Shipping Guide


Don’t fill out multiple quote forms on different sites!
Most shipping websites give your information to a 10 to 20 different shipping companies and if you fill out a couple different forms in most cases you will have 20 different companies contacting you at once. Save yourself the frustration and just fill out one form on our site and know that you’re getting the best price, quality and reliable service.
Check List
When it comes to the shipping of your vehicle there are some simple things that you can do to make your auto transport experience easier. The biggest and most important thing is to have your car prepared correctly before having the trucking company pick it up. This will save you time and money in the long run. It will also cut down on the amount of time that the car will have to be inspected and will insure that your shipping experience is a success. Here are some quick and painless tips to getting you on your way to having a successful experience.

Tips
Industry Alerts
Don’t get caught up in the up front deposit scams
Be carful if a company is asking for a up front deposit. A lot of unethical Car Shipping companies are giving low quotes to sucker the customer in. Once they have your deposit they make up some excuse why they need more money to Car Shipping your car. If you refuse they keep your deposit and don’t Car Shipping your car. The best way to avoid this situation is to not go with the company with the lowest price and don’t give them any money until the car is picked up.
To good to be true price scams
If you notice one Auto Shippers company has an exceptionally low price STAY AWAY FROM THEM! If it sounds to good to be true, it is! These Transport companies bid you low hoping they can find someone to move your Vehicle for cheap, but it never fails that they come back to the customer asking for more money after they have already picked up your vehicle and have it for leverage. The best way to prevent this is to get several quotes take the average price and go with those companies.
Fuel Prices are up and so it the cost of Transport your vehicle
Trucks run on fuel and use lost of petroleum-based products for lubrication and hydraulics, so when fuel prices are up the cost of Transport your car goes up. No way to really get around this, but Transport your car in the winter months is always cheaper the summer. The reason for this is because most people are Transport in the summer and not in the winter.
Car Shipping Companies are going out of business and taking your car with them
With the cost of running a truck going up dramatically a lot of owner operators that don’t understand economics are moving vehicles to cheap and running out of money. Some of them are going out of business and leaving the truck loaded with vehicles on the side of the road. We have talk to people that gave a Auto Shippers company their vehicle never to see it again and no one to go after because they shut the Car Shipping company down. Please make sure you choose a Transport company with a solid reputation.
Truck Type
In this section we break down the difference between open carrier and enclosed carrier. If you have the extra money we recommend enclosed shipping.
Open Auto Transport
Open Auto Transport

Definition of open carrier - This is car shipping that does not protect your vehicle from the elements.

Shipping your vehicle on a open carrier exposes it to the weather, but the open auto shipping companies can fit more vehicles on their truck and this lowers the cost of vehicle shipping. Damages from the elements are rare, but can occur. Most people are willing to take the small risk to save a considerable...

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Enclosed Auto Transport
Enclosed Auto Transport

Definition of enclosed carrier - This is vehicle transport that protects your vehicle from the elements.

Going enclosed can protect your vehicle from weather, rocks and theft. In most cases enclosed car transport will cost double of what it would cost to ship on an open carrier. These companies have more experience with high-end vehicles. Enclosed car shipping companies tend to give more...

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Carrier or Broker
If you need to utilize the services of a car transport company, there are some basic things you should know before choosing a dependable company. The first is which type of company to use. You have two options, car transporter carrier or broker? Both can get your car from point A to point B, but there are some distinct differences you should know before you settle on an auto transport company.
Auto Transport Carrier

The auto transport carriers will move your car; they are the ones that own trucks, carry insurance and have the authority to move your car...

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Auto Transport Broker

The auto transport brokers do not have trucks and use a network of open and enclosed auto transport companies to move cars for them. So they just...

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Payment
Its important that you make sure the company accepts your preferred payment type. Not all companies except credit cards and some don’t except cash. If the company doesn’t have their payment types posted on their website, it best to give them a call and ask.
Top Questions
Its important that you make sure the company accepts your preferred payment type. Not all companies except credit cards and some don’t except cash. If the company doesn’t have their payment types posted on their website, it best to give them a call and ask.
The normal time for pickuo, transport and delivery of your vehicle is approximately anywhere from the same day to 14 days. During this time, all cars are being loaded on a Car Shipping or a truck with other cars. Below, are some basic ideas to help you along the way. These times are estimated and should not be considered as guarantees.
East Coast to West Coast Auto Transport – approx. 7-14 days
Midwest to East Coast Auto Transport – approx. 5-8 days
South to North Auto Transport – approx. 5-8 days
Door-to-door service in the Car Shipping industry means the truck driver will get as close to your door as he can legally and safely. Many cities have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into some residential areas. Auto Transport trucks are massive and need lots of space to maneuver and turn around. If your home is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees, speed bumps or tight turns, the driver may ask you to meet the truck at a different destination. If you are ready to go, please fill out our Transport quote form to receive a quote for your move.
The car shipping company thats shipping your vehicle will provide you with a number that you can call and receive your information.
The car shipping company thats shipping your vehicle will provide you with insurance. This insurance covers all damages caused by accidents while the vehicle is being loaded, major changes in the vehicle’s condition, and unforeseeable damage that is a result of mishandling by the carrier.
Cash, cahier check, money orders, visa and master cards will be accepted. No personal checks and no business checks will be accepted. Payment must be arranged prior to pick up.
The US Department of Transport prohibits the carrying of personal items on a truck licensed only for carrying automobiles. By violating this federal law, the company shipping your vehicle can be fined up to $10,000. All personal belongings that are left inside the vehicle will not be insured and no company is responsible for missing or damaged items.
It depends on what day your vehicle is scheduled for pickup and delivery. If the carrier cannot pickup/deliver your vehicle(s) due to scheduling conflicts, inaccessible areas or both. All terminals used are secured, licensed, and fully insured. If the auto transport company must drop your vehicle off at a terminal, you will be contacted before hand.
All car shipping shipments are based on weight that a truck can legally carry. This is why there may be a small price difference.