How to Ship Cargo Vans
If you need to ship a cargo van, it can be a challenge in some cases, but with careful planning and an understanding of what your options are, it doesn't have to be such a hard process. Shipping a cargo van be a different process in comparison to shipping a regular car or a sedan. The first thing to know is that the particular model of your cargo van will have a lot to do with how easy or difficult it's going to be to transport it.
The Type of Cargo Van
The type of cargo van that you have, including its purpose and its specifications, will affect the delivery time and the cost of shipping. In particular, some cargo vans may be able to be placed on and shipped through a normal carrier, while some may simply be too big for both their size and weight to be shipped through this method. If that's the case, the vehicle will be considered to be oversized, meaning that it will have to be shipped using a flatbed.
An example of cargo vans that, while large, will still be able to fit on a normal carrier are those within the Ford E-Series, though some, like the Ford E-550, are too large. Still though, even if they are able to fit onto a normal carrier, their heavy weight will result in a higher cost to you.
Some types of cargo vans that are simply too big to be shipped normally are the:
- Nissan NV's
- Ford Transit Connects
- Sprinter Vans
Things You Should Be Aware Of
Whether it's shipped normally or shipped on a flatbed due to being oversized, shipping cargo vans will cost you more than a regular vehicle. That you can be sure of, especially since they weigh a great deal.
If it's a cargo van that is overweight though, you will also have to deal with longer delivery times, which can be significant if the auto transport broker is having difficulty in finding a specialty carrier.
To counteract the negatives associated with shipping cargo vans, make sure to specify the exact model to your auto transport broker to determine if it is oversized or not. Also make sure to plan ahead and take into account the longer shipping time that you may experience, as well as the increase in the cost. If the distance that the cargo van needs to travel is not so far, consider driving it there yourself. After all, one of the benefits of a cargo van is that it is perfect for a road trip.
A-1 Auto Transport has years of experience in shipping cargo vans. Contact us today and we will be able to look up your cargo van model and determine the best course of action for you to take. We will work diligently to plan the best route, provide you with the fastest shipping time, and make sure that you're not paying anything outlandish, all with a free quote!
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.