Auto Shipping FAQ: Can I Ship Pets With a Car?
This isn’t a question that gets asked all that often, but it’s one that our agents have had to answer more than once. People who ship a car are always trying to put more into it than they can, either by using the “junk in the trunk” philosophy of putting stuff in the trunk when it’s shipped, or by flat-out leaving things in the cab hoping the driver of the transport truck won’t notice (hint: they always notice). But the worst is when people want to ship pets with a car they are trying to move. Let’s put this simply: no, you cannot put any pets in a car that you are trying to ship. In all honesty, putting a pet in a vehicle that you are planning on shipping hundreds or thousands of miles is cruel, inhumane and flat-out wrong.
Seriously – if you try to ship pets with a car, walk through some hypothetical scenarios. Who is going to feed the dog or cat? The driver? Here’s a hint: he won’t. Of course he won’t, it’s not his job or his responsibility. You can’t leave any non-living items in your vehicle when you ship it because of liability reasons. Auto shippers aren’t licensed to carry any household items, only vehicles, so what makes you think that they’d be okay with a customer putting a living, breathing creature into a vehicle that is being shipped? The vehicle will be shut off, not running while it’s on the truck. The windows will be up, because inclement weather is a thing and it varies from region to region. With no fresh air and no one feeding them, do you think it’d be humane to put a dog or a cat in that situation?
Drivers certainly don’t. And they won’t let you do it – no driver is going to allow you ship pets with a car that they are going to be hauling, so it’s best not to try. Maybe we’re laying this on a little thick, but its a question that really should not have to be asked – it should already be known. Some people, though, think it’s perfectly fine to put a pet in a car they’re going to ship, just like there are people that think they can ride in the cab with the driver while they’re shipping their vehicle. This, of course, is also not an option, mostly because carriers have a lot of stops to make between your pickup and delivery locations – another reason why they don’t let customers ship pets with a car.
If you are interested in getting a vehicle (and only the vehicle) shipped with a top-rated auto shipping company, take a minute or two and fill out our free online auto shipping quote request form. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two from start to finish, but what it does is gets you multiple free quotes from some of the best car shippers in the industry. We clear each and every auto shipper you get a quote from for both dependability and reliability, and that means making sure they are all fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or would like to learn more about how the vehicle shipping industry works or need more reasons why you can’t ship pets with a car you’re trying to move, you can contact one of our agents, any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.