Can I Have Things Inside My Car When I Ship It?
There is smart logic behind putting things inside your car if you are shipping it somewhere. If it is only a couple of items, it may not have a significant impact on your shipping price. If you plan on packing the car from top to bottom, including the trunk, you may want to rethink your options.
At present, the Department of Transportation has not declared moving items in your car illegal. So utilizing your vehicle as a method of moving things is a possibility.
Shipping A Car With Belongings Inside
Some circumstances in life may justify packing your car full when shipping it somewhere. Something to keep in mind is that most shipping services also use weight to determine the cost of your shipment. There is a certain threshold of weight where an extra amount may not be charged. Generally, this is under 200 extra pounds of weight.
Moving to College
When a child goes to college, the move can be treacherous. If they aren’t taking a lot of furniture or high dollar items, it might be more economical to throw their few boxes in the trunk of their vehicle that is being shipped to their college.
If the items that they are taking won’t affect the weight threshold of the shipping company’s standards, then it might be best to utilize this than trying to ship it individually.
Moving to Another State
If you are planning a big family move, one that involves shipping a vehicle to another state, this may not be the best scenario to pack up your car that is being shipped. You run the risk of paying hundreds or even thousands more based on the weight, but probably wouldn’t even be able to fit everything inside of it.
A1 Auto Transport offers moving services that also ship your car. If you are looking for a cost-effective moving service that will also ship your vehicle at the same time, A1 Auto Transport can cover both of those services for you at one time.
Using Precaution When Putting Items in Your Car
If your car is sitting in a parking lot, you aren’t going to set your wallet on the dashboard and walk away from it. This is an open invitation to anyone walking by to steal it. There are certain precautions that you have to undertake when you decide to put personal belongings in your car during shipment.
Reduce the Visibility
A lot of shipping companies will allow you to place personal belongings that you would like to ship inside your vehicle before shipment. They only ask that they stay below the window level. Even though most companies carry insurance and guarantee that your vehicle will be safe during transport, that does not mean that break-ins do not happen. Long-distance transport services can often take days to reach their destination if using ground fleets. This means that the driver will be sleeping at some point during the journey.
To better safeguard your belongings, if you must transport them in your vehicle, it is important to make sure that they are inside of a locked trunk or below the line of sight.
Expensive or Irreplaceable Items
Don’t ship items that can cost a lot to replace in your car. In the same regard, do not ship items that are irreplaceable in your car. If an item is something that cannot be easily replaced, a common rule of thumb is to transport it where you can keep an eye on it.
Things like clothes or shoes that you got from a thrift store probably wouldn’t matter, but those $1200 earings you got for your anniversary would. Your deceased grandmother’s locket is probably not in the jewelry section at the local Wal-Mart. Use your best judgment before you put something in your car to have it shipped.
Don’t Ship Fragile Items
Just because your car is covered by the insurance policy that the transport company has doesn’t mean that your belongings inside the car are included. Make sure you understand the insurance that the transport company offers, it may be a matter of paying for additional coverage on your items.
If something is fragile, make sure that you wrap it properly. The transport company cannot be held liable if something gets broken, especially if it was not adequately packaged. Just remember that shipping anything inside of your car is done at your own risk.
Keep the Front Seat Clear
At some point in the shipping process, there will be times when your car is driven. This will most likely occur when it is loaded and unloaded from the truck. When you pack your car with items and include the front seat, it will become impossible for the driver to get your car where it needs to go.
Finding Solutions That Fit Your Budget
Moving your vehicle can often be stressful enough, let alone trying to figure out how to move other items along with it. A1 Auto Transport has many options available that not only fit your needs, but they fit your budget as well.
Long-distance moving services offered by A1 Auto Transport is provided by the highest quality of shipping services in the industry. We employ not only the highest trained individuals, but the most trustworthy. When you chose us for your moving needs, your personal items are safe.
A1 Auto Transport will help you find the plan and services that are the most beneficial to you while being completely transparent. We will not offer you a solution that does not fit your needs. We will not hit you with hidden fees after the job has been completed.
Quality and assurance will be visible every step of the shipping process. You will always be in the loop, even if it is merely shipping your vehicle. All of the Department of Transportation’s rules are followed to the letter when we ship your items. If any of these rules change, we will let you know what that means for your shipment.
Choose a leader in the industry to guide you through the shipping process. A1 Auto Transport offers a unique selection of shipping solutions to get your items where they need to go at the lowest costs available.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.