How a Car is Shipped

How a Car is ShippedThere’s a number of options available to you when you ship a car. Open or enclosed carriers, door to door or terminal to terminal, cash on pickup or delivery…you have options. But underneath all those options, the same basic mechanisms are in place for shipping a car. That’s what we’re going to focus on in this blog post: how a car is shipped, from beginning to end. This post will hopefully give you a good outline of the process and how it goes from start to finish. This way, you can better prepare yourself for your shipment and have a more positive experience overall.

The start of how a car is shipped

How a car his shipped starts with a quote. The best thing to do is to get multiple quotes from different companies, as everyone prices a shipment a bit differently. Getting different quotes will let you compare not only different prices, but services as well. You can speak to agents, ask questions, and learn more about your specific shipment. Once you have a quote you like, book your order with that company. They’ll take information such as pickup and delivery locations and specific info about your vehicle. This way, the information the carrier needs will be at their fingertips as soon as they need it.


Once all that’s done, your shipper will dispatch your car to a carrier. This can take a few days depending on the route, so patience is crucial at this point. Once your vehicle is dispatched, you wait for the carrier to arrive. They’ll call you when they’re close to verify pickup or delivery locations and to communicate directly with you. This way, things happen smoothly as you’re in direct contact with your carrier. Once they arrive for pickup you and the driver will inspect your vehicle. This is important for insurance purposes, and you’re looking for any present damage. This is also the point where you’ll get to talk to the driver, ask questions, and discuss your shipment in more detail. Make sure you both sign the Bill of Lading and to read it thoroughly.

And for the finishing touch…

Now that your vehicle is picked up, you’re again going to have to wait, this time for the carrier to deliver it. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to get your vehicle to you, and this is entirely dependent on your route. You can talk to your agent about transit times and what to expect. The driver may be able to answer your questions when you speak at pickup, but once on the road they are often unavailable to customers. When your carrier arrives at the delivery location you’ll do another inspection with the driver. This is important, again for insurances purposes. You will need to pay the carrier at delivery usually, though you can discuss payment options with your representative beforehand. And that, from start to finish, is how a car is shipped.

How to get started on shipping a car

If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle, make sure to fill out our free quote request form. It won’t take you more than a minute or two, but you will get free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. This way, you can get started on your shipment with reputable, reliable shippers. How do we know they’re reputable and reliable? We make sure of it! Before they ever send you a quote we make sure they’re top-rated, licensed and bonded. More than that, though, we make sure they use only licensed, insured, top-rated carriers as well. This way you know you’re in good hands from beginning to end. If you have questions about our services, don’t hesitate to contact us any time at 800-384-1253.

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