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Specialist Long Distance Courier Services: Choosing the Right Courier

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Finding the perfect long-distance courier can seem like an impossible task - we know. There are so many options within the industry and it can be hard to differentiate the competition if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. You’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than just picking a business to move your goods from one place to another.

There’s a high level of importance on your choice of long-distance courier service. You need to be sure that you can trust the business and that they’re not just in it to line their own pockets - which, unfortunately, is the case for a lot of companies in the industry.

So, how do you know which one is right for you and your needs? Don’t worry, we know it can be a little daunting when there are so many different options to choose from. So, in this post, we’ve outlined the main characteristics of a trustworthy long-distance courier and what you should look for when the time comes to pick one.

We’ll cover:

  • The Importance of a Long-Distance Courier

  • Essential Qualities Needed in a Long-Distance Courier

  • How to Choose the Right Long-Distance Courier

The Importance of a Long-Distance Courier

Sending your goods long distances can be stressful for several reasons. Firstly, the goods you’re sending are no doubt incredibly valuable or of a large quantity. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth the hassle of organising them to be delivered, right? So, people are automatically worried about the condition of their goods during transport.

The longer the distance, the more potential there is for something to go wrong. However, that’s where a specialist long-distance courier steps in and alleviates any worries that you may have. It’s the minimum requirement of a successful courier to ensure that the goods are delivered in the condition that they’re collected in.

This is vital. If your goods aren’t delivered as promised, the recipient will not be best pleased and they’ll be well within their rights to complain. This could lead to them receiving money back and causing you to be out of pocket.

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A specialist long-distance courier has the responsibility and accountability on their shoulders, therefore, they should do everything required to make sure everything goes swimmingly for both parties. That includes being delivered on time too.

Think about it, if the parcel is received late and in poor condition, who’s going to have to deal with the backlash? You. It’s the courier company’s responsibility to get it to the destination, but it’ll reflect poorly on you if your goods aren’t received as promised. Therefore, the importance of a long-distance courier is crucial to the success of the overall process.

As a business, a poor reputation can be hard to overturn. Plus, you’ll be stuck with that having not done anything physically wrong yourself. That’s why you need to choose wisely when looking at long-distance courier services - choose incorrectly and it can impact your business massively.

At Red Rocket Couriers, we understand the importance of the role that long-distance courier services play in one-off deliveries or long-standing business contracts. No two jobs are the same, so we treat each client with the same care and respect. We do all the leg work, so you can sit back, relax and have peace of mind that your goods will be transported perfectly every time without fail.

Essential Qualities Needed in a Long-Distance Courier

A Trusting Relationship

Whilst trust is earned over time, you should be able to work out whether a business is trustworthy or not from the first point of contact. Look out for businesses going above and beyond expectations in your initial conversation and genuine care and attention of your questions and queries.

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Businesses that tend to answer bluntly and offer little insight when approached, usually offer the same style of service when it comes to transporting your goods. If something isn’t sitting right with you from the off, there’s usually a reason and you should avoid them at all costs. After all, it’ll be you left to pick up the slack when they eventually get it wrong.

At Red Rocket Couriers, we go above and beyond to find the right solution for all your needs and requirements from the very first moment. Whether it’s working hard to find the perfect vehicle type for the most efficient delivery or offering a free quote for the job at hand, we pride ourselves in offering the utmost customer service starting out.


In this industry, experience is everything. Think about it, who would you rather trust with a large, valuable load - a business making their first long-distance journey? Or, a courier service who could perfect the collection, journey and delivery with their eyes closed? (Obviously, we don’t condone this and can assure you our drivers don’t follow this practice!)

Long-distance courier jobs are a whole different ball game to short-distance ones. Firstly, they’re often a lot larger and need a bigger vehicle to suit. Also, with a tight deadline to work towards, should one thing go wrong, you can find that your delivery will be delayed by a few hours - not just minutes.

Luckily for you, we’re experts in the long-distance, same-day courier service game. So, you can be sure that your goods will be delivered on time, every time. Of course, traffic and other problems can sometimes get in the way, however, you can be certain that everything that can be controlled by us is taken care of. Some of our most popular routes are:

  • Manchester to London.

  • Manchester to Glasgow or Edinburgh.

  • London to Glasgow or Edinburgh.

A Range of Options

A long-distance courier service should be able to provide you with a range of suitable solutions for your required job. Whether that’s a choice of vehicle from their fleet, a preferred day of delivery or live report tracking whilst carrying out the job.

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If a courier business can’t offer you a range of options, it means that you may end up choosing one that isn’t suitable for the job at hand, risking things going wrong. Plus, it implies that they aren’t an established business either. Whilst we all have to start somewhere, as we said earlier, experience is everything in this game.

We provide all of our customers with a live tracking link via Courier Exchange for full peace of mind during transport. That way, they can see exactly where their goods are and provide an accurate ETA to the recipient.

How to Choose the Right Long-Distance Courier

Choosing a long-distance courier is a big decision - one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So, make sure you consider the following before opting to work alongside a business:

  • Check out their website. Is it up to date? Does it seem legit? You’ll be able to tell whether you can trust a site from just a few seconds of browsing. If you have any doubts, it’s time to look elsewhere.

  • Look at their reviews. It’s one thing if they can talk the talk, but are they proven to walk the walk? If their bad reviews outweigh their good ones, you shouldn’t take the risk.

  • Are they helpful on first contact? This will give a good indicator of how you’ll be treated throughout the collection and delivery process. Poor communicators at this stage are likely to be even worse when the time comes to carry out the job.

  • Does the service fit your budget? If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. However, on the same fit, don’t let couriers overcharge you and take advantage of your naivety. A good courier will always charge a fair price.

Red Rocket Couriers - Long-Distance Couriers You Can Trust!

So, as you can see, choosing the right long-distance courier is vitally important. The last thing anybody needs is to be worrying about their goods in transit. At Red Rocket Couriers, we’re dedicated to finding the right solution for your needs from the first point of contact.

We have a large fleet of vehicles to ensure that all long-distance courier jobs are taken care of. You can have full confidence in us to get the job perfectly, every time. Once our team has taken care of organising the collection and delivery details, you can sit back, relax and let us do the work.

We’re vastly experienced in long-distance work and can help both personal and business contract jobs. For more information on how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have.

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