Auto Transport Tips: Preparing to Ship Multiple Vehicles
If you’ve ever transported your vehicle from one state to another you know it’s a stressful situation. If you’ve ever shipped multiple vehicles at once you also understand that multiple vehicles can multiply the problems that you face, but it’s not impossible (or even uncommon) to ship more than one vehicle at a time.
In fact, many auto transportation companies offer discounts and incentives for customers looking to ship more than one vehicle to ship any and all with them, often utilizing multi-car discounts and things of that nature to persuade potential customers to book with them. When transporting more than one vehicle you should be aware of some of the things you can do to make your shipment easier.
For starters, make sure you have all the vehicle information for each vehicle on-hand when getting quotes, and we definitely recommend getting more than one quote and really shopping around. Shipping two or more vehicles requires your shipper to find a truck that has enough spaces on their truck to actually move them all at once, as most companies won’t split your shipment between two more more trucks, and will let you know what their policies are in regards to keeping your vehicles on one truck during the entire transportation.
This makes it easier on everyone – your broker doesn’t have to track multiple trucks, the trucking company doesn’t have to worry about only half of a load (and they make more shipping two vehicles than one anyway) and you because when the carrier shows up he’ll have all your vehicles and not just some.
Of course, if you’re shipping a lot of vehicles at once (more than ten) your load will be split between different trucks, often different companies operating each truck. This is necessary for huge loads due to the fact that only so many vehicles can fit on a truck. The more vehicles you ship at once, the more you’ll save per-car on your shipment more often than not, so keep that in mind too if you’re on the fence about those two extra cars you’d like to get out of your hair.
Like with all car transportation services make sure you have the keys to each vehicle available for the driver to load and unload each one, and also make sure that you have nothing in the cab or trunk of the car as weight can become an issue if there’s too much in each car. Lastly, don’t wash the cars you’re shipping – protect them with that fine layer of dirt and grime, as they’ll deflect most minor damage-causing things such as dirt clods and rocks.