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Expert Advice: Should You Remove Personal Items When Shipping Your Car?

It’s tempting. You’re shipping your car, so why not take advantage of the space inside to ship some personal items as well? Think again. Though it may be convenient, shipping personal items of value in your car is not worth the risk. Here’s why…

Potential for damage

Items may shift during transport. If they are damaged the carrier policy likely does not include coverage for items in the car. That means you will be out of pocket for replacement or repairs. Save yourself a headache and stress. Go ahead and pack an extra box or two and load them onto the moving van.

Potential for theft

Your beloved item may just go missing from the glove compartment. Most shippers will not make an inventory, nor will you be able to list items in the car on the contract. Why chance it? Remove items before you turn over the keys.

Delays

If you’re lucky the car shipping will go smoothly. Life being what it is, things don’t always go as planned. Items of value are needed for immediate use may be not be delivered when you need them. Avoid this problem by removing them from the car before shipping.

Ideally, you will want to remove all personal items from the car, including the glove box and trunk. Some exceptions include spare tires and jumper cables. Don’t forget to remove the child car seat or dog harness if you will need them before your car arrives. Shippers especially caution against leaving irreplaceable items, firearms, medications or hazardous materials in the vehicle.

That said…some companies do allow transport of non-valuable items. Read your contract carefully to understand and comply with weight and placement requirements. Understand that any personal items shipped in the vehicle are your sole responsibility. When you ship your car with personal items inside, you do so at your own risk.

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