Why Can’t I Ship Household Items with a Car Transport Company?
Many people want to ship household items along with their car or truck when they ship it. But it’s something that most car transporters simply won’t allow you to do, and for a number of different reasons. It starts with the fact that shipping household items isn’t their job in the first place – they’re known as car transporters for a reason, and if they moved your personal items they’d be known as a moving company. They don’t have the license to ship household items, and this includes when they are shipping a vehicle and you put stuff in the car. Some companies will let you get away with having some junk in the trunk, but you won’t be able to put much back there.
The license is really the biggest issue; in this type of industry, different movers have to move different things, as there are a lot of different things that are available to move. Each one has different requirements; for instance, while a moving company may need to box all your stuff and make sure it won’t move around the truck, a car shipping company only has to load and unload your vehicle and secure it into place. This makes shipping a car faster and easier, and while they may not have an issue with shipping a car that has some personal items in it, their licenses – and any inspectors they may come across – say otherwise, and they’re the ones who make the rules. A carrier could lose their license to ship cars if they are caught trying to ship household items at the same time.
But licensing is not the only issue – safety is another one. It may not seem all that bad to have some papers or some clothes or something in the back seat of your car, but you’d be surprised at how dangerous it can be. We’re sure you’ve seen those “horror shows” on YouTube where you see a car carrier on its side with a million dollars’ worth of cargo spilled on the pavement. Well, that’s one thing, but imagine if a car carrier had that happen and one of the cars had a bunch of crap in it. Even something like clothes can cause delays in cleanup. That, and they aren’t licensed to ship them, like we said, and will get in big trouble if they’re caught trying to ship household items willingly. Junk in the trunk is one thing – kind of shady for a customer to do, but plausible deniability and all that – but willfully transporting things they aren’t allowed to is a recipe for a bad day.
If you are interested in shipping a car, and you’re not trying to ship household items along with it, we recommend that you take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form to the left (you can find our household moving quote form here). It won’t take more than a minute or two to fill out and submit,and 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, don’t hesitate to contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.