Thanks to modern technology and the rise of online shopping, auto shipping has become a household term. There are a number of companies that offer the convenience of auto-shipment and it has made it possible to get a vehicle from one place to another safely and economically. Whether you are looking to ship a car across the country or overseas, thankfully it can be done. Vehicles can be shipped just about anywhere in the world so it’s not a matter of if it can be shipped, it’s a matter of how. If you are willing to spend the money, your vehicle can be shipped just about anywhere in the world. Here are just a few of the most common ways to ship your vehicle anywhere you want.
Shipping Your Car Within the United States
It has never been easier to transport your vehicle anywhere in the country. With the help of a trusted auto shipping company, you can easily get your vehicle all the way across the country safely and efficiently. Oftentimes car shipping companies will have a couple of options for transporting your vehicle. They might have a terminal-to-terminal shipping process in which your vehicle is grouped together with other vehicles on an auto carrier and it will be delivered to the terminal in or around your city. You can drop off and pick up your vehicle from its designated terminal. You can also have the option of door-to-door transport where your vehicle is picked up from your location, loaded onto an auto carrier, and delivered directly to a specific location. The only restrictions you might face with door-to-door transport is if the road is difficult to maneuver for some reason. Perhaps it is too narrow, windy, or hilly and in this case you will need to pick your vehicle up from a terminal.
Shipping Your Car Overseas
Shipping a car overseas is a little more expensive and has a few extra steps but it can still be done. However, given the right price and adequate time, any shipper can move a car overseas. The first step involves transporting your vehicle to the nearest port and this can take a few days depending on where you live. From there, your vehicle will be loaded onto an overseas cargo ship and shipped to the destination port. Again, there might be certain restrictions about delivering your vehicle to a specific location if the roads aren’t manageable, but in this case, you would just pick up your vehicle at the closest terminal.
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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