Auto Shipping Process

Auto Shipping Process

Below are the 5 basics Steps to Shipping your Car!

Review Quote & Select Shipper

The first question everyone asks is how much will it cost to ship my car? Answer, well it depends. There are a number of different factors that affect the cost to ship a vehicle. To get an accurate estimate simply fill out the quote request form to the right to receive 10 instant auto transport quotes. Remember each company is competing for your business to provide you with the best possible price. You will then be contacted by professional, reliable, licensed, bonded and insured auto shipping companies. Once you have decided on an auto transport company to ship your vehicle you will want to discuss your quote, review all the services available to you, and confirm the date of your transport. At this point it is also a good idea to identify any special circumstances of your transport with the auto shipping company as well as have them address any questions or concerns you might have.

Auto Shipping Process

Car Preparation

Before the carrier arrives on your transport date, you will want to make sure that you car is washed, the gas tank is1/4 full, the battery is charged, and any accessories have been removed. Also it is very important to provide the carrier with a full set of keys to your vehicle so be sure to have a copy made for them. Read our Auto Shipping Checklist for more information.


Most auto transport companies will require that a deposit is made to secure a carrier for your auto transport. Carriers are required to collect the complete balanced owed before your vehicle can be unloaded. Payments can be made by certified or cashier’s check, money order, cash, and in some cases credit card. Personal checks will not be accepted. A copy of the bill of lading signed by the driver will be provided to you as your receipt.


It is very important to let the driver know if there are any special precautions needed during the loading process of you vehicle. Once your car has been loaded, you will receive a bill of lading authorizing your transport. Then in no time at all your vehicle will be on its way!


When your auto has arrived at the delivery location, you will want to do a full inspection of the vehicle, making sure there was no damage encountered along the way. If for some reason there appears to have been damaged during the transport you will want to contact the auto transport company immediately. Read more on our Auto Transport Insurance page for helpful tips if there is any damage, which rarely there is.