Car Shipping Checklist

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When shipping a vehicle, especially for the first time, it’s easy to get lost in details. Luckily, we’ve put together a few high points to help you tick all the boxes and start your vehicle shipping journey without feeling overwhelmed.

Car shipping checklist

  1. Find a vehicle shipping company. This is the first step you need to take in order to ship a car. Most people search for local companies. First-hand recommendations are a great source. You can start by asking family, friends, and colleagues. If that yields no result, turn to Google for help. In your search for an auto transport company, you’ll come across brokers, carriers, lead provider and auction websites. We recommend you to stay away from the last two.

Lead provider websites collect your information only to sell it to brokers and carriers, which means that you end up with an unnecessary double brokerage fee that affects your overall vehicle shipping price.

Auction websites foster underbidding wars driving auto transport rates to unrealistically low values. Booking at “too-good-to-be-true” rate means you will have to wait weeks for a carrier to pick up your vehicle.

Read more on how to find a car shipping company or, since you have found us, just give us a call at (818) 850-5258 or request your free, no-obligation quote online.

  1. Request car shipping quotes. Once you have decided which company to use, it is time to request a quote and call the auto transport company to discuss all details. Multiple quotes, from multiple companies will give you the chance to compare prices and figure out the average, which usually is the realistic current market price.
  2. Ask about an insurance policy. When you call always ask about the insurance coverage. Every carrier has to have the insurance policy that will cover any possible damages. Discuss that with your agent.
  3. Hire a reliable auto transport company. Today there are thousands of car shipping companies and if you want to avoid car shipping scams you have to make sure you hire a licensed and insured company. Check their USDOT and FMCSA license numbers and make sure they are active.
  4. Decide on pick-up and delivery dates. When you book your car shipping service you have to decide on pickup and delivery dates. Keep in mind that these dates are always approximate and if you need guaranteed dates it will often cost more.
  5. Consider using an enclosed vehicle trailer. The safest mode of shipping is enclosed auto transport. The enclosed trailer prevents from all weather and road elements including possible rock chips, storms and dust and thus many customers prefer enclosed than an open trailer to transport a vehicle.
  6. Read your contract / Bill of Lading. With most auto transport companies the contract is the confirmation email. In this email, you will find the terms and conditions. Then when the driver comes to pick up your vehicle he will hand you a copy of its Bill of Lading where he will note the vehicle condition and transportation details.
  7. Prepare your vehicle for transport. This is an important step after you have booked your service. How to prepare your car for shipping? To sum it up you have to clean your vehicle inside and out and remove any loose parts so the driver can perform an inspection. Expect a detailed guide on how to prepare your car for shipping soon!
  8. Inspection report from the driver. The Bill of Lading has a section where the driver will note any exterior damages upon picking up the vehicle and then at delivery.
  9. Establish transit time. The company will give you approximate transit time after pick-up, but keep in mind that things happen and a car shipping company can never guarantee any dates.


Now that you read the car shipping checklist you should be ready to ship your vehicle. If you would like to learn more about the industry please browse our website and review our guides about shipping a car. You can request a quote online on our website or call us at (818) 850 5258. Our logistics agent are here daily to help you with your vehicle shipping needs.


About the Author:

I am the co-owner and marketing director of Corsia Logistics. I believe in creating useful content for our customers and readers. If you would like to contact me please do so via our contact us form or any social media channel. Thank you.

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