One of the most frequently asked questions about auto shipping is, “Can I pack personal items in my car during shipping?” It’s a valid question, given that many people use auto shipping services when they are moving and this can be a great way to move their belongings. While it sounds perfectly safe, the truth is that there are several potential risks involved with storing personal items in a vehicle during shipment. Let’s take a look at some of the risks involved with storing items in your car while it is being shipped.
Risk of Theft
Car shipping carriers do not drive straight through from Point A to Point B. They make frequent stops along the way for gas, food, restroom breaks, and rest. If a car is packed to the brim with personal items, this is a target for criminals who might be looking to break into vehicles. While it’s not expected, theft can and does occur and car owners can alleviate that problem by not storing items in their car. Most auto shipping companies do not permit the storage of personal items because they are not responsible for items that get damaged or stolen during transport.
Thieves aren’t the only reason why it's not permitted to store personal belongings during auto shipment. Car shipping carriers have certain weight restrictions and if several cars are packed with hundreds of pounds of items, it can cause the truck to be overweight. Truckers are subject to fines if their trucks exceed the weight limit.
Damage to Your Car and Belongings
Even though your car is strapped to the transport truck, there is still quite a bit of movement during transport. Your vehicle is likely to vibrate and shift which means any items stored inside can get jostled around. This could cause the items to break or cause damage to the interior of your vehicle. While your car itself is insured during transport, personal items inside are not so if you pack items, you are doing so at your own risk.
Inquire with the Shipping Company
If you are in need of storing some items in your vehicle, be sure and inquire about storage with the auto shipping company. Some companies will allow some items to be stored, as long as it is under a certain weight. Keep in mind, however, that the shipping company will not be liable for stolen or damaged items. You may also have the option of using a driveway transport service. Unlike traditional car shipping, driveway service has a physical driver who actually drives your vehicle from one location to another. Oftentimes, driveway service drivers will allow you to store personal items in the vehicle during transport.
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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