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Shipping a Car for the First Time

Posted on 02/13/2023


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Common first time questions about car shipping

 
If you have decided to ship a car for the first time you probably have lots of questions. You might need to ship your car because you are moving a long distance, you could be shipping your car to college or maybe you are shipping a vehicle that you bought or sold online. Regardless of the reason that you are shipping a car, you likely want some answers to the questions that you have. We have assembled a list of the following questions and answers that you may have as someone shipping a vehicle for the first time.
 

What does shipping a car cost?

 
Anytime you ship a car the price will be different. This is because the final cost of shipping a car is calculated by the combination of several important variables. The most important factors in the determination of the price for car shipping are:
 

  • The demand for vehicle transport when you choose to ship
  • The cost of fuel at the time of your shipment
  • Exactly how many miles your car shipment is
  • Whether or not you chose premium shipping options
  • The overall size of your vehicle

 
With all of these factors in mind the cost of your car shipment will likely be between $0.60 and $2.00 per mile. So, if all things were equal and you were shipping a car 800 miles exactly, it would cost around $1,050. However, with all the above variables in mind, it is best to use a car shipping quote calculator to get the best idea of what your shipment might cost.
 

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What will I need to do once I schedule my car shipment?

 
Once you have successfully booked and scheduled your car shipment, you will not need to do anything until a day or two before your pickup window begins. It is at that point which you will just need to get the exterior of your vehicle cleaned, ensure it is running correctly and you will also need to remove any and all personal items. Personal items could include sunglasses, hats, gloves, phone chargers or anything that is not a physical part of the car. If you leave anything like those items in your vehicle, it will still be shipped but if any items you left in the car get damaged or are lost, they will not be covered by insurance.
 

How long will my car shipment take?

 
The length of any given car shipment will depend on several different variables. These variables include the physical distance of your shipment, the traffic and weather along your shipping route as well as the time of year during which you are shipping your car. If you would like a more precise idea of how long a particular car shipment could take, use our instant and free car shipping calculator.
 

Do I have to bring my car anywhere in order for it to be shipped?

 
No, thankfully with car shipping companies such as RoadRunner Auto Transport, door-to-door vehicle transport is the norm. This means that your car shipper will pick your car up at your house and deliver it to the exact address of the delivery location. The only exception to this is when a pickup or delivery address is on a street that is too small for an auto carrier to maneuver, or local law/ordinances prevent the auto carrier truck from entering that street. If this is the case, your auto transport company will arrange a nearby place to meet you such as a shopping plaza parking lot.
 

How far ahead should I schedule my car shipment?

 
You should always schedule any car shipment at least several weeks in advance. We recommend scheduling your shipment with at least four weeks of notice. Doing so will help keep the cost of your car shipment lower and it will help ensure that you get your preferred shipping dates as well.
 

Can I ship anything with my vehicle?

 
Yes, you can ship personal belongings inside of your vehicle. However, the total weight of these belongings cannot be more than one hundred pounds, and they have to be left in the trunk, or in the backseats below the window line. Please keep in mind that you do so at your own risk, as personal belongings are not covered under insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.
 

How does insurance work when I ship a car?

 
When you ship your car, regular auto insurance may not cover your vehicle for anything that happens to it whether it is damage or theft (Don’t worry less than 1% of vehicle shipments get damaged industry wide!) This is because typical car insurance only covers your car for collision and liability if the specific individual that is insured is driving it when such things occur. They also cover you in a comprehensive manner for events beyond the insured driver’s control such as weather damage, vandalism, and theft.
 
The problem is that insurance companies view your choosing to ship your car as within your control. Thus, if your car gets a scratch while shipping, your auto insurance may not cover it. You can choose to purchase additional coverage that will cover auto transport through your vehicle insurance, but it will be quite costly.
 
Thankfully, some car shipping companies provide additional coverage. This can easily be included with your shipment at a minimum additional fee of only about $50. If you have specific questions about what is covered through an auto transport company’s additional coverage, just give them a call.
 

Will my pickup and delivery dates be exact times and dates?

 
When you ship a vehicle, you will receive a range or “window” of dates for both the pickup and delivery of your car when your auto transport driver could arrive. This is because the nature of car shipping does not allow shipping companies to guarantee exact dates and times. Unpredictable factors including traffic delays, weather delays and delays with other customers are what impact a company’s inability to give exact dates/times.
 

What you need to know about car shipping

 
When you ship your car for the first time, there are probably several other things that you should be made aware of. One such thing is that you or someone that you know and trust who is eighteen or older, must always be available during both the pickup and delivery windows at the agreed upon addresses. This is because someone must be there in order to give/receive the keys and sign off on the bill of lading regarding the condition of the vehicle. These pickup/delivery windows will be a period of about two or three days each.
 
You also might not know that you have several options in terms of shipping method for a vehicle. When you ship your car for the first time, you will be able to choose from the following options for your shipment:
 

  • Open-air car shippingOpen-air car shipping is just another phrase for “regular car shipping.” Your vehicle will get placed on an auto carrier truck that has two decks without a roof or any walls. This is the most frequently used kind of car shipping as it is also the cheapest kind of auto transport.

  • Top-loading – If you decide to have your car “top-loaded” during your car shipment, you are choosing to have your car shipped on the top deck of the carrier. Most of the people who choose this option do so because of the additional clearance it offers their vehicle off of the street level. This will cost about a hundred additional dollars.

  • Enclosed auto transportEnclosed car shipping is when you choose to ship your car on a car carrier truck that will house the vehicles that it is shipping with walls and a roof. The advantage to shipping in an enclosed car carrier is that the carrier will offer complete protection from any outside elements such as weather or road debris. Choosing this method of shipping will add a couple hundred extra dollars to your overall cost.

  • Oversized vehicle shipping – As you might expect, this method of vehicle shipping is only for vehicles such as RVs or tractors that are too large to ship on a typical open-air car carrier. With oversized vehicle shipping, your vehicle will be placed on a special flatbed trailer likely without any other vehicles. This will cost a considerable amount more than shipping a typical passenger car but will be right in line with the price to ship an oversized vehicle as freight. It is often even cheaper.

  • Inoperable auto transport – If you have a car that does not run properly or at all, you will need to make use of inoperable car transport. When you choose this type of car shipping a special car carrier truck will pick your car up. This car carrier will use a winch in order to attach to your vehicle and pull it on rather than the driver driving it on which is obviously not possible.

 

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Finally, be sure that you complete the preparation steps that were mentioned earlier prior to the start of your pickup window. When your auto transport driver arrives to load your car onto the car carrier, they will need to do a quick check for any damage that already existed prior to the start of shipping. The car shipping insurance requires that they do this so that people cannot attempt to make any false damage claims. If the outside of your car is not clean, your driver will still need to conduct their inspection but it will take much longer and your shipment will be slightly delayed as a result.
 

How to keep the cost of car shipping low

 
If you want to keep the overall cost of your first car shipment and any other future shipments you make low, you have a few specific options that will allow you to do so. Before you do anything else, you should try your best to ship during a time of the year that is less in demand for vehicle transport. When fewer people are shipping their cars during a given period, carriers and car shipping companies will be willing to ship cars at a lower price in an effort to ensure they end up with as few unpurchased shipping openings as possible. In most cases, the least busy times to ship your vehicle will be in the fall with the exception of the holiday season as well as in February into March.
 
Whether or not you are able to pick the time of year that you are going to ship your vehicle, it can end up saving you some money if you give advance notice to your auto transport company. This is also a supply and demand concept because when you are the first to book, prices for each spot on a car carrier will be at their lowest since it is unknown whether all spaces will sell at that point.
 
You should also forego any premium car shipping options such as enclosed car transport or top-deck transport otherwise known as top-loading. These options do offer their unique advantages, but they will raise your price at least a hundred dollars each.
 

Advantages of car shipping

 
There are several advantages that car shipping will offer over alternatives such as driving your car to its destination, towing it yourself or selling your car and buying a new one once you reach your destination. If you are considering driving your car to your destination, you will not be saving as much money as you think. Many people forget to factor in the cost of gas, lodging and food along the trip. On top of that, you will be putting several hundred or even thousands of miles on your car which definitely impacts the depreciation on the car and the overall resale value. You will likely also need to take valuable time away from work in order to make the trip yourself. When you ship your car, you will not need to worry about any of this.
 
Shipping your car with an auto transport company will also offer your car valuable protection when it is out on the road. When you are driving your car or even towing it using a dolly, it is still street-level and this makes it susceptible to small scratches, dings and chips from tiny road debris like small rocks kicking up off the road. When your car gets shipped on an auto carrier truck, it will be several feet off the ground.
 
Finally, shipping a car will save you a ton of money if the other consideration is to sell your car and then buy a new or used car when you arrive at your destination. In 2023 and beyond, the cost of buying a new car could easily be $40,000 or more. Even a reliable used car that runs well and is not too old might cost you $20,000 dollars. When you ship a car, you will only pay between $500 and $3,000 depending on the factors that were mentioned earlier like shipping distance, demand for auto transport at the time of your shipment, and which shipping options you selected.
 

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Conclusion

 
Shipping a car for the very first time can certainly seem daunting. The thought of allowing someone else to be responsible for your car for hundreds or even thousands of miles can easily cause anyone anxiety. However, reputable car shipping companies have spent years and, in the case of RoadRunner Auto Transport, decades shipping vehicles. That kind of experience directly translates to expertise which means an efficient yet safe transport of your vehicle from pickup to delivery. If you have any questions about your vehicle shipment, want a free quote or are ready to book your shipment, give our automotive logistics experts a call at (888)777-2123!

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Shipping a Car for the First Time

Posted on 02/13/2023


shipping a car for the first time

 

Common first time questions about car shipping

 
If you have decided to ship a car for the first time you probably have lots of questions. You might need to ship your car because you are moving a long distance, you could be shipping your car to college or maybe you are shipping a vehicle that you bought or sold online. Regardless of the reason that you are shipping a car, you likely want some answers to the questions that you have. We have assembled a list of the following questions and answers that you may have as someone shipping a vehicle for the first time.
 

What does shipping a car cost?

 
Anytime you ship a car the price will be different. This is because the final cost of shipping a car is calculated by the combination of several important variables. The most important factors in the determination of the price for car shipping are:
 

  • The demand for vehicle transport when you choose to ship
  • The cost of fuel at the time of your shipment
  • Exactly how many miles your car shipment is
  • Whether or not you chose premium shipping options
  • The overall size of your vehicle

 
With all of these factors in mind the cost of your car shipment will likely be between $0.60 and $2.00 per mile. So, if all things were equal and you were shipping a car 800 miles exactly, it would cost around $1,050. However, with all the above variables in mind, it is best to use a car shipping quote calculator to get the best idea of what your shipment might cost.
 

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What will I need to do once I schedule my car shipment?

 
Once you have successfully booked and scheduled your car shipment, you will not need to do anything until a day or two before your pickup window begins. It is at that point which you will just need to get the exterior of your vehicle cleaned, ensure it is running correctly and you will also need to remove any and all personal items. Personal items could include sunglasses, hats, gloves, phone chargers or anything that is not a physical part of the car. If you leave anything like those items in your vehicle, it will still be shipped but if any items you left in the car get damaged or are lost, they will not be covered by insurance.
 

How long will my car shipment take?

 
The length of any given car shipment will depend on several different variables. These variables include the physical distance of your shipment, the traffic and weather along your shipping route as well as the time of year during which you are shipping your car. If you would like a more precise idea of how long a particular car shipment could take, use our instant and free car shipping calculator.
 

Do I have to bring my car anywhere in order for it to be shipped?

 
No, thankfully with car shipping companies such as RoadRunner Auto Transport, door-to-door vehicle transport is the norm. This means that your car shipper will pick your car up at your house and deliver it to the exact address of the delivery location. The only exception to this is when a pickup or delivery address is on a street that is too small for an auto carrier to maneuver, or local law/ordinances prevent the auto carrier truck from entering that street. If this is the case, your auto transport company will arrange a nearby place to meet you such as a shopping plaza parking lot.
 

How far ahead should I schedule my car shipment?

 
You should always schedule any car shipment at least several weeks in advance. We recommend scheduling your shipment with at least four weeks of notice. Doing so will help keep the cost of your car shipment lower and it will help ensure that you get your preferred shipping dates as well.
 

Can I ship anything with my vehicle?

 
Yes, you can ship personal belongings inside of your vehicle. However, the total weight of these belongings cannot be more than one hundred pounds, and they have to be left in the trunk, or in the backseats below the window line. Please keep in mind that you do so at your own risk, as personal belongings are not covered under insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.
 

How does insurance work when I ship a car?

 
When you ship your car, regular auto insurance may not cover your vehicle for anything that happens to it whether it is damage or theft (Don’t worry less than 1% of vehicle shipments get damaged industry wide!) This is because typical car insurance only covers your car for collision and liability if the specific individual that is insured is driving it when such things occur. They also cover you in a comprehensive manner for events beyond the insured driver’s control such as weather damage, vandalism, and theft.
 
The problem is that insurance companies view your choosing to ship your car as within your control. Thus, if your car gets a scratch while shipping, your auto insurance may not cover it. You can choose to purchase additional coverage that will cover auto transport through your vehicle insurance, but it will be quite costly.
 
Thankfully, some car shipping companies provide additional coverage. This can easily be included with your shipment at a minimum additional fee of only about $50. If you have specific questions about what is covered through an auto transport company’s additional coverage, just give them a call.
 

Will my pickup and delivery dates be exact times and dates?

 
When you ship a vehicle, you will receive a range or “window” of dates for both the pickup and delivery of your car when your auto transport driver could arrive. This is because the nature of car shipping does not allow shipping companies to guarantee exact dates and times. Unpredictable factors including traffic delays, weather delays and delays with other customers are what impact a company’s inability to give exact dates/times.
 

What you need to know about car shipping

 
When you ship your car for the first time, there are probably several other things that you should be made aware of. One such thing is that you or someone that you know and trust who is eighteen or older, must always be available during both the pickup and delivery windows at the agreed upon addresses. This is because someone must be there in order to give/receive the keys and sign off on the bill of lading regarding the condition of the vehicle. These pickup/delivery windows will be a period of about two or three days each.
 
You also might not know that you have several options in terms of shipping method for a vehicle. When you ship your car for the first time, you will be able to choose from the following options for your shipment:
 

  • Open-air car shippingOpen-air car shipping is just another phrase for “regular car shipping.” Your vehicle will get placed on an auto carrier truck that has two decks without a roof or any walls. This is the most frequently used kind of car shipping as it is also the cheapest kind of auto transport.

  • Top-loading – If you decide to have your car “top-loaded” during your car shipment, you are choosing to have your car shipped on the top deck of the carrier. Most of the people who choose this option do so because of the additional clearance it offers their vehicle off of the street level. This will cost about a hundred additional dollars.

  • Enclosed auto transportEnclosed car shipping is when you choose to ship your car on a car carrier truck that will house the vehicles that it is shipping with walls and a roof. The advantage to shipping in an enclosed car carrier is that the carrier will offer complete protection from any outside elements such as weather or road debris. Choosing this method of shipping will add a couple hundred extra dollars to your overall cost.

  • Oversized vehicle shipping – As you might expect, this method of vehicle shipping is only for vehicles such as RVs or tractors that are too large to ship on a typical open-air car carrier. With oversized vehicle shipping, your vehicle will be placed on a special flatbed trailer likely without any other vehicles. This will cost a considerable amount more than shipping a typical passenger car but will be right in line with the price to ship an oversized vehicle as freight. It is often even cheaper.

  • Inoperable auto transport – If you have a car that does not run properly or at all, you will need to make use of inoperable car transport. When you choose this type of car shipping a special car carrier truck will pick your car up. This car carrier will use a winch in order to attach to your vehicle and pull it on rather than the driver driving it on which is obviously not possible.

 

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Finally, be sure that you complete the preparation steps that were mentioned earlier prior to the start of your pickup window. When your auto transport driver arrives to load your car onto the car carrier, they will need to do a quick check for any damage that already existed prior to the start of shipping. The car shipping insurance requires that they do this so that people cannot attempt to make any false damage claims. If the outside of your car is not clean, your driver will still need to conduct their inspection but it will take much longer and your shipment will be slightly delayed as a result.
 

How to keep the cost of car shipping low

 
If you want to keep the overall cost of your first car shipment and any other future shipments you make low, you have a few specific options that will allow you to do so. Before you do anything else, you should try your best to ship during a time of the year that is less in demand for vehicle transport. When fewer people are shipping their cars during a given period, carriers and car shipping companies will be willing to ship cars at a lower price in an effort to ensure they end up with as few unpurchased shipping openings as possible. In most cases, the least busy times to ship your vehicle will be in the fall with the exception of the holiday season as well as in February into March.
 
Whether or not you are able to pick the time of year that you are going to ship your vehicle, it can end up saving you some money if you give advance notice to your auto transport company. This is also a supply and demand concept because when you are the first to book, prices for each spot on a car carrier will be at their lowest since it is unknown whether all spaces will sell at that point.
 
You should also forego any premium car shipping options such as enclosed car transport or top-deck transport otherwise known as top-loading. These options do offer their unique advantages, but they will raise your price at least a hundred dollars each.
 

Advantages of car shipping

 
There are several advantages that car shipping will offer over alternatives such as driving your car to its destination, towing it yourself or selling your car and buying a new one once you reach your destination. If you are considering driving your car to your destination, you will not be saving as much money as you think. Many people forget to factor in the cost of gas, lodging and food along the trip. On top of that, you will be putting several hundred or even thousands of miles on your car which definitely impacts the depreciation on the car and the overall resale value. You will likely also need to take valuable time away from work in order to make the trip yourself. When you ship your car, you will not need to worry about any of this.
 
Shipping your car with an auto transport company will also offer your car valuable protection when it is out on the road. When you are driving your car or even towing it using a dolly, it is still street-level and this makes it susceptible to small scratches, dings and chips from tiny road debris like small rocks kicking up off the road. When your car gets shipped on an auto carrier truck, it will be several feet off the ground.
 
Finally, shipping a car will save you a ton of money if the other consideration is to sell your car and then buy a new or used car when you arrive at your destination. In 2023 and beyond, the cost of buying a new car could easily be $40,000 or more. Even a reliable used car that runs well and is not too old might cost you $20,000 dollars. When you ship a car, you will only pay between $500 and $3,000 depending on the factors that were mentioned earlier like shipping distance, demand for auto transport at the time of your shipment, and which shipping options you selected.
 

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Conclusion

 
Shipping a car for the very first time can certainly seem daunting. The thought of allowing someone else to be responsible for your car for hundreds or even thousands of miles can easily cause anyone anxiety. However, reputable car shipping companies have spent years and, in the case of RoadRunner Auto Transport, decades shipping vehicles. That kind of experience directly translates to expertise which means an efficient yet safe transport of your vehicle from pickup to delivery. If you have any questions about your vehicle shipment, want a free quote or are ready to book your shipment, give our automotive logistics experts a call at (888)777-2123!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle transportation process.


When determining your car shipping cost, there are a few factors that we take into account in order to provide you with an accurate price quote. The mileage between the origin and destination is the biggest factor that contributes to your total rate. In addition to the distance of your relocation, another factor is the type and condition of the vehicle being shipped. The final factor is the date that your vehicle will be ready for transport. There are also additional options, such as enclosed carrier and top-load service that can be added to your shipment at the time of booking for a higher level of service. Read more about how much it costs to ship a car.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. To calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The transit time for your shipment is based mostly on the mileage between the pickup and delivery location. Generally, every five hundred miles will add one day to the transit time - so for a 1,000 mile transport, the transit time would be 2-3 days. Check out our estimated transit times for a detailed view of approximate delivery times.

Yes, online tracking is available to you 24 hours a day and is updated in real time. Upon scheduling your shipment, you will receive a unique booking number that will allow you to track the status of your shipment online. Your tracking portal will also give you the ability to live chat with a shipping agent that can answer any questions you may have regarding the status of your shipment.

All shipments include basic liability coverage during transit. Comprehensive insurance options are available for an elevated level of shipment coverage during transit. You will be able to select a level of coverage during the booking process. If you have further questions regarding insurance options give us a call.

We accept all major credit cards, electronic transfer, postal money order, and bank/certified check for the deposit or full pre-payment of your shipment. If a balance is due upon delivery, it can be paid directly to the driver and can be paid in either cash, bank/certified check, or postal money order.

Yes, there must be someone present to release and accept the vehicle, provide keys to the driver and sign the initial and final inspection reports. This person can be anyone over the age of 18 that you trust with releasing or accepting your vehicle.

You may transport personal belongings in your car, as long as their total weight does not exceed 100 pounds and they are stored in the trunk or back seat (below the window line). Please keep in mind that personal belongings are not covered by insurance if they are reported as damaged or missing.

To get a quote for shipping your vehicle, you can either use our instant online car shipping quote calculator above or you can call (888) 422-7584 to receive a quote from one of our car transport pricing specialists. In order for us to calculate your quote we will need to know the location you are shipping from and to, the type of vehicle you would like to ship, and the date your vehicle will be ready.

The further in advance you schedule your shipment, the more likely we will be able to meet the time requirements you desire. For best results, we suggest scheduling your transport at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Expedited shipping options are available to accomodate shipments that require . You can always give us a call and ask one of our car shipping experts what your options are in terms of the schedule for your car transport.

The driver will get the car transporter as close to your door as he can legally and safely get. In most cases, the driver will be able to pickup and deliver directly to your door. Some cities may have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into residential areas. Auto transport trucks are large and need lots of room to maneuver and turn around, so if access to the pickup or delivery location is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees or tight turns, the driver may ask that you meet at a location nearby with a large parking lot, such as a grocery store.

Open transport is the most common car shipping method. There are two types of open-air transporters. The Majority of shipments are be made with 8-10 car carriers. Smaller carriers which hold 2-3 cars are used for shorter, local car moving. There is a broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed car shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed vehicle transportation guarantees maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since carrier availability is limited. Read more about the difference between open and enclosed transport

RoadRunner Auto Transport specializes in shipping all types of vehicles including sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, oversized vehicles, antiques, classic cars, motorcycles, construction vehicles, inoperable cars and boats. If you are not sure whether or not we can ship your vehicle, you can give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

You should have about a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at the time of shipment. This leaves enough for the car to be loaded and unloaded but doesn't add much additional weight.

The Bill of Lading is a very important document used by car shipping companies that documents any pre-existing damage on the vehicle during the time of pickup. It also serves as a record of your contact info and the official agreement for transport. If you want to file any insurance claim regarding your shipment you will need the Bill of Lading.

Top load service is when your car is placed on the higher deck or level of an open auto transport trailer. This is considered to be preferable to the bottom load because the cars on the lower deck are at risk of possibly having fluid from the cars above leak on them.

Make sure your car has been completely cleaned, both inside and outside. This is particularly important because this will help the driver conduct their inspection in order to assess any pre-existing damage on your vehicle. You will also want to make there are no additional personal items in the vehicle unless you intend to ship those with the vehicle (remember those items must total less than 100 pounds combined and be kept below the window-line of the vehicle). Be sure to inform the driver of any special circumstances concerning the vehicle. Finally, make sure there is a quarter tank of gas in the car at the time it is picked up for shipment. Visit our car shipping checklist to make sure you are prepared for your vehicle shipment.

Yes, we can ship vehicles that are in non-running/inoperable condition. When inoperable cars are shipped, a special auto carrier is required that makes use of a winch which is connected to your car and slowly and safely pulls your vehicle onto the carrier. There is an additional fee for inoperable vehicles because of the special equipment and extra work involved with securing the vehicle onto the transporter. You can select the inoperable option on the online booking form or inform your shipping agent if you make your reservation by phone so that the proper arrangements can be made to accommodate a non-running vehicle.

We offer open car shipping and enclosed car shipping services. Open car shipping is used much more frequently and is the type of auto transport that you see on the highway where carriers are hauling vehicles on two decks that are exposed. Enclosed car shipping is when your vehicle is shipped in a trailer which has walls and a roof, they look like a larger version of a regular eighteen-wheeler. This method is recommended for luxury, exotic or classic cars.

Door-to-door car transport is the full-service delivery of your vehicle directly from the door at the pickup location to the door at the delivery location. Our drivers do their best to get as close as physically and legally possible to the pickup and delivery locations, but in certain instances there may be restrictions preventing them from being able to reach your door safely. Our transporters need ample space to maneuver and load/unload your vehicle. If your street is too narrow, or if there are hazards such as low-lining trees or power lines, drivers may ask that you meet them at a location nearby where they can safely load or unload your vehicle, such as a large parking lot or shopping center nearby.