Congratulations! You’ve finally done it – you’ve found and bought the car of your (online) dreams! That’s phase 1. What’s phase 2? Getting it home, and you’ve got options: pick it up, or ship it. This blog post will uncover the pros and cons on both, so you can be an informed buyer every step of the way.
New Car, New Challenge
You’ve bought your new car online, which means you’ve saved yourself the time, stress and hassle of purchasing it through a dealership. The not so great news? You need to pinpoint the best way to get it shipped to you. Picking it up is a great option, if its relatively close to where you live. Unfortunately, many times it’s not. Here’s how to handle it.
Tips for Shipping Your Car
- Weight the pros and cons of having the dealership deliver it. Sometimes a dealership will deliver it for a fee, which you can negotiate as long as they don’t have to take it too far. If your vehicle is on the other side of the state or country, shipping it can save you time and hassle. Spend time shopping around a few car transit companies, and shortlist the ones with the most competitive price, most comprehensive insurance and best reviews. These ‘3’ are your golden ticket to finding the right company for you.
- Be flexible on delivery dates. When you find the right shipping company – one that is reputable and experienced (run for the hills when you discover they have hidden fees!), you’ll need to agree on an estimated delivery date. Keep in mind, the more ahead you plan your transit, and the more flexible you are on a shipping due date, the better off you’ll be.
Most shipping companies will do their very best to accommodate you, but they may not be able to guarantee the date you request. Why? Because of uncontrolled variables such as the climate and weather, changing road conditions and unexpected detours. They should, however be able to provide you with an accurate window.
- Think outside the box. Consider the factors of when and where you’re having your car shipped to. If it’s winter or the summer, allow extra time because of extreme weather conditions. What you shouldn’t compromise on? The quality of the shipping company.
Ship a Car Direct is America’s number one shipping company. We offer an unparalleled consumer experience, by finding only the best shipping companies to fit your needs and your budget. We don’t trust everyone, which is why we pride ourselves on saying “No” to hundreds of companies and only work with the best. Over 600 5-star reviews will prove it!
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.