Ship Your Car - Save Wear & Tear
Whether you finally bought that dream car you’ve been saving for or you’re moving your entire household across the country, shipping your vehicle instead of driving it to its final destination can save you both time and money. At Great Guys Moving, we help pair you with the best names in the car shipping industry in one convenient location. Just submit some basic information about your vehicle including the year, model, and make and the origin and destination cities of your shipment. Within minutes, you’ll start receiving competitive bids from America’s most trusted auto transport companies. Simply pick the one that works best for you and get your car transported without the hassle or stress of doing it yourself.Find Transporters
Did you know that the standard mileage reimbursement rate set by the IRS is 54 cents per mile? That figure is based on studies performed which show the average amount of fixed and variable costs it takes to operate a vehicle for every mile driven. When calculating this figure, the IRS factors in things like depreciation, general maintenance, the cost of fuel, repairs, etc. If you use this rate to approximate the amount of fuel expense plus wear and tear from driving your vehicle across the country, you might just come out ahead by shipping your car instead. For instance, consider one of the most popular transport routes, from Florida to New York, which spans over 1100 miles. Using the mileage rate from the IRS, this drive would cost you about $594 in depreciation and gas expenditures. Plus, you’d have to spend about 17 grueling hours behind the wheel. If you ship using a vehicle transport company instead, you’ll spare the expensive wear and tear to your car, plus you won’t have to spend your valuable time driving across the country.
To get started with shipping your car, check out our step-by-step auto transport guide:
Step One: Establish the Budget and Timing
If you’re shipping your vehicle because you are relocating to a new city, you’ll want to ensure that you factor the cost of auto transport into your overall moving budget. Keep in mind that if you are moving because of a corporate relocation or due to military PCS orders, you can likely receive reimbursement for some, if not all, of your moving-related expenses. Also be aware that shipping may take anywhere from 7-14 days from the time of drop-off, so be sure to figure in the cost of alternative transportation during this time when calculating your budget.
If you’re simply shipping a vehicle from Point A to Point B, you may want to consider the cost of fuel and other wear and tear to your vehicle when establishing your budget. Auto shipping may end up being the more cost effective, and certainly the most time efficient method, of getting your car to Point B.
Once you’ve figured out your budget and the timeframe for your shipment, you can proceed with shopping for bids.
Step Two: Shop for Bids & Book Your Transport
Great Guys Moving makes it a cinch to shop for a reputable auto transport company. Using our free online form, you can submit basic information about your auto shipment just once and within minutes you’ll start receiving multiple quotes from the most trusted names in the car shipping industry. Easily compare the competitive rates and save as much as hundreds off of your auto shipment! We only work with licensed and insured moving companies, so we take the guesswork out of finding a reliable shipping company.
Step Three: Prepare Your Car for Transport
If you’re purchasing a car and arranging shipment to your home, you’ll need to discuss the logistics of preparing your new vehicle for transport with the seller. However, if you’re preparing to ship your current vehicle, there are several steps you can take to ensure that your car is ready for transport.
- Clean your car out: Now’s a great time to give your car the detailing it needs. Roll up those sleeves and get busy washing the exterior of your vehicle. Once the outside is spic and span, make sure you get some good pictures of the car. These “before” pictures are a valuable asset in the event damage occurs during shipment and you need to file a claim with the transport company. Make sure you also clean out the interior of your vehicle, removing any items that might shift around during transport. Ensuring that everything is removed from your vehicle, including parking tags, toll passes, electronics, and after-market stereos, will minimize the threat of theft during transport.
- Give it a quick tune-up: Though your car will be sitting on a truck for the majority of its time in transit, the vehicle still needs to be in working order. Now’s a good time to top off essential fluids, check tire pressure, and ensure that there are no leaks or other major issues.
- Burn off the extra fuel: For transport, you’ll want to have as little fuel in your tank as possible. A full-tank not only adds to the weight of your shipment, but also poses a safety hazard.
- Remove custom add-ons: Remove low-hanging bumpers, spoilers, fog lights and any other custom pieces you may have added to your vehicle after-market. These items are more prone to breakage or damage during shipment.
- Final last minute steps: Before you hand your car off to the shipping company, make sure the vehicle’s alarm system is disabled. Also make sure the antenna is completely retracted and the mirrors are folded in, so these delicate items aren’t broken.
Step 4: Sit Back and Wait
Once you drop your car with the transport company, all you have to do is sit back and await delivery! No sitting in traffic, dealing with road rage, or hours of mind-numbing driving. Your professional car transporter will make getting your car to Point B painless and easy.
How do they ship cars?
There are several different types of trailers used for auto shipping, but your basic choices come down to open car transport or enclosed car transport. With open car transport, your auto is secured to an open-air trailer and is exposed to the elements during its transport just as it would if you were driving it yourself. Open car trailers may hold just one car or as may be dual-tiered trailers that hold as many as 8-10 vehicles. If you’re looking for the best discounts on your car shipment, open car trailers tend to be the cheaper of your options. With enclosed car transport, your vehicle is loaded into the back of a specially designed 18-wheeler, similar to the ones used to transport expensive race cars. Here, the car is safe from the elements and prying eyes throughout its transit. While pricier than an open car trailer, the enclosed option is ideal for high-end, antique, and collectible cars.
How much does it cost to ship a car?
The cost of shipping your vehicle depends on several factors including the transport distance, the weight of your vehicle, the operability of your vehicle, and the availability of transporters. For domestic transport within the U.S., most shipments cost between $500-$2000. To get the best idea of how much it will cost to ship your specific vehicle, you can fill out our free and easy-to-use quote form at the top of this page.
How do you ship antique cars?
With antique and collectible cars, it’s advisable to ship your vehicle using an enclosed trailer. This will ensure that your vehicle is not exposed to the elements or other hazards on the roadway during shipment.
Can you ship a car that isn't running?
Yes! As long as your brakes work and your tires are inflated, most transport companies will still be able to ship your vehicle.
How long does it take to transport a car?
Customers should expect delivery to take anywhere from 7-14 days from the time of drop off. Your transport company should be able to give you a more accurate window based on the specifics of your shipment.
Do auto shipping companies need to be licensed?
Under U.S. law, all auto transporters must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Along with their registration, auto transporters are issued a U.S. DOT and MC docket number, which should be prominently displayed on their truck and website. When negotiating bids, you should always ask for the company’s DOT or MC docket number to ensure that they are properly registered with FMCSA. You can easily search the carrier’s registration status on the U.S. DOT site here.
The U.S. DOT requires that all auto transport companies carry a minimum amount of insurance coverage. It’s wise to ask the company to provide you with proof of insurance and an explanation of policy benefits prior to finalizing your booking. Additionally, your own insurance company may cover your vehicle during shipment; check with your insurance agent to find out the specific terms of your policy.
Can you pack personal items in a vehicle for transport?
Most carriers forbid customers from packing their cars with personal effects for shipment for a number of reasons. First of all, items may shift during transport, which could cause substantial not only to your vehicle, but to other vehicles in the shipment as well. Additionally, loading a car down adds additional weight to the shipment, which increases the fuel cost and slows down the speed of the shipment. Finally, the licensing most auto transporters carry is specifically for transporting cars, not household goods. They cannot allow you to ship household goods along with your car because it could jeopardize their licensing.