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TRANSPORTING VEHICLES WITH USHIP

Whether you just bought a car and need it delivered to a different province or are moving across Canada, uShip can help make the car transport process safe and reliable. uShip will walk you through how to get your car transported, help you find the best rates, and connect you with feedback-rated car transporters. If the transport road gets rocky, uShip stands ready to help smooth things out.

The uShip marketplace helps people moving vehicles across Canada or to and from the U.S. Just create a free online listingoutlining your needs and your budget. You'll need to identify the make and model of the car and when and where you want it shipped. Transporters will respond with car transport quotes for your review and consideration. Their bids ensure you get the best rates available.

How to Ship a Car

uShip makes vehicle transport in Canada as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | CREATE YOUR CAR SHIPMENT LISTING

Determine the needs and budget for your car shipment. You should decide which car transport trailer and truck that suits your needs. For example, some transport types may expose your vehicle to the elements, including snow, sleet, sand, and gravel. It's up to you to detail any special requirements like low ground clearance, spoilers, oversized vehicles, and anything else that will help the transporter ensure the safest possible delivery for your vehicle.

During the listing process, you'll be asked if you prefer open or closed transport. Enclosed transport is ideal for classic or vintage cars, sports or race cars, and expensive model cars. Transporting high value cars requires work and attention to secure their travel. Open transport is the cheaper way to ship, but it does expose your vehicle to the elements. Review this article this article for more information on which transport option is best for your car.

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Line of semi trailers

2 | FINDING THE BEST AUTO TRANSPORT COMPANY

When you complete your shipment listing, you will receive competing quotes from vehicle transport companies. The more time you allow, the lower the quotes are likely to get. You'll get a good sense of this while the listing goes on. When you receive bids, you can interact with the transporters who've submitted them to ask questions and talk specifics. This can give you a good sense of the transporter's qualifications.

Every car transporter has a uShip profile. You can review their transport history, safety records, and customer-rated feedback. for your review. Profiles usually include photos of the equipment they use to haul your car and describe the cargo insurance they have. You can review their completed shipments and the feedback from previous customers on their car transport experience.

Once you're ready, select the quote from the transporter you feel the most comfortable with at a rate that fits your budget.

3 | CAR TRANSPORT & DELIVERY

Once you accept a quote, you will receive contact information on the auto transport company. You should contact them to share additional details, ask questions, and raise any concerns. This is your opportunity to set up a meeting place for pick up and delivery. You should also provide any third-party contact information to ensure a smooth experience for you and the car moving company. You must have payment ready as agreed upon, and please let us knowof any problems. For more help on vehicle transport, you can check the uShip guide , on transporting vehicles.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP A CAR IN CANADA?

The average cost to deliver a car depends on what kind of trailer you prefer, how far it is going, and your pick up and delivery needs. For distances between 300 and 2,000 km, you can estimate car transporting to cost between $450 and $1,900, depending on distance. Shorter shipments range from $120 to $500.

You can also visit the uShip cost to ship index, to see hundreds of auto transport shipments complete through the uShip marketplace. The index shows the cost of moving cars across Canada. There, you'll find the average costs to transport locally from a dealership, or to pick up and haul a Kijiji purchase from another province. Create a listing and with the research under your belt, you can get accurate quotes that meet your specific needs.

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What's the Difference Between Open and Enclosed Transport?

You also want to know what type of vehicle transportation service you require. Open transport carries your vehicle on a trailer without protection against environmental elements that can damage the finish or body. It is the cheaper option, but isn't a good idea for a vintage or classic car. An enclosed truck or trailer is the better choice for delicate vehicles thanks to their extra protection.

Cargo Insurance

While you review the transporter's past performance and procedures for vehicle preparation, you should also explore your cargo insurance options. Examine the transporter's insurance, and consider purchasing additional transport coverage. A good place to start is by asking your insurance carrier if your car is covered during transport.

Once you understand your existing coverage, check out the options provided through uShip Cargo Insurance to find the best additional coverage options. No matter how it's insured, you'll want to get a copy of the carrier's cargo insurance coverage. With the certificate in hand, you can verify the coverage with a call to the insurance company.

Tips for Auto Transport

  • Leave only a quarter-tank of gas in the tank.
  • Wash and clean your car fully, inside and out.
  • Check all fluids in your car.
  • Alert your transporter to any leaking fluids.
  • Check your battery charge and tire pressure.
  • Take high-quality photographs at pick up and delivery.
  • Remove all ornaments (roof racks, spoilers, antenna, etc).
  • Remove things like toll tags and parking passes from windshields.
  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • Leave behind a spare tire and jack.

DOOR-TO-DOOR VEHICLE TRANSPORT

Most auto transport companies provide door-to-door service. They pick up and deliver the vehicle as close to your door as possible. In some situations, large semi-trucks and trailers aren't able to access your residence, such as on small residential streets or in apartment complexes. If necessary, you can agree to meet at a local accessible parking lot.

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