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Is It Complicated to Arrange Car Transport?

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Is It Complicated to Arrange Car Transport? You Might Be Surprised How Easy it is to Do


Are you the proud owner of a ’57 Chevrolet? Perhaps you’ve got a run of the mill sedan sat in your garage. Whatever type of car you own, finding yourself facing the question “How do I ship my car?” can be scary. We’re not really sure why it is, but many people think that moving a vehicle across the state or country is a complicated thing to do.

Here at SGT Auto Transport, we’re pleased to tell you that it’s easier than you think. Forget all the horror stories you’ve been reading about unreliable, untrustworthy transport companies. Put thoughts of being stranded without your precious car out of your mind. And don’t even give the risk of damage a thought. Choose us as your auto transport management company, and it’ll be smooth sailing all the way.

To help put your mind at ease, we thought we’d share some tips and let you in on a little secret. With the best shipping company in your corner you can ship a car across the country and not worry about having nightmares.

Make Your Car Shipping Arrangements in Advance

If you’ve got plenty of time before your car needs to be shipped, take advantage of the situation and make your car shipping arrangements in advance. Obviously, time is not always on your side, and you might have to make your arrangements at the last minute. Don’t dismay if this is the case, because we can offer an express car transfer service.

That being said, planning as far in advance as possible is going to be better. Pick a window of dates that are acceptable, as this increases your chances of finding the best transport services.

Also bear in mind that certain times of the year are busier than others. Choose to ship your car out of season and you’ll save money. Early spring or late fall is good if your budget is limited.

When making your transport arrangements, remember there are several options you can take advantage of. If the vehicle you want to be shipped is exotic, collectible, antique, vintage, custom, or high end, ask about enclosed auto transport. There might also be discounts for a snowbird or students service. And many transport companies, including ours, offer military discounts for active and veteran military personnel and their families.     

Spend Time Researching Different Auto Shipping Companies

If you want your vehicle to be treated with the utmost care, look for the best transport companies. The only way to find the best ones is to do your research. A good place to start is by asking friends and family. If they’ve shipped vehicles before, they may be able to give you some recommendations. You can ask a number of questions:

  • Which company did they use?
  • Was the experience a good one?
  • What was the cost of the transport service?
  • What vehicles were shipped?

Also check out some of the transport reviews websites, as these can provide a wealth of useful information. Here are a few to visit:

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Transport Reviews
  • Review Centre
  • Trustpilot

When you’ve completed the research, make sure you’ve got a list of at least three companies you want to approach for a quote.

Request Shipping Quotes from Several Companies

Contact each of the companies in your list and ask for a free quote. The best automobile transport companies will also have the option of requesting one online. We have an online calculator you can use. Input a few basic details, such as the pick-up and delivery locations, make and model of the vehicle to be transported, whether you want open or enclosed service, and the first available pick-up date. Your quote is then just a click away, and you also get a copy sent to your preferred email address.

Make sure you provide all the required information because there are many factors that influence the price. The quotes we provide are valid for seven days and fully inclusive. 

Make Your Booking

When you’ve got all the transportation quotes in front of you it’s easy to compare. Select the best one and it’s time to make the booking. If you think our prices are the best call our shipping advisors. Our telephone number is (866) 774 6570, or you can use our instant chat option.

Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Journey

When the booking is made there are some things you need to do to prepare your vehicle for shipping. Make sure all the necessary documentation is in one place. You need to provide:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of insurance
  • Car registration document
  • Confirmation of your booking

Your vehicle needs to be thoroughly cleaned both inside and outside and a close inspection made. Any damage, such as chips, dings, dents, or scratches, needs to be recorded and a photo taken.

The gas tank of the vehicle needs to be run down to only a quarter full, and the battery fully charged. It’s also a good idea to check the fluids are all topped out.

One final thing to do is remove all personal items, toll tags and electronic passes. It’s worth noting that up to 100lbs of personal items can be shipped with your vehicle as long as they are secured in the trunk and contained in a suitcase or box.

What Happens at the Pick-Up?

When the pick-up date arrives, you might be feeling a little apprehensive. Please don’t be. You’ll be kept up to date with the progress of your vehicle so you know when the truck and trailer are going to arrive. The driver is going to ask you to go over a bill of lading with them. This is an agreement between you and the vehicle carrier. It gives details of the item being shipped and the condition it was in when it was picked up. The bill of lading is also used to inspect the vehicle when it’s delivered.

The Delivery of Your Vehicle

Within a few days, your vehicle should arrive at its final destination. We can keep you informed with regular updates and let you know when it’s due to arrive. When the vehicle is unloaded from the multi-car trailer you must examine it carefully and compare its condition with the bill of lading.

If you have any questions or are concerned about your vehicle in any way, now is the time to make your concerns known.

If you want to know about any of our transport auto services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our shipping advisors are available during office hours or you can send an email to info@sgtautotransport.com.