If you are embarking on a long-distance move, you will likely be bringing plenty of things with you. If you plan on shipping your car, it might seem reasonable to pack it up with some of those belongings. However, is shipping a car with personal items possible? Let’s take a closer look at the answer to this common question.
The Department of Transportation hasn’t specifically outlawed shipping a car with personal items. Though it is technically legal, many auto shipping companies prefer that you don’t do it. Most companies have their own preferences for shipping a car with items inside so you will need to check with your specific shipping company. For those that do allow it, there are typically stipulations involved with shipping personal items.
Weight Limit: Auto carriers have strict guidelines with regard to weight. Since they are usually carrying multiple vehicles, you need to be mindful of the carrier’s overall weight. If the carrier is too heavy, the driver could be subject to fines. This is one reason many shipping companies do not allow for personal items to be shipped inside the vehicles.
Risk of Theft: In addition to weight regulations, many carriers are also conscious of the risk of theft. On an open carrier, people can see inside the vehicles. When the driver takes breaks, it’s possible that people will notice your personal items and valuables inside your vehicle and try to break-ins. This is yet another reason why packing personal items is usually frowned upon.
Even if an auto transport company does allow you to pack some personal items in your car, it may not be the best idea. For starters, as mentioned before, this puts you at a greater risk of theft. In addition, your items are likely to shift during transport which could result in damage both to the items and the interior of your vehicle. Finally, there is no guarantee that your car will arrive on time so you don’t want to be stuck without items that you need. For these reasons, it is best not to pack personal items inside your car during shipment.
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.