The number one question most customers have is "Can I Ship a Car with items inside?"
Well here are the facts, along with some guidelines to help you.
First comes the bad news (of course), which is that the FMCSA (i.e. the licensing board for ALL car shipping companies) strictly states that no car carrier (or broker) is allowed to ship a car with items inside.
But, like anything else, that doesn't mean that people (and car carriers) don't do it.
It is definitely possible to do, but you need to be careful if you want to avoid any extra charges.
The general rule of thumb is; keep the items out of sight and under 100lbs.
That's the best advice of all for you to follow, especially if you are looking to avoid added costs.
The reason is this - a car carrier will burn more fuel with every extra pound that is on it's back, so you want to keep the weight of what you put inside the car minimal.
Also, keep in mind that the truck driver has to drive your car onto the back of an 18 wheeled car hauler, possibly even up top, and then *back* it off again on delivery. So, it's enough of an acrobatic feat as is, you don't want to make it worse, so you want to make sure he can see out all of the windows.
The best practice is to keep the items in the trunk and light, light, light.
*IF* you can stay within those guidelines, then the chances of your being charged extra are slim to none.
But, let's be honest - you're reading this post because you want to put A LOT more than that in your car for transport. Right?
Well, it's still possible, but the fact of the matter is, if it's excessive, you may have to play a little game of "Let's Make a Deal" with your driver on the day of pick up.
Here is the key advice for those of you in that situation - Make sure that the items in your car can be easily removed.
The reason for this is simple; if you and the driver can't come to a reasonable agreement, you want to be able to easily remove the stuff from the car so that the driver can take it.
But here's the number one thing working IN YOUR FAVOR - The driver has committed that space on his truck for your car, and the LAST thing he wants to do is drive away without your car on his truck, because that means he has to find something to replace it - which costs time & effort & *money*. (So he REALLY wants to strike a deal too, he just needs to cover his added expense.)
9 times out of 10 our customers are able to strike a fair bargain that leaves everyone happy, so just be smart and keep it down to the essentials when trying to ship a car with items inside.
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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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