Relocating from one state to another is not without its hassles. Shipping your car, for instance, is an undertaking that most find overwhelming. Fortunately, with some adequate planning and research, the process becomes surprisingly streamlined. Before delving into the details of how to ship your car to the Golden State, here are some variables you’ll want to mull over first.
- How much does your car weigh?
- What is the make, model, and year of your vehicle?
- How much are you willing to spend on a shipping company?
- How far are you shipping from point A to point B?
- Will the weather affect the exterior of the car?
Don’t Be Lazy, Research Like Crazy
Above all else, it’s crucial to do your homework and select a shipping company that caters to your wants, needs, and preferences. Finding a reliable company that ensures customer satisfaction is paramount. Since most companies are quick to sell themselves as a well-oiled machine, it’s prudent to read some testimonials, review the ratings, and browse user comments. What’s more, comparing prices and quotes will help you land on a reasonable auto transport company that complements your budget.
*Pro Tip: Look for seasonal discounts and specials. Winter prices are generally the lowest.
Be sure you know when and where you’ll be arriving before booking a transport service. Shipping companies warn against poor planning. Some people get so bogged down in the details that they inadvertently ignore some of the most important logistics including time and place. If you’ve booked a company that’s hours away from your destination, it makes for an inconvenient process. With that said, it’s critical to be aware of when and where you’ll be arriving.
Have Your Car Prepared For the Haul
Remove any expensive or personal items from your vehicle before it gets shipped off. While this tip may seem like a no-brainer, there are plenty of valuables that fall to the wayside during the mayhem of moving. Moreover, experts recommend keeping your gas tank near empty so as to avoid additional costs. Oftentimes, a car with a full tank of gas ends up paying more for extra weight in fuel.
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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