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What It Takes To Ship A Car To Another State

What It Takes To Ship A Car To Another State
What It Takes To Ship A Car To Another State

Moving to another state is hectic. The state-to-state roads might confuse you and it will take a lot of time and energy to drive your car. Most people hire a professional driver or an auto mover to transport their cars across the country. Hiring an auto transport company is cost-effective and hassle-free. When shipping your car there are three things that you should do: find a reliable transporter, prepare your car, and inspect your car after delivery. Let’s see how to go about through this shipping checklist.

Step 1: Hire a reliable auto transporter

To ship a car to another state, invest some time investigating your auto transporter. When considering a shipper, consider the following;

  • Will my car be delivered in good shape? When delivered, your car should be as good as when your shipper picked it up. However, in the case of accidents and damages, your car should be insured. Ensure that you get your insurance certificate before shipping.
  • Will my car be delivered in good time? You will probably move by air and wait for your car from the other end. An accurate estimation of the delivery time will help you make the necessary arrangements. A late delivery might cost you and disrupt your program. Depending on your destination, delivery may take 2-3 weeks. However, most auto transporters will charge you an extra fee to ship a car to another state faster.
  • Is your company licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration? By law a legitimate interstate moving company should display their U.S DOT number on their website.
  • Is the company cost-effective? Consider several quotes before settling for a transporter. For most companies, you will get a free online quote to help you make a decision. The final cost will depend on the transit distance, the shipping options, the size and weight of the car, and the delivery window.
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Step 2: Prepare your car

Follow these steps to prepare your car for interstate shipping

  • Remove your personal belongings from the car: by law, a shipping company should not carry personal items. These additional items are not insured for transit and you might lose them in case of an accident. And as a rule, auto shipping companies charge extra fees for cars that exceed the standard weight of a car.
  • Disable the alarm: If the alarm goes off during transportation, the driver will not be able to deactivate it.
  • Drain your tank to about ¼ full. Your car will only be driven when loading and unloading. Therefore, a quarter tank is enough. Note that you might be charged an extra cost to degas your car. In addition, more fuel will add weight to your car and eventually increase the shipping cost.
  • Check the condition of your car: Since you want to avoid a damaged car at delivery, inspect it together with the trucker. Wash and clean it thoroughly to make the inspection easier. Take pictures and document any dings, dents, or scratches.
  • If your car has mechanical problems, fix them before shipping or inform the driver beforehand.
  • Remove any attachments on the car, e.g. racks.

Step 3: Receive your car

If you selected a reliable company to ship the car to another state, you should have your vehicle at the right time. When preparing to receive your automobile;

  • Use a tracking device: you should have a way of seeing the transit progress of your car through a tracking device. Most companies will also give you contact information to keep you updated on your shipment.
  • Avail yourself at the delivery location: your shipper will probably be delivering other vehicles alongside yours. Make sure you are at the agreed delivery location when your car arrives to avoid delaying other clients.
  • Inspect your car: Some transport options may expose your car to damages. Make sure that the condition of your car has not changed.
  • Sign the bill of lading: As a protocol, your shipper should give you a bill of lading which documents any damages at the pickup. Once you are satisfied with the condition of our car, sign the document. If there are damages, you will use the bill of lading to make your claims.

Hurray! You have just shipped your car to another state. If you follow the above steps, you will find it easy to do the interstate shipping. If you need further help, feel free to contact us and we will guide you through.

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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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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

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.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

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!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

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.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
★★★★★

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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NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
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2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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435 Division Street
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Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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