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The Lowdown On Shipping Personal Items in Your Vehicle

The Lowdown On Shipping Personal Items in Your Vehicle

If you’re relocating and thinking about shipping your car you might be wondering whether you can ship personal items in it at the same time. After all, it’d be a great way to make some savings on the cost of moving and rather convenient at the same time. Before you fill your vehicle to the roof liner, however, let’s give you all the necessary facts, so you can make the appropriate arrangements. It pays to be aware of the different rules and regulations as well as an idea of what’s allowed.

Is it Legal?

Auto-shipping and transport companies generally have their own rules with regards the shipping of personal items. Here at SGT Auto Transport, for example, you are permitted to have up to 100lbs of personal items secured in one box or suitcase, as long as it is in the trunk. There is an exception to this rule when a vehicle is being shipped to and from Hawaii. In this instance, no personal items are allowed at all. The only items allowed in your vehicle are a spare tire, a jack, jumper cables, floor mats and infant car seats.

There are also rules in place relating to the items you can have in the trunk. Avoid placing any items that are illegal. Even if they’re legal in your state, they might not be legal elsewhere. If an illegal item gets carried across state lines, it’s a federal crime, so bear this in mind. Items you cannot ship include hazardous materials such as explosives, flammables, poisons, compressed gases, oxidants, and corrosives. Firearms, ammunition, items of unusual value, alcohol, tobacco products, drugs or medicines, antlers, furs or pornographic material are also not allowed. 

The Advantages of Shipping Personal Items in Your Vehicle

The most obvious advantage is that you’ll be saving extra space in the moving truck by loading some of your personal items into your car. You’ll be able to pack items you want to keep safe and reduce the risk of them being damaged when being loaded on and off the movers truck. If there are some items you want to have close to hand when you arrive, for example, a clean set of clothes, some cups and plates, knives and forks, and personal hygiene items they can be packed into the trunk. 

The Risky Side of Shipping Items in Your Car

While it may be convenient to secure some items in the trunk of your vehicle you should also be aware that there are some risks. When your vehicle is being transported, the carrier is going to be making stops along the way. They will have to take regular rest breaks and fuel up. A car that is full of personal items is going to be very attractive to someone passing by. All it takes is for someone to break a window, pry open a door or the trunk and they’ll have access to your possessions. Personal items secured in a vehicle being shipped are not covered by the carriers' insurance, therefore you’re going to be liable for any loss or damage. 

Tips for Anyone Shipping Personal Items in a Vehicle

If you decide you want to ship personal items in your vehicle there are always going to be risks. As well as the risk of theft there is the risk of damage if the items are not properly packed. Not only can the items become damaged, there is also the risk of damage to your vehicle. 

It’s not all bad news, however. There are some things you can do to minimize the risk.

  • Any boxes, bags or suitcases should be secured in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • Items that are fragile should be properly packaged.
  • Don’t ship items of high value in your vehicle.
  • Don’t ship more than the carrier allows because it will increase the cost and you run the risk of your vehicle not being shipped.
  • SGT Auto Transport allows personal items up to 100lbs.
  • Speak with one of our shipping advisors before putting any personal items in your trunk.

Call (866) 774-6570 to speak with one of our shipping advisors, send an email to or use our instant chat option. Office hours are weekdays, 8.00am to 6.00pm EST and 8.00am to 5.00pm EST on the weekends.  

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