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Make Moving Easier: 5 Tips for Shipping a Car Across the Country



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About 40% of the population moves in a single year. For some, this is around the corner or across town. For others though, it is across the country.

If you are moving across the country, one major dilemma you face is shipping a car across the country. This is the smartest way to get your car to your new home without having to drive it.

Make sure you follow these five tips to prep you and your car for shipping.

1. Choose Your Method

The two main ways people ship their car across the country is either by truck or train. You’ll want to compare their advantages and disadvantages to pick the right one for your needs.


When you ship by train, you know your car is secured for the entire trip in a train car. You have the option of an open or enclosed car though.

Open is going to expose your car to damage, while closed will protect your car and give you an opportunity to ship other personal items.

If you need your vehicle by a specific time, then the train is the way to go. There is a specific schedule dictating when trains leave and arrive.

A big downside is that you’ll have to figure out how you will get your car to and from the train station. You are also limited to shipping only to where the train tracks go.


You can ship your car on an open or enclosed truck. Open trucks expose your vehicle to damage and theft. While an enclosed truck is going to provide you with security, it will also be the most expensive way to ship.

When shipping by truck, there is no guarantee when your car will arrive at the destination. It can take several weeks.

The advantage to the truck method is your vehicle can be picked up and delivered virtually anywhere you want.

2. Compare Rates

Whatever method you choose, never go with the first rate you find. For train shipping, you may find that you don’t have many options depending on where you are trying to ship.

When it comes to trucking, your options are endless. It is critical to find reputable companies to ensure your car is safe.

3. Check the Insurance

When comparing trucking companies, ask about their insurance. Never ship a vehicle with a company that refuses to share their DOT registration number or insurance information. This is a huge red flag.

You should also check with your personal insurance to find out what they will cover. It is important to know that your entire vehicle inside and out is covered in the event of damage.

4. Leave Enough Time

As we briefly mentioned earlier, shipping by truck can take a long time. The transport company will want to fill the truck. Because of this, they will have to drive to each pickup location for all of the vehicles.

Then they will have to drive to each drop off location at the other end. If your vehicle is the last to get dropped off, it can take quite a long time.

If you need your vehicle by a specific date, you can pay for expedited shipping. Just know that it will be expensive.

5. Empty the Vehicle

The best auto transport company reps will tell you to empty your vehicle before pickup. This includes all personal belongings and the gas tank.

Trucking companies don’t want to be responsible for your personal items. They also want to reduce weight as much as possible, hence the empty gas tank.

Shipping a Car Across the Country

When planning a major move, shipping a car across the country may be the last thing on your mind. But it doesn’t have to be an expensive and difficult task. By following these five steps, you can be prepared to ship your vehicle.

Think moving your home is tough? Trying moving an entire company across the country.

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