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Car Shipping Tips

Tips to Ship a Car: Things You Should Know

When it comes to moving a vehicle, you have two options – Drive it yourself or have it shipped by a reliable auto transport company. Car shipping can cost anywhere between $300 to $2,500, depending on your location, the type of vehicle you are buying and type of transport you choose, Open or Enclosed. If you are on a tight budget, open transport is more economical and the most common form of vehicle transport. It is also cheapest to ship a car during fall and winter, you may save up to 30 percent off your vehicle shipment.


If you decide to ship your car instead of driving, we suggest to do the following to ensure that your car arrives safely. Here are our suggestions on how to prepare your vehicle for transport that will decrease the chance of damage.

1. Document Current Condition

Wash your car and carefully inspect the interior and exterior for any scratches, dents and rust. Document all imperfections. Share a copy of the imperfections with your transport driver on the day it is picked up. You will both do a vehicle inspection report together, be sure any existing damages are marked on the bill of lading. Get a copy of the bill of lading, this is proof of current vehicle condition report when picked up and is considered to be the most valid document when reporting damages to the insured’s agency.

2. Remove Personal Effects

You will want to remove any personal items from the vehicle prior to transport such as GPS, radar detector, E-ZPass, CDs and other media devices. Also remove exterior add-ons such as bike racks, roof racks, spoilers and antennas.

3. Check Requirements

See if your auto shipper has any preparation requirements: Many auto shippers will recommend that your gas tank be less than half full. Call customer service or check their website to see what precautionary measures, if any, should be taken.

4. Prepare Your Vehicle

Make sure that your car battery is fully charged and check the air in your tires. Prepare the vehicle as though you were driving it yourself. And, prepare your car for any weather conditions too.

5. Disconnect Alarm

Disarm the vehicle’s alarm device. The shipping company will need to access your vehicle during transport, and vehicle alarm device could cause unwanted and unnecessary delays.


Shipping a car is sometimes necessary, so take the time to research the transport company and find one that you are most comfortable with.

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