While it is always a good idea to be prepared with documentation if you are planning to have your car shipped, it should also be noted that it is not required to show proof of title or registration before or after delivery of your vehicle. The only thing that is mandatory is to provide the VIN number of your vehicle and fill out the shipping paperwork. This means, it is permitted to ship a vehicle with expired registration or no registration paperwork at all.
Why don’t shipping companies require title and registration?
You may be wondering how a company can transport your vehicle without these important documents. Better yet, how does the shipping company ensure they are shipping the right vehicle? To make sure they are handling the right vehicle, they will ask you for the VIN number. Since no two vehicles have the same VIN number, this lets the company know they are transporting the correct one.
The reason auto transport companies do not require title and registration is because people and businesses ship vehicles for a number of different reasons and they are not always in a position to produce these documents. For example, cars are often shipped by junkyards who do not possess these documents and intend to use the vehicles for parts only. Likewise, if someone purchases a car from someone across the country, they may not possess the title yet and they may be waiting to register the vehicle until it arrives.
While it is acceptable to ship a vehicle that has an expired registration, you should never attempt to drive a vehicle without proper title and registration. If you happened to get pulled over, you could get fined for not having up-to-date registration. In this case, shipping is the safest and most responsible way to transport your vehicle.
Shipping a vehicle with expired registration is a fairly simple process. Remember that these documents are not required for shipment. If you have any questions about shipping your vehicle, be sure to ask the auto transport company for clarification.
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.