How to Ship a Car from a Military Base

How to Ship a Car From a Military Base

If you’re an active military service member and live on base, you may be wondering how you’re going to prepare for your upcoming move. If you’ve received new Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCS), you’ll make a lot of decisions in a short amount of time. One of the most important being how to find reliable vehicle transport for your car. It might seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually much simpler than you might think.

Schedule Your Military Car Shipping

When you receive your new PCS orders, it’s important to place your order for reliable vehicle transport as soon as possible. The amount of time it takes to transport your car will depend on availability, the distance to your final destination, and other unforeseen factors, so it’s best to schedule it as soon as you know that you’ll be moving to a new base. 

Metti International has been working with members of active military members since 2007 and can help provide a smooth car shipping experience even when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. 

Consider an Open Carrier Option

The majority of military personnel choose to have their car shipped using an open carrier. It’s the most affordable domestic option and is an efficient way to get your car to its final destination no matter what military base you’ll be stationed at. 

Will The Military Pay For Your PCS Vehicle To Be Shipping?

If you’ve received PCS orders, you may be eligible to have your car paid to ship to your new post.  It will depend on where you are being asked to move. If the military does pay for your vehicle to be moved, they will typically only cover the cost of one car and you are responsible for any secondary vehicles. If you have any questions or need assistance, your personal property officer should be able to help you.

Metti International Thanks You For Your Service

We appreciate the commitment and sacrifice that you give for our country. We understand that receiving new PCS orders may be challenging and unexpected. As a trusted and licensed bonded broker, we are here to help make the process easier so you have one less thing to worry about. 

We were a finalist for the “Torch Award Finalist” by the Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB), and pride ourselves on providing customers with exceptional service and doing everything we can to help your transport experience go smoothly.

We are here to help with over 13 years of experience working with active military members. Call Metti International for a free quote today at 866.620.1776! 

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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.