Common Questions About Shipping Cars from Dealerships

Common Questions About Shipping Cars from Dealerships

As a car dealership owner or manager, you frequently find yourself needing to ship vehicles to and from your dealership. In the process, you may find yourself asking questions about the process. Today we’ve gathered a few of the most common questions to help you efficiently and safely schedule auto transport for your vehicles. 

How Do I Find the Best Carriers? 

If you ship cars from dealerships regularly, you should work with an auto transport broker like Metti International. They have access to hundreds of trusted carriers, allowing the process to go smoothly and provide you with top-quality service to ensure your cars are delivered on time and in the same condition as when they were picked up. They’ll also help you get the best prices and schedule quicker pickups because they have so many carriers for you to choose from.  


What Type of Auto Transport is Available?  


When you’re shipping cars from a dealership, there are two main types of transport available. The first is an open carrier. It will safely deliver vehicles to and from dealerships or their new owners and save you money in the process, especially if you’re shipping multiple cars at once. If you work with luxury, classic, or vintage cars, you may want to provide additional protection during the shipping process. In this case, an enclosed carrier would be your best option. However, this option is typically much more expensive, and you won’t be able to ship as many cars at a time. 


How Do I Ship a Car From a Dealership? 


The process is fairly straight forward. The first step is to find a carrier with a strong safety rating that will ensure a safe delivery for your vehicles. Ensure that you schedule auto transport in advance to ensure the cars arrive at their final destination on time. 


Metti International Is Your Trusted Auto Transport Partner


We’re here to help you restock your inventory, move cars from one dealership to another, transport cars to your customers, and prepare for a year-end closeout sale. At Metti International, we only work with carriers that have a 95% reliability rate to provide exceptional results when you schedule dealership car transportation with us. 

To begin your partnership with Metti International, give us a call at 866.620.1776, so we can help you meet your dealership auto transport goals.


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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.