Top News and Trends in the Car Shipping Industry Post Covid-19 Pandemic


Several industries in the world felt the massive impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the car shipping industry also took a big hit. 

International Car Shipping Outlook

Almost 80% of car manufacturers have some part of their production done in China. As a result, they were among the first industries to feel the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on car shipping. The international shipping of vehicles slowed down considerably. However, as the coronavirus pandemic eases, international car shipping has improved and is back in operation.

Domestic Car Shipping Outlook

Quite a sizable amount of people moved back to their home states when the government instated quarantine measures. Due to this, people still chose to ship their cars because they had to move. When it comes to local shipping, car shipping companies are doing better. The companies in the country have less trouble dealing with local car shipping needs as intrastate shipping had far fewer restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Due to the first effect that Covid-19 has had on both the car industry and the car shipping industry, there are mandatory safety standards for workers.  The standards include – physical distancing, increased ventilation, hand sanitation, masks, and protective gloves. Transport workers have to take the time to adhere to these regulations, but there is also an increase in state inspections to enforce those regulations. Thanks to coronavirus helpers and the coronavirus vaccine, the coronavirus pandemic is slowing down. Countries are also lifting specific safety measures. 

Car Dealers and Auto Auctions

Car dealers have also been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Compared to physical auctions, online auctions have become the current trend and new norm due to Covid-19. Although, the U.S. vehicle auction market is forecasted to still grow at a healthy rate during the forecast period (2020-2024).

Car Carriers and the Trucking Industry

According to coronavirus updates, auto transport carriers may need to deviate from their usual way of doing things. The high unemployment caused by the pandemic impacted the trucking industry. There was far lower demand for car shipping given the coronavirus pandemic. So, carriers had to accept abysmally lower rates. It resulted in a nationwide shortage of truck drivers and some car carriers leaving their jobs. About 35% less truck drivers are back on the roads since the Covid19 pandemic. The increase in fuel prices has also led to a surcharge in car shipping costs.

The coronavirus news isn’t bad for auto transport drivers and car shippers. The average travel times have drastically decreased in major cities across the country, and fewer people are driving. So, carriers might be able to reach a destination in lesser time than usual.

Good News Post Covid19

Auto-shipping also is starting to pick up, thankfully, but it’s best to transport between the top 18 largest counties in the country or from auto auctions. Remote areas are taking a bit longer since it is difficult to find a vehicle returning. Auto transport carriers going from one central hub to another can find more opportunities available.

Despite these trying times, Metti International is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.  Metti International is a two-time award-winning auto transport broker providing reliable international and domestic car shipping services. We secure the best prices from auto carrier companies across the country for our customers. Our customers are provided with experienced high-quality auto shipping services to ensure that vehicles are promptly and safely delivered.  

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.