Shipping Options For Auto Auction Transport

Shipping Options For Auto Auction Transport

If you’ve made the decision to purchase a vehicle at an auto auction, you may need to schedule auto auction shipping to transport your vehicle to its new home. However, you may be wondering how auto auction transport works once you’ve purchased a car. Whether you buy from an in-person or online auction, you’ll need to determine your transport options in advance, so the process goes smoothly when you’re ready to have your vehicle shipped. 

Open Carrier

Open carrier auto transport is the most common option when scheduling auto auction shipping for your vehicle. Open carriers are the most affordable option to have your car delivered to you. It’s fairly easy to find carriers available to transport cars from auctions because they typically will have plenty of cars to pick up in the area which saves them time.

Enclosed Carrier 

If you’re bidding on an expensive, luxury or classic car, you may want to consider using an enclosed carrier. Since not as many cars fit inside of an enclosed trailer, these typically end up being about 50% more expensive than open trailers. This method helps protect the vehicle from the elements a car may otherwise be exposed to on an open trailer, such as wind, rain and highway debris.

Although you can’t always schedule your car auction shipping in advance, it’s important to be prepared. You can prepare yourself by establishing a relationship with an auto broker ahead of time.

Most auto auctions have a limited amount of time they can hold onto your vehicle once you’ve finalized your purchase. As soon as you’ve bought a vehicle, be ready to schedule your auto transport and be up-front about the short turnaround time. Keep in mind that you may pay a premium for expedited shipping if the carrier has to make special accommodations in order to pick up your vehicle within your requested time frame. 

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If you’re on the search for a vehicle at an auction or have just finalized your purchase, we are here to help. Request a free quote from Metti International to get started. We look forward to serving you.

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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.