Things to Consider Before You Ship Your Exotic Car


Are you relocating or just traveling for an extended period? Do you plan to ship your exotic car, but you don’t know how to transport it safely? As an exotic car owner, we understand you’d want to go the extra length to protect your vehicle during transportation. Here are the top things to consider before shipping your exotic car.

Before you ship your exotic car, you need to prepare it for shipping and employ the services of an auto shipping company. Using a professional and reliable vehicle shipping company is highly important for protecting your exotic car. You can discuss your concerns and make arrangements with your auto shipping company.


There are different methods to ship your exotic car, which vary according to their prices and specifications. For instance, the terminal-to-terminal transport method is more economical; however, it is less convenient than the door-to-door method. You can also ship your exotic car using the Open carrier, Enclosed carrier, RORO method, or Containerized shipping method.

Typical Exotic Vehicles include: Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lexus. Maserati, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Shelby.


Some auto transport companies will most likely offer either an open carrier or enclosed carrier shipping service to ship your car  domestically. If safety is your highest priority, you should opt for an enclosed carrier although, it is usually more expensive. The ground clearance is often lower for exotic cars than with standard regular cars. Due to this, the hydraulic lifts of enclosed carriers will ensure your undercarriage is safe when the car is loaded or unloaded. Unlike open carrier auto shipping, the enclosed carrier provides added protection from exposure to road debris and harsh weather conditions.


The price for moving vehicles overseas can vary greatly depending on your type of vehicle, method of shipping, and destination. When considering shipping your exotic car overseas, you need to know that the lowest price might not always be the best service for you. The two main options for international vehicle transport are overseas containerized auto shipping and roll-on, roll-off vehicle shipping. Shipping your exotic car in a container tends to be more expensive than RORO shipping; however, it provides more security and less possibility of damage.

Navigating the nuances of domestic or international auto shipping can seem overwhelming. But, when working with an experienced transport company like Metti International, the process can be as seamless as possible. Metti International is your trusted and reliable auto shipping broker. Asides offering competitive pricing, we take the utmost care to ensure that your exotic car gets to its destination timely and safely.

As a licensed and bonded car shipping broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, we are committed to providing you with excellent customer service and exceptional transport experience.

Call Metti International today at 866.620.1776 or request a quote online. You can also 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.