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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
How Can I Contact Shiply?
You can also send an email to our support team: .
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
Does Someone Have To Be Present For Pickup And Delivery?
In most cases, the car delivery company will require you to be in attendance for the pickup and delivery of the vehicle. This is because there are likely to be release forms that you need to sign, as well as handing over the keys for the car.
Can I Keep Items In My Vehicle?
Most car delivery companies will be fine with you keeping some personal items in the vehicle when it is transported. However, there are two important things to remember: 1. The weight of the items may affect the price of the vehicle delivery, and 2. Any items in the vehicle will not be covered by insurance for the transport of the car itself.
Can I Transport My Vehicle If It Isn't Running?
You can transport your vehicle if it isn’t in running condition, however, this will be more expensive as specialist equipment is required to load and unload the vehicle.
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"Communication was great from the time I accepted the quote until the car was dropped off. In terms of the timeline, I was given a potential range for both how soon the car would be picked up and how many days it would be in transport."
"Everything was perfect! Fast, easy and hassle-free process! I definitely recommend and would use them again in the future. Thank you so much!"
"Great experience using these guys. This was my first time having to transport a car using a service like this and I could not be happier. Picked up earlier than expected and delivery was early as well. Quick easy and problem free."
"I’ve used Shiply twice now and have been really pleased with the result. It’s quick and easy to use. For both occasions the quotes were very competitive and the quality of the job was excellent. I highly recommend it."