All over the United States drivers see cars being transported in big auto carriers. That might seem like a convenient method of auto shipping if only you could access these services as a private customer. The truth is that you can.
The internet has made it easy to find something you want that is located a considerable distance away, even a car. The challenge of buying large items, such as a car, has always been how to transport the item long distances at a reasonable cost.
That is where auto shipping companies like Safe-Direct Car Shipping come in. Is it possible without using a car shipping company? Yes, you could fly in and drive out, or invite a friend to take a long road trip and drive the new car back., however, this also can become costly. Arranging for the car to be shipped saves time and effort you could put into something else, like gathering the parts and materials or purchasing some upgrades for the new car!
It only takes a minute to get a free estimate of the price you could pay for auto transport. After indicating the type and condition of a car and how far it will travel, our online auto shipping calculator will suggest a cost, though this will be set by an agent when you decide for certain that you want to have a car shipped to your home.
Another piece of good news is that the vehicle will come directly to your home. The carrier will park out front of your townhouse, house, or condo with the vehicle and a form to sign. This is a waiver, indicating that you have completed the transaction and will not be pursuing compensation for damages to the car. Check the car over before you sign. Damages during auto shipping are rare, but they do happen, so be sure you document any damage.
Moreover, do not hand over a penny until this point. We don't recommend that you pay any money up front, but some companies will.
Check out the quick video below for some tips on auto shipping scheduling and pick up dates.
Please contact us if you have any questions, or request a free quote online.
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.