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Car Shipping with uShip

Whether you're moving across country or you just bought a car and you need it delivered, uShip makes it easy to find safe and reliable car transport options. uShip will help clarify how to ship a car, help you get the best rates from safe car transporters and give you some pointers on the process. If the road gets a little rocky throughout the process, contact us directly and we'll help smooth things out.

The uShip marketplace makes it easy to find the best auto transport companies to fit your needs and your budget. Create a shipment listing with your needs, the make and model of your car, and be as detailed as possible. When you've finished your listing, transporters who specialize in shipping vehicles will submit quotes for your review as they bid for your business. This ensures you get the best car shipping rates.

How to Ship a Car

With just three easy steps, we make your car delivery easy.

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

First, consider your budget and your needs for your shipment. Deciding what car transport trailer and truck type to use is a matter of your timeline, budget and concern over your vehicle being exposed to the elements. Detail any special requirements or concerns; for example, transporting an SUV, car with low ground clearance or modifications like bumpers and spoilers.

When you're creating your shipment listing, you'll be asked if you prefer open or enclosed transport. Enclosed transport is ideal for classic cars, vintage cars, expensive sports cars, model cars, and race cars. Moving high value vehicles requires special work to secure and protect them during the shipping process. Open transport means that your vehicle will be on an open trailer during transport. This is the most common and cheapest way to ship your vehicle. You can review this article for more information on the different ways to move your car.

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Line of semi trailers

2 | Find the Best Vehicle Transport Company

Once you've completed your listing, you'll start getting quotes from vehicle transport companies. The more time you have, the more you'll see these rates get lower as the bidding process goes on. As the bids come in, you're able to ask questions directly to the transporters and talk to them while keeping your privacy intact. This can give you a good feel for the car transporters based on response time and communication.

Each transporter on uShip has their own carrier profile with their transport history, safety records and customer-rated feedback for your review. They typically have photos of the equipment that will be used to haul your car and details on the type of cargo insurance they have. You can review their completed shipments as well as the feedback their previous customers provided on their experience.

When you're ready, choose the bid from the transporter you feel the best about with a rate within your budget.

3 | Car Shipping & Delivery

When you choose a bid, you'll receive contact information for your auto shipping company. It's encouraged to contact them directly with any additional details, questions or concerns. Set up a meeting place for pick up and delivery and share any third party contact information that's valuable to ensuring a smooth experience for both you and the carrier. Have payment ready at the agreed upon time and please let us know at any time if you run into any issues. Take a look at our guide on how to ship vehicles, as well.

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car?

The average cost to ship a car depends on what kind of trailer you prefer, how far it's going, and your pick up and delivery needs. Between 300 and 2,000 mile shipments, you can estimate car shipping costs $400 to $1,700, depending on distance. Shorter shipments range from $120 to $500.

If you're still curious about what it costs to ship your car, truck, or van you can visit our cost to ship index, which includes hundreds of auto transport shipments completed through the uShip marketplace. You'll find how much it is to ship a car cross country or how much it costs to ship a car internationally. You will even find how much it costs to transport locally from a dealership or that Craigslist car from another state. Create a listing to get quotes directly from auto transport companies on your specific shipment.

Pickup trucks loaded onto car carrier on highway

What's the Difference Between Open and Enclosed Transport?

You also want to know what type of vehicle shipping service you need. Open transport may be the easiest and cheapest option, but you wouldn't want to ship a vintage car that way. An enclosed trailer is a good option to consider for high value vehicles that you don't want exposed to the elements. Enclosed trailers provide an extra level of protection for your vehicle.

Cargo Insurance

Along with transporter reviews and vehicle preparation you should take a moment to explore your cargo insurance options. Review the details of what your transporter's insurance covers and, if you'd like, seek out independent options. We recommend contacting your current auto insurance provider and asking how you are covered during transportation.

Then, check out uShip Cargo Insurance and find out what your best coverage options are. Insurance coverage is very important during transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all registered transporters to provide a certificate of insurance to their shipping customers. Make sure you have this document in your hands prior to shipment and review the details listed. Verify the information on the certificate with the noted insurance company or the Department of Transportation.

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 EZ passes from windshields.
  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • Leave behind a spare tire and jack.

Door to Door Vehicle Shipping

Door-to-Door service is provided by most auto transport companies. The transport company will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your door as possible. Keep in mind, semi-trucks and trailers can't easily make clearance in some residential streets and apartment communities. If necessary, work out an accessible parking lot to load or unload your car with your provider in advance.

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