Are you looking to ship your car to or from North Carolina? Are you wondering if you need open car or enclosed car transport? Curious about shipping costs for your classic or luxury automobile? For whichever type of auto shipping service you need, Ship a Car Direct can make the process as easy as possible for you.
North Carolina Car Shipping
North Carolina is the ninth most populous state, with the city of Charlotte being home to more than 800,000 residents. Other major cities include Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Fayetteville. North Carolina is also home to Kitty Hawk, the town where the Wright brothers made the first controlled powered airplane flight.
North Carolina has a good network of roads and rail services into and out of the state. It also boasts two seaports; one in Wilmington and another in Morehead. These factors all combine to make North Carolina an excellent state for shipping vehicles.
North Carolina Auto Transport Services
If you're in need of auto shipping services to or from North Carolina, Ship a Car Direct has been a trusted auto transport company since 2008 due to its record for safe and reliable shipping. In that time, we have been recognized as the Customer’s #1 Choice Car Carrier Service, with an excellent BBB rating and 5-Star Auto Transport Reviews.
The pricing of the transport services available will determine by the weight, volume, type of the vehicle, and distance to be covered. For example, shipping vehicles over shorter distances have a higher rate per mile than when over long distances. For more information on auto transport services and how they work, click here.
Door-To-Door Car Shipping To And From North Carolina
This is the most convenient method when shipping a car to North Carolina. The shipping company picks up your vehicle from your preferred pickup location and delivers it to the given address.
Open Car Transport To/From North Carolina
Besides being a common transportation method, it is also very effective. Your vehicle is driven into and strapped on an open carrier for shipment. Open car shipping is often cheaper since it can house more vehicles on a trip. Multi-car carriers can carry up to a dozen vehicles.
However, keep in mind that open car carriers expose your vehicle to harsh weather and potential debris from the road.
Enclosed Car Transport To/From North Carolina
Enclosed car carriers can only transport a small number of vehicles at a time. This is because the carrier completely encloses the vehicle in a container for shipping.
Though it provides more protection during transit, the drivers cannot inspect and check on your vehicle during the stops. It is also more expensive due to the weight and fuel consumption of the carrier.
Luxury & Classic Car Transport To/From North Carolina
Classic car transportation focuses on special requests for luxurious or classic vehicles. They use the enclosed carriers to transport these exotic vehicles where the quotation is higher than the closed car carriers.
Cross Country Car Shipping To/From North Carolina
Cross country car shipping will ferry your vehicle to different states across the country. It might be hectic because of the miles coverage and care needed, but closed or open car carriers will do the job for you.
Reasons to Use North Carolina Car Shipping Instead of Driving
North Carolina car shipping takes away the stresses of transporting your vehicle. There are many risks involved when driving long distances. By eliminating the need to drive your vehicle to its destination, you'll be able to avoid any hazardous driving conditions on the road. You can rest easy knowing that your vehicle is being delivered by trained and insured professionals.
You'll also save a lot of money by avoiding rentals. Keep in mind that if you choose to deliver your vehicle yourself, you'll need a way to get back home. Renting a vehicle can be costly, especially if you have to put many miles on it.
Shipping a car to North Carolina with a professional shipping service saves you both time and money.
Required Documents for Shipping a Car to NC
When shipping your vehicle, you only need to ensure that it has a valid insurance cover and driver's license before handing over the keys. The transporter will inspect your vehicle's condition to ascertain its status during pickup. Once satisfied, the transporter will sign the bill of lading and give the owner a copy before steering it away for transportation.
Things to Know Before Shipping a Car to NC
Before shipping a car to North Carolina, understand the time it will take to get to the state. Inquire from the transporters about the average lead time to make preparations.
You should also inspect your vehicle and take pictures before handing over the car. It will make things much easier if you need to file a damage claim after transportation. Always ensure your vehicle is clean and has a quarter tank full of gas when handing over the vehicle to facilitate the loading and unloading of the vehicle during transportation.
Understand the payment and transportation details beforehand, which will make tracking your vehicle easier. Also, be sure to select the right kind of transportation for your needs.
Registering a Vehicle in the State of North Carolina
Once you receive your vehicle in North Carolina, you can start the registration process. You will need a valid driver’s or passport license, valid car insurance policy, filled title application form, and odometer disclosure. There are multiple ways you can register your vehicle in North Carolina:
- In-person registration
- Online via North Carolina's DMV website
- Mail-in registration
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.