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Questions asked by soldiers who are relocated to a new area are often regarding military motorcycle shipping or the transport of other personally owned vehicles. Every branch of this service has identical criteria for a person to be granted permission to ship a motorcycle to a new area. Personally owned vehicles (POV’s) may be sent with the help of your Transportation Officer.
Valuable information regarding this topic can be received from your state’s Motor Vehicle Department, or on www.militaryspot.com/travel/relocating_pcs_101. Through these resources, you may find information regarding necessary licenses, license plates and insurance. You can also ask the MVD for a driver’s manual or a brochure.
You can ship one motorcycle at the expense of the government overseas if it is done by you or a member of your family. However, it must be for the strict personal use of the family member or of yourself. To transport a second military motorcycle, you should first contact the Transportation Office and inquire about potential restrictions.
On the second personally owned vehicle, you may have to pay a duty tax for its importation. A motorcycle is considered a POV when shipped by a family member, only if the person had not previously shipped based on the same military orders another four or more wheeled vehicle. Also, you can proceed with the military motorcycle shipping while having a lease on it of 12 months or longer by first getting permission in writing from the company which leased it.
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The motorcycle should arrive at the port before your departure. You must obtain authorizations for dependent travel if no personally owned vehicle has been shipped on your orders.
Family members must remain for at least 12 months overseas on tour when the military motorcycle arrives at its loading port. A military spouse can send a motorcycle to the port if they’ve obtained a Special Power of Attorney.
Before shipping a motorcycle, you must prepare accordingly. To prevent leaking while transporting it, drain its fluids, such as gasoline, coolant or engine oil. Release some of the air from its tires and remove or unplug the battery. This will help stabilize the bike and prevent electrical problems.
Usually, military motorcycle shipping is done with a tractor truck, with 18 wheels and a trailer which is around 53 feet long. The truck’s complete length is around 80 feet, while its height is around 13 feet.
The streets around the area you are shipping your motorcycle from and to must permit the access of a truck of this size. Motorcycle transporting companies can bring a tractor to a dead end street if there is enough space at the end to turn it around or if the street permits them to back away from it.
If either the location you want to transport the motorcycle from or the one you want it to arrive at are not tractor friendly, you can take your military motorcycle to one of our distribution centers.
At the exchange point, the driver will take note of your military motorcycle’s condition. For security reasons, the owner must be there in person to sign the necessary paperwork. If he has agreed to a location and date over the phone, but fail to be present, he may be subject to attempt fees.
When engaging in military motorcycle shipping, prepare the forms beforehand, and prepare in case you need to claim for damage or loss of your property. Buying more insurance is also advisable.
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.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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