4 Tips to Prepare for Your Military PCS Move

4 Tips to Prepare for Your Upcoming Military PCS Move

Once you’ve received your military PCS orders, you’ll need to create a plan of action for your upcoming move. It can be stressful trying to prepare for a move in just a few short weeks. We’re making it easier by sharing four tips to help make your upcoming military and vehicle transportation easier.

1. Make a To-Do List

As soon as you receive your military PCS orders, it’s essential to make a to-do list. Outline everything that you need to do before the big move so you’ll be well prepared. You’ll need to schedule a moving truck, military PCS vehicle shipping and create a long list of other important tasks. By getting everything written down, you can visualize what needs to get done and get started checking things off your list. 

2. Decide Between Hiring a Moving Company or Renting a Truck

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is determining how you will move your belongings to your new home. Regardless of the moving option that you choose, you’ll need to schedule a truck rental or moving company as soon as you receive your new orders to ensure you move by your specified date. Military PCS orders require service members to move quickly, so it’s important to get everything scheduled as quickly as possible to minimize the time for your personal belongings to arrive at your new home. 

3. Schedule Military PCS Vehicle Shipping

Military PCS vehicle shipping is available for active military members who have been assigned to a new post and need to ship their vehicles. It’s meant to help relieve the stress of making your own arrangements to transport your car, especially when you have limited time before the big move. The military will typically cover the expense of transporting your car if you’re in this situation. Depending on your new post, you may be responsible for paying for any additional vehicles you’d like to ship.

4. Take the Essentials With You

Because military PCS orders often require you to move quickly, it may take a few weeks for your boxes to arrive at your new home. Carry the essentials with you so you’re not waiting for your financial documents, clothes, toiletries, and other items to arrive.

Metti International Thanks You For Your Service

We understand that when receiving your new military PCS orders, it can be unexpected and cause added stress to you and your family, especially when you’ll be moving to an unfamiliar city. The last thing you need to worry about is transporting your vehicle to your new post.

As a two time finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), Metti International is here to provide you with expectational service and make the process of shipping your car as easy as possible. 

If you have any questions about transporting your vehicle during your upcoming PCS move, give us a call or request a quote to get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.