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15 Aug all

"Good To Knows" of Door-to-door Shipping (Part 2 of 3)

If you wish to ship your auto from one state to another, the cost of such an undertaking is one of the very first factors that pop into your head.  You have a budget that you need to stick to and you would like to ensure that the cost of shipping your vehicle easily falls within your reach.  You need to find the most dependable auto shipping company at a discounted rate, but you need the shipper to be BBB accredited, licensed and approved.  To secure these factors, you would be best served by utilizing the services of an auto broker.

In the shipping industry, there are various factors that will affect the final cost.  Auto shipping companies have pricing structures that include the distance, time frame, time of year and weight of your car.  Auto brokers consider the following, when estimating the cost to transport your auto:

  1. Current location of the vehicle and the intended destination – is your vehicle to be dropped off near the freeway or is it to be dropped off in a residential area that requires special permits;

  2. Time frame – do you need to ship your vehicle urgently or do you have a larger window of time to allow your auto broker to find the best price;

  3. Fuel costs – most shippers use diesel; when the price of diesel increases, so do shipping costs.  

  4. Whether you require door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal pick up and delivery;  and

  5. If you wish to ship your car in an enclosed or open carrier.

To make your shipping budget easily attainable, there are free calculating tools available at  For a quote to ship your vehicle, you will need the following information about your car:

  1. Make, model and year;

  2. Odometer reading;

  3. A vehicle inspection report (in the case of a previously used vehicle).

It is often necessary that you have your own insurance for your vehicle, however, all carriers have a federally-mandated  $750,000 worth of insurance; others could have more than $1 million worth of insurance.  It is important to ensure that your vehicle is insured through the carrier's insurance.  You should also ask if your broker offers Gap Cover Insurance known as the AFta PLAN.  Should the company/broker you choose not offer this coverage, it can be purchased separately through

The insurance held by shipping companies does not cover personal items inside your trunk or car.  These items should be removed, along with any items added to your vehicle such as antennas, bike racks or fog lamps.  

All Auto Shippers are required by law to have both liability and cargo insurance, however, you may not necessarily be made aware of the exclusions included in their insurance.  You are entitled to request written proof of coverage and the limitations or exclusions.  If the insurance is not enough to cover your vehicle, ask them to give you the cost of the additional cover needed in writing.

Remember to ask for a list of any additional charges you will be required to cover, ie. Extra insurance fees, fuel surcharges or anything else that you should be made aware of.  All shippers in the US have an MC number, an active USDOT number and Operating Authority.  This information can be checked at

To get your auto shipped with a top approved, licensed and dependable discounted shipper, request assistance from a knowledgeable customer service agent at

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