Door To Door Military Car Shipping | A-1 Auto Transport
Door to door transport is considered a specialty service in the auto transport industry, but it is both widely used and offered by almost every shipper. Military car shipping falls into the same category: not every company can do it, but the vast majority of options will be able to. It’s generally best to choose a shipper with experience shipping POVs, especially if it’s to a location outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS).
For most active duty members, the military will ship one vehicle at no charge. If there are additional vehicles that need to shipped, as there often are with families, those must be paid at your expense. In many cases, a family will have one vehicle shipped through the DOD and one shipped through a private shipper.
If you’ve spent any time exploring your options among private auto shippers that move vehicle for military members, you’ll notice that it is not cheap. One way to help minimize costs is by seeking out companies that offer a military discount, which many of them do. You can save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the cost of transport by virtue of being in the military. There may also be other discount programs available. You can view discount offers from A-1 Auto Transport by clicking here.
Preparing Your POV For Door To Door Shipping
Just like any other type of vehicle that is shipped, either with a private shipper or with the DOD, there are preparations you’ll have to make prior to transport.
- Clean the vehicle - Any type of vehicle that is shipped should be cleaned, both inside and out. There are a couple reasons for this. The first is that it is easier to get an accurate assessment of the vehicle’s condition when it is clean--an important part of the shipping process. The second major reason is that contents left inside the vehicle can move during shipping so it’s important that the vehicle be empty with the exception of necessary items like a spare tire and jack.
- Disable alarms - When a vehicle is transported, especially door to door, it is moved in a safe and secure method that ensures it will safely arrive from point A to point B. Shippers will ask that alarms be disabled so that they don’t go off during transport, which can be both disruptive and dangerous.
- Don’t fill up - At pick up time, your vehicle should have no more than 1/4 tank of gas. This is mainly to minimize the weight capacity of each load, but it also reduces the likelihood of leaks and other safety issues. Some companies may have an allowance for slightly more than 1/4 tank, but it is a generally applied industry wide standard.
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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.