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Car Shipping is Easy 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 transport options for your vehicle. 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 compete 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 | Describe Your Vehicle Shipment

First, consider your budget and your needs from a car hauler. 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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2 | Get Free Car Shipping Quotes

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 process goes on. As the quotes 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 quote from the transporter you feel the best about with a rate within your budget.

3 | Auto Transport & Delivery

When you choose a quote, 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 in the US depends on what kind of trailer you prefer, how far it's going, and your pick up and delivery needs. It costs $2.92 per mile to ship a car less than 200 miles, but costs $0.78 per mile to ship a car 1,000 miles or more.

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.

uShip Instant Rates for Your Car Shipping

uShip offers you options, like booking with an Instant Rate Carrier or taking your shipment listing to our marketplace. If you're moving a vehicle that is not modified, you will see an option to select an instant rate from one of our qualified brokers. These brokers can offer a rate immediately, based on the vehicle type and the pickup and delivery locations. They will then assign your vehicle shipment to a carrier who will complete your shipment. If your vehicle qualifies for an instant rate, and you choose a rate that works for you, you are saving yourself time by avoiding taking your shipment to the marketplace. In the marketplace, you, the brokers, and the carriers are all able to negotiate shipping rates. When choosing an instant rate, there's no need to negotiate. Simply select a rate and the hired company will take care of the rest.

Open Transport for Your Automobile

Open transport for vehicles is the industry standard. You have seen these car carriers on the road countless times, moving multiple cars. Whether you're moving a new, used, or junk car; open transport is the cheapest way to ship a car. Roughly 90% of car transport services operate an open trailer, so choosing this service means you will have access to the best coverage, and the best rates.

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Enclosed Vehicle Transport

If you're needing to move your exotic car, antique car, or vintage race car, enclosed transport may be your preferred service type. Closed transport provides the most protection for your vehicle during transit. With an enclosed trailer, you can protect your car from weather conditions, dirt, debris, and other things it may encounter on an open car carrier. Enclosed vehicle transport will usually cost a little more than open transport, but we do recommend this service type for special cars that are delicate, have a high sentimental value, or are worth $50,000 or more.

Ship a Car Cross Country

Just bought a car on the other side of the country? Relocating and need your car shipped cross country? uShip can take the stress out of moving a car across the nation, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you are reviewing quotes from auto carriers. While open transport is more budget-friendly, because of the long distance travelled in a cross country move, you may want to consider enclosed car transport for added safety.

Decide how lenient you can be in your delivery dates. Moving a car across the country can take up to two weeks, especially if the carrier has multiple vehicles for delivery. You'll want to prepare to be without your vehicle for the time it takes to be delivered, or you can request a faster auto delivery. Keep in mind, a faster delivery could result in a more expensive total shipping price. Track your car shipment easily with uShip's new and improved tracking function.

Check out the transporter profiles to see if they have moved vehicles across the country before, and see what their customers have to say in their review of the service. Using uShip to ship a car cross country means you're backed by safe shipping at the best rates.

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Craigslist Auto Shipping

When you need to transport your vehicle you bought on Craigslist, you have a few options: your car can be towed, driven or loaded into a car carrier. If the car is not in working condition, driving it is not an option. When shipping an inoperable car, you may incur additional transportation fees; especially if there is difficulty loading it onto a trailer or tow dolly, or the wheels aren't highway ready.

There are many options for shipping your car, from large multi-vehicle transport trailers, to single-car “hot-shot” transport. After you know what car transport service you prefer for your Craigslist vehicle move, use uShip to find safe and reliable auto transport. Confirm each vehicle shipping company’s legal carrier status and credentials by checking their USDOT or MC numbers, found on their uShip profile, against records at The Department of Transportation. You should also inquire about insurance and review their profile for feedback and comments.

Communicate with the transportation company so they know that they will be picking the vehicle up from the Craigslist seller’s home or business. If you are unable to be present during the move, you will need someone you trust to complete and sign off on the pre-shipment or post-shipment inspections. Transportation companies will check out your automobile and give you a condition report, which is very important if you have to make an insurance claim later on.

Auto Transport 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.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Transport

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

Door to Door Car 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.

Transport a Car State to State

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are shipping cars from state to state. Be sure you know what agencies you need to work with in order to update your license and registration if you are relocating. The first thing you will want to do is get quotes to ship your car to another state. This is a great way to see the cost to ship your vehicle state to state, get reviews of the auto transporters, and talk to them directly. You can also check out our cost to ship index before you submit your shipment information for a quote. Consider your service type preference. Is it best to have your car in an enclosed trailer, or is the low rate of open transport a better option? To transport a vehicle to another state, car shipping companies are required to obtain a Motor Carrier (MC) number from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It's important to check the uShip transporter profile to see their MC number is listed. You can also review their car shipping insurance coverage through their profile. You can also purchase additional cargo insurance through uShip. When you use uShip to ship a car to another state, you're not only able to communicate directly with the carrier, but uShip's support team is on hand 7 days a week to help ease the stress of having your car moved.

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