Military Car Shipping Customer Experiences

Chris M.
Great experience - deliver was faster than expected. Thank you!!!
Doug P
This was the best transport company I have used from start to finish. Everything was smooth and the people were great.
Gary Paduana
I had a great experience going with SGT to ship a vehicle approximately 1400 miles. They arrived on time, loaded up quickly, and met me on the receiving end at my convenience.
Jeff Sundin
They made it easy to transport a car from Oregon to Alabama and returned calls fairly quickly. Thank you for the efficient service.
Mike B.
This is the second time I used SGT and I was just as happy with my service this time as the last time. Very responsive and competitive prices.
Robert B.
Was great all around experience, driver was great and professional at pick up. Good outfit to work with

SGT Auto Transport Can Handle Your Military Car Transport Needs

SGT Auto Transport is your premier Bohemia, NY based auto shipping company, handling a wide variety of car transport needs. We’ve shipped 31,000+ vehicles (and counting) – but we’ll let our reputation do the talking so we can focus on what matters most: shipping your car with the utmost care.

Whether you’re an active service member who’s received PCS orders and need to quickly and reliably ship your car or you’re simply shipping a car cross-country for a move, we can help.

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What is Military Car Shipping?

Military car shipping, otherwise known as military auto transport, is a service specifically for military personnel, both active and retired. You can receive your permanent change-of-station (PCS) orders to move to a new military base at short notice. The so the military car shippers you choose will do everything they can to make your military vehicle shipping service a smooth experience because if they’re good, like we are, they already know all about military car shipping and the tight turnarounds it often requires. The carrier will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your location as possible. With PCS orders for active military, car shipping military discounts are usually available. If you’re only moving one vehicle, the government could reimburse you. SGT Auto Transport does offer door-to-door auto shipping as an option.

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How Does Military Car Shipping Work?

Military vehicle transport works the same way as standard auto transport and it's for active military members only. The Government may cover the cost of one privately owned vehicle (POV) shipment when it's a PCS order. However, if you want to ship more than one car you will have to pay the cost yourself.

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Does the Military Ship Your Car for Free?

If you're an active service member and you receive a permanent change of station (PCS) order, the government might pay for you to ship one personal operating vehicle (POV). That said, there are specific requirements you must check with the Department of Defense. You may be responsible for the cost of military car shipping. Feel free to call us to get a car shipping quotes with military prices.

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Is There a Military Discount to Ship a Car?

Yes, there is a military discount to ship a car but only for active and retired members of the military. When you contact a car shipping company ask about a military discount. You could receive a discount of up to 10% based on current market fluctuations and the total mileage of the shipment.

How Much Does Military PCS Vehicle Shipping Cost?

The cost of military auto shipping depends on several different factors. These include:

  • The make and model of the vehicle you want to ship
  • The distance traveled
  • Time frame for the delivery
  • Type of auto transport chosen
  • Condition of the vehicle
  • Location
  • The time of the year
  • ...And more

Our military car transport rates are very competitive compared to other transport companies, making SGT Auto Transport among the best car shipping companies for military members. Use our online calculator for your military car shipping quotes. Otherwise, get in touch with us via phone or Live Chat.

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DistanceType of 
Avg. price
per mile
Sample distanceSample price
0 - 500 milesOpen$0.80250 miles$200
500 - 1000 milesOpen$0.73700 miles$511
1000 - 1500 milesOpen$0.701000 miles$700
1500 - 2000 milesOpen$0.481750 miles$840
2000 - 2500 milesOpen$0.372400 miles$888
2500 - 3000 miles Open$0.352700 miles$945
3000+ milesOpen$0.333200 miles$1122

The Avg. price per mile rates shown up above are reflective of current market conditions as of 2024. The rates are subject to change due to seasonal fluctuations, price of gas, pick-up/delivery locations, etc.

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How our military vehicle shipping services work

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Get a quote and book your order

Use the free instant quote calculator on our website and find out the price of your military car shipping service. It takes just a few seconds of your time and before you know it, you’ll know the cost to ship your vehicle. Input your: pick-up city and state, delivery city and state, vehicle year, make and model, condition of vehicle, transport type, and first available shipping date (this is the first date your car will be ready for the pick-up).

You can also call, email, or Live Chat to reach our military PCS vehicle shipping advisors.

The military vehicle shipping quote you receive is fully inclusive. We guarantee there are no hidden fees. After receiving a quote, you’re under no further obligation. The military auto transport service we provide is door-to-door, depending on military base restrictions.

If you’re not happy with the price, get in touch right away and we’ll do our best to make it a more competitive one. Similarly, if you’ve got a better military car transport price from a direct military car shippers competitor, we’ll try our best to match it.

Click on the link in the emailed quote as soon as you’re ready to complete your booking. It’s also possible to book your military car shipping service by calling (864) 546-5038, email, or using Live Chat. It’s definitely worth getting in touch because you might qualify for our military car transport discounts.

As soon as you’ve confirmed that you want to complete your booking, we search our vast network of reliable, fully insured, and vetted military car shippers. There’s bound to be one that meets your needs. We’ll call you to confirm your pick-up date and to let you know the next steps of the military vehicle shipping process. We’ll also send the carriers information to you in an email.

If you’ve opted for a Discounted Cash Price, we’ll take a small partial payment at this time, from either your credit or debit card. You pay the remaining balance when the carrier delivers your vehicle, either in cash, cashier’s check, or money order. If you’ve opted for a Regular Price, we’ll take full payment so we can reserve your spot on the trailer.

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We pick up your vehicle

Your assigned military car shipper will contact you a few hours before your scheduled pick-up time. They need to check if someone is available to release the vehicle and confirm that your location is suitable for large commercial vehicles. Don’t worry if it’s not because they can arrange another more suitable location. Perhaps there’s a wider street nearby, a parking lot where you can meet, or possibly where you work. You can also nominate a third-party to release your vehicle for you, for example, a neighbor, friend, relative, or work colleague.

At the time of your pick-up, both you and the driver have to carefully inspect your vehicle for any existing damage. You have to record this on the Bill of Lading, which you then have to sign. This is a very important document, and you’ll get a copy for safe keeping.

The carrier will conscientiously load your vehicle onto the trailer, and you can say your goodbyes. At any stage of your vehicle's journey, if you want to check on its progress, you can contact the driver. We can also arrange regular updates by phone, Live Chat, or email.

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You receive your vehicle

Before you know it, you’ll be receiving a call to let you know your vehicle is almost home. You’ll get a few hours notice, so you can make sure you’re home. If you’re not available to accept delivery of your car at that time, you can nominate a friend, neighbor, relative, or colleague to accept delivery on your behalf. They do, however, have to be at least 18 years of age.

Once the military car shippers have delivered your car, the final step is to inspect your vehicle, to make sure everything is in order, before signing the Bill of Lading to accept delivery of your car. You also make the final payment, if you opted for the Discounted Cash Price. You can pay in cash, with a cashier’s check, or money order.

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Better than all the other military car shipping companies

Learn why we are the best car shipping company for military personnel

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You pay nothing upfront

Book your military car shipping with us and there’s nothing to pay upfront. You only pay for your military PCS shipping service when we’ve allocated your shipment to a carrier and we dispatch your vehicle for shipping. Use our instant online quote calculator to find out how much it costs to have your car shipped.

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The most trusted car shipping company at uShip

uShip has chosen us as their number one most trusted cross country car shipping provider. We’ve got lots of customer reviews that back up this accolade uShip has awarded us.

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Full insurance coverage included

Throughout your military PCS shipping service your vehicle is covered. Total peace of mind is assured. We include the cost of insurance in our military car shipping rates, so don’t worry about having to pay extra.

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Customized military friendly auto transport

No two people have the same needs when it comes to military car transport. This is the reason we make our car shipping for military personnel a customizable one. Our professional shipping advisors work with you to ensure your military auto transport service meets your needs.

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Personalized POV military shipping

Our capable shipping advisors are available to guide you through the military vehicle shipping service. You never have to feel you’re on your own. We’ll be there alongside you from the moment you get in touch to the final delivery of your vehicle. It’s important to us you know we care.

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Around the clock customer support

We’re always available when you need us on the phone or by using Live Chat. Our finger is on the pulse, which is why we’ve earned a reputation for being reliable. You can contact us 24/7 and we’ll monitor your shipment throughout its journey.

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What type of auto transport service do military personnel choose?

A very popular choice for military personnel, both retired and those on active duty, is open car transport. You can book a shipment to and from any locations in the US, Hawaii and to the port for international relocations. Door-to-door transport is one option but we also offer base-to-base. You will, however, have to check whether a trucking company can enter the base. If time is of the essence, we have a guaranteed pick-up service. Express auto transport is also available if you’re relocating at the last minute.

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The benefits of military PCS vehicle shipping

Learn what are the advantages of using our military car shipping services

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A pick-up and delivery process that’s simple

Provide all the necessary information and our car shipping for military personnel is a smooth and simple process. We make sure the carrier picks up, transports, and delivers your vehicle according to your instructions, whether you choose open car transport or enclosed auto transport.

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Car shipping military discounts available

Our military car shipping rates include a discount for active duty, Reserves, National Guard, veterans, and military dependants. It’s the very least we can do to say thanks to the brave men and women who protect our country.

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Additional baggage allowed

Our POV military car shipping services allow you to keep one suitcase or box in the trunk of your car at no extra cost. You can transport up to 100lbs of personal items in your vehicle as long as you secure them in the trunk of the vehicle.

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Guaranteed pick-up service available

If time is of the essence and you need your vehicle picked up within a short timeframe, we have a guaranteed pick-up service available, Monday to Friday. Talk with our shipping advisors about your needs and we’ll do everything we can to meet them.

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Safe and secure military car shipping program

We vet all the carriers in our military car shipping program. This ensures we only work with qualified, professional, trustworthy, and compliant carriers.

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Experienced military car shipping company

We’ve been providing car shipping for military personnel for several years now. Book your military car transport with us and you benefit from our years of experience. PCS relocation can be tough, but we’ll do everything we can to make it as stress-free as possible.

What are the different types of military PCS moves?

There are several moving options for military personnel when they receive their PCS orders. A Government Managed Move is when the government hires movers for you. PPM stands for Personally Procured Move or DITY (do-it-yourself) and it can be either assisted or self. PPM-self is when you do everything yourself. Whereas PPM-assisted is when you hire someone yourself to do the work for you.

How long does military vehicle shipping take?

A variety of factors affect the time it takes for your vehicle to be shipped. The most obvious is distance. A car shipped from a military base in Connecticut to a military base in California is going to take longer than from Kansas to Oklahoma. The weather can also impact on the timeline, along with road and traffic conditions.

DistanceAvg. transit time
(calendar days)
0 - 200 miles1 - 2 days
200 - 600 miles2 - 4 days
600 - 1000 miles3 - 5 days
1000 - 1500 miles4 - 6 days
1500 - 2000 miles5 - 7 days
2000 - 2400 miles 6 - 8 days
2400+ miles 7 - 9 days

The Avg. Transit Times shown up above can be affected by weather conditions, road conditions, traffic, etc.

Frequently asked questions about military car shipping

Everything you need to know about military PCS vehicle shipping

How does the military car shipping program work?

Our military car shipping program works in much the same way as our other auto transport services. There are, however, a few basic differences. When you make your booking, inform the shipping advisor that you’re a military member so that we can apply your discount. When you ship a vehicle to and from a military base, you need to meet the military car shippers outside the base.

What documents do you need for a military relocation?

Having all the necessary documents in order and current will make your military relocation less stressful. You will need the following:

  • Travel voucher: DD 1351-2
  • Application for DITY Move and Counseling Checklist: DD 2278
  • A copy of your PCS travel orders
  • 2 x certified weight tickets: one is for the gross/full wright and one is for the empty/tare weight
  • A copy of your paid rental agreement
  • A copy of your vehicle registration if you’re using POV/boat/trailer
  • OPE: Common Operating Personal Expenses
Can personal items be shipped as part of your military car shipping service?

You can ship up to 100 lbs of personal items in the trunk or cargo area of the vehicle being shipped. you must secure the items in a single box or suitcase. However, if your vehicle is being shipped to/from Hawaii, you cannot ship personal items inside the vehicle. You also need to be aware that the military car shippers cargo insurance does not cover personal items.

Useful resources for military POC

Your military POC will go much smoother if you have all the information available. Numerous resources are available. Here is a list of those you’ll find most useful.

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