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Direct Connect Auto Transport
4 / 5 from 3 reviews

Florida based Auto Transport company

Direct Connect Auto Transport

Review by Jessica Cv on 2019-06-03

STAY AWAY! USE ANY OTHER COMPANY

If I could give zero starts I would. The company could not locate my car for >24 hours, luckily Lexus could. The carrier had his gf drive my car over 380 + miles with there infant son in the back seat.

Xtreme Relocation
3 / 5 from 2 reviews

Florida based Auto Transport company

Xtreme Relocation

Review by Highway Robbery on 2019-06-03

Alfred

just now All this is because of $200 stop reading if you are rich and $200 means nothing to you. Highway Robbery stay away. I should have read the reviews. They over promise and under deliver. Reason being

BWT Group LLC DBA MoveWheels
3 / 5 from 2 reviews

Florida based Auto Transport company

BWT Group LLC DBA MoveWheels

Review by Jeff on 2019-06-03

False advertising

Reported vehicle would be delivered by specific date. 8 days later vehicle is still not here. False claims on payment options. Minimal help with further questions, just given numbers of people who couldn’t

TransNation
1 / 5 from 1 reviews

Florida based Auto Transport company

TransNation

Review by Jim on 2019-05-30

Don't do Business with Chris Helbing

I am writing this review so that anyone who is thinking about doing business with Chris Helbing and TransNation will avoid the stress and aggravation that I experienced when Chris failed to live up to

Auto Cargo Export LLC
1 / 5 from 1 reviews

Florida based Auto Transport company

Auto Cargo Export LLC

Review by Asher on 2019-05-28

Worst business experience of my life

I am 30 years old and I have never had a worse experience with a business in my life. This is easily the most unprofessional, trashy company I could imagine dealing with. They said the shipment would take

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How to ship a car

1. Understand your car shipping options

Before choosing how to ship your car, you’ll need to consider your budget and timeline. Opting for terminal-to-terminal car shipping will usually be less expensive, but door-to-door service comes with a convenience that could be worth the extra cost. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of each car shipping option:

  • Terminal-to-terminal car shipping: This type of transport requires taking the car to a designated drop-off location and picking it up from a designated pick-up location. While this is often the less expensive option, you’ll need to make arrangements to get to and from each terminal location. Terminal-to-terminal shipping allows car transport companies to deliver entire shipments from one location to another, lowering their overall costs. However, this means your vehicle could spend extra time sitting in a terminal parking lot (exposed to all the elements) until a full load is ready to ship.
  • Door-to-door car transport: This type of transport service will pick up the car from your house and drop it off as close to your final destination as possible. As with any service, added convenience comes with extra costs. Even if you opt for door-to-door car transport, it doesn't mean the shipper will always be able to pull right up to your driveway. Some residential areas have restrictions (like city bylaws or low-hanging power lines) that could prevent large trucks from getting to your preferred location. If this happens, most car transporter companies can arrange to pick up the car in a convenient public area like a parking lot.

2. Choose the type of auto carrier you need

When it comes to choosing an auto transport carrier, you have the choice between open car transport and enclosed car transport. Both options have benefits and drawbacks, but the choice becomes more clear depending on the value of the car you're shipping.

  • Open car transport services: Imagine a large, multi-level uncovered trailer you’ve seen driving down the highway. Most consumers choose open car transport carriers to take advantage of cheaper rates and more flexible shipping dates due to an overall higher volume of car shipments. Sure, open car shipping trailers can expose your car to damage from debris or other natural elements. But the risk of damage during transport is very low, and any paint chips or dings that occur are usually insured. If your vehicle is exotic or vintage, the thought of shipping it on an open truck might be enough to keep you up at night. For most cars, however, open car transport is a good option.
  • Enclosed car transport services: If your car is highly valuable, enclosed car shipping could be a better option. However, enclosed car transport trucks can usually carry only a few vehicles at a time, which raises the overall shipping costs for the consumer. Unlike the multi-level semi trucks often used for open car transport, enclosed carriers can be hard-sided or soft-sided trucks that carry only a few vehicles at a time.

3. Gather multiple car shipping quotes

Pricing is a crucial part of the car shipping equation. There are many factors that will affect how much it costs to ship a car, so securing a written quote is critical. Here are some additional questions to ask each auto transport company during the quote-gathering process:

  • Is car transport insurance offered?: Find out from your insurer and the car shipping company if cars are insured for their full value during shipping or if you would need to make a claim on your personal auto insurance instead.
  • Mid-size trucks: Mid-size trucks can be great for handling residential and corporate moves, especially if the move is long-distance as they use less gas.
  • How are car shipping rates and fees determined?: Many people ship cars very long distances, so it is important to know how rates and fees are determined. Some companies charge by the mile, or if there are multiple cars going to and from the same cities, the rate is lower.
  • Will there be extra car shipping costs?: Some companies charge a higher fee for different types of cars, high-value vehicles or full-size SUV and trucks.
  • Is there a delay policy?: If the automobile is delivered late, ask if there is a refund on some or all of the shipping costs.
  • How much lead time do I need to ship my car?: Sometimes a move comes up suddenly, or a bargain appears that is just too good to resist. In those instances, vehicle owners need immediate shipping. Find out how far in advance your car shipping must be scheduled. Different transit distances have different expected delivery times, so be sure to find out how long it takes for a specific delivery. In most cases, it would take 1-2 weeks to ship your car from one U.S. coast to another.

4. Schedule your car transport pick up and delivery

The earlier ahead you schedule your car transport service the more flexible you can be, which can allow you to wait for the right car transport carrier at the right price for your budget. A missed pickup or delivery can occur; this could leave you missing a day of work or even facing towing if a car has been parked for too long. In order to avoid that scenario, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Ask for the car transport organizer's phone number:: Many car transport companies will give you a direct line to a transport organizer that you can speak with every step of the way. Some companies contact and communicate with car transport carriers on your behalf, while other companies will allow you to speak with the carriers directly. Either way, it’s a good idea to ask who your point-of-contact will be so you can have peace-of-mind during your entire auto transport journey.
  • Prepare for the unexpected:: Insurance should cover any damage during shipping, but exclusions may apply. Be sure to ask the hard questions about exactly what types of damage are covered. Always take a picture of the damage as soon as you see it. Have the driver sign that he has witnessed this damage. This will be required to make a claim with your insurer.

5. Prepare the car for transport

Before the car is loaded onto the truck, you’ll want to conduct a thorough inspection and take note of any damage that exists prior to shipping your vehicle. Be sure to remove all your personal belongings from your vehicle before you ship it.

  • Clean out the car: Auto transport carriers aren’t licensed to transport household goods from state to state. In fact, the Department of Transportation will fine a carrier if they see a car full of personal items on their truck. That fine will usually be passed along to the consumer. Shipping additional items in your car is not only prohibited by law, the added weight will also raise your costs for shipping. Some car transport companies even recommend getting your gas tank down to a quarter or an eighth of a tank to reduce shipping costs while keeping enough gas in your car to make it home after pickup.
  • Inspect your car for damage:: It's always a good idea to take a few photos before and after your car is shipped in case you need to file a claim for any damages that occur during transport. In the unlikely event that your car is damaged, it’s important to note it on your final bill of lading report. Failing to do so could leave you responsible for covering the cost of any repairs if you need to submit a damage claim.

Types of car transport trucks

Open car transport

Essentially, vehicles are loaded onto a specially-designed rack which is then towed by a tractor trailer. The lack of enclosure leaves cars vulnerable to debris kicked up during travel, weather and any other damage.

Enclosed car transport

Shipping in an enclosed truck helps protect vehicles from incidental damage like scratches from road debris and weather. Cars still travel by truck, but they are behind walls and under a roof.

Multi-car trailer

Multi-car trailers are open car transport trucks used to ship multiple vehicles, which can lower your costs but take longer to deliver. Since these oversized trucks are difficult to navigate through residential areas, you’ll likely need to get your vehicle to a terminal or meet the driver in a parking lot to load up.

Single car trailer

Single car trailers–sometimes called hotshot trucks–will usually be faster at shipping your car than multi-car trailer but will be more expensive. The added convenience could be worth it. Single car trailers can usually navigate through residential areas much easier, making door-to-door auto transport a more likely possibility.

Common questions about car transport

What's the difference between an auto transport broker vs. carrier?

Auto transport brokers do not actually ship your vehicle. Instead, they charge you a fee for shipping your vehicle, then find a shipper for you. The benefit to using a broker is selection: brokers have access to a wide range of car transporters and can often get you a better rate than you could find on your own. Because of their flexibility in choosing from several carriers, going with an auto transport broker also tends to result in a quicker pick up than you could get when calling an individual carrier. One downside is that you communicate with the broker, not the carrier, so you might not have the most accurate information when it comes to scheduling and the time in between pickup and delivery.

Auto transport carriers do the heavy lifting of loading, transporting and delivering your vehicle to its final destination. When you work with an auto transport carrier, you have direct contact with the carrier. This means that you will have a more accurate idea of pickup and delivery times, overall costs and insurance information. The downside to going with auto transport carriers instead of a broker is that you need to do all the work when it comes to nailing down pricing information and availability. Depending on the urgency of the situation and what else you have going on, it might be worth it in the end to use a broker who will take care of these details for you.

Make sure that either the broker or the carrier is registered with the FMCSA, which is required by federal law. Registered brokers and carriers are given a six-digit number called their MC Docket number, which should be prominently displayed on their website. FMCSA recommends that consumers actively avoid doing business with any auto broker or auto carrier company that does not have their MC Docket number prominently displayed online as there is no way to guarantee they are legitimate.

How do I get my car from one state to another?

Choose how you'd like to ship your car (open or closed truck), and calculate the approximate mileage of the transport (you'll need this when you call to get quotes). Collect at least three quotes from different car transport companies and read reviews to determine which company is a good fit for you. Prepare your car for shipping, then get a direct contact number for your car transport organizer so you can check on the status of your vehicle anytime during transit. Finally, be sure to transfer your car title to your new state within 30 days of moving to avoid any penalties for fines.

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