Auto Transport Tip of the Day
Need to make a damage claim for damages incurred during transportation of your vehicle? Speak to the agent who helped you ship your car. They are the ones you will need to initiate the damage claim with.
Always remember to read your carrier’s bill of lading thoroughly. It’s not just a receipt – it’s a three-in-one document that covers terms and conditions, inspection report, and shipping receipt. So make sure to read it.
Shipping junk cars is common, but it’s a lot easier if the vehicles can at least roll. They don’t have to start or even brake, but prices get pretty high if they can’t roll, as loading and unloading has to be done with something like a forklift.
If your vehicle is a soft-top convertible, and is in decent shape, look into enclosed shipping services. It will likely protect your vehicle more than open shipping.
If you’re looking to see how exactly a vehicle is loaded onto an auto transport truck, check our videos page! We have great informative videos about all aspects of the auto shipping industry, including how vehicles are loaded and unloaded.
Unsure when exactly you need to ship your car? That’s fine! You can still get a free quote and shop around, and when you’re ready to ship you’ll have the resources at your disposal to get your shipment done quickly. Book early to give your shipper more time to find a carrier to avoid unnecessary delays.
Shipping a classic car, or a car with a new paint job? Enclosed shipping may be a good way to go. Protecting that paint is a big part of maintaining a vehicle’s value, after all.
Remember to remove valuables from your vehicle before it’s shipped. While you should never store valuable items in your vehicle anyway, it’s a good idea to do a thorough sweep before your vehicle is picked up regardless.
If you’re unsure about which type of carrier is right for you, speak to an agent and let them know what you’re shipping. They can give you information and advice that will help you find the right shipper for your vehicle.
Remember to remove any accessories that alter the dimensions of the vehicle. If you can’t remove them, make sure to let us know how your vehicle is modified. This can affect your prices and also available carriers.
If you’re shipping a dump truck, make sure it’s empty. Carriers can’t haul whatever load is inside it, oftentimes due to weight restrictions. Please – only empty heavy equipment can be shipped.
This may seem strange, but make sure to remove any and all food items from your vehicle during shipment. This includes things such as soda or bottled water. Food can spoil, and boxes or crates can shift, which could cause damage.
If your child is away at college (or if you are!), and you’re planning on shipping your car back home, get started on your shipment now. You don’t have to set up your ship date until you’re ready, but having companies ready to talk to, and quotes to give you an idea of what you’ll pay, is a good place to start.
If you’re shipping on a budget, talk to an agent about terminal to terminal transportation. While it may take longer to find a carrier, you should be able to find them for a lower price than for door to door transport.
With summer right around the corner, now’s the best time to find a company to ship your car regardless of where you’re coming from or going to. Prices are only going to get better for most routes, but some may actually see increases, so jump on them now before they’re gone!
If you’re shipping under a hundred miles, a tow truck will likely be cheaper than an auto transporter. Shipments of any more than that will likely be cheaper with a car shipper. So choose accordingly.
Fuel prices have hit a three-year high, which could mean higher prices for auto transportation services. Speak to an agent to learn more about how fuel prices can affect your shipment price and available services.
Late night pickup or delivery can be frustrating, but carriers work on different schedules than most people. While they do strive to avoid nighttime pickup or delivery, sometimes they can’t avoid it.
Don’t know for sure when you need your vehicle picked up? That’s okay. You can put in an estimated shipping date when you use our quote form. The shipping date shouldn’t affect your price.
If you are a military member, make sure to mention it when you use our services. We can get you military auto transport discounts regardless of which branch you serve in.
If your vehicle has a flat tire, make sure you get it fixed before the carrier arrives. Not doing so could end up costing you more money, and likely more than it would cost to simply fix the tire.
Are you a senior citizen? Make sure to ask us about senior citizen auto shipping discounts!
While you should make sure the interior of your vehicle is clean, it’s actually a good idea not to wash your vehicle before pickup. A layer of dirt can actually help protect the exterior of your vehicle from common road debris such as rocks and dirt clods.
If you’re looking for auto transportation for your child that’s going off to college, don’t forget to ask prospective shippers about student discounts! This can be a great way to save a bit of money on your vehicle shipment.
If you can’t be there for pickup or delivery of your vehicle, that’s okay. But you’ll need to find someone who can be there for you. Someone has to be present to sign the paperwork and do the inspection, both at pickup and delivery of your vehicle.
Snow is falling in the upper Midwest this week, and it looks like it’ll move east to blanket the Great Lakes and even New England. Considering it’s April, this could cause delays among carriers running routes through the area. Talk to an agent to see if your shipment will see delays.
If you’re shipping a soft-top convertible, we recommend speaking to an agent about the best carrier for your needs. Soft top convertibles are more susceptible to damage while on the road, especially if they’re on the top rack of an auto transport truck. Speak to an agent to determine the best way to ship your soft-top.
Make sure to tell your agent if your vehicle cannot be moved by standard means. If it does not start, roll, brake, steer, or anything else that prevents it from operating as a motor vehicle, tell your shipper immediately. They could book the wrong type of carrier, or a carrier that cannot move your vehicle, which would create headaches for everyone, higher costs for you, and longer wait times for a new carrier.
If your car has an emergency roadside kit, that’s fantastic. However, it may not be for car transport purposes. Unless you can secure it somehow, i.e. with velcro, in the spare tire compartment, etc., it’ll likely have to go. Talk to an agent for more info.
Never give a shipper your main car key unless you absolutely have to. Keeping your primary keys on your person, and giving the carrier a spare, is the safest way to go about it.
Overseas car shipping services have a different set of rules than standard interstate car transport. So make sure to talk to your agent about the differences. One major one is the “junk in the trunk” rule – with overseas shipping, nothing can be in your vehicle when it is transported.
With all the things that can delay shippers from getting to your delivery location during the day, sometimes they have to drop your vehicle off at night. If your carrier does this, make 100% sure to do a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Use your phone’s flashlight if you have to – but do the inspection.
If you’re looking to ship your car less than a hundred miles, chances are that car shipping services aren’t the most cost-effective method. For shipments in-city or within a metro area, a local shipping or tow company will likely be the best use of your time and money.
Make sure to talk to your agent about any potentially hazardous materials or items in your vehicle before you ship it. If you are unsure, just take it out.
Remember to be sure to remove any long antennas or roof racks. Accessories that increase the overall height of the vehicle will need to be removed prior to transport anyway, so better to do it before the carrier arrives. You can ask your agent about any accessories you are unsure of.
Make sure to read reviews of all your prospective shippers! We make sure all our advertisers are five-star rated, but we still recommend that you do your own homework regarding prospective shippers.
A lot of people ship classic cars. Many of them ship their classic cars with an enclosed carrier. But if your classic car is in dire need of restoration, open transportation services should be just fine.
If your car has a dead battery – but otherwise runs fine – you’ll save a lot of money by simply replacing the battery instead of paying the non-op fees to ship a car that doesn’t start.
If your windshield has cracks in it, or there are dings in your door or hood, make sure to document it in the pickup inspection report. If you don’t, and then try to claim that as damage incurred during transport, so the carrier will have to fix it, you could be held liable for fraud.
Unsure if you need an enclosed car transport carrier? If so, give us a call. We can discuss what sort of vehicle you are shipping and the best way to get it shipped.
Shipping in-state? We can help you! In-state shipping tends to be cheaper than interstate auto transport services, though it’s still more expensive on a per-mile basis.
Easter doesn’t usually affect car transport services for a lot of people, but you should double check to make sure that the holiday won’t affect your pickup or delivery times.
If your carrier can’t get to your door to pickup or deliver the vehicle, that’s okay. You’ll just need to meet them somewhere that they can get to, like a large parking lot. Auto transport trucks are quite large, after all, and need room to maneuver.
It’s a good idea to write down all the information you can when searching for a shipper. If you use our services to get quotes, keep tabs on who has sent you quotes, what their prices were, and anything else you deem relevant. It will help you make a better and more informed decision when you decide to book an order.
Make sure to remove any car phone chargers or other non-factory accessories before you ship your car. Though most carriers won’t mind that they’re in there, they’re technically not allowed. Removing them will just make things easier come pickup.
Right now is one of the best times in the industry to ship your car. We’re coming out of the slower winter season and heading into peak transportation time. So prices right now should be about as good as they can get along most major routes.
Another Nor’easter is currently on top of the northeastern United States, bringing snow, ice, and treacherous travel conditions. This is the fourth storm in three weeks to rock the region. As such, don’t expect many carriers running routes into or out of the area right now.
If you’re thinking of putting stuff in your car before you ship it, talk to an agent first. There are limits on how much you can put in your car, because if a truck is overweight at a weigh station that extra weight will be found and removed. This means that your stuff could end up outside a weigh station in the middle of nowhere. No one wants that!
Do you need to ship something but you’re not sure if it can be shipped by an auto transport truck? Give us a call! We can answer questions, get you quotes, and more. Calling is free, and it never hurts to ask.
If a prospective auto transporter doesn’t accept credit or debit cards as a method of payment, that’s a red flag. While you have to pay the driver with cash, cashier’s check, or money order, paying the deposit should be able to be done via credit/debit.
Are you a professional sports star that’s switching teams? It may be niche, but we’ve helped numerous pro athletes ship their vehicles, and we can help you too. It doesn’t matter where you’re shipping from or to, we can get you quality quotes free of charge.
If the truck that is hauling your vehicle breaks down, don’t fret. A new carrier will be dispatched to haul your vehicle the rest of the way. It’s not common, but mechanical failure does happen occasionally. Luckily, shippers are prepared for it and will respond accordingly. It will result in delays, of course, but they will be taken care of quickly.
It’s important you let your shipper know if your vehicle is unable to move under its own power. If it doesn’t start, but can still roll, brake and steer, a winch will be needed. If it can’t brake or steer or roll, however, it’ll be even more difficult to move it. Not impossible, but definitely more expensive.
If you’re waiting for pickup or delivery, chances are your carrier will give you a window instead of a specific time. It’s hard hitting a pickup or delivery time when you’re traveling over a thousand miles, what with traffic and construction and inclement weather causing delays. So keep that in mind when shipping a car – it’s not an “on demand” kind of service like that.
If you’re unsure of whether you need open or enclosed shipping services, feel free to call and ask. Sometimes customers will want extra protection for a car that may not need it. Others may not want to spend more despite their car being expensive. At the end of the day, which method you choose to use – open or enclosed – is up to you.
Try to refrain from shipping birthday presents (or holiday gifts) in a car you’re shipping. Household items in a car that is being shipped are not covered by insurance. As such, if they are damaged during transport, you have no one but yourself to turn to.
As we mentioned in the blog yesterday, another Nor’easter is making its way to New England. It’s already passed over the northern Plains, dropping lots of snow on those areas, which will definitely impact car shipping services in the coming days. Keep an eye on the weather for the latest!
Rural shipping is going to be harder to find and more expensive than urban shipping. The American populace has migrated heavily to major cities, and that’s where carriers want to go. If you’re shipping from a rural area and are strapped for time or money, moving to a bigger city may help with both of those.
If your vehicle has been sitting waiting for a carrier for weeks, and no one has picked it up, it could be that the price you’re paying is too low. If your vehicle is having a hard time moving talk to your agent and see if increasing the price helps. If not, you may need to move your pickup or delivery location.
If an auto transport broker doesn’t take credit cards as a method of payment, that’s a red flag. It likely means they’ve had issues with payments in the past and banks no longer trust them. Though many brokers will offer alternative payment methods if you don’t have a credit/debit card, they should take them for the majority of customers.
Remember to ask about open vs enclosed shipping services, especially if your vehicle is on the higher end of the value spectrum. Enclosed transportation can protect valuable cars from wear and tear that less-valuable cars don’t have to worry about.
If you’re shipping to or from an apartment complex, you’ll almost definitely need to meet your carrier somewhere that’s easier to access. Shopping malls, large parking lots, etc. are all better than a cramped apartment complex for picking up or delivering a vehicle.
A new winter storm -a Nor’easter – is forming off of the coast of New England. This will likely bring yet more weather that will delay auto shipping services in the region.
Need to ship more than one vehicle? That’s definitely something we can help you with. More importantly, the price per vehicle tends to go down the more vehicles you ship, so you end up saving money by shipping in bulk.
The weather may be warming up in some areas, but it’s likely going to get cold – and snowy – pretty soon. If your vehicle is scheduled for pickup, or in transit, keep an eye on the weather and speak to your agent about possible delays.
Remember, payments for auto transportation services have to be paid in full. No broker or trucking company is going to accept a payment plan. Either you have the payment or you don’t – and if you don’t, you need to get it, or the carrier will likely hold your vehicle until it is paid.
Need quotes to ship to or from a college or university? Whether you’re shipping to a major university, community college, or something else, read about it on our website and see what American Auto Shipping can do to help!
Winter weather is making it very difficult to get around much of the northern United States today. From the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, travel advisories have been issued along major routes, stopping or slowing many auto transporters. If your vehicle is in transit, you should expect delays in delivery over the next few days.
Even though it’s President’s Day, most carriers out on the road are still moving freight. Most brokers are still open and giving quotes and talking with customers. So you should have no issues with your auto shipping experience, regardless of where in the process you are.
Carriers have strange schedules sometimes. Pickup or delivery during nighttime hours isn’t unheard of. However, you should take extra precautions, particularly when it comes to the pickup and delivery inspections. Use a flashlight and be thorough so you’re not swindled out of a damage claim.
It might be romantic to ship a car to your loved one, but don’t put chocolates or candies or anything else in the car. Chances are it won’t arrive in the condition you left, and it could get you in trouble as carriers aren’t technically allowed to move household items.
if you are in need of expedited auto transportation services, let us know! We can get you quality quotes from top-rated shippers, many of whom can get your vehicle picked up within 48 hours – at a premium price, of course.
Toll roads aren’t all that common, and carriers like to avoid them if they can. But sometimes they can’t, and it could affect your prices. Speak to an agent to learn more about toll roads, how they affect shipments, and how you can prepare yourself.
Be specific on your pickup and delivery inspections! The inspections tell the insurance company what damage was on the car prior to pickup. If there is additional damage, the inspection reports will be a crucial piece of evidence in processing your claim. Don’t skimp on the inspection.
It’s the slowest time of the year for car shipping, as there are fewer customers – and carriers – shipping cars. This can increase wait times for pickup, especially along less-popular routes. Luckily for you, we can find the best and fastest shippers in the nation for you, so make sure to fill out our free form to find them.
If you have kids, make sure to remove the car seats from your car. Most carriers honestly won’t care if they’re in there, but there’s a good possibility you’ll need them for your alternate mode of transportation while your vehicle is in transit.
Are you still using CD’s to listen to music in your car? If so, make sure to remove them from your vehicle before the car shipper shows to pick your vehicle up. While most carriers won’t care if you have CD’s in, say, the glove compartment, they’re still technically household items and as such are not allowed in your vehicle while it is being shipped.
The northern U.S. is still seeing a lot of snow and other wintry weather. This can and likely will cause delays in shipping services to or from most northern states, especially around the Great Lakes and New England.
It may seem silly, but make sure to clean the interior of your vehicle of all loose change. Not only will you find spare change, but your car will be clean, and you’ll be following the rules that govern the auto shipping industry.
February tends to be the toughest time of the year to ship a car. But don’t worry – we can still get you quality quotes from top shippers who can handle shipments to or from anywhere in the United States.
You’ll need to leave a set of keys with your transporter when they pick the vehicle up. If you’re uncomfortable giving them your main key, make sure to have a spare you can lend the shipper. They’ll need to be able to start your vehicle to drive it onto and off the truck at pickup and delivery.
While we can’t get you quotes to ship to other countries, we can help you get quotes to ship to overseas U.S. territories. Fill out our free form to get quotes to or from Guam, Puerto Rico, and all the rest.
Did you know you can ship a car that has been designated as a parts vehicle? So long as it can roll, brake and steer, you should be able to find a shipper to handle it for you.
Your vehicle does not need working headlights or brake lights in order to be shipped.
We are entering one of the most active times of the year, historically, for winter storms. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather if you’re shipping to or from places such as New England, the northern Plains, or the eastern Pacific Northwest, as those are the areas that see the most winter weather.
When shipping a vehicle, make sure to only have about a quarter of a tank of gas in it. Gasoline is heavy and too much in each vehicle can cause a truck to go overweight.
No food can be shipped in a vehicle that is to be transported. This includes non-perishable items such as noodles, as well as things such as pet food.
Blizzard conditions have been see in the Midwest and also northern New England as a new winter storm makes its way east. This can wreak havoc on travelers, including car shippers. If you’re shipping to or from those areas, you can and should expect delays.
When comparing quotes, you want to watch out for outliers. It’s easy to spot a quote that is well above the average, but going with a quote that’s too low can leave your vehicle sitting with no one interested in picking it up. Make sure to compare quotes and prices and find one that sits in the middle.
A new storm system is moving in from the west, threatening to dump blizzard conditions on the Midwestern United States. This could result in some routes being shut down or shipments rerouted due to hazardous conditions. Keep an eye on the weather if your vehicle will be in transit through the Midwest this weekend.
Are you looking for quotes to ship to a major university? We’re rolling out articles about that very subject, so make sure to keep checking back for all the latest about auto transport to major universities right here at American Auto Shipping.
If your vehicle was damaged in transit, you are entitled to file a damage claim. This is why it is important to know what insurance company insures your carrier’s truck, and what actions you can take to initiate a claim. You can speak to an agent for tips and advice.
A new winter storm is pounding the southern United States from Texas to Alabama. This is definitely going to cause delays in routes, considering the southern U.S. is often a hotbed of winter car shipping services. Check out our blog for more.
Though it’s MLK Day, and schools and federal buildings are mostly closed for the holiday, lots of other businesses, including most car shippers, are still working today, so you shouldn’t see any delays or problems along most routes due to the holiday.
If you’re looking to ship expensive artwork for a move, don’t ship it in your car. It can get damaged during transport and any personal items left in the vehicle will not be covered by the shipper’s insurance. This goes for any personal items, not just expensive paintings, by the way.
Expedited shipping services are usually available (for a higher cost, of course). However, inclement weather can cause expedited shipping to no longer be an option, due to increased risk on the route. Make sure to speak to an agent if you’re in a snowbound area.
A storm is making its way through the Great Lakes region, which will definitely hamper auto shipping efforts to or from the area. Speak to an agent if your vehicle is going to or from any of the northern states to see if your shipment will be affected and how badly.
Higher elevations in the Cascade and Rocky mountain ranges will experience heavy snowfall. This could close passes and alter routes and travel plans between the western and eastern states. For anyone shipping across the mountains, this could lead to higher prices and delays in shipping times.
Flood alerts have been issued in parts of Southern California, notably those areas affected by wildfires. Areas scarred by wildfires are at higher risk of flooding, and with a new storm on the way it might get dicey. This will likely impact car shipping services as well, but we won’t know how much they will be affected until the storms have abated.
Rural auto transportation services often come with higher prices and longer wait times. You can mitigate this by moving your pickup or delivery location to a larger city or an easier-to-access location.
New England is getting absolutely hammered by a new snowstorm that threatens to shut down roads and routes. This could mean delays for auto transporters, so keep that in mind and keep in close contact with your agent for the latest news and updates.
A new snowstorm is looking to hit the eastern seaboard later this week. This could impact routes up and down the east coast as carriers fight the snow and ice. Keep up to date with weather reports and your agent.
We’re back to work here at American Auto Shipping, so make sure to fill out our free quote form or call us at our toll-free telephone number for free quotes, advice and help regarding shipping your vehicle!
It’s a brand-new year for auto transport! 2017 saw some big things in the industry, and 2018 seems to be going the same way. Stay here with American Auto Shipping for all the latest news and updates about car transportation services!