Your Simple Guide for Finding an Auto Transport Company

By Staff

Chances are pretty good you’ve never moved before, let alone shipped a car. Where to start? Simple: Find a company to ship your car.

Not so simple: Finding the RIGHT company to ship your car. That’s the question we’ll answer here.

You can locate advertisements for auto shippers in various different places including your local paper, phone book or by searching the Web. You can even ask a friend or colleague if they have any suggestions if they’ve shipped an automobile before.

Also tap the expertise of your moving company: Moving companies are known for offering recommendations because they generally have partnerships with various transporting businesses and have a vested interest in making sure you get a quality shipper. can also help you locate an auto transport company that offers you quality service. Submit a request for a quote on our site and companies will contact you with prices and information.

Whichever companies you investigate, please inquire with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) about any complaints made against the auto transporter you have selected.

Still Can’t Find One

If you are having difficulty finding an auto shipper in your area, don’t sweat it. Auto transport companies usually have various terminals in different states. This way you can pick up and drop off your vehicles without traveling long distances.

Whatever you, make sure the necessary route for pickup or delivery can be accessed by the truck. Shipping carriers usually have difficulty maneuvering down narrow streets or neighborhoods. Always consider large, nearby parking lots as alternative location for pick up or delivery.

After finding a few quality companies, do not rush to decide on a car transporter -- shop around for prices, and remember that quality of service should always override price. If the offer seems too good to be true, it most likely is, so don’t jump at a low-ball offer. Reduce the hassle of future complications by investigating different companies and requesting referrals.

Shipping the Car

You should always review the Bill of Lading with your driver to ensure that you understand the terms and conditions for transport.

According to the law, leaving items in your vehicle while it is being transported is not permitted. Only items necessary for your vehicle to function, such as spare tires or jacks, are allowed. If you happen to leave goods in the trunk or elsewhere and they become damaged, your insurance will most likely not offer coverage. (See more here on preparing your car for transport.)

Auto shipping companies generally use agents to ship vehicles. Inquire with your preferred car transporter if they plan to do this. If so, ask to see the “certificate of insurance” to ensure that your car will be covered and that the coverage is reasonable.

If you wish to request additional insurance you must specify that prior to signing the contract.