The Quick Dictionary of Auto Transport Services

Industry jargon can sure be confusing, right? Whether you're talking about the home improvement industry, the fashion industry, or even the auto transport industry, there's specific jargon that relates to every market.
The good news is that there's no need to feel lost in a sea of confusing auto transport words and phrases. We're breaking down some of the most common industry terms so you can spend more time selecting the right auto transport company, and less time worrying about phrases you don't understand.

DIY Transport's Quick Auto Transport Dictionary

Auto Hauler: These are carrier trucks that are designed to ship a vehicle from state to state. Some trucks can haul up to 10 vehicles at a time, and others carry freight of only 2 or 3 cars.

Auto Transport: The actual process of shipping a car from one point to another

Auto Transport Company: This is the company that ships your car from one point to another (e.g. DIY Transport)

Bill of Landing: A document that overviews all of the details on your auto transport services, and also includes details about damage inspection before and after delivery

Bonded: This means that your auto transport company has a performance bond. It ensures that the broker pays the hauler on behalf of the customer.

Broker: The main person of contact who streamlines the auto transport process. Your broker is your contact who you can check in with during the process if you have any questions or concerns

COD (Cash on Delivery): Payment for services on delivery, which is typically in cash, money order, or cashier's check.

COP (Cash on Pickup): Payment for services on pickup, which is typically in cash, money order, or cashier's check.

Door-to-Door Shipping: The process where your vehicle is picked up for shipping at your home, and dropped off at a specified destination (e.g. your new home)

Drop-off Window: The time period where you can drop off your car for shipping

Enclosed Carrier: A car carrier that is entirely enclosed, and typically used for luxury and antique cars

Insured: This means that your auto transport company is insured to cover any damages that might happen to your vehicle during transport

Licensed: Auto transport companies must be licensed by the US Department of transportation in order to transport vehicles

MC Number: The MC Number is an identifying Motor Carrier number. This number is issued when an auto transport company becomes insured

Oversized Vehicle: A vehicle that is larger than most standard size vehicles

Pickup Window: The time period where you can pick up your car for shipping

Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping: The process of having your car dropped off at a specific location (a terminal) before shipping. Your vehicle is then dropped off at another terminal for delivery.

Are You Still Confused by Auto Transport Jargon? We're Here to Help

If there's another phrase that has you scratching your head, give us a call at 800-266-2202. We're happy to help you with any auto transport questions you may have, and get you moving in the right direction.

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