Military car shipping customer experiences
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What is military car shipping?
Military car shipping is a service specifically for military personnel, both active and retired. You can receive your PCS orders at short notice so the military car shippers you chose will do everything they can to make your military vehicle shipping service a smooth experience. The carrier will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your location as possible.
How does military car shipping work?
Military car shipping works the same way as standard auto transport and it's for active military members only. The Government may cover the cost of one 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.
Does the military ship your car for free?
If you’re an active member of the military and you receive a permanent change of station (PCS) order, the government might pay for you to ship one personal operating vehicle (POV) but there are specific requirements you must check with the Department of Defense. You may be responsible for the cost of military car shipping.
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 car transport 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, and time of the year. Our military car transport rates are very competitive. Use our online calculator for your military car shipping quotes. Alternatively, get in touch with us via phone or Live Chat.
The Avg. price per mile rates shown up above are reflective of current market conditions as of January 2020. The rates are subject to change due to seasonal fluctuations, price of gas, pick-up/delivery locations, etc.
We go above and beyond with our military car shipping
Check out some of our valued customers stories
We were contacted by this first-time auto shipper because he needed to get this stunning red beauty. As he was a novice at this, we made sure that his mind was put at ease every step of the way. This started by allowing him to monitor the entire process and arranging the best possible type of carrier. This is something we make sure we do for every customer, even if we’re providing military car shipping.
When we say we offer a door-to-door service, we keep our promise, and this client is a prime example of what that involves. We delivered his car right outside his front door, and he couldn’t have been happier. The delivery took place early in the morning, and it was the first thing he saw when he woke and looked out the window.
A McLaren 720 was one lucky guy’s gift from his father on his graduation. We were asked to ship it from New York to San Francisco and are pleased to report it went according to plan. We made sure this happened by carefully selecting the carrier for this shipment.
What an absolute classic this Buick LeSabre is. Some would call it a muscle car, but what else could you possibly need? We shipped this beauty from the heart of Chicago and delivered it to a restoration shop in East Bronx. The customer had specifically requested there were no more than three cars on the trailer. We promised this would happen and didn’t let him down.
We offer a number of our services via uShip, including military car transport. uShip is where this customer found us when they needed to ship their Chevy Corvette. The timeframe needed to be super strict because he wanted to be there at the time of pick-up to see his car loaded and complete the inspection report. The window was only 24 hours, but we managed to make the arrangements.
We’ve had the pleasure of shipping this vehicle since 2017. The owner is one of our regular snowbird customers. We ship his car from New Jersey to his house in Key West, FL, twice a year, and then back again.
This beautiful 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS was shipped for one of our repeat clients from Bobo’s Rods & Customs. They have been a regular client of ours since 2016. For more pictures of this stunning car and others in their inventory, check out their website.
We picked up this vehicle for a customer in Houston, Texas. It was booked in at the Liberty Walk tuning shop for some aftermarket additions. As soon as the work was finished, we loaded the car on the same truck and made sure it was delivered safely back to the customer.
The owner of this Bentley had already booked a shipping service, but the shipper canceled it. Luckily, they found our details and gave us a call. Because of time restrictions, they needed transportation to be arranged over the weekend, which wasn’t a problem for us. We’re accustomed to making last-minute arrangements, and it is often a requirement when people book military car shipping.
This super-sized vehicle was delivered to the Monster Truck Show in North Carolina. We’re not sure whether it won any prizes, but after the show, we made sure it was returned to the customer looking as good as when it was picked up.
This particular customer had three Ford Mustangs, but he only needed to ship two of them on this occasion. So we’re pleased to say this old muscle car restorer has become a regular customer, and we’ve shipped a few more cars for him.
Here at SGT Auto Transport, we offer a range of services, including military car transport. On this occasion, the service we provided was classic car transport. The customer had bought it from a seller in Arizona and needed to get it home. A few photos and a video were taken at the pick-up to give the customer peace of mind.
The owner of this vibrant green Audi R8 was so pleased with the service provided that he sent our company a bottle of wine. He also took this photo for us of the carrier unloading his new baby. Shortly after, he was sat behind the wheel himself because he couldn’t wait to take it for a ride in the city.
The cars that we ship are very precious, and we do everything we can to make sure they are treated with the respect they deserve. This was definitely the case for the owner of this car, who was selling it after 60 years. Although the pick-up was challenging, we successfully loaded the vehicle and delivered it to its new home. Whatever auto transport you need, even if it’s military car shipping, get in touch, and we’ll customize a service to meet your needs.
This 1940 Nash Lafayette was one of our coolest loads. We picked it up from Salem, OR, for the American Pickers TV show.
How our military vehicle shipping services work
Quick and safe military friendly auto transport in 3 easy steps
1. 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. Show more
2. 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. Show more
3. 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. Show more
Better than all the other military car shipping companies
Learn why we are the best car shipping company for military personnel
You pay nothing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The benefits of military PCS vehicle shipping
Learn what are the advantages of using our military car shipping services
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.
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.
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.
We vet all the carriers in our military car shipping program. This ensures we only work with qualified, professional, trustworthy, and compliant carriers.
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.
Avg. transit time(calendar days)
|0 - 200
|1 - 2 days|
|200 - 600
|2 - 4 days|
|600 - 1000
|3 - 5 days|
|1000 - 1500
|4 - 6 days|
|1500 - 2000
|5 - 7 days|
|2000 - 2400
|6 - 8 days|
|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
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.
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
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.
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.
US government website: here you’ll find a wide range of resources such as government agencies, services, and job prospects.
Military base guide: here you’ll find details of all US military bases.
A checklist for shipping your POV: includes links to all the forms you may need.
Military Onesource: includes tips for every stage of your deployment.
US Transcom handbook: check whether you’re medically eligible to ship a POV in the CONUS.
Personal property counseling checklist: guidance on the movement of your personal property within the Defense Transportation System.
Blue Star Families: list of resources to help make your family’s deployment easier.
Military car shipping hints & tips
Military car shipping advices from experienced car shippers
In this article, we’re going to take you through the process of shipping a car to and from Hawaii when you’re in the military.
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