Car Shipping

4° of Auto Transport Interaction. Part 2

Car DealerThe car business is such a fickle beast; sometimes it gives you nothing but lemons, but other times, you get that one gem that you know will bring in the Benjamins. I walked in the dealership early this morning wishing I was still asleep, as I always do. Little did I know, as strange as it sounds, a 24 year old college girl was about to make my day. My phone rings and when I answer the voice on the other end says, “Hey, I have a red hunk of junk that was given to me and I want to sell it. My grandfather died, left me this old car, and I just want it gone. Will you come look at it?”.

Rusted Plymouth

I arranged a time to go take a look at the car and as I headed that way I was dreading the meeting. I kept thinking how I was about to have to deal with some naïve college kid that was about to ask me for way too much money for some piece of crap vehicle I can’t do anything with; I was ever so wrong. I pulled up to her house and she explained that her grandfather had died about a month or so ago, left her this car in his will, and how she didn’t want it because her parents had just bought her a new 2014 VW Beatle which I assumed was the green waste of space she had in her drive way. She takes me to her garage and when she opened the door I became a kid in a candy store. I think I might have started drooling when I saw this car. Her “hunk of junk” was a 1970 Plymouth GTX, candy apple red, immaculate condition. GTXShe told me about how her grandpa used to spend all his free time working on this car and I realized I had stumbled on this poor old man’s pride and joy. Just when I think it can’t get any better I popped the hood to find, you guessed it, 4-barrel 440 CID Super Commando V8 engine. Once I saw that I knew I had to have this car so I asked her how much she wanted for it. She told me she owed $2,000 in tuition and if she could get that she’d be happy. As tempting as it was to give her the $2,000 I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night so I offered her 4 grand. At least that way she could pay her tuition and have some money left over for whatever college kids blow their money on, parties with her friends or maybe a lift kit for that green monster in her drive way. I paid the girl and the deal was done.


I got the car back to the dealership and cleaned her to the point where you could perform surgery on the hood, and boy was she beautiful. As tempting as it was for me to keep this baby for myself, I knew the right buyer would be willing to pay a pretty penny for this car and I could use the profits. I snapped some photos and posted her on Auto Trader Classics. And now we wait…

Top 10 Questions For Shipping A Car using a Shipping Company

shipping a car to another state

Shipping a Car is easy as 1, 2, 3 …

These days people are using online tools to ship vehicles. Often times you’re moving to another state or buying online from places like eBay. Hiring a company to transport a vehicle from A to B is much easier compared to driving the vehicle yourself. With this, certain questions start to come up. Lets take a look at some of those now.

1) Is the company licensed?

The Department of Transportation is where the auto transport service provider will need to register. This means that you should be able to see the shipping company ‘DOT’ number. There is also the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website where you can check their Motor Carrier number. For shipping abroad you would want to check out the Federal Maritime Commission. It can be checked here -

2) What does the transport offer for services?

When first talking to the shipping company ask them what services they offer. It might be that they have restrictions on the type or size of vehicle that they are willing to transport. Also, ask about enclosed or open. Enclosed Trailers keep cars out of the elements, but is more expensive. Open Trailers are the most common mode of transportation.

3) What is the cost?

This is not the same for everyone. Costs may vary depending on the company. It might be good to get quotes from a few companies for comparison and make sure that you understand exactly what’s included. This helps you understand any extra charges that you didn’t know about. Companies in general should be willing to provide you with a free estimate. With every price you might want to ask if the price can be negotiated since you may or may not have more then one vehicle to ship.

4) What about insurance?

Your personal vehicle insurance will probably not cover the transport. Ask the shipping company about their insurance and make sure that you will be covered. It would be good to know at what level your vehicle will be protected while being shipped. See if it is possible to adjust if the insurance does not seem to be enough.

5) What documents do you need to provide?

Check with your transport company to find out exactly what papers they will need.

6) How would you get your car ready to be transported?

You need to make sure that the car is empty of belongings. Shipping companies are not allowed to have household items in the car during transport. Also, Department of Transport requires keys to be provided to the transporter while being transported. It is recommended that you have a quarter tank of gas so that you can avoid any extra charges for weight.

7) How much time will it take to ship?

Shipping will vary depending on the company, how the vehicle is being shipped and distance. There are times when it is difficult to guarantee a delivery date. In general, coast to coast can take 1-2 weeks while shorter distances a few days.

8) What about payment arrangements?

This depends on the shipping company. Some will want the money up front in full. Some will take a deposit and the rest payed when delivered. It will be important to ask about what method is being used and if they prefer check or credit card. It is never a good idea to pay for services, in full, before services are rendered.

9) What actions does the company take to make sure my car is protected?

The company, upon picking up the car, with conduct an inspection and often times take pictures. You both will agree on the condition of the car. When the car is delivered a similar inspection of the vehicle will be conducted.

10) What will happen if the vehicle is damaged in any way?

At delivery you will want to take pictures of the damage, if any, and inspect the car. This would be a good time to use your smart phone or camera to get those pictures. This should be documented and signed by the driver. With this information you will be able to make a claim through the service provider.

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