Many car transport customers worry about preparing their vehicle for shipment. But there’s no need for concern. Not much is required on the part of the customer. Really, your driver does all the work. You just need to be on-call for pick-up day with your empty vehicle and a key.
You don’t need to prepare any documents or present any paperwork to have your car shipped. In fact, we recommend you remove any insurance documentation and important personal documents from the vehicle before shipment. Your driver does not need proof that your vehicle is insured, so you don’t need to risk letting those personal documents out of your sight. The only document needed to ship a car is the Bill of Lading and your driver will bring that for your signature - both on pick-up and delivery.
Relatedly, we recommend you remove items of value from your vehicle. As handy as it would be to pack your vehicle with belongings, your car transport quote is priced for the shipment of the vehicle only. Additional belongings often accrue additional fees - if they can be accepted at all. Sometimes, your carrier has no room in his weight limit to allow additional items, and/or he doesn’t want to risk the fines he would face to include your personal belongings. It’s best to assume the transport is for your empty vehicle only.
You don’t need to fill your gas tank or empty your gas tank. Your car does need a little gas (a quarter tank is enough), as it will be driven on and off the carrier. But if you have more than a quarter of a tank, don’t worry about emptying it before the carrier arrives. Some of the extra gas may evaporate over the transport, but it won’t cause any damage.
It’s easy to prepare your vehicle for cross-country car transport! There’s literally nothing to it! Of course, if you have any questions about preparing your vehicle or need more information about car transports, please give us a call: 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.