The Basics of Door to Door Auto Shipping

The Basics of Door to Door Auto Shipping

Door to door auto shipping is considered the most convenient way to ship your vehicle across the country and one of the most important shipping terms you should know. When you schedule auto transport services, you’ll provide the specific address of both the pickup/drop off locations. The carrier will either come directly to the requested address or meet at a nearby location, making your overall shipping process as simple as can be. 

Advantages of Door to Door Transport

Door to door car shipping is convenient and can save you a significant amount of time, especially if you are in the middle of a move or adjusting to a new home. You’ll also avoid any time spent going to meet a carrier at a terminal or another remote location. With door to door car shipping, most carriers will be ready to ship your vehicle within a couple of days so you’ll be able to avoid having to wait a long time for them to collect other cars that are going to the same area. 

Door to Door Shipping Can Be Expensive  

Door to door shipping is more expensive than terminal to terminal transport. The carrier will have to pay for extra gas, and more time spent on the road especially if you’ve requested a drop-off location that is away from a major city or suburban area. 

Your Pick Up/Drop Off Location Matters

Auto transport services will almost always be cheaper if you live within the suburbs or close to the highway. It saves the driver time and money when they don’t have to travel far from the freeway to drop off your vehicle. If you live somewhere that is hours away from the freeway or major cities, you will pay a premium if you want your car delivered closer to your requested destination, or you’ll have to meet the driver closer at a more centralized location if you want to save money. 

Metti International Is Your Trusted Auto Broker 

We use our extensive network of over 3,500 car carriers throughout the United States to provide our customers with reputable auto transport services. Metti International was recently recognized for the second year in a row for our ethical business practices and was nominated as a finalist for the 2020 “Torch Award Finalist” by The Better Business Bureau for Ethics (BBB)! We look forward to using our expertise to provide you with a positive car shipping experience.

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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.