Moving Tips: How to Ship a Car
Moving companies and shipping cars
Most moving companies won’t include a car, truck, van, or other vehicle as part of their moving services. In some cases, long distance movers may drive their vehicles themselves. However, it often makes more sense to have your car shipped to your new home with a car shipping service or auto transport company.
Getting an auto transport quote
If you’re planning to ship your vehicle, you’ll need to know how much it will cost. The expense can vary depending on the size, make, and model of the car, the distance being shipped, and the auto transport company.
Ask for quotes from several different vehicle shipping services, and choose the one that offers the best value (not always the lowest price) for the requirements you have.
Booking an auto transport
As with moving companies, it’s best to reserve your car shipping date well in advance of your move. This gives you time to find the best quote, and the auto transport company time to make sure the equipment they need is available for your vehicle.
Preparing your car for a move
Before your vehicle is shipped, make sure to properly clean and wash the car inside and out. Remove any extra fittings and all personal items from inside the car, so nothing gets lost or damaged during the move. Finally, be on time for both pickup and delivery of your car, and do a thorough check of your vehicle once it’s brought to your new home.