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Transporting Your Vehicle With Personal Items

What's in this article?
  1. Check The Weight Requirements
  2. Follow The Relevant Laws
  3. Always Ask First
  4. Make Sure You Have The Right Insurance
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When transporting your vehicle, no matter the distance, you can save yourself time and energy by effectively killing two birds with one stone if you also place some of your personal items in it as well.

If your car is being transported across the country or overseas due to you relocating, placing personal items in it at the same time can help make your move much easier. Keep in mind that many companies also don't charge extra for transporting these personal items that are in the vehicle. However, this isn't a green light to simply pack your car to the brink. Instead, you have to be aware of the different rules and regulations that companies have, as well as what's allowed and ideal based on the method of transportation that you've chosen. Check out the following tips for assistance:

Check the Weight Requirements

You should always contact the auto transport company and ask them about the weight limits per vehicle. Whether it's in an enclosed trailer or an open trailer, each car has a certain weight restriction. Going above that weight limit will mean that you have to pay much more in fees.

For example, many shipping companies will allow you to bring with you up to 150 lbs of personal items, as long as they're placed securely in the vehicle, such as in the trunk.

If you're shipping your vehicle overseas, then you will want to make sure that you do so with a closed container instead of an open container, since with a closed container, you can include your personal items as well.

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Follow the Relevant Laws

Don't try and place in any items that are illegal. Even if they're legal in your state or country, they may not be legal somewhere else. Keep in mind that it's also a federal crime if an illegal item gets carried across state lines in many instances. If you're moving abroad, any illegal item can have your new visa revoked and worse, land you in prison.

The Department of Transportation has the right to search your vehicle if the driver of the truck gets pulled over. Visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov for more information on rules and regulations.

Always Ask First

Always ask your auto transport company about bringing personal items with you. Some may allow it, while some won't, but the bottom line is that you want a clear understanding before the shipping process begins.

Make Sure You Have the Right Insurance

Contrary to what they may tell you, in most instances, your personal items that are transported with your vehicle are not covered by the same insurance. Carrier insurance in particular only covers the vehicle.

You can acquire additional insurance for your personal items if you so desire, but keep in mind that it is a complicated ordeal. This is why you shouldn't include any extremely valuable items.

Contact A-1 Auto Transport today, and we'll answer all of your questions about transporting your personal items with your vehicle!

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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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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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