You’ve chosen a carrier to move your vehicle from point A to point B, and you’ve signed the dotted line. The next question is, can your car be shipped if it has your personal belongings in it? Some carriers will tell you yes, while others will insist on ‘no.’ In this article, we’ll reveal an important transport shipping law, and how you can turn your vehicle transport a smooth, easy and damage-free experience.
The Answer is…
While many people still pack their vehicle with personal items and many carriers accept items packed in the vehicle, the official answer is no. You can’t place items in your vehicle because there aren’t any carriers or brokers licensed to transport a vehicle with items in it. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t pack items in your car. Some carriers will still allow it, with limitations, and often with an extra fee attached. If you choose to pack your vehicle with personal items, the general rule of thumb is to limit the total weight amount to 100 pounds or less.
What to Expect When You Choose Ship A Car Direct
When you choose Ship A Car Direct as your car transport broker, you’ll have the peace of mind of a BBB accredited company that has been trusted and loved by customers all over the country. We are not licensed to ship household items, so we cannot transport them over state lines. However, you can pack anything else in your car beside household goods. You can learn more about our license from the Department of Transportation, as well as other transport companies’ licenses. After clicking on the following link, enter 632461 in the field next to MC: https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist
Ship A Car Direct is a unique car shipping company because of our screening process, and our damage-free guarantee. Unlike many other brokers who work with any available carrier, we offer our customers a selective screening process for carriers that meet their service and quality needs. We review over 7,500 carriers and weed out those who don’t make the cut. Our damage-free insurance guarantee that should your vehicle occur damage, it’ll be covered. If they don’t, we’ll come in and help pay for the damage. Contact us today at 1-866-221-1664 to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.