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When Other Car Shippers Cannot?

Because when we ship a car we review every carrier (literally thousands of them!) and weed out the more than 80% who do not meet our elite standards.

We do the weeding, so you don’t have to!

Plus, our free user videos and free email series will provide you with an A to Z, Door to Door, Car Shipping Battle Plan:
We’ll keep you alert to every potential problem, every step of the way, and how to avoid them.


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We created a simple & user friendly App to help you easily document the condition of your car both before and after it ships. Available for iPhone and Android users.

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But, in the very rare case of damage, the carrier’s insurance will cover it. If they don’t, we’ve got your back. We will step in to help pay via our Damage Free Guarantee program.

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And Neither Will We!

The number one thing that makes Ship a Car Direct the most trusted car shipping company is our Iron-Clad, Damage Free Guarantee.

We carefully screen every carrier, making sure they’re well-rated, fully insured, and fully prepared to take care of you and your car.

And then we stand behind them.

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You Get One Carrier. Safe and Simple.

We don’t use the “terminal to terminal” process. You get ONE carrier who picks your car up right from you and drops it off right to you, safe and sound. If you have any questions, check out our user videos or give us a call at 866-221-1664 to request a no-obligation, free car shipping quote today.

What is Car Shipping?

Car shipping is the process of transporting a car from one place to another. There are various ways to ship cars, including by boat, train, or truck. However, the most common method used by domestic auto shipping companies is via tractor trailer. It's important to note that not all car shipping companies or methods are the same. Different methods offer different advantages for customers with varying needs. Let's explore further below.

Types of Auto Transport Services

Car shipping is generally broken into two different types: open and enclosed.

During open auto transport, a car carrier will load multiple cars on either a flatbed trailer (for one or two cars) or, more commonly, a dual-level trailer (for up to 10). You’ve probably seen these types of trailers driving by you on the highway during long trips. This method of car shipping is the most common – and the most cost-effective.

Enclosed car shipping, on the other hand, is ideal if you’re looking to avoid the elements, ship a classic car, garaged vehicle with show-car paint and finishes, or exotic car. Our general rule of thumb is to consider enclosed if your cars value is around $70k or above. If your cars value is above $100k, definitely ship vehicle enclosed. Not only will you ensure that it's well protected, many open car carriers are reluctant to take the risk shipping vehicles of that value.

How much does shipping cost for a car?

Prices for car shipping generally range from around $300 for open car transport less than 500 miles to upwards of $1,800 for enclosed transport above 2,500 miles.

We strongly disagree that you'll have to pay anywhere near this much, but according to Forbes the average cost to ship a car coast to coast is $1,650.

But if you take a few moments and use our free car shipping quote calculator we think you'll find that shipping a car is much less expensive than that.

Factors That Can Affect the Cost of Auto Transport

The average car shipping cost varies widely depending on what type of vehicle you’re shipping, how you’re shipping it, and how far you need it shipped. If you require expedited shipping or load your vehicle with a lot of extra weight, these things can also affect your final cost to ship. The time of the year also has an impact on the cost to ship your vehicle.

What is the cheapest service to ship a car?

Shipping on an open car transport carrier is by far the least expensive option to ship vehicle(s). Other ways to save money would be to ship during the winter months. February in particular is a time when not many other people are shipping a car from state to state and drivers are much more willing to drop their normal fees to ship your car.

Is it cheaper to ship a car or drive?

It depends on various factors such as distance, fuel costs, vehicle condition, and your own time constraints. However, once you factor in fuel, food, hotels, vehicle wear & tear and, most importantly, the time needed to take off from work - most people find that shipping a car ends up being the more affordable option.

How long does it take to ship a car?

To figure out how long a car will be in transit when you ship it you can do some rough basic math; a car carrier shipping from state to state will normally travel between 250 - 300 miles on any given day

How to ship a car to another state?

Shipping a car to another state almost always starts with an online search. Do your research and read as many online reviews of car shipping companies as you can. Once you find the company that you trust to ship your car give them clear date timelines for them to use when finding you the best car carrier for your needs. Try not to load too many personal items in your car to avoid potential issues and

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