One of the most frequently asked questions about auto shipping is, “Can I pack personal items in my car during shipping?” It’s a valid question, given that many people use auto shipping services when they are moving and this can be a great way to move their belongings. While it sounds perfectly safe, the truth is that there are several potential risks involved with storing personal items in a vehicle during shipment. Let’s take a look at some of the risks involved with storing items in your car while it is being shipped.
Risk of Theft
Car shipping carriers do not drive straight through from Point A to Point B. They make frequent stops along the way for gas, food, restroom breaks, and rest. If a car is packed to the brim with personal items, this is a target for criminals who might be looking to break into vehicles. While it’s not expected, theft can and does occur and car owners can alleviate that problem by not storing items in their car. Most auto shipping companies do not permit the storage of personal items because they are not responsible for items that get damaged or stolen during transport.
Thieves aren’t the only reason why it's not permitted to store personal belongings during auto shipment. Car shipping carriers have certain weight restrictions and if several cars are packed with hundreds of pounds of items, it can cause the truck to be overweight. Truckers are subject to fines if their trucks exceed the weight limit.
Damage to Your Car and Belongings
Even though your car is strapped to the transport truck, there is still quite a bit of movement during transport. Your vehicle is likely to vibrate and shift which means any items stored inside can get jostled around. This could cause the items to break or cause damage to the interior of your vehicle. While your car itself is insured during transport, personal items inside are not so if you pack items, you are doing so at your own risk.
Inquire with the Shipping Company
If you are in need of storing some items in your vehicle, be sure and inquire about storage with the auto shipping company. Some companies will allow some items to be stored, as long as it is under a certain weight. Keep in mind, however, that the shipping company will not be liable for stolen or damaged items. You may also have the option of using a driveway transport service. Unlike traditional car shipping, driveway service has a physical driver who actually drives your vehicle from one location to another. Oftentimes, driveway service drivers will allow you to store personal items in the vehicle during transport.