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Nationwide Car Shipping Company

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 including Hawaii and Alaska. 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.

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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.

What Is Car Transport?

Auto transport is a trucking service that specializes in the moving of vehicles from one location to another. Vehicles are picked up, loaded onto a car carrier and taken to its destination. Generally, an auto transport involves relocating some sort of automobile such as a car, SUV or truck; however, auto transport services can also be used to transport RVs, boats, and motorcycles.

How Does Car Shipping 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 three easy steps.

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Speak to one of our transport specialist to discuss specifics about your move and create a personalized transportation of your vehicle.

Vehicle Pickup

You’ll need to schedule the date and time you want your car to be picked up. You and the driver will inspect your vehicle for any pre-existing damages.

Vehicle Delivery

When your car arrives, you and the trucker will inspect the car to make sure it’s in good condition. You’ll sign the bill of lading and driver will collect the remaining payment.

How Much Does Car Shipping Cost?

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.

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.

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  • 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.

What Should You Look for in A Car Shipping Company?

Our customers want to be working with a reliable auto transport company

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.

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Finding which company will do the best job can be difficult, especially with the number of car transport companies available online.

Research is always the best step to finding the perfect auto transport company. However, there’s a few additional things you can look for in a quality car transporter:

Registration

Make sure you’re working with actual auto transporters. Registered companies will have an issued Motor Carrier (MC) number. A simple check of their MC number through the Department of Transportation website will verify whether or not they’re actual auto haulers.

Licensing

By law, all professional car shipping companies must be fully bonded and insured. Insurance policy typically covers negligent damage that occurs when loading, in transit, and when unloading your car.

Experience

A company with experience and expertise will provide you the best auto transport service. Top car shipping companies have the experience, knowledge and resources to handle any car transport. Be sure to look into the company’s years of experience in the industry.

Pricing

Do not look for the cheapest option. In the auto transport industry, the saying “you get what you pay for” still holds truth. Generally, companies with low quotes have poor quality of service. Look out for quotes that could be a bait and switch.

Reviews

Read what customers are saying about the company. The best car shipping companies have positive reputation on major review websites. Consider reading reviews from sites such as BBB, Google, TransportReviews and TrustPilot.

Should I Drive or Hire A Car Shipping Company?

Using vehicle transporters 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:

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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

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.

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.

FAQ's

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.

Customer Reviews

Read what customers are saying about our best rated vehicle transport service

Suzane R.
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Chris handled our transport perfectly! Shipping a vintage collector VW bus from Southern California all the way to Key West Florida was no small task. He did EXACTLY what he said he was going to do, and was on time every time. Thanks Chris!
Saul M.
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Nothing but professional service from nationwide. Very easy to deal with and I look forward to using them in the future.
Christine D.
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Excellent experience. Great customer service. Would definitely use again. Excellent communication. All went as promised. Great follow up. Reasonable price.
Marc C.
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Great experience!!! Andrew was transparent, responsive and thoughtful throughout the process. I've never transported a car across states and was naturally nervous. Andrew went above and beyond to make a the experience seamless.
Chad G.
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Fast easy reliable. Faster by a week than anyone else at the same rates. Incredible job everything went perfect.
Todd G.
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Very prompt. Very concerned. Nice enclosed two car trailer which is what you want. Not packed in with 6 others like the other transports use. Vehicle delivered to our residence amidst the rain & fog.Transporters were hard workers. Will use again.
KJ S.
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Great job moving two new cars across country during a snowy winter week. Both arrived early and damage free. Recommended his service to to others who had the same results. Will call Chris the next time I move across country next summer.
Chris C.
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Great service! I would definitely recommend them to anyone needing to move a high end vehicle! Very professional, fast, and friendly service at very good rate!! Thanks Again!!
Linda
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Nationwide United Auto Transport Corp. has great pricing, Chris, the manager was very easy to work with, gave us updates through the process and delivered our car in perfect condition. I highly recommend this company and would use them again in the future.
Mark P.
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We had a great experience with nationwide united auto transport. We had to get a camper shipped from Minnesota to Colorado. I looked at a bunch of sites and there were a lot of fake sites out there, that were clearly scams...

Prepare Your Car 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.

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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, car hauling 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 Car 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.  

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Wash Vehicle

Prior to shipping your vehicle we suggest washing your auto to get a better visual on pre existing scratches, dings or dents.

Record Damage

Make notes of pre-existing damages. You can use these notes to compare them with the driver’s inspection report.

Take Pictures

We advice taking dated pictures of your car from all angles and any preexisting damage.  

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 shippers. 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.

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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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