Yes and no. The strict interpretation is no, you can’t ship items inside your vehicle. The reality is that almost all auto transport carriers look the other way on items that weigh less than 100 pounds, roughly the equivalent of 2 suitcases. We recommend placing any additional items in the trunk and out of sight. The U.S. Transportation Law states that a carrier can be fined $10,000 for hauling household items in the vehicle, but it is rarely enforced. Please know that car delivery drivers estimate every vehicle’s weight that they carry and don’t want problems at weight scales. They must keep the personal items to a minimum to make it through the scales. Some drivers will accept a tip ($50-$250) for hauling extra stuff, and some won’t. Rule of thumb, don’t take advantage. The car transporter is there to ship a car, not move the owner’s personal belongings. Our car shipping calculator will not add a charge for extra items because it would be presumptuous to expect the driver to agree. If you want to include extra items in your vehicle, please discuss that first with the driver and come to a mutual agreement.
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The Spirit of Door-To-Door Car Shipping
Like a taxi pulling right up to your house or apartment, wouldn’t it be nice if a door-to-door auto transport service knocked on your door to let you know that they are waiting outside? In that scenario, you could even stay in your pajamas and slippers, and pause your favorite show for thirty minutes, while you hand over your vehicle keys to the car transport driver. Then expect him to do the same thing upon delivery in a few days. But in reality, door-to-door auto transport does not usually happen that way.
What does happen is that a car transport carrier is supposed to get as close as possible to your door, and that can mean within a mile or two of your house or apartment. It is rarely farther, but sometimes that also makes sense. You see, a car transport carrier is huge. It’s a big truck, not a small taxi. Most auto transporters carry five to ten vehicles and require extra space to turn around or maneuver. They can’t do that on most residential streets and might be legally forbidden anyway.
Aside from getting pinned into a small space to turn around, the car transporter is also wary of low-hanging tree branches on residential streets. The top rack might have vehicles twelve or thirteen feet above ground level, and the auto transporter is rightly concerned about scratching the roofs of not only your vehicle but others as well. The car transport service driver must assume that there are low-hanging branches and avoid going into your neighborhood streets, and of course, directly to your door. Please be understanding.
Meeting The Door-To-Door Auto Transport Driver Nearby
After Direct Express Auto Transport assigns your vehicle to a carrier, we instruct the driver to pick up and deliver as close as possible to both your origination and destination addresses. The carrier will first locate your address on Apple or Google Maps or something similar. He will search for a large area nearby where he can safely park his car transport truck to unload your vehicle.
Typical meeting places are grocery store parking lots, malls, places like Home Depot and Target, extra wide roads, or rest areas. You get the idea. Then he calls your origination contact and informs them of the nearby location to meet. Most people understand why the car transporter is selecting someplace other than the actual address. Because it is not practical. The parties agree to a time and things usually go smoothly. The whole scenario repeats at the destination.
Logistics of Door-To-Door Car Transport Services
Most people bring someone with them to meet the car transport carrier driver. That makes things easier. But what if your contact doesn’t have anyone to drive them to the meeting place? Most people use a Taxi, Uber or Lyft service. The cost is usually nominal, around $10-$15.
We recommend waiting until the carrier has confirmed that he has reached the meeting spot before actually embarking. That’s because drivers are often running behind schedule. Being hours late is not uncommon. While the driver is unloading your vehicle at the meeting spot, you can be on your way. He will likely be patient. By the way, a tip for that hard-working man or woman is greatly appreciated. He is no different than the waiter you tipped last Saturday.
What If You Have Few Other Options?
Sometimes a customer absolutely has no other choice, so a carrier might off-load and drive the vehicle to the actual address. But then he will need a ride back to his transport rig.
We advise female customers not to do that. We err on the side of caution. We think it is also prudent for female customers to never meet alone. Or if they do, make sure it is in a well lit, very public setting. We have had over 300,000 car shipments and have never heard of a female customer of ours being accosted. But let’s just stay safe, anyway.
Sometimes there are no easy alternatives. Your Grandma might be 90 years old, does not drive, has nobody to help, and there are no taxis in her area. Guess what? We love Grandma, but she should not be your contact. Please find somebody else. A neighbor. A friend. A brother-in-law. How about the mechanic you’ve given so much business over so many years? Pay him $50 to help you out and receive your vehicle. And if you think about it, Grandma would probably appreciate your doing that too.
Paying The Door-To-Door Car Transport Driver
Not as much as you would suppose. If only one thing goes wrong, a tire blowout or overheated radiator for instance, then it would be actually cheaper to ship a car across country. About 97% of all auto transport shipments are delivered in an Open-Air trailer. It’s proven to be a very safe method with statistically few problems. You may notice multiple vehicles being delivered to car dealerships near you in an Open-Air trailer, and that’s because it’s reliable. It is also cheap car shipping. If you have a collector car or really expensive automobile, however, then we recommend car shipping services with an Enclosed carrier. Expect to pay about 50% more for Enclosed transport. Our car shipping cost calculator automatically adds the extra amount to your auto transport quote
Making a nominal partial credit card payment to the auto transport broker is preferred by car shipping carriers but not essential. Carriers like getting paid with Cash or Money Order upon delivery, and who doesn’t? Services paid immediately for services rendered. But a full credit card payment upfront also works if the car shipping carrier trusts the auto transport broker. Carriers have known Direct Express Auto Transport for nearly twenty years and the trust is there. So either method works with us
The auto transport delivery is the final step in the process, and also the simplest part. Once your vehicle has been assigned to a car shipping carrier and picked up, not too much can go wrong. It generally takes one day of transit time for every 500 miles of distance. The auto transport driver will call ahead from the road to announce his estimated time of arrival.
Car Delivery Time Estimate
- 100-500 miles takes 1 or 2 days
- 500-1000 miles takes 2 or 3 days
- 1000-1500 miles takes 3 or 4 days
- 1500-2000 miles takes 4 or 5 days
- 2000-2500 miles takes 5 or 6 days
- 2500-3000 miles takes 6 or 7 day
Depending on the distance, weather conditions and population centers it could be a few days or weeks until a vehicle reaches its destination. The car shipping carriers usually estimate about 10 days on coast to coast trips, but they frequently arrive earlier.
We recommend scheduling your auto transport service anywhere from two days to two weeks in advance. We are often able to assign your vehicle on the very same day, but providing us with longer lead times allows us to schedule your auto transportation easier. You want the most current car shipping cost, and you get that by staying within two weeks of your first available date to ship. Believe it or not, the auto transport service market can change quickly. It is seasonal. If the car shipping quote is too low, that can delay your order getting on the road. To avoid that, try not to book more than a month in advance and preferably within two weeks, because seasonal changes can impact the current pricing. Conversely, you should enjoy the savings if the rates were to go down, so having the most current pricing is always best. Our auto transport rate calculator on this page was the first one in the industry in 2004.
Over 90% of our car shipping orders are assigned and picked up within one week. Mostly because the overwhelming majority of the U.S. population lives nearby a major metropolitan area.
Reviews From Our Customers
My Auto Transport Experience
I am so pleased with my decision to use Direct Express Auto Transport! Ashley was a knowledgeable and confidence inspiring representative and my driver was on time and my car was in perfect shape!
Great Auto Transport Service To Texas
Talked to Jessica on Wednesday to have 65 El Camino shipped from Calif to Texas. Was picked up on Thursday the 16th and delivered on Monday the 20th. Beautiful truck and great driver. Sebastian was the driver’s name. Also it was awesome to see all the other great cars.
Enclosed Auto Transport
Fantastic experience all around, from the office people calling me back on a Sunday when a question popped up, to getting the car delivered very quickly, the whole process went perfectly. Will use them again for sure.
My Car Arrived Sooner Than Expected!
Driver was very efficient and accommodating! Once he picked up the vehicle he stayed in contact with us all the way to delivery. Thank you very much for hauling this vehicle for us because we have no way of doing it ourselves.
Auto Transport From Florida
My car was picked up on a Friday morning and arrived at my destination two days later. The driver made sure that I was on time delivering my car and he made sure my car was delivered to me in a timely manner also. Great customer service from beginning to end. No complaints at all and will definitely use this company again. Great job!
Auto Transport Service To Arizona
Another excellent job by Direct Express Auto Transport! This is the 3rd time we’ve shipped with this Direct Express Auto Transport. They’re courteous, professional, and on time. I highly recommend this company and their services!
Car Transported California to Texas
I used the expedited shipping option and they told me it will be picked up within 3-4days. Luckily my car was picked up on the very first day. It was assigned to one of their transport companies and I received my car within 10days. They are very professional.