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Automobile Transport Preparation

Whether you are looking to move an SUV, sports car, classic car, or just a regular hatchback, the auto transport industry can be complicated. Hopefully, this short guide will simplify things for you, to help you make your decision.

On Shiply, you can enter details of any vehicle to receive quotes to move it across Canada. You will hear back from rated delivery companies within hours. All you have to do is choose one.

Know your vehicle

The type and cost of your vehicle dictate the type of transport you need. Is it a brand new, shiny SUV with leather seats? If so you might need more insurance coverage. Is it a beat-up old sedan? You might be looking for a cheaper option.

The condition of the vehicle is also highly important. For safe transport, most companies require the vehicle to be running with working brakes and limited modifications, if this is not the case, the vehicle can still be moved but may incur extra costs. It is essential to pass this information to your chosen carrier before the move.

Transport types

Once you’ve decided the price you are looking for, it is time to decide which transport type you need. Each method has different pros and cons. Every method is available on Shiply, so you can use this section to help make your decision.

- Single car transport: If you are moving one vehicle a short distance, a flat deck or trailer is ideal. This is the common method for towing or auto rescue companies. The price can be fairly costly for longer distances, but provides quick, reliable door to door service for shorter moves.

- Multi-car carrier: This is the standard method for short and long distance car transport. 6 – 10 vehicles are loaded onto a car carrier. This provides cheaper rates, as the cost is shared between vehicles. These quotes are often terminal to terminal due to the size of the car carrier. This means you must drop off and collect your vehicle at the company's secure terminal or yard. These can provide excellent rates, especially if the company has an extra space on their truck meaning they can offer you cheaper prices in exchange for loading quickly.

- Enclosed Transport: This method is the safest available. The car is protected in a covered trailer, which is ideal for more expensive or specialist vehicles. The cost is higher, as enclosed trailers generally only take 1 or 2 vehicles.

- Rail Transport: Rail can be the cheapest option, as 20 – 30 cars can be hauled at once, however, the delivery time can be somewhat longer.


It is key that the company’s insurance covers the full value of your vehicle. Higher insurance premiums may cost slightly more, but it is always worth it if something goes wrong.

Once you have received your vehicle

If the vehicle has arrived in the condition it was sent in, then sign off with your carrier. If you are happy with the service, please go ahead and review the company on Shiply, to help others decide which transport company to use for automobile transport.

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    Compare prices and read previous customer feedback to pick the right delivery quote for you.

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    Sit back and relax while your item is safely delivered by your chosen transport provider.

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