How to Ship a Pickup Truck


Pickup trucks have survived many years to become one of the most used vehicles today. It is quite popular among pickup truck enthusiast thanks to its durability, hauling ability and high utility. However, if you plan to ship a pickup truck, the best way is by using an open carrier transport although, it is not always applicable in all cases.

These high-duty vehicles come in various sizes, which make it more difficult to ship than a regular car. For instance, custom-made pickup trucks may not easily fit into a regular carrier and may thus require other methods of transportation.

Here are some factors below you should consider which can affect you auto transport. As you read on, regardless of your truck size, Metti International will provide you the best method to move your car.

Can I Ship a Pickup Truck?

Yes, you can ship a pickup truck as we mentioned earlier. Shipping a pickup truck is not much different from shipping a regular car. The only difference is that you also have to consider things like its dimensions (length, height, width) and size.

In most cases, a standard hauler is best for shipping a pickup truck. Shipping a pickup truck such as Toyota Tundra or Chevrolet Silverado, can be done using a standard ten-car carrier. You simply need to communicate you type of vehicle to your car shipping broker.

Pickup trucks like HD duly tracks or lifted trucks (those whose height have been modified) might require a special transportation method. In this case, flatbed carriers are best suited for these pickup trucks. However, these kinds of carriers are hard to find so, they can be quite expensive.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Pickup Truck?

To ship a pickup truck largely depends on a variety of factors other than size. Although, size plays a huge role in determining the auto transport cost, pickup trucks are usually more expensive to transport. The heavier the truck, the higher the shipping costs. Also, larger pickups are not easily maneuverable and so, may cost more. Hence, when shipping a pickup truck, bear in mind that extra weight and size means additional cost.

A single truck may take up about twice the space of a regular car during shipping and as a result, car carriers may want to charge more. For instance, a midsize pickup truck like a Nissan Frontier can cost more to transport than a regular car depending on your location.

Nevertheless, here at Metti International, we would get you the best rates due to our extensive network of car carriers. All you need do is to provide us with enough information such as your truck dimension, locations and other related information.

Metti International is Here to Help

We care just as much as you do about your vehicle. No matter the pickup truck size, contact us at Metti International, we will help you find the appropriate carrier for your vehicle shipment.

More so, we would get you the right car carrier with the appropriate equipment to adequately handle your pickup truck. Metti International is a three-time award winner for the torch award for ethics and a reliable auto shipping broker accredited by BBB.

Are you moving cross country? Do you need to ship a pickup truck? You can call us today at 866-620-1776 to speak with our customer care representative and you will get an instant quote. For more information on our car shipping services, visit our website at

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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.