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U.S. Army Car Shipping

Here at A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. we consider it an honor to serve the incredible men and women of the United States Army and their families with reliable car shipping services nationwide and overseas. We serve active duty Army and other military members as well as our Army and other military veterans with professional, affordable, safe car shipping options to get you from point A to point B with hassle free services you can depend on.

Vehicles that we ship

Our U.S. Army car shipping services are available for:

  • Passenger cars and trucks
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Sport utility vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Cargo vans
  • Heavy machinery
  • Boats

When you receive PCS orders, you can have your personally owned vehicle (POV) shipped at the governments expense if it is owned or leased in your name or your spouse or dependents name for personal use. More than one POV may require you to pay the shipping bill for the second vehicle.

Shipping Restrictions

A-1 Auto Transport will handle shipment of wheeled and self-propelled motor vehicles as long as they meet size requirements and are legal to travel on public highways. If your car has been modified and does not have at least 6 inches of ground clearance or has an engine lift kit that adds 3 or more inches of height to the car, it will not be eligible for shipment overseas. We can however arrange shipment within the U.S., although added fees may apply depending on the type of carrier that must be used.

To prevent the risk of theft and to keep carriers under the maximum weight limit, cars must be emptied of personal items prior to shipment. Interstate carriers stop at rest stops and fuel stations during their route and when cars are loaded with personal belongings, they can become a target for theft.

Cars that are heavily loaded with personal property will add weight to the truck and this weight can cause the driver to face expensive fines, but it can also cause damage to your car. When traveling, objects inside a car can cause damage if they dislodge during shipment. Damages caused inside a vehicle during transport caused by personal items or items that may be targeted for theft are not covered by the carrier insurance, therefore, if left inside and property is lost through theft or damage, it will not be covered for repair or replacement.

Motor vehicles must be owned or leased by the member of the U.S. Army or a dependent. If the vehicle is leased, we will need to have written permission for transport for nationwide out of state or overseas transport.

Payment Options

The United States Government may cover the cost of car shipping on your behalf if you are active duty with the U.S Army or be an authorized Army retiree. Shipments of personal vehicles will only be paid by the government is the person has a permanent change of station order to or from overseas locations or when a permanent location is ordered nationwide.

Your car may be shipped within 90 days of an overseas transfer if the transfer is going to be at least one year. Shorter transfers require that the car be shipped within 30 days.

If the United States Government does not cover the cost of car shipping on your behalf, it may be paid for by credit or debit.

Discounts

We offer discounts on U.S. Army shipments and all other United States military car shipping including Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force motor vehicles shipping services. We have a large fleet for nationwide car shipping as well as overseas shipping vessels to safely and efficiently relocate all types of cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles and mopeds.

A-1 Auto Transport understands that our Army personnel must handle their move quickly and this can be a stressful situation. We strive to make your relocation as stress-free as possible with reliable car shipping services at discounted rates for the military whether you are shipping out to a new station within our U.S. borders or to a new country altogether.

FAQ About U.S. Army Car Shipping

How long will it take to ship my car?

When you contact us to schedule your U.S Army car shipping services, we will offer an estimated date of pickup and delivery. This estimate usually allows a three-day window of when your motor vehicle will be delivered. While we always strive for the quickest delivery times possible, you must take into consideration that there are some things that can delay shipment including foul weather, detours, accidents on the interstate and customers who arrive late to pick their car up or to have their car loaded for transport. If a delay occurs, you will be contacted to let you know what the situation is and when to expect your car to be picked up or delivered.

Do I need to be present when the car is picked up or delivered?

We do ask that the vehicle owner, or at least an adult with permission to sign the paperwork is present when the vehicle is picked up and delivered. We understand that due to your PCS orders you may not be able to be physically present at these times, so we will allow someone that you trust to sign the paperwork for you. This helps ensure that your vehicle is inspected fully at the pickup and delivery time in order to make sure the car is not damaged prior to shipment and that everything is good to go when it is delivered.

Will my car be insured during shipment?

Yes, your car will be insured with cargo insurance during shipment when shipping via interstate carrier or with a shipping vessel overseas. This coverage will take care of repair work in case the car is damaged. It does not cover anything left inside the vehicle however, so be sure to clear the car out unless special permissions have been given.

I know personal items are not covered, but can I ship anything inside the car?

We highly recommend that you refrain from shipping anything monetarily or sentimentally valuable inside the car unless you absolutely must. These items will not be covered by insurance. If you must ship some items in the car, we recommend they be placed inside the trunk to help prevent damage to the interior of your car as well as to reduce the risk of theft during shipment.

I have a large SUV. Will I need to pay a higher price?

When shipping an oversized SUV, truck or other large vehicle, you should expect to pay higher rates because these cars take up more space on the carrier, and depending on the vehicle, it may take a specialized trailer to haul the vehicle.

Is there anything that I need to do to prepare my car for transport?

Yes! There are several things that you need to do to get your car ready for transport. These include:

  1. Wash the car. Dust and dirt can conceal signs of cosmetic damage, paint chipping and dents and dings.
  2. Clean all personal items out of the car and vacuum the interior.
  3. Check the insurance rates to ensure they are enough for your car. If you want a higher coverage amount, you can pay to increase the coverage or speak to your private insurer about adding extra coverage during shipment.
  4. Disable the vehicle alarm. If it cannot be disarmed, you need to show the carrier driver how to shut it off if it goes off during transport.
  5. Take pictures of the car from all angles just before the vehicle is loaded. This way, if you suspect something is damaged when the car is delivered, you have your images to compare.
  6. Drive your fuel down to no higher than one-quarter tank. This keeps weight low while also allowing enough fuel to load and unload the car as needed along the shipping route.
  7. Check for leaks and if you find any, have them repaired before the car ships.
  8. Make sure your battery is fully charged.
  9. Check the tire pressure.
  10. Remove custom accessories from the car to keep them safe as the car ships.

Book U.S. Army Car Shipping Today!

If you are an active duty member of the United States Army or their dependent or you are a retired member of the United States Army, you can contact us at 800-452-2880 or fill out the QUOTE FORM today to get a free quote and to schedule auto transport services.

Written By:Joe Webster
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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