How To Transport A Vehicle
Whatever vehicle you need to be transported, Shiply can help make the process easier. Whether it’s a car, motorcycle, or something larger, there are hundreds of vehicle shipping companies on Shiply ready to bid on your job. Choosing the right vehicle transport service for your needs, however, can be difficult as there are a number of variables and options to consider.
Shiply can make transporting your vehicle easy by providing an all-in-one platform where you can collect quotes, often at rates of up to 75% less than usual, compare services and ensure you are getting the exact vehicle transport service you require. The first step is to work out what sort of vehicle shipping you need.
Types Of Vehicle Transport Services
What type of vehicle you need to ship is generally the factor that will determine the type of vehicle transportation service you need. Motorcycles, ATVs, and similar will usually be able to be put on a trailer, which you can decide to be open or closed depending on how precious the vehicle is. For example, if you are moving a vintage motorcycle, you may want a closed trailer to protect the vehicle from the elements as it is transported. Cars can also be put in single enclosed trailers, making them ideal for expensive purchases, but generally, an enclosed trailer is not available for something bigger.
If you want to save some money, multi-vehicle trailers are available from many vehicle transport services. Alternatively, if the vehicle to be transported is in working condition, you can try and find a driver service where your vehicle will simply be driven from A to B by a driver from the company, however, this will add mileage to your vehicle and runs the risk of damage during transit.
You also need to decide whether you would like a terminal-to-terminal or a door-to-door delivery for your vehicle. Terminal deliveries will typically be cheaper as they are pre-defined routes the vehicle shipping company will already be driving, but the vast majority of people opt for door delivery due to the convenience.
How Much Does It Cost To Transport A Vehicle
For a rough idea, vehicle shipping companies charge approximately $2.92 per mile if the journey is less than 200 miles, $0.93 if the journey is between 200 and 500 miles and if the journey is over 1,000 miles then this drops to $0.78.
Distance is obviously an important factor, but here are some more things that may affect the price of your vehicle transport:
Type Of Vehicle - Transporting a truck costs a lot more than transporting an ATV, and this is where the biggest decider in your vehicle transportation cost comes in. Smaller vehicles typically require less equipment and smaller trailers to move, so the rates you will be quoted for smaller vehicle transport shipping will be much cheaper than for considerably larger vehicles.
Type Of Vehicle Shipping - As stated earlier, the method of transport will play a part in the cost of your vehicle transport, with enclosed, single trailers typically costing the most while multi-car carriers will be the cheapest method of transport. Door-to-door delivery will also generally be more expensive than terminal-to-terminal deliveries.
Timings - If you need your vehicle transported within a strict timeframe then this may end up costing you more than if you are flexible with dates. The driver may have a schedule for their vehicle shipping service and moving your vehicle outside of this schedule will incur extra charges as the driver is making special precautions for you.
Time Of Year - Whilst not always an issue depending on location, certain roads can be blocked or closed due to adverse weather conditions. This is more of a problem in Winter, and so there may be the rare occasion where your vehicle transport costs more due to the unavailability of shorter routes, however, this is unlikely.
Locations Of Pickup And Delivery - If you need a door-to-door delivery, your location of pickup and delivery can affect the pricing of your vehicle shipping service. Remote locations will require more time and fuel to get to, and if an area is particularly out of the way, you may see the cost quoted by a vehicle transport company go up.
How Can Shiply Help Find Vehicle Shipping Companies?
With all the factors above to consider, choosing the right vehicle transport service for you can seem like a daunting task. This is where Shiply can help.
All you need to do is enter some basic information about the vehicle that needs moving such as the vehicle type, pickup and delivery locations, and dates for moving. Once you submit this information, sit back and wait as hundred of vehicle shipping companies on our platform review your job. Those who want to accept it will then send quotes directly to your Shiply inbox, allowing you to compare all of your quotes in one easy space.
Our platform utilizes a rating system that allows you to see previous user scores for any shipping company, as well as a messaging system so that you may ask potential vehicle transport companies any specific questions you may have.
Often the vehicle shippers on Shiply are trying to fill empty space on journeys they are already making, for example, they may happen to have one spot free on a multi-car carrier heading in the same direction your vehicle needs to go. For this reason, quotes on Shiply can often be up to 75% less than typical rates as the costs are already sunken for the vehicle transport service and they just need to fill all of their space.
Preparing For Your Vehicle To Be Moved
If you have looked at all your options and decided on a vehicle transport company to carry out your job, then the next step is to prepare your vehicle for pickup. We recommend these steps:
Documents - If you are selling your vehicle or sending it internationally then documents may be required to be with the vehicle during transit. We always recommend ensuring you have these documents ready and in place for pickup.
Running Condition - Depending on whether the vehicle will be driven by the vehicle transportation service or not, you may need to ensure that it is in running condition. This means you need to ensure that there is enough fluid, battery charge, and that the tire pressure levels are correct.
Cleaning - It can be a great idea (and a great excuse) to clean your vehicle before it is transported. It can also let you remove any personal items in the vehicle and take stock of its condition.
Photographs - After cleaning your car, you should take high-resolution images of the vehicle and its condition. This is very useful for determining the condition of your vehicle prior to pick up and helps ascertain whether any unfortunate damages have occurred during transit.
What To Do After Delivery
Once your vehicle has been delivered, there are a few things you should check:
Vital Signs - Lights, brakes, and engines should all be checked as soon as possible to ensure that the vehicle is in the condition that was expected.
Exterior Condition - Use the photographs you took before pickup to check for any damages that may have occurred during your vehicle transportation service - raise any issues as soon as possible.
Check Mileage - If your vehicle was driven to its destination, you should check the mileage meter to ensure that only the expected distance was driven.
Once your vehicle shipping is complete we ask that you leave a review for the vehicle transport service you used so that future Shiply users can know what to expect.
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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.
Can I Call Shiply?
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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?
f 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 .
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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."