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Auto Shipping Tips

Choosing An Auto Shipping Company

  • Make sure you do your research – and that you check quality review sites such as Angie’s List and Better Business Bureau. See what past customers have said about them. Make sure to read the reviews, especially the bad ones. See if their reasoning for a bad review is legitimate – some people just can’t be pleased.
  • Once you’ve put together a short list of companies, contact them and ask questions, such as guarantees, insurance, and similar topics.
  • Finally, get a quote. Make sure to find out what all is included in the price they provide. Some companies don’t include cost of insurance or can add unexpected fees for various reasons. This is why their quote may seem lower than others.
  • Learn more in our blog, 3 Areas to Consider When Choose an Auto Shipping Company.

Determine What Auto Transport Method is Right for You

  • Open auto transport is a safe and practical method of transporting most types of cars.
  • If you are shipping an exotic, antique, classic or high-line vehicle you may want to elect to ship with our enclosed method. Enclosed auto transport offers the most protection for your vehicle but typically costs more than open shipping.

Vehicle Inspection Before and After Auto Shipment

  • Ensure the exterior of your vehicle is clean at the time of pick up. When your vehicle is picked up, the carrier will perform an exterior condition report. In order to perform an accurate evaluation of your vehicle, it needs to be clean.
  • Inspect the exterior of your vehicle prior to pick up. Walk around your vehicle and note any scratches, dings, dents or blemishes. This will allow you to compare your inspection to the carrier’s condition report. We do not recommend using pictures for this process as they do not always show small scratches or dents.

Vehicle Preparation Prior to Auto Transport

  • Please keep fuel tank level at a half a tank or below. If shipping overseas fuel level must be at a quarter of a tank or less.
  • Remove all personal items from the interior of your vehicle including toll-way transponders. Leaving a toll-way transponder in the vehicle may cause you to incur tolls along the way!
  • Make sure tires are inflated, batteries are charged and that there are no oil leaks.
  • Ensure all fluids are filled to manufacturers recommended level and that antifreeze temperature rating is appropriate for cold climates.
    • Even if your auto relocation is to a warm climate, the route of the shipment may take your vehicle through a colder region.
  • Disarm or disable any alarms, even factory installed alarms. Consult your owner’s manual or dealership’s service department for proper method of disabling your alarm.
  • Secure or remove any loose or specialty items such as ground effects or spoilers. If your vehicle has very low spoilers enclosed car transport may be the best option, as this type of carrier is capable of loading lower clearance vehicles.
  • Ensure retractable antennas are lowered. If your antenna is detachable remove it and place in trunk or rear seat of vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is a convertible ensure the top is up and secured properly. If the top is not in good working condition or has tears or loose threads shipping your vehicle in an enclosed car transport is probably the best option. On an open transport a leaky or loose top may damage your vehicle or possibly others.

Overseas Vehicle Transport

  • Shipping a car overseas can have additional vehicle requirements. Some examples are: no cracked or broken windows, less than a quarter tank of gas and the emergency brake must be operational. If you are shipping overseas please read the vehicle requirement documents carefully, as the port will refuse nonconforming vehicles.
  • Overseas shipments will also require the title and registration be made available for the customs process.

To view a complete checklist for overseas vehicle transport, please click here.