What Your Auto Transport Carrier Cannot Ship
As you likely know, auto transporters transport automobiles. It’s kind of in the job title, and that’s a good thing because at least you know exactly the type of cargo that they haul. But if you’ve ever shipped a car before, and especially if you’ve ever had to ship a car as part of a household move, the question regarding items in the vehicle that is to be transported almost always comes up. Customers want to be able to put some items in the trunk, or the back seat, or wherever. It’s the “well, you’re going that way anyway” mentality – a pretty common one even outside the car transport industry. Customers figure that since the transport truck is already going to their destination, what’s wrong with putting a few items in the vehicle?
Usually, nothing. Most auto transporters allow you anywhere from 50-100 pounds of personal items in the trunk of the vehicle. Of course, you can’t just put anything in there; typically they ask that the items you put in the vehicle are not breakable or valuable in any way. Usually they just say linens, clothes, light items like that. Weight is a major factor when it comes to shipping a vehicle, and the more weight there is the more expensive the shipment is. This is why things like books and bowling balls are not a good idea; same goes for stereo systems (ones that are installed in the car are generally fine) and TV’s and other electronics.
It’s not just weight, though. Those items are not going to be insured by your carrier, so any damages to them are not the carrier’s fault or responsibility in any way. As they are not licensed to carry household items, they can’t cover the items that you voluntarily place in your vehicle, and they won’t. Of course, there are some items that are flat illegal to transport, including ammunition, firearms, household chemicals, bombs, grenades, rockets, fireworks, dead bodies…uh…let’s see here….oh, live pets, plants, fertilizer, dynamite – pretty much anything that’s on the USPS’s list of items you can’t mail are items you also cannot ship, and for many of the same reasons to boot. There may be other things that are not listed on that list, so if you’re really wondering if you can ship something with your car, talk to your car shipping representative.
If you’re still looking for a company that can ship your vehicle, you should take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form. You’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. American Auto Shipping is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, your quote, the industry in general, or just need some help getting your quotes to begin with, make sure to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live, friendly agents.