There are many reasons to ship a car from one location to another. A move across the country (or across the globe), or just selling a car to a new owner are all reasons to ship a car from one place to another. While the process can seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. The following checklist will help you prepare your car for shipping and get it to where it needs to go, simply, easily and affordably!
Find a Shipping Company You Can Trust
The first, and most important step, is to find a good shipping company that can get your car safely from one location to another. Before you settle on one shipper, check reviews, get detailed quotes, and determine what services come with the quoted cost. You should also make sure that the chosen shipping company services the destination you have in mind. Then you can make an informed decision on the best choice for shipping your car.
Prepare Your Car for Shipment
Once you have found the right company to ship your car, it's time to prepare the car for shipment. The most important thing to do is remove all valuables, including digital media, iPods, iPads, phones, computers and other personal belongings. You should also check the fuel level in your vehicle; some shippers require that your gas tank have a certain level of fuel remaining.
You should also obtain the required service and maintenance that is due, such as an oil change, filter change and check the tires. If your car is in need of new tires, it's best to have this done before you ship the car. You should also make sure the registration is valid on the vehicle and won't expire before it makes it to the next location.
Drop Your Car Off With the Shipper
Once your car has been prepared for shipping, it is time to drop it off with the company that will ship it to your destination. Make sure you have a signed contract on hand that details your responsibilities, the shipper's responsibilities and how it will be delivered. The contract should also detail all the costs associated with shipping the car. And finally, when dropping your car off with the shipper, schedule a time for your or another person at the destination to pick up the car.
The car shipping service you choose should have the experience, and testimonials to back up their promise. Will they treat your vehicle the way they treat their own? Have they been given and awards for continuous customer service and quality? At Ship A Car Direct, we place pride and passion in our car shipping services, and with hundreds of customers to back up our claims. Contact us today for a free quote, and experience the difference yourself!
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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