Auto shipment has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its ease and convenience. Using a car shipping service allows for hassle-free auto transport by eliminating the burden of getting your vehicle from one place to another. It can save you time and money and can also prevent your vehicle from unnecessary wear and tear. Here are a few times when auto shipment can be useful.
1) Long Distance Moves
Moving from one state to another can be very stressful. Aside from figuring out the logistics of moving all of your belongings hundreds or even thousands of miles away, you are forced to find a way to relocate your vehicles as well. Driving your car across the country takes several days and can end up being quite costly by the time you factor in gas, food, and lodging. It can also be difficult to transport multiple vehicles across the country. Auto shipment makes it easy to transport your vehicles in a timely and more cost effective manner.
2) Antique or Exotic Vehicles
Antique and exotic vehicles are very valuable so you want to make sure they are well protected. It’s not exactly ideal to drive these types of vehicles long distances, as excessive mileage can decrease the car’s value. Furthermore, you don’t want to risk damage to your vehicle from such a long road trip. Most auto shipping companies offer enclosed transport so your vehicle will be well protected in an enclosed carrier. This is the safest way to move an antique or exotic vehicle long distances.
3) College Students
Every year thousands of students pack up and prepare to head off to college. For some, the trip can be thousands of miles away. Auto shipment is ideal for college students who can’t make the long trip back and forth in their vehicle. It is also a much safer option, so parents aren’t left worrying about their child driving such a long distance. Car shipment is a perfect solution for college students to transport their vehicle to and from school.
4) Buying/Selling a Car
Long gone are the days of being limited to the cars on the local car lot. Thanks to online car shopping, people now have the freedom to shop for their dream car anywhere in the world. Many people who are looking for a specific make and model might find a great deal on a car that happens to be in another state. Likewise, you have much better chances of selling your vehicle when you advertise outside of your city limits. Auto shipment makes it possible to buy and sell vehicles anywhere in the world.
5) When You Need Convenience
There are times when you need to get a vehicle from one place to another but you don’t have time to take several days off work to drive it. Perhaps you are moving, you are retrieving a vehicle from an elderly family member, or you are shipping a car to your college student. Whatever the reason, auto shipment can save you time and make the process easier and hassle-free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.