A common question from customers inquiring about auto shipment is “Can I ship my vehicle with items inside?” While this is a perfectly understandable concern, the answer is a bit complicated. It makes sense that someone who is moving might want to load their car up with belongings to simplify the moving process, but this isn’t always recommended and here’s why:
- Although it is legal to ship items in your vehicle or trunk, many companies prefer that you do not as there is always a risk of theft or damage to the items during transport. Most companies recommend that you remove all personal items from the vehicle prior to shipment.
- It can cost more to ship your vehicle with items inside because each car shipment has a weight limit based on vehicle make and model. Going over these limits can increase charges or cause your vehicle to be rejected by the carrier.
- Shipping items in your car can be a risky move. Many car transport companies request that items inside the vehicle be packed below the window lines to avoid the possibility of theft. The carrier makes several stops at rest areas and fuel stations and if your vehicle is full of items, people passing by could see this as an opportunity to steal. Unfortunately, if your window is broken and items are stolen you would be liable. Furthermore, items in your vehicle are subject to damage from being jostled around during transport.
Best Practices for Shipping Items in Your Car
Although it is not recommended, you have the right to leave things in your car if you choose. There will always be some risk involved, but follow these tips to avoid unfortunate situations.
- Never ship valuables.
- Make sure any boxes, bags, or suitcases cannot be seen from the windows.
- Do not pack items that are fragile.
- Avoid packing too many items that would go over the weight limit.
- Check with your auto shipping company before packing items in your trunk.
- Never pack liquids, firearms, or flammable items.