallen over or slipped into any place where it will not be possible to back-up safely. This could be a culvert, ditch or a steep embankment. Hooks and chains are used to loop around the axle or frame of the vehicle and lifted with the help of a boom. Sometimes slings are also used though it may scratch the bumpers of the vehicle. Wheel lift can be fitted under the drive wheels, rear or front wheels as the case may be. They are then hoisted with a hydraulic hoist for towing away. Sometimes the entire vehicle to be towed away is placed on the flatbed of the truck. Some tow trucks have an integrated lift which is a combination of wheel-lift and boom to move the vehicles.
Light duty trucks and heavy duty trucks are used as tow truck wreckers. Wrecked tow trucks too needs another tow tuck to haul it away. It is always handy to keep the details of where you can summon a tow truck wrecker. You never know when you need it.
Although the handling and gearbox have been criticised by some commentators it should be realised that both are deliberate. Some have said the steering is somewhat pedestrian but Audi made the car to have light steering to make city driving easier; despite the protestations of die hard motor enthusiasts. The six speed gearbox has been criticised for losing power at the wrong times but again this is deliberate and an integral part of the six speed nature. Getting used to the gearbox is all part of the TT experience.
Whatever critics have said about the TT it remains one of the most popular sports cars on the road today. Audi can consider it an unbridled success that has brought the company out of a slump at put it at the forefront of revolutionary design. There is little doubt that if Audi had not produced the TT the new gorgeously styled R8 would never have come into existence.