Tips & Advice
Can the location of a vehicle be monitored during transport?
The location of a vehicle can be monitored during transport. Many auto transport companies offer tracking services that allow for monitoring a car's journey via their website. If a company doesn't offer online tracking, an owner can receive updates on the vehicle's progress and location by calling the auto transport company.
What is the difference between open and enclosed car transport?
With open car transport, your car is typically moved from one location to the next on an open car hauler. Open car transport is often the less-expensive option, but it leaves the vehicle susceptible to damage from traffic and the weather. Still, know that damage is rarely incurred with open car transport. With enclosed car transport, your vehicle is shipped in a boxed trailer. This shipping method is often used to transport luxury cars, antique vehicles, and pricey specialty cars.
How does a car need to be prepared for transport?
To prepare a car for transport, take photos of the vehicle, and identify any preexisting damage. Later, this will help assess if the vehicle has been damaged in transit. In addition to removing personal items, car owners should remove or disable the car's alarm system, and remove custom products and add-ons like DVD players and GPS systems to avoid theft. Fold in the vehicle's side mirrors, and remove the antenna. Have an extra set of keys, so you don't have to give the carrier your only set. Finally, make sure the gas tank has roughly a quarter tank of fuel. A full fuel tanks adds excess weight, but they’ll need to be some gas in the tank so the car can be driven to and from the shipping facility.
Can the car be packed with belongings while it is being transported?
Your car cannot be packed with belongings while it is being transported. The Department of Transportation bans carriers from shipping cars that are loaded with household items. If a carrier breaks this law, it might be levied with a fine of up to $10,000.
What happens if a car is damaged during transport?
Auto transport companies have insurance that is designed to provide reimbursement if damage to a car occurs during transit. If you believe your car has been damaged during transport, it's important to promptly notify the auto transport company, since some companies only allow 30 days to file a claim.
Do car transport services offer door-to-door service?
Many car transport services offer door-to-door service. With this type of car transportation, a driver picks up your vehicle at your home or office and drives it to the shipping facility. After the vehicle arrives at its destination city, a driver delivers it to a specific address.
How long does it take to transport a car across the country?
Transporting a car across the country can take two to three weeks, but in certain circumstances, some auto transport companies might be able to handle this take more quickly. Keep in mind, though, that federal law limits auto transport drivers to a maximum of 500 miles of travel per day, and they are only allowed to drive six days per week.
What is an auto transport service?
An auto transport service is a company that ships vehicles from one location to another. This service allows you move a car across great distances without increasing its mileage. When hiring an auto transport service, you can choose between those that ship vehicles in enclosed trailers and those that ship in open carriers.
What type of vehicles can be shipped using a car transport service?
All types of vehicles can be shipped using a car transport service. This includes sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, conversion vans, minivans, wagons, SUVs, and trucks. You can ship your car, even if it doesn't run. Transport services also accept bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles, sailboats, houseboats, jet skis, and all types of recreational vehicles.
How much does it cost to ship a car?
The cost of shipping a car can run between $600- $1,100 or more. Your shipping costs will depend on a couple of key factors: the size of your vehicle, how far it's being shipped, and the time of year at which shipping is taking place. Larger vehicles are more expensive to ship, and the longer the shipping distance, the steeper the shipping cost. It's also more expensive to ship during the summer than it is during winter months.