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Frequently Asked Questions About Car Shipping:

When should I book car shipping services?

Most carriers aim to accommodate any circumstances, but on the whole, the earlier you book, the better chance you have of getting the best price, and the easier it is to book pick-up and drop-off times and locations that are convenient for you. Use our quote service to begin planning your vehicle shipment.


How long does it take to ship a car?

Almost any schedule can be accommodated. Shipping between the east and west coasts of the United States generally takes between seven (7) and fourteen (14) days. Shipping between the north and south generally takes between five (5) and (7) days. Of course, weather and traffic conditions, time of year, and exact route are all factors in the actual shipping time. Most carriers offer expedited service for an additional fee. Use our quote service to get a better idea of the cost for your particular shipping needs.


What do I need to do before my car is shipped?

To prepare your car or other vehicle for shipping, all you have to do is secure loose items and remove personal items. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not allow vehicles to be shipped if they are packed with personal items, and personal items in a shipped vehicle are not covered by insurance. Otherwise, use your car as you normally would, and aim to have no more than 1/8 to 1/4 of a tank of gas during shipping. Individual carriers may have more specific guidelines. Use our quote system to find vehicle shipping companies in your area and contact the company of your choice for more details.


How much does car shipping cost?

As with most services, costs range depending on your particular needs and circumstances. Factors that affect the cost of shipping a car or other vehicle are the type of vehicle, the distance it's being shipped, the type of transport (open or closed), and the pick-up and drop-off arrangements. On-site pick-up and drop-off, guaranteed delivery dates, and expedited service are all likely to generate additional fees. Open transport is cheaper than enclosed transport but may not be practical for certain vehicles, regions, or seasons. Enter your information into our quote form to get a better idea of the costs you'll incur to ship your particular vehicle as needed.


Does size matter when shipping vehicles?

Yes and no. It is possible to ship just about any vehicle on wheels, from a small dirt bike to a large van or even construction equipment. However, vehicle size and weight will affect the cost of shipping, and some companies only take certain types of vehicles, so you may have more difficulty finding a transport company for a large or uncommon vehicle type. As a general rule of thumb, small trucks cost between $50 and $75 more than sedans, while SUVs cost $50 to $100 more than small trucks. For more accurate pricing information, fill out our quote form to receive quotes from up to eight (8) local carriers.


What if the vehicle is not in running condition?

There is such a thing as non-operable vehicle transport, which allows you to ship a vehicle that cannot be started or driven. However, in order to be transported regularly, a vehicle must be capable of rolling, braking, and steering, so if any of these systems are affected, you may incur additional costs. Always be clear about the condition of your vehicle when arranging to have it shipped. In some cases, special equipment may be required, and you'll want to ensure the carrier knows this before the pick-up date so that there are no unexpected delays or costs. Fill out our quote form for a list of local carriers dealing in non-operable vehicle shipping.


Is my vehicle insured during transport?

All of the carriers on CarTransportQuotes.com are fully licensed and insured, meaning that your vehicle is covered while in their care, although the limits of that coverage may vary. All vehicle transport companies are required to have both liability insurance, which covers loss or damage incurred due to driver error (e.g., accidents in which the driver is at fault), and cargo insurance, which covers loss or damage incurred during transport (e.g., scratches and dents). Many carriers offer greater protection than they are mandated to have by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), but rates can vary widely, so you'll want to ask your particular carrier about their specific rates and policies. Keep in mind, too, that rates and limits will be different for different types of vehicles. For example, more insurance may be needed for a classic collector's car than for a family sedan. If you're worried that your car carrier's standard insurance isn't enough, you may be able to purchase additional insurance either through the carrier or through an independent insurance company.


Can I track my vehicle during transport?

Many car shipping companies offer GPS or other forms of online tracking. Even if you can't track your vehicle directly, you can usually contact the company for a detailed update. Check the tracking options with the companies who supply you quotes. To obtain up to eight (8) local quotes quickly, use our free quote form.


Will my vehicle be driven during transport?

Ideally, your vehicle will only be driven onto and off of the transport vehicle, though it may occasionally be off-loaded and reloaded as vehicles are rearranged to maximize space in the carrier. Your vehicle will not be driven any great distance, so you should note any discrepancy in the odometer readings at pick-up and delivery and discuss any issues with the carrier.


Will my vehicle be transferred during shipping?

Generally, vehicles are shipped on a single truck or carrier for their whole trip. However, carriers break down and other unforeseen circumstances may arise which require the transfer of your vehicle to another carrier. You will not be charged for this transfer, and all efforts will be made to ensure your vehicle is delivered on time and in the same condition in which it left.


Where will the vehicle be delivered?

Your vehicle can be delivered pretty much anywhere you say. Most carriers offer door-to-door pick-up and delivery, though other arrangements may have to be made if the pick-up or delivery address is inaccessible due to narrow streets, construction, or low-hanging power lines. If you want to save money, you may want to look into terminal pick-up and/or delivery. Many carriers operate terminals nationwide, and your car can be stored at the terminal in advance of shipping or after delivery (although this may cost you additional storage charges). Because carriers can on- and off-load several vehicles at a terminal, they charge less for this service than for door-to-door pick-up and delivery. However, you'll want to factor in the time, effort, and cost of getting your vehicle to and from the terminal to determine whether this option produces any real savings. Complete our quote form to obtain specific pricing from up to eight (8) local carriers.


Do I have to be present at pick-up and delivery?

Either you or your designated agent should be present at pick-up and delivery. If you are selling the vehicle, the buyer should be present at delivery. If you are using terminal pick-up and/or delivery, you or your designated agent should be the one to drop off and/or pick up the vehicle at the terminal.