When you buy a car in California but you live in Massachusetts, it is imperative that the vehicle arrive at your home safely. A car is a big investment. If it is a new vehicle you have saved up for, this will amount to thousands -- even tens of thousands -- of dollars. Antique cars are priceless. They are not rolling off of the factory line anymore after all, so replacing one would be tough. What you need is a way to get the vehicle home safely, and shipping a car could be the safest option. Driving it hundreds of miles leaves you open to accidents in parking lots and on the highway.
Besides, you might have bought your 1966 Corvette for a steal because the engine was not running. You could not drive it home anyway. This is going to be a labor of love, but how will you get it home? Car shipping offers the answer.
Before making any commitments, get a few car shipping quotes from websites like ours at shipacardirect.com. We have a rate calculator that gives you access to free instant quotes. Type your details into the online calculator for an idea of the cost. Indicate where the car is coming from and where it is going to (this company ships all over the United States). Will you prefer an open topped or closed topped method? Open-topped shipping is cheaper.
Next, compare your car shipping quotes. One aspect of car shipping which might put you off is the deposit most companies want up front. You should never pay this. Hand over a check at your front door when the car is sitting in your driveway and not before.
Safe Direct Car Shipping has access to over two thousand carriers they would be happy to entrust your vehicle to. Then again, if you have a specific company in mind or dislike the reputation of a firm, your agent will happily switch service providers at no extra cost to you.
If you choose Safe Direct, our home page is full of information, or just give us a call during business hours, and you will get a prompt response.
One reason that Safe Direct is highly rated by the BBB is that they are fair to customers. You do not pay until the car arrives safely. Shipping a car takes up to a week, so ask a trusted friend to accept your vehicle and check for damage in case you cannot be reached.
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.