What You Need To Know About Car Shipping

There may come a time when you want to consider your options for car shipping. During this process, questions may arise such as how much does it cost, how long does it take and what kind of choices are available.

First, let’s take a look at some of the reasons people decide to ship their vehicles:

  • Avoid long distance driving

  • Mileage concerns

  • Military relocation

  • Out of state car purchases

  • Dealerships transferring cars

  • Auction purchases

  • Moving out of state

Costs for car shipping has many variables that determine the how much you will have to spend. The first major part of the cost is the distance that the carrier will have to travel.

The second factor for estimating the cost would be location. The more remote the location, such as 50 miles or more from a major city or long distance from the highway, the more fuel needed and time spent by a driver.

Another factor that effects the pricing is vehicle size. The bigger the vehicle, the higher the price. The reason for this cost increase with a bigger vehicle is the space that it takes up. In some circumstances, a driver might be able to fit two small cars in the same spot one big car fits.

The majority of auto carriers are small private companies that use freight brokers. Metti International Vehicle Transport and Car Shipping posts on carrier boards that all carriers see, but only selects to partner with those who have over 95% on time service or higher. Metti International has been in the auto transport business for nearly 20 years and knows the routes that car carriers travel, and uses this knowledge to get the best prices for our customers.

Give us a call at 866-620-1776 to answer any questions you may have or just request a quote.

Share on social media:

Trusted Brands

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.