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Planning a car transport takes time, but it shouldn’t be a stressful experience. Nationwide United Auto Transport offers the most convenient and stress-free ways to transport your vehicle in the United States. Whether you’ve transported vehicles before, or this is your first time, you’ll get everything you need to know to make the whole car shipping process easy.
Make sure you’re working with the best car shipping company. Transport your vehicle with Nationwide United Auto Transport. Whether you are moving with your family across the country or purchasing a car from out of state, save time and money on your next car shipping.
Auto shipping is simple. We help match the best car transport service tailored to your specific needs. Our experienced national car movers make sure your vehicle arrives the same way it leaves and on time.
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Vehicle Transport Services
Enclosed Auto Transport
Open Car Shipping
We offer open car shipping, the cheapest way to ship a car and standard method of transporting vehicles in the car shipping industry. As the name suggest, autos are transported on open car carriers uncovered to weather and road conditions. Our open car carriers are fully licensed, bonded and insured to transport your vehicle anywhere in the U.S.
Oversized Vehicle Transport
Door to Door Auto Transport
Expedited Auto Transport
How Does Auto Transport Work?
Auto transport may appear as an excessively entangled process, particularly on the off chance that you’ve never done it. The process of transporting a vehicle across state or across the country is relatively the same. Nationwide United Auto Transport makes the entire process easy with these four easy steps.
1| Call & Get Auto Transport Quote
Speak to one of our transport specialist to discuss specifics about your move and create a personalized transportation of your vehicle.
2| Description of Vehicle
You’ll need information about your vehicle (year, make and model), pickup and delivery locations, and it’s likewise useful to have an approximate schedule for your move.
3 | Choose Transport Service
Depending on your vehicle and its needs, open or enclosed is one of the primary decisions you’ll make when shipping a vehicle. Almost 80% of car shipping is done on open carriers while enclosed carriers are the preferred transport option for high end, luxury vehicles.
4 | Pickup & Car Delivery
Preparation will help ensure a positive and stress-free pickup and delivery experience. We provide a day’s notice prior to pickup and delivery. We coordinate pickup and delivery arrangements on your behalf when there’s a third party involved.
How Much Is Auto Transport?
Unlike other service based products, auto transport does not have a set cost. The cost is based on a few variables that differentiate on an individual basis. Some of the details we need to calculate the cost of transporting a vehicle include: pickup and delivery locations, open or enclosed, type of vehicle etc. To get the exact cost of your car transport, we recommend speaking to our transport specialists with the specifics about your move.
Vehicle Make & Model
We’ll ask for specifications of your vehicle to make the necessary space on our truck. Modifications like longer, taller or oversize vehicles require additional transport adjustments and will be more expensive to ship. Any lowered or “dropped” vehicle with 4 inches ground clearance and lower should ship enclosed.
Does your car run and drive? Will it be able to get on and off our carrier on its own power? If not, we will require extra equipment and labor to safely transport your inoperable car. We’ll assign a truck equipped with a winch to load and unload your vehicle. Please keep in mind, vehicles must be able to steer and roll.
Car Transport Type
Open or enclosed is standard in the industry. Open transport is the most cost effective way to ship a car. Almost 90% of car shipping happen on open car carrier trailer, meaning vehicles travel exposed to weather and road conditions during transport. The alternative, enclosed transport, protects your vehicle from weather and road conditions during transport.
Distance is the main factor that determines the cost for car shipping. This has to do with the amount of fuel used to transport your vehicle. Longer distances have a higher overall price but lower cost per mile. Pickups and deliveries to and from major cities will generally be less expensive than rural locations. Do you need Hawaii car shipping?
Snowbird auto transport or any vehicle transport during winter months is generally more expensive than transporting in the summer. Harsh weather conditions typically cause the closure of some truck routes and affect a higher auto transport rate. Shipping around the holidays can also affect availability and cost. Our quotes always reflect any seasonal changes in the industry.
What Is the Cheapest Way to Ship A Car?
What is the cheapest way to ship a car? As previously mentioned, the cost to ship a car varies on few different factors, mainly the type of vehicle, locations, and when you’re moving. Depending on your specific needs, there are some ways you can ship your car for cheap.
- Open Transport: This is the industry’s standard method of shipping cars—and the most economic way.
- Operable Condition: Make sure your vehicle runs and drives. Carriers will add to the total costs if they’re handling inoperable cars.
- Schedule: Booking and reserving ahead of time will help you save the costs of expedite or last minute requests.
- Flexibility: Having an open schedule, meaning not requesting specific times and dates will almost surely get you an affordable quote.
- Low-Season: Shipping a car during low (winter) season is generally less expensive than shipping a car in high (summer) season.
- Location: If you live in a rural area, we recommend making arrangements to bring or receive your vehicle near a major city.
- Multiple Cars: Shipping more than (1) vehicle on the same truck will save you money. Tell your family and friends.
- Discounts: Are you an active military member, seasonal traveler, or repeat client? Ask for a discount.
Should I Drive or Hire An Auto Shipping Company?
Transporting your vehicle or driving it across country has its pros and cons. You should carefully consider between both options and determine which one best suits you. Take the following factors into account when deciding whether to drive or ship your car:
Distance – Determine the safest, easiest, and most convenient route you will take to your destination. Take a look at the route’s terrain, traffic history, road conditions, etc. After examining the route, you’ll be able to estimate how many miles you’ll actually drive, how long it will take you and how much fuel you’re going to need.
Season – Driving across the country during winter is not the same as driving during summer. Hazardous and irregular road conditions could put you and your family’s safety at risk. For this reason, the time of the year when you move will have an effect on whether to hire auto transport service or drive across country.
Cost – Is it cheaper to transport a car or drive it? Cost is one of the main reasons why people decide to drive across the country opposed to shipping their vehicle. Many assume that fuel is the only cost to consider; however, other costs to keep in mind include road tolls, food, hotel stays, wear and tear, etc. These costs can add up fairly quickly once you hit the road.
Safety – Safety is by far the most important reason to consider when you’re deciding to drive or transport your car. Driving long distances maximizes the risk of accidents, unexpected vehicle breakdowns, road hazards, and driving in poor weather conditions. Even worse, if you’re travelling with family, driving your vehicle may put your family’s safety at risk.
Time – Driving across country can take a long time. For many people “time is money” and spending several days on the road is something they cannot afford. If time is of the essence, an auto transport service would be your best option.
Convenience – Last but not least, you’ll want to get to your new location in the fastest, safest and easiest way possible. Transporting your car will help reduce some of the stress of moving. You’ll have peace of mind and have one less thing to worry about.
Frequently Asked Car Shipping Questions
The Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) prohibits auto transport brokers and national car movers from transporting household goods (personal belongings) in vehicles being transported. In addition, personal items are not insured by the carrier’s insurance. Carriers are subject to fines and your belongings could be confiscated during routine D.O.T. inspections.
In some instances, but not always, carriers will allow no more than 50lbs of personal items confined in the trunk space. It’s best to double check and inform your carrier before placing any belongings in the vehicle.
Yes – We can transport non-running vehicles. Your vehicle must still roll, steer and break properly to safely load. Make sure you communicate to our transport specialist that your car is non-operational.
Yes – Vehicles are insured up to $100,000 on the open carrier and up to $250,000 on the enclosed carrier. Your vehicle is fully insured against negligent damaged caused by carrier or carrier equipment failure during car shipping.
It all depends on the location and destination of the vehicle. On average car shipping within the mainland takes 1-2 weeks and 3-4 weeks to/from Hawaii and Alaska.
To better meet your pickup and delivery requirements, we suggest you schedule your vehicle transport 1-1.5 weeks in advance. If you are in need of expedite auto transport we have those services available.
To reserve your transport you make a deposit with any major credit/debit card; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. The remaining balance is due to our driver in the form of cash or certified bank check upon delivery.
Prepare Your Vehicle for Transport
Minimize the risk of damage by preparing your vehicle for transport. Although the chances of your car sustaining any damage are slim to none, you still want to make sure you do everything you can to ensure a safe and damage-free transport. Here are a few things you can do.
Record existing damage and take pictures
Noting all pre-existing damage on your auto will make it easier for you and carrier to identify new damage on your auto if it may occur.
Remove personal and aftermarket items
By law, auto transport companies are not authorized to transport any personal or household items in vehicles they’re shipping.
Perform mechanical inspection
All vehicles need to be in operable condition, unless noted at time of booking. We advice to perform a routine maintenance check to identify if any mechanical issues.
Safeguard Your Vehicle During Transport
The number one reason for damage to cars in transport is negligence. Damages are a result of inexperienced auto carriers who fail to take proper safety measures when handling vehicles.
Our national car movers have over 15 years of experience transporting vehicles accompanied by outstanding safety records. We’ve earned a ‘Five Star Rated’ status by building an impressive reputation of safety and reliability.
Enclosed car shipping is by far the best way to protect your vehicle while in transport; however, preparing your vehicle for transport will also help minimize the risk of damage.
1 | Wash Vehicle – Prior to shipping your vehicle we suggest washing your auto to get a better visual on pre existing scratches, dings or dents.
2 | Record Damage – Make notes of pre-existing damages. You can use these notes to compare them with the driver’s inspection report.
3 | Take Pictures – We advice taking dated pictures of your car from all angles and any preexisting damage.
4| Get Driver’s Acknowledgement – Conduct a thorough inspection with driver and have driver acknowledge any pre existing damage.
Cross Country Car Shipping
Whether you’re relocating to a new state or bought a car across the country, Nationwide United Auto Transport can ease the stress of car shipping. There are few items to consider when obtaining quotes from auto transport companies. While an open car transport is generally the least expensive option, should you require extra protection for your vehicle during transport, we highly recommend for an enclosed transport.
We recommend booking your car transport a few weeks in advance. Keep in mind, most auto carriers are dealing with up to 10 different vehicles at a time. This means a cross-country move can take anywhere between 7-14 days in transit and an additional 3-4 weeks if you’re shipping to Hawaii or Alaska. If you’re in need of same-day or next day car transport service, our expedited transport allows for faster pickup and delivery times.
Don’t just take our word for it. Our customer’s reviews will give you the peace of mind you deserve while your vehicle is in transport. Simply put, if you need to transport a car across country, Nationwide United Auto Transport is the vehicle transport company capable and able of getting it done.
Auto Transport Insurance
You vehicle is fully insured bumper to bumper against any type of negligent damage. As part of the FMCSA licensing and insurance regulations, insurance coverage is included with your price quote. For most customers, the standard insurance is sufficient. Those considering transporting high-end, expensive or rare vehicles should consider enclosed auto transport or purchasing additional insurance.
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