Auto Transport Tips: Junk in the Trunk
Transporting an automobile is expensive and time-consuming, so it’s only natural to want to kill two birds with one stone and throw some stuff in the trunk or the cab of your car in hopes that it can ride along. The logic behind this is sound – household movers are expensive and if you’re without a car, how will you get your stuff from A to B?
But the problem is that most auto transport carriers can’t physically transport household goods – it’s against the law, technically speaking. It’s a license issue – auto transporters are licensed to only carry automobiles, and anything in the vehicle being shipped that isn’t part of the vehicle is considered “household goods.”
Household goods moving is a completely different subject entirely – if you’re in need of household goods moving, we can help with that.
However, there’s a small little loophole that you can exploit if you’re careful: it’s called “junk in the trunk.” Junk in the trunk is simple: you can have anywhere from 50-100 pounds of personal items in the trunk of your car, but NO MORE.
Weight limits are taken very seriously, and if ten cars on a carrier each have 50 pounds of stuff in their trunks, that’s 500 extra pounds that the carrier has to account for. We recommend avoiding putting stuff in the trunk of the car unless absolutely necessary, and never under any circumstances should you transport sentimental or valuable items – make sure they’re things like clothes, blankets and pillows.
We also advise against putting anything electronic in the trunk, as it goes along with the whole “no valuables” thing we mentioned. Anything you put in the trunk of your vehicle during transport will NOT be insured by the truck’s insurance, so please understand that if you pack stuff in your truck, you pack at your own risk.
To get a free quote to ship your vehicle, just fill out our free quote request form. You can also contact a representative any time at 800-930-7417. They can give you a free quote, answer any questions you may have, book a shipment if you’re ready to do it, and more. Let American Auto Shipping help you ship any vehicle today.