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Overseas Car Shipping with RoadRunner Auto Transport

Posted on 07/20/2023


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Everything you need to know about overseas car shipping

RoRo car shipping

RoRo car shipping, or roll on roll off car shipping, is when a car is driven onto and off a cargo ship during transport. The cargo ship will lower part of one side of its hull to create an opening into the cargo bay large enough for vehicles to be driven through but simultaneously for use as a ramp or shipping slip that vehicles can safely drive over to get from the dock onto the ship. The only other way for a car to be placed on a boat or ferry is for it to be placed in a shipping container which is then picked up by a crane and placed on the top deck, which is much less efficient than RoRo auto transport. Regarding modern overseas car shipping, RoRo auto transport is used much more frequently than container shipping.

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The duration and cost of shipping a car overseas

How long overseas car shipping takes

Shipping a car overseas will take considerable time compared to shipping your car on the ground within the contiguous US. Overseas car shipping will usually take between 10 and 28 days, depending on where you are shipping the vehicle.

The cost of shipping a car overseas

Overseas car shipping cost will vary depending on multiple factors, including where your car is being picked up from and delivered to, when during the year you are shipping it, how far ahead of your shipping date you scheduled your shipment, the method of ground transport you selected and more. The cost to ship a car overseas will normally fall between $1,300 and $4,500. Remember that the factors mentioned above can impact the price considerably at any time.

Overseas car shipping requirements

There are requirements for shipping a car overseas that are slightly different than if you were just shipping a car within the continental United States. These requirements might differ depending on where you ship a vehicle overseas. For example, Puerto Rico has what is known as an excise tax which is essentially a tax on anything imported into the country to encourage people to buy locally within Puerto Rico. This, unfortunately, also applies to cars, so you will not be able to have your car released from the port at San Juan until you pay this tax. However, this is only the case in Puerto Rico.

In general, the requirements for shipping a car overseas are:

  • Do not fill your gas tank over one quarter – Any vehicles that are being shipped aboard a cargo ship for overseas transport must have only a quarter tank of gas. This is due to fire regulations to ensure safety. However, your car will still need to be driven several times during shipping, including on and off the car carrier truck, on and off the cargo ship, and then home from the port after you pick it up. This is why it is also recommended not to have too much less than a quarter tank of gas either.

  • Personal info – There will be some basic personal documentation required when you are transporting a vehicle overseas. This includes but is not necessarily limited to your license and passport.

  • Vehicle info – You will need to provide the make, model, year, vehicle identification number, and official approximate current value of the car you are shipping.

  • Location-specific requirements may apply – As we mentioned earlier, some ports at overseas locations may require different things. Payment of Puerto Rico’s excise tax is one such example. Other ports might have applicable storage fees. It is best to call ahead and ask the port about everything you will need to have your car released after it has been delivered.

Overseas car shipping to US states

RoadRunner Auto Transport offers car shipping to Hawaii and Alaska and all 48 states in the continental United States. If you are shipping to or from either Alaska or Hawaii, your vehicle will make part of the trip on the ground and part of it aboard a cargo ship.

Alaska

Shipping a car to Alaska will generally cost between $1,600 and $3,900. The price you end up paying for Alaska vehicle transport can be impacted by the total number of miles in your shipment, whether you selected upgraded shipping options for the ground transport portion of your shipment, how much notice you gave your shipping company, and whether or not you chose to ship during a busier time of the year for auto transport companies.

The time it takes to ship a car to Alaska will also vary. Typically, the transit time for an Alaskan car shipment will be in the range of 6 to 21 days. This can be affected by weather and traffic along your shipping route but is primarily determined by the origin location of your shipment.

Why not just ship the cars on an auto carrier truck through Canada?

You might be wondering why shipping a car to Alaska occurs on a cargo ship overseas rather than being driven through Canada on a car carrier truck. Well, there are three main reasons for this. First, the car shipping coverage that an auto transport company provides you in case damage occurs might not technically cover your vehicle in Canada. In contrast, it will typically cover damage if it occurs on the cargo ship.

Also, when cargo is shipped across a border, there is a significant delay due to the need to pass through customs. These delays are much longer than if it was a regular passenger car driving through because customs might need to look through each car in the shipment which will usually be 8 to 10. The shipment must cross two borders when shipping to Alaska, so the already long delays are potentially doubled. Shipping vehicles overseas circumvents these delays.

Finally, like most other businesses, car shipping companies aim to keep costs as low as possible. Cargo ships can haul multiple car carrier trucks worth of cars at once. This saves money over having four or five different auto carriers driving all the way to Alaska. As a result of the company’s lowered cost, your price for Alaska car transport is also lowered.

Why ship cars overseas to alaska instead of through canada

The port in Alaska

When you ship a car to Alaska, you will need to pick it up at the corresponding port. You must drop a car off at the corresponding port when you ship it from Alaska. Door-to-door car shipping is unfortunately not available for Alaska auto transport. This is because the network of available car carrier trucks in Alaska is not nearly as robust as it needs to be to guarantee timely delivery from the port in Alaska. However, you can have your car picked up from or dropped off at your door in the continental United States whether you are shipping a car to or from Alaska.

Hawaii

Shipping a car to Hawaii will always need to occur at least partially on a cargo ship unless you choose to ship the car on a plane which will cost you more than double the price. This is because there is no way for an auto carrier truck to drive to Hawaii from the contiguous 48 states. Your only other options for having a vehicle in Hawaii will be to rent a car or to buy a new or used car when you arrive there. Both options are not cost-effective at all in comparison to Hawaii car shipping.

The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii will run somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000. This is determined by the effect of several variables, including when you are shipping your car, the total number of miles in your transport route, the cost of fuel at the time of your shipment, and more. The duration of a car shipment to Hawaii will usually fall between 12 and 28 days. Although the distance of your shipment will be the biggest determining factor of your car’s transit time to Hawaii, it can also be affected by the amount of traffic between pickup and arrival at the departure port and the weather.

The port in Hawaii

Your car can be picked up from or delivered to your door in the continental US, but in Hawaii, you will always need to pick it up from or drop it off at the port. Too much red tape is involved with a car carrier truck picking up or dropping off multiple vehicles at the port, and the number of auto carrier trucks available on the Hawaiian Islands is typically quite limited.

Overseas car shipping to US territories

RoadRunner Auto Transport also offers car shipping to several US territories. US territories are pieces of land owned by the United States Government that are not US states, although they could become states one day. People living in these territories do not have the right to vote in US elections but are considered US citizens. The US territories that RoadRunner covers are Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas and Saint Croix, both of which are parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a popular location for shipping vehicles to and from. This is because shipping your car is the only way to get it there and the trip aboard the cargo ship is quite quick because the cargo ship only has to travel from the port in Florida to the port at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The cost of shipping a car to Puerto Rico will range between $1,500 and $3,000. This does not factor in any additional costs related to shipping, including applicable storage fees and the excise tax. Transit times for Puerto Rico car transport typically fall between 7 and 21 days. This is affected by traffic and weather along your shipping route and where your car is being picked up from.

The Caribbean

In addition to having vehicles shipped overseas to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, RoadRunner Auto Transport also currently can have cars shipped to a couple of locations in the Caribbean. Both are parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Saint Thomas

Located just east of Puerto Rico, the island of St. Thomas is another overseas location where RoadRunner Auto Transport can have cars shipped to. Shipping a car to Saint Thomas will typically cost between $1,700 and $3,750, depending on where you need your car picked up from in the United States. If you were to ship a car to Saint Thomas from Seattle, Washington, the shipment would likely cost over $3,000. However, if you were shipping a car from somewhere in Florida to Saint Thomas, the shipment would likely cost less than $2,000.

Typical transit times for Saint Thomas car shipping range between 8 days and 21 days, depending on the pickup location for the vehicle, the traffic along the ground route, and the weather across the shipping route as a whole. Once your car arrives at the port and is processed, you or somebody you trust will need to pick it up there.

Saint Croix

Located to the southeast of Puerto Rico, Saint Croix is another island where you can easily ship a vehicle. The cost of shipping a car to Saint Croix from the United States will usually fall somewhere between $1,500 and $3,800. Much like St. Thomas, your pickup location will determine exactly where your specific shipping cost will fall in that range.

St. Croix car shipping transit times typically fall between 9 and 22 days. In addition to the total distance of your vehicle shipment, your overall transit time also depends on weather conditions along your shipping route and the amount of traffic along the ground portion. You will need to pick your vehicle up at the port at Saint Croix once it has been delivered and processed.

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Conclusion

Although RoadRunner currently can only have vehicles shipped to a specific couple of overseas destinations, rest assured that we have completed thousands of car shipments to these destinations safely and within the quoted timeframes. We can have all types of vehicles shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, and Saint Croix, not just passenger cars. This includes motorcycles, trucks, RVs, and more. Our overseas car shipping services are available all year round. You can always get a free vehicle shipping quote online or by calling us at (888)777-2123!

FAQ

How are cars loaded onto the cargo ship when you ship a vehicle overseas?

When shipping a car overseas, it will be loaded onto the cargo ship in one of two ways. One method is that it will be driven directly into the cargo hold via a ramp, known as RoRo shipping. It could also be placed onto the deck of the cargo ship in a shipping container via a special crane known as a gantry crane.

How much does it cost to ship a car overseas?

Most overseas car shipments will cost between $1,300 and $4,500. Your overall overseas car shipping cost is entirely dependent on the specific details of your overseas car shipment, including but not limited to the total distance of your shipment, how far ahead you booked your shipment, and the time of year during which you are shipping.

Is there any extra preparation involved when you ship a car overseas?

When you ship a car overseas, you will need to take additional steps of preparation, which include ensuring there is not more than a quarter tank of fuel in the car and being ready to pick your car up at the port at its destination. However, you will still need to take the typical steps involved in shipping a car, including cleaning the exterior, removing personal belongings, and being prepared to be present with a valid driver’s license for the pickup of your car.

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Overseas Car Shipping with RoadRunner Auto Transport

Posted on 07/20/2023


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Everything you need to know about overseas car shipping

RoRo car shipping

RoRo car shipping, or roll on roll off car shipping, is when a car is driven onto and off a cargo ship during transport. The cargo ship will lower part of one side of its hull to create an opening into the cargo bay large enough for vehicles to be driven through but simultaneously for use as a ramp or shipping slip that vehicles can safely drive over to get from the dock onto the ship. The only other way for a car to be placed on a boat or ferry is for it to be placed in a shipping container which is then picked up by a crane and placed on the top deck, which is much less efficient than RoRo auto transport. Regarding modern overseas car shipping, RoRo auto transport is used much more frequently than container shipping.

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The duration and cost of shipping a car overseas

How long overseas car shipping takes

Shipping a car overseas will take considerable time compared to shipping your car on the ground within the contiguous US. Overseas car shipping will usually take between 10 and 28 days, depending on where you are shipping the vehicle.

The cost of shipping a car overseas

Overseas car shipping cost will vary depending on multiple factors, including where your car is being picked up from and delivered to, when during the year you are shipping it, how far ahead of your shipping date you scheduled your shipment, the method of ground transport you selected and more. The cost to ship a car overseas will normally fall between $1,300 and $4,500. Remember that the factors mentioned above can impact the price considerably at any time.

Overseas car shipping requirements

There are requirements for shipping a car overseas that are slightly different than if you were just shipping a car within the continental United States. These requirements might differ depending on where you ship a vehicle overseas. For example, Puerto Rico has what is known as an excise tax which is essentially a tax on anything imported into the country to encourage people to buy locally within Puerto Rico. This, unfortunately, also applies to cars, so you will not be able to have your car released from the port at San Juan until you pay this tax. However, this is only the case in Puerto Rico.

In general, the requirements for shipping a car overseas are:

  • Do not fill your gas tank over one quarter – Any vehicles that are being shipped aboard a cargo ship for overseas transport must have only a quarter tank of gas. This is due to fire regulations to ensure safety. However, your car will still need to be driven several times during shipping, including on and off the car carrier truck, on and off the cargo ship, and then home from the port after you pick it up. This is why it is also recommended not to have too much less than a quarter tank of gas either.

  • Personal info – There will be some basic personal documentation required when you are transporting a vehicle overseas. This includes but is not necessarily limited to your license and passport.

  • Vehicle info – You will need to provide the make, model, year, vehicle identification number, and official approximate current value of the car you are shipping.

  • Location-specific requirements may apply – As we mentioned earlier, some ports at overseas locations may require different things. Payment of Puerto Rico’s excise tax is one such example. Other ports might have applicable storage fees. It is best to call ahead and ask the port about everything you will need to have your car released after it has been delivered.

Overseas car shipping to US states

RoadRunner Auto Transport offers car shipping to Hawaii and Alaska and all 48 states in the continental United States. If you are shipping to or from either Alaska or Hawaii, your vehicle will make part of the trip on the ground and part of it aboard a cargo ship.

Alaska

Shipping a car to Alaska will generally cost between $1,600 and $3,900. The price you end up paying for Alaska vehicle transport can be impacted by the total number of miles in your shipment, whether you selected upgraded shipping options for the ground transport portion of your shipment, how much notice you gave your shipping company, and whether or not you chose to ship during a busier time of the year for auto transport companies.

The time it takes to ship a car to Alaska will also vary. Typically, the transit time for an Alaskan car shipment will be in the range of 6 to 21 days. This can be affected by weather and traffic along your shipping route but is primarily determined by the origin location of your shipment.

Why not just ship the cars on an auto carrier truck through Canada?

You might be wondering why shipping a car to Alaska occurs on a cargo ship overseas rather than being driven through Canada on a car carrier truck. Well, there are three main reasons for this. First, the car shipping coverage that an auto transport company provides you in case damage occurs might not technically cover your vehicle in Canada. In contrast, it will typically cover damage if it occurs on the cargo ship.

Also, when cargo is shipped across a border, there is a significant delay due to the need to pass through customs. These delays are much longer than if it was a regular passenger car driving through because customs might need to look through each car in the shipment which will usually be 8 to 10. The shipment must cross two borders when shipping to Alaska, so the already long delays are potentially doubled. Shipping vehicles overseas circumvents these delays.

Finally, like most other businesses, car shipping companies aim to keep costs as low as possible. Cargo ships can haul multiple car carrier trucks worth of cars at once. This saves money over having four or five different auto carriers driving all the way to Alaska. As a result of the company’s lowered cost, your price for Alaska car transport is also lowered.

Why ship cars overseas to alaska instead of through canada

The port in Alaska

When you ship a car to Alaska, you will need to pick it up at the corresponding port. You must drop a car off at the corresponding port when you ship it from Alaska. Door-to-door car shipping is unfortunately not available for Alaska auto transport. This is because the network of available car carrier trucks in Alaska is not nearly as robust as it needs to be to guarantee timely delivery from the port in Alaska. However, you can have your car picked up from or dropped off at your door in the continental United States whether you are shipping a car to or from Alaska.

Hawaii

Shipping a car to Hawaii will always need to occur at least partially on a cargo ship unless you choose to ship the car on a plane which will cost you more than double the price. This is because there is no way for an auto carrier truck to drive to Hawaii from the contiguous 48 states. Your only other options for having a vehicle in Hawaii will be to rent a car or to buy a new or used car when you arrive there. Both options are not cost-effective at all in comparison to Hawaii car shipping.

The cost of shipping a car to Hawaii will run somewhere between $1,500 and $3,000. This is determined by the effect of several variables, including when you are shipping your car, the total number of miles in your transport route, the cost of fuel at the time of your shipment, and more. The duration of a car shipment to Hawaii will usually fall between 12 and 28 days. Although the distance of your shipment will be the biggest determining factor of your car’s transit time to Hawaii, it can also be affected by the amount of traffic between pickup and arrival at the departure port and the weather.

The port in Hawaii

Your car can be picked up from or delivered to your door in the continental US, but in Hawaii, you will always need to pick it up from or drop it off at the port. Too much red tape is involved with a car carrier truck picking up or dropping off multiple vehicles at the port, and the number of auto carrier trucks available on the Hawaiian Islands is typically quite limited.

Overseas car shipping to US territories

RoadRunner Auto Transport also offers car shipping to several US territories. US territories are pieces of land owned by the United States Government that are not US states, although they could become states one day. People living in these territories do not have the right to vote in US elections but are considered US citizens. The US territories that RoadRunner covers are Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas and Saint Croix, both of which are parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a popular location for shipping vehicles to and from. This is because shipping your car is the only way to get it there and the trip aboard the cargo ship is quite quick because the cargo ship only has to travel from the port in Florida to the port at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The cost of shipping a car to Puerto Rico will range between $1,500 and $3,000. This does not factor in any additional costs related to shipping, including applicable storage fees and the excise tax. Transit times for Puerto Rico car transport typically fall between 7 and 21 days. This is affected by traffic and weather along your shipping route and where your car is being picked up from.

The Caribbean

In addition to having vehicles shipped overseas to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, RoadRunner Auto Transport also currently can have cars shipped to a couple of locations in the Caribbean. Both are parts of the US Virgin Islands.

Saint Thomas

Located just east of Puerto Rico, the island of St. Thomas is another overseas location where RoadRunner Auto Transport can have cars shipped to. Shipping a car to Saint Thomas will typically cost between $1,700 and $3,750, depending on where you need your car picked up from in the United States. If you were to ship a car to Saint Thomas from Seattle, Washington, the shipment would likely cost over $3,000. However, if you were shipping a car from somewhere in Florida to Saint Thomas, the shipment would likely cost less than $2,000.

Typical transit times for Saint Thomas car shipping range between 8 days and 21 days, depending on the pickup location for the vehicle, the traffic along the ground route, and the weather across the shipping route as a whole. Once your car arrives at the port and is processed, you or somebody you trust will need to pick it up there.

Saint Croix

Located to the southeast of Puerto Rico, Saint Croix is another island where you can easily ship a vehicle. The cost of shipping a car to Saint Croix from the United States will usually fall somewhere between $1,500 and $3,800. Much like St. Thomas, your pickup location will determine exactly where your specific shipping cost will fall in that range.

St. Croix car shipping transit times typically fall between 9 and 22 days. In addition to the total distance of your vehicle shipment, your overall transit time also depends on weather conditions along your shipping route and the amount of traffic along the ground portion. You will need to pick your vehicle up at the port at Saint Croix once it has been delivered and processed.

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Conclusion

Although RoadRunner currently can only have vehicles shipped to a specific couple of overseas destinations, rest assured that we have completed thousands of car shipments to these destinations safely and within the quoted timeframes. We can have all types of vehicles shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, and Saint Croix, not just passenger cars. This includes motorcycles, trucks, RVs, and more. Our overseas car shipping services are available all year round. You can always get a free vehicle shipping quote online or by calling us at (888)777-2123!

FAQ

How are cars loaded onto the cargo ship when you ship a vehicle overseas?

When shipping a car overseas, it will be loaded onto the cargo ship in one of two ways. One method is that it will be driven directly into the cargo hold via a ramp, known as RoRo shipping. It could also be placed onto the deck of the cargo ship in a shipping container via a special crane known as a gantry crane.

How much does it cost to ship a car overseas?

Most overseas car shipments will cost between $1,300 and $4,500. Your overall overseas car shipping cost is entirely dependent on the specific details of your overseas car shipment, including but not limited to the total distance of your shipment, how far ahead you booked your shipment, and the time of year during which you are shipping.

Is there any extra preparation involved when you ship a car overseas?

When you ship a car overseas, you will need to take additional steps of preparation, which include ensuring there is not more than a quarter tank of fuel in the car and being ready to pick your car up at the port at its destination. However, you will still need to take the typical steps involved in shipping a car, including cleaning the exterior, removing personal belongings, and being prepared to be present with a valid driver’s license for the pickup of your car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the vehicle shipping 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. 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 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 in order 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 at 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 more local moves. There is broader network of carrier availability for open-air carriers since they are used more often. We suggest choosing enclosed shipping methods when shipping classic, luxury or exotic vehicles. Enclosed transporters guarantee maximum protection from exposure to any open-air elements on the road. We suggest booking your enclosed transport in advance since there is limited carrier availability. Read more about the difference between open and enclosed transport

RoadRunner Auto Transport specializes in shipping all types of vehicles such as 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 inpoerable 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 accomodate 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 safely reach your door. 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.