How to Ship a Vehicle | Step-by-Step Guide

How to ship a car | step by step guide

Many times you need to ship a vehicle, rather than driving it from point to point. This step-by-step guide will help you understand how to ship a vehicle within the United States. To ship a vehicle internationally, check out How to Ship a Car Overseas.

Ship a vehicle domestically

Step One: Fill Out a Quick Quote Form

Gather information about your vehicle and shipping requirements, including the year, make and model of the car you need to ship, and the pick-up location and final destination. Then, simply request a quote online from Ship Your Car Now. A shipping expert will contact you to discuss the specific logistics of your shipping requirements.

Step Two: Book Your Shipment

Once you’re ready, simply work with your Ship Your Car Now expert to book shipping, finalize the logistics and make the initial payment. Payments can be structured to accommodate your unique needs.

Try to schedule your car shipment well in advance. Cars often ship on a multi-vehicle carrier, and extra days may be needed if the driver must drop off other vehicles along the route. Your shipping expert will be able to work out the details to meet your delivery needs.

Let Us Know of Any Vehicle Customizations

Raising or lowering of the vehicle, custom wheels, tires, rims, spoilers, or other items could add to the length, width, height and/or weight of the vehicle, and these factors may influence the cost of shipping. If you have a specialty vehicle, such as a classic car or a prototype, Ship Your Car Now offers enclosed transport and a host of other services for specialty vehicle transport, including door-to-door service.

Step Three: Prepare Your Vehicle

  • Clean out all personal belongings, and don’t plan to ship the car loaded with household or personal goods. This is for your protection, as the insurance that covers your vehicle while it is being shipped does not cover personal item inside the car. Also, the additional weight may also make the price higher to ship the car.
  • The vehicle will receive an inspection by the driver who picks up the car, and any dings, dents or scratches will be noted. Make sure the car is clean enough so both you and the driver can identify any damage that is present at this time.
  • Leave one or two windows cracked open, and only about a quarter of a tank of gas in the car.
  • Disconnect or remove any toll pass devices or anti-theft systems that might create problems for the driver during shipping, loading or unloading.

Step Four: Be Available for Pickup and Delivery

Plan to be on-site to turn your car over to the driver, and to receive it when it is delivered. If this is not possible, you can designate another person, but Ship Your Car Now will need their information as well as yours. The person accepting the delivery of the vehicle will need to go through the delivery inspection, and be able to pay any final amount owed (if there is an outstanding balance).

Ship Your Car Now has transported thousands of cars safely and securely, and we can help you with your car too. Contact us today or visit our website for a free, no-hassle quote.

( Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at SYCN Auto Logistics-Alchemist, blending the best technology, analytics & service available. )

Senior automotive logistics professional with a passion for the industry and a 10+ year history of accomplishments. Proven track record of exemplary client management working with both RMCs, Van Lines and OEMs. Keen ability to react to an ever-changing marketplace while offering superior technology solutions, programs and services. Architect of award winning auto transport portal technology offering transparency and agility to clients, agents and transferees. Successful team builder and leader easily managing budgets with effective leadership, strategic planning, and problem-solving capabilities.

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