Many people are concerned about the well-being of their vehicle once it is in the hands of a car shipping carrier and understandably so. Your vehicle is one of your most expensive assets so you want to be sure it is in good hands during transport. This begs the question: Is it possible to track your car while it is being shipped? The answer to this will depend on the car shipping company. Each company has their own policy in place regarding tracking your vehicle.
Many auto shipping companies understand the need for customers to be able to track the progress of their vehicle during shipment. Some companies have an online tracking number where customers can visit the website, enter the tracking number, and receive an instant update. Other times the update might not be instant but you will receive an email update within 24 hours. Some companies do not have an online tracking system in place but can provide you with an update if you call and request one. Others will send automatic tracking updates throughout the duration of the transport.
Auto tracking is still relatively new in the world of car shipping and it is costly to implement expensive GPS-tracking systems on auto carriers. For some, this expense doesn't make sense and the company prefers to stick with traditional updates via phone calls. If the ability to track your vehicle is something that is really important to you, it’s best to check with the car shipping company to see if this service is available. It should also be noted that while tracking your vehicle can be convenient, there will always be the risk of delays due to weather, traffic, road detours, and scheduling conflicts. Anytime you are shipping a vehicle, it is good to have a little flexibility because there are some things that drivers just can’t avoid. Talk to your car shipping company about your expectations and ask about their auto transport tracking services.
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.
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