There are many reasons a shipping company can come in handy when you need to drive it across state lines. But what do you need to know to do it right? We’ve put together this quick guide, so you know just what to expect.
Documentation You Need to Ship to a Different State
First things first, before you can ship your vehicle to another state, you need the proper documentation. This includes:
- Registration. Before your car can be shipped, the transport company shipping it must verify the vehicle registration and title. The shipping company, if they’re reputable, will not ship your car without it.
- Photo ID. You must prove you are the owner with a photo ID. Shipping companies will accept a driver’s license or passport. You must also provide your car insurance.
- Bill of lading. The bill of lading is a document your transport company will prepare, and you’ll sign. This agrees that the inspection shows everything your car already possesses. If your car experiences any damages, the bill of lading protects you.
Transferring the Car Title to Another State
When you move, you’re required to transfer your car title to the new state. While the process varies from state to state, you will generally need to:
- Test emissions standards of the car
- File the title transfer request form
- Submit insurance information
- Provide the VIN verification
- Pay the title transfer fees
Choosing the Right Auto Transport Company to Get You There
When shipping your car to a new location, do extensive research to ensure the measures your taking will help your car reach its final destination in good shape. By following the above steps, your vehicle will be delivered to you in the same state it was before shipping.
If you need a car shipping company that has dozens of testimonials and years of experience under their belt, contact Ship A Car Direct today. Receive a free quote, and helpful advice room the best in the industry. Call them today at (866) 221-1664.
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.