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Types of Car Shipping Services

What is Door-to-Door auto transport?

In door-to-door transport, the truck driver will pick the vehicle up and drop it off as close to your home as he can legally and safely get. But some cities have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into some residential areas; also, access to your home may be restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees, speed bumps or tight turns. In these situations, the driver may ask that you meet the truck at a large parking lot nearby. You will receive a call directly from the trucker if these alternative arrangements are necessary.

How can I track my vehicle while in transit?

You can track your shipment by phone and/or email during business hours.

What is top load?

There are two levels, or decks, on a typical auto transport trailer. Loading on the top deck, or top-loading, will protect your vehicle from possible fluid leaks from vehicles above it. And there’s less chance for small rock chips to occur. Routinely, truckers will place some vehicles on top and some on the bottom. You may request top-load preference, but since the trucker will usually need to rearrange the whole trailer to accommodate that, there’s a $75 fee for this service. If for safety or legal reasons a trucker cannot accommodate your request, the fee will be waived or refunded. Please note: a trailer with a single deck is still considered top load as it means that there will be no vehicle above yours.

What is the difference between open and enclosed transport?

  • In Open transport, the most common shipping method, a vehicle is exposed to elements such as rain, sun, dust, etc., but it is a safe and secure way of transporting your vehicle. New cars are delivered to dealers by open trailer. With open-car shipping you have the option to request top load for extra protection.
  • Enclosed transport is often desired for collector, classic, luxury, vintage, custom and sports cars. The vehicle is not exposed to weather elements and flying objects and possible rock chips are prevented.

What type of truck will transport my car?

Depending on the car shipping service you choose, your transport hauler will be either an open or enclosed trailer carrying multiple vehicles.

What methods of car shipping services do you offer?

DIYTransport offers open and enclosed car shipping.

Can I ship a car that doesn’t run?

Yes, we can arrange for a truck with a winch to load your vehicle. Note that inoperable vehicles will typically take longer to be picked up and cost a little more because not all truckers can take them.

Can I ship an oversized or modified vehicle?

Yes, but you must call for a customized quote. The price on our online quote calculator is based on a standard, non-modified version of your vehicle’s make and model.

Can I ship furniture in my car?

No. We may accept one piece of luggage, but personal items are not insured during transport and we are not licensed to transport household goods.

Can I ship a collector car?

Yes. We suggest you ship the vehicle enclosed.

Can I ship a vehicle with low ground clearance?

Yes. But any vehicle with a clearance of less than 4 inches will likely need to be shipped on an enclosed trailer with a liftgate. Low-clearance vehicles would bottom out on the uneven ramps of an open trailer.

Can I ship a Boat?

Yes, Transport ships boats and other personal watercraft .We can handle just about any boat size from a dingy to a yacht, with or without a trailer. Please have the dimensions and weight ready when calling in for your quote.

Can I ship a Motorcycle?

Yes, we have trailers that are specifically designed to haul your motorcycle safely and stress free. And we also ship ATVs and small off-road vehicles, and golf carts, lawn mowers…! Call 1-800-266-2202 for a quote.

Can I ship an RV or Trailer?

Absolutely. And farm vehicles, golf carts, construction equipment – almost any vehicle you can name.

Can I ship a vehicle with a lift kit and oversize tires?

Yes. However,we must be told about the modifications at the time of booking. Our online rates are based on vehicles with no external modifications from the standard factory condition; we’ll need to add a premium for modified vehicles, so it’s best to place your order over the phone, 1-800-266-2202.

Can I ship a vehicle with a roof rack?

Yes. Just remove the rack before pickup, if possible. If it cannot be removed let us know and we’ll tell you how much more, if any, it will cost (if the roof rack adds so much height that the car will take more space, it may require an additional premium).

Can you ship my car Internationally?

Yes. If you need to ship a car to anywhere in Europe, we can transport your car as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Typically, your vehicle will be transported via a 20-ft or 40-ft watertight shipping container to keep it protected as it’s being transported overseas. One of the least expensive options of shipping a vehicle to Europe is by way of roll-on/roll-off, which is another way to transport your car via cargo ship, only this time it is driven onto the boat and left out in the open. Your vehicle won’t receive the same protection as it would if you were shipping inside a container, but this option is more budget friendly. Learn more about how to ship a car to a European destination calling 800-266-2202.

Can I ship a car from a storage facility?

Yes. Please make sure your bill with the storage facility is settled prior to pickup; also be aware that if the vehicle turns out to be in nonrunning condition and was booked as an operable vehicle, the cost to complete the transport will be higher and the original truck may not be able to accommodate the shipment. If you’re not sure whether the car will start, give us a call and we’ll discuss options.

Can I ship a car from an auto auction?

Yes. Each auction will have different requirements to release a vehicle, so we’ll get all the necessary details from you at the time of booking. You must be sure the vehicle is fully paid for and ready for release from the auction. Also, be aware that if a vehicle is booked as operable but turns out to be inoperable, there will be an added cost and the original trucker may not be able to accommodate it.

Can I ship a car to or from a U.S. port?

Yes. Typically, it will cost $50 more than the standard rate to cover the cost of permits to pick up or drop off a vehicle from a port.