Whether you are purchasing a car in another state or you are planning a long-distance move, you may find yourself trying to figure out how to get your vehicle(s) from one location to another. You could make the drive yourself, spending countless hours on the road and putting wear and tear on your vehicle, or you could opt to hire a car shipping service instead. Though it may seem like a complicated process, shipping your car is actually very simple and has plenty of advantages.
The Safety of Your Vehicle
Your car is one of your most valuable assets so it’s important to take good care of it. Shipping a car is a safe and efficient way to transport your vehicle a long distance. If you make the drive yourself, you are putting unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle and ultimately putting your vehicle at risk, especially if you are traveling in bad weather. Hiring a car shipping service is a much safer option for your vehicle.
Less Stress and Hassle for You
There’s no doubt about it…long-distance road trips aren’t for the faint of heart. If you are traveling across the country, it could take several long days to get to your destination and this can mean taking time off work and dealing with the hassle of finding food and lodging along the way. Hiring a car shipping company can take the stress out of transporting your vehicle.
It Can Be Cost Effective
While most people assume that auto shipment is expensive, it can actually turn out to be more cost effective than driving your car yourself. If you drive yourself, you have to factor in costs like gas, meals, lodging, and car repairs if anything should go wrong.
It’s a Huge Time Saver
One of the biggest reasons why people choose to ship their car is simply to save time. After all, time is money. If you have to take off work to drive your car, it may not be worth the extra time. Not to mention, moving is stressful enough and you may not want to waste precious time driving your car across the country when you could fly and have your vehicle shipped. When you ship your car, you can save your time for other things like work and family obligations.
Moving is hard even under the bets of circumstances, but a long-distance move can be extremely stressful. There are so many things to think about and you can take one less thing off your plate by hiring a car shipping company. You can have your vehicle picked up right from your home and delivered right to your doorstep. All you need to do is focus on enjoying your new home with your family.
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.