The American Car Shipping Businesses

20191216_150649 The vehicle transport business has been around since the first automobile factories started mass production. They needed to get the newly manufactured cars and trucks distributed throughout the country and into newly formed dealerships. As the industry grew, more car companies started assembling a wide variety of automobiles. Some were the first electric cars, some were steam driven and of course the winner of the early days were combustion engine vehicles. One new industry creating another, from assembling automobiles to shipping them. Soon the used car market blossomed but the cars normally stayed in the same area. But as decades passed and choices of cars multiplied, people started wanting cars that were not necessarily in their local vicinity. This started new kind of car dealership, one created to fill a new demand, the used car market. A century later the automobile market developed and became a major part of the American economy. Not just the manufacturing and assembling of cars and trucks, but shipping them through out the lower 48 states. Of course it didn’t stop there, automobiles need repairs, so new specialized companies started producing parts to compete with the assembly plants. Repair shops, tire companies, specialty items for cars, insurance companies and car auctions were all branching out from the new and most popular mode of transportation in America, the automobile. Now this is where Metti International Vehicle Transport and Car Shipping comes in. Today, Detroit and it’s automobile manufacturer’s aren’t the only companies that are transporting cars, but small car transport business started cropping all over the United States. These are all small businesses with owners having one to a few car carrier trucks. These carrier owners are busy determining the routes they want to run, loading and unloading vehicles, meeting government rules and regulations (plenty of those) and depending on companies like Metti International for cars to haul. We spend our time assisting people who want to ship their vehicles by getting the best price from quality car carriers. Every effort is made to fulfill our customers requests with regards to timing and costs they are hoping for. Please give us a call with any questions or concerns you may have.

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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.