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.
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.
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