How to Ship a Car

Shipping a car is simpler than you may think


How does car transport work?

The process of transporting a car is relatively simple. You get a quote and book your order; we pick up your vehicle and deliver it. Whether you’re moving to a different part of the country, purchasing or selling a car online, or need to transport a car for a special event, the overall process remains the same. Here’s an overview of what you can expect when shipping your car.

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Step 1. Get a quote and book your order

First step in the process is to get a quote. This step is important as it allows our agents to discuss the details about your move such as vehicle type, pickup and delivery locations, scheduling, service type and other necessary information.

We use this information to determine which service option works best for you and provide you with a quote that outlines the cost and logistics involved in your move.

After receiving your quote, you have the option to review it and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it aligns perfectly with your needs. Once you are satisfied with the details and pricing, you can proceed to book your order with us.

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Step 2. We pickup your vehicle

The next step is to schedule a pickup and get your car ready for transport. Please ensure your car is in good working condition, clean, and all personal items have been removed.

Driver will fill out a vehicle condition report (bill of lading). This report is used to document the current state of the vehicle, including any existing damages or issues.

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Step 3. You receive your vehicle

Last, but not least, we deliver your vehicle! Similarly to the process at pickup, you and driver will do a vehicle inspection. Check your car for any damage and sign to confirm your car arrived safely. 

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Tips on how to ship a car

  • Schedule early: Try to book your car’s transport as far in advance as possible. This will give you more options and lower prices and ensure that your car will arrive on time.

  • Be flexible:  Be prepared for delays and be flexible with your pickup and drop-off times. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to adjust your schedule to accommodate the shipping company’s needs.

  • Choose a reputable auto transport company: When shipping your car; it’s important to choose a reputable and experienced auto transport company. Do your research, check reviews, and ask for references. Make sure to read reviews and check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

  • Check the company’s insurance coverage: Before you book your car’s transport, check and confirm that the company you choose is fully licensed, insured, and bonded. Confirm that your car will be covered in case of damage or an accident during transport. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the coverage.

  • Communicate with the shipping company: Clear communication is key when shipping a car. Ensure to provide the shipping company with all necessary information, including pickup and drop-off details, contact information, and special instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I place items in my car when shipping?
No, you should not place any items inside your vehicle while it is being shipped. The only thing allowed in the car should be a spare tire and jack, if applicable. All other items should be removed to avoid damage or loss during transport.

How long does it take to ship a car?
The time it takes to ship a car depends on the distance and the delivery method. Open transport is typically faster than enclosed transport. On average, car transport can take anywhere from 1-14 days, depending on the route and other factors.

Can I track my vehicle while it is in transit?
Yes, most auto transport companies offer some GPS tracking so you can monitor your car’s progress while it is in transit. This gives you peace of mind that your vehicle is safe and on its way to its destination.

Does my car need to be running to be shipped?
No, your car does not need to be running to be shipped. Most auto transport companies will require you to provide proof that the vehicle can start and move under its own power before they agree to ship it.

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.
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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!!
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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.

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