We understand that plans can change at the last minute. Therefore, at Ship a Car Direct we never charge cancellation fees. We merely ask that you give us as much notice as possible to avoid any issues with your assigned carrier.
Deciding whether or not to have your vehicle shipped is a big decision. There are lots of things to consider from the cost of the shipment to the worry of leaving your vehicle in the hands of strangers as you ship it across the country. Nevertheless, there are times when shipping your vehicle might be necessary. If you do make the decision to ship your vehicle, the good news is most car shipping companies have a cancellation policy. Just as most retail stores will allow you to return merchandise within a certain period of time, the car shipping industry has a cancellation policy of its own.
In general, once you book with an auto transport company, you will have the option to cancel up to a certain point. In most cases, it takes the shipping company a few days to find a carrier that can transport your vehicle. Once they find a carrier, you typically have to wait another 3-5 days before your vehicle can be picked up. Most companies will give you the option to cancel your order up until the time your vehicle is picked up. That said, every company’s cancellation policy is unique and there may be fees and refund policies that differ from one company to another. Here are a few things to keep in mind when cancelling an auto shipment order.
Timing is Everything
You cannot wait until the very last minute or after the carrier has already picked up your vehicle to cancel your order. Unfortunately in these cases, your car will continue through the transport process. Therefore, it’s critical that you cancel your order before your vehicle departs on the carrier. Assuming you cancel in advance, most car shipping companies will honor your request and might not even charge you a cancellation fee. Some companies, however, might have a window in which you must cancel before being charged a fee. It is best to check with the shipping company about their cancellation policy on the front end.
Cancellation Fees and Policies
Every auto transport company is different so you want to ask about cancellation fees upfront. Some companies have no cancellation fee at all and many will even refund your deposit if you cancel by a certain time. Any reputable auto shipment company should be upfront about their cancellation policy and in many cases it is even listed on their website.
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.