Moving Your Car? 5 Tips You Need to Know

It is time to make a move. With that move comes sending your vehicle as well. But, how does someone know what to look for in a company to ship a vehicle? Do not make a mistake in remembering some of the simple things that could protect you in this process.

Here are five simple tips that you can follow as you make your way through this process.  Keep note of them, as you make your way through the process, these tips will come in handy.  From choosing the right company, to what you need to do to prep the car for shipping, you will want to remember these tips.

The Shipping Company Should be Registered

Whether you are sending your car across the state or across the country it is important to make sure the auto transport company is registered. If your car is moving within state lines, the company used should be registered with the department of transportation in your state.


If your car will be transported over state lines, they need to be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Any reliable company will be happy to show proof of their registration or you can search for it online; if a company does not provide this information, or you cannot find it, that should serve as a red flag.

Do the Research

In this modern, technologically advanced time, reviews can be found just about anywhere. A great place to start is by searching online. There are numerous sites where people can leave reviews on experiences they have had. In addition,  checking with a reliable organization, such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is also a great way to learn about a company that may be used.


Aside from the cost, it is important to ask other questions to potential shippers. Make sure you know about costs upfront, including knowing who is responsible for payment if any accidents or damage take place. As previously mentioned, ask for proof of the company’s registration at the state and federal levels to legally be able to transport your car as well.

Think About the Destination

When a car needs to be moved, do not just think of it as getting from Point A to Point B.  The vehicle is making a long trip, and several things need to be considered ahead of time so as to not throw you off or delay things.
Consider the change in weather and climate that can take place. For example, if a vehicle is going from a warm climate, to a cooler, snowy, climate the vehicle may need different tires to be able to travel adequately in the snow.  The same can be said for leaving a cold climate and moving somewhere with hot temperatures.


When you are planning on sending your vehicle, you need to make the decision if you want it shipped with a car covering on it or if you want it to go without a cover.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and it is your responsibility to weigh the options.


If you wish to have your vehicle shipped with a covering, know it will cost more.  However, if you choose to ship the car uncovered, it can leave the vehicle prone to chips and small dents from the journey.

Go With Your Gut

When it comes to sending a car, less is not always more. Understanding what each item charged, and why it is charged, is important to understand. You do not want to be hit with surprise charges down the road when the car is delivered. Know what you are getting into before you commit to having a company transport your vehicle.


This should also tell you to get everything in writing from the shipping company. Do not leave anything to chance.  Have not only the bill in hand, but also have a breakdown of what the costs cover, as well as what you, and the company, could additionally be liable to pay.  You pay for what you get.

Take Initiative

Make sure that you empty the car.  Do not leave anything inside of it.  Of course, you will use a company that has a great reputation, but by leaving things inside your car, anyone (meaning people not even involved with moving your car), could be tempted to break in and steal your belongings.


You may think that the car could be used as an additional piece of luggage for a move, but in all honesty, you are setting yourself up for potential losses. Another important task you are responsible for is to make sure the car has some gas in it.  The tank should not be full, but it should have enough gas in it to get from the drop-off location to a gas station.


Leaving a car on empty for a trip means you could be calling a roadside service after your car is dropped off and you pick it up because you have run out of gas!  Find out where your vehicle will be dropped off, so you can plan the time and distance you will travel after picking it up.


Make sure you have your paperwork in line as well. Standard paperwork like your up-to-date registration and insurance should be on hand as proof of ownership and insurance. The company should not require them to keep your originals, though. Bring the originals so they may make copies.

Save These Tips

Save and refer to these tips at any time while choosing a car company to move your vehicle.  Do the research.  Companies that value someone’s vehicle will also value the questions and time a person puts into choosing the right company for them.


A car is not just a car -- it is a means of earning a living and transporting important people in your life -- so you want to ensure the car is moved with your peace of mind.


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