Shipping Household Items With an Auto Transport Company
We get asked the question “can I put stuff in my car while it’s being shipped” or some variant thereof quite often here at American Auto Shipping, which isn’t all that surprising – what’s the harm, really? Putting a few suitcases, or some blankets or pillows into a vehicle going onto an auto transport truck wouldn’t possibly cause any problems, how could it?
Normally the answer is no – those items are generally light enough that no one is going to bother with checking it out. It’s when you start loading your collection of bowling balls and cement blocks into the back of your car, truck or SUV that really gives auto shippers a headache, and most of it comes from the weight.
Heavier cars are more expensive to ship for several reasons, the biggest being the fact that heavier vehicles increase the weight of the transport truck and drives down fuel efficiency; whereas an empty auto transport truck can get anywhere from 10-15 miles per gallon, a loaded truck usually gets anywhere from 6-8.
This is one of the main reasons why weight is a major problem for auto shippers, since the drop in fuel efficiency can result in a huge financial swing for the company. Not only that, but auto transporters aren’t even licensed to carry household items, which means that they’d get in trouble if they just let you put whatever you wanted into your car.
Then you have to factor in weigh stations that are spaced along the interstate highways in the U.S., to ensure that carriers of all types – not just car transporters – are adhering to the weight limits. Weight limits are important because much of our infrastructure, including bridges, have weight limits, and if too many overweight vehicles are on that piece of infrastructure it could damage it.
So, in a nutshell, there’s few ways that you can ship household items with an auto transport company. Well, a lot of household items, anyway. As we said, you can ship light, personal items in the trunk of a vehicle you’re shipping, since it’s the whole “out of sight out of mind” mentality and the weight – always less than 50 pounds – won’t be enough to affect fuel efficiency or get carriers into trouble at a weigh station. For anything over 50 pounds, or if you need to ship things such as furniture and boxes, you’ll want to setup with a household moving company.
A household moving company is licensed to carry household items, and should be the company to go to if you have personal items that amount to more than a few clothes, pillows or blankets. They’re the ones you want to contact when shipping across the state or across the country.
If you’re interested in shipping household items along with a vehicle, make sure to mark that on our auto transport quote request form – yes, we have an option to get a free household moving quote in addition to a free car shipping quote, all in one easy-to-navigate area on our website. If you have questions about how we operate, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.