uShip is a great resource for car shipping. It allows you to receive quotes from companies that specialize in vehicle transport. Start by visiting our cost to transport a car page. There you will able to view past car shipping transactions as they happened in our marketplace.
After that the first step will be to determine your time frame. It is best to start the process a few weeks prior to when you need your vehicle shipped, so you have enough time to find a high-quality auto transporter.
The second step is to decide which transportation service best meets your needs. One consideration is the pickup and delivery types. Terminal-to-terminal service is offered by the major car transport companies. Their carriers transport your car or truck between their hubs. This option can be a cost-effective alternative to door-to-door service, which is the most convenient for the customer. However, auto transporters generally charge more for this personalized service because they have to leave their primary route and navigate residential areas.
In addition to the level of service you want, you will need to decide between the various types of trucks and trailers for shipping. Some trailers can be used for all sorts of vehicles, but not every trailer is that adaptable. A trailer that can be used for household items might be adaptable for auto shipping, but it is unlikely that a trailer used for motorcycle shipping can be used for auto transport. It is important to consider your priorities when deciding between types of trucks and trailers. An enclosed trailer will give greater protection from the elements and road debris, but comes at a higher cost and can limit your carrier options. Your choice will impact the cost and speed of delivery and also how much exposure your vehicle has in transit.
The next step is to hire a carrier. Your car or truck is a valuable asset, so it is important to do your due diligence when it comes to carrier research. Ask for customer references and insurance coverage. uShip makes it easy to verify credentials, read customer feedback, and negotiate price and logistics without calling numerous auto transport companies.
Once you have chosen a carrier, prepare your vehicle for transport, including removing all personal items and important documents. At both the pickup and delivery of your car, ensure a smooth process by being on time and well prepared. Your carrier may also recommend you avoid filling the fuel tank for safety reasons during transport. Be sure to ask about this and any other safety precautions you should take. It is also a good time to take photos of the car from multiple angles for your own records in the rare event that it is damaged in shipping.
If you have a tight budget and low prices are your biggest concern, hiring someone to drive your vehicle is an option. This is called driveaway service and you can indicate your interest in this type of service as you list your vehicle for transport in uShip’s online shipping marketplace.
The average cost to ship a car in Canada depends on the distance. It costs $1.54/mile to ship a car less than 300 miles, but costs $0.46/mile to ship a car 1000 miles or more.
Enter your vehicle details, origin and destination, and choose from multiple quotes to ship your car. From there, simply book the date that works best for you.
It's important for you to list the ground clearance for sports cars and modified vehicles that need extra care being loaded and unloaded. It's also recommended that you inform the carrier that the car has a low ground clearance so that they can be prepared to properly load and unload the car. For extremely lowered cars, race cars, or low cars with long overhangs you may consider removing the front bumper to facilitate loading ease.
Service within Canada
Carriers on uShip are not limited to a single area. Carriers handle deliveries throughout Canada including:
- Cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Halifax, St. Johns and Others
- Provinces: Carriers service every province within Canada including Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.