Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does the transport process work?

All that is required of you is to submit the paperwork and make the minimal deposit to Instant Car Transport Quote. Once these arrive at Instant Car Transport Quote your car is scheduled according to the dates you specified on your order. Your car will be assigned a transport unit and a driver.



When the driver arrives at pickup, he will do a thorough inspection of the car and make notes about the car’s condition on the Bill of Lading. He will sign the Bill of Lading and you should read and sign the form to show you agree with his judgement of the condition of your auto. Why does he inspect your car? Because his inspection notations will be compared with your car’s condition at delivery to ascertain whether the car has been damaged in transport. We do not expect that will happen, but we must always plan ahead.



When the driver arrives at the designated endpoint, he calls to schedule an approximate time for delivery. One at the destination point, you and the driver will do another inspection of your vehicle, comparing its condition with its prior recorded condition. In the unlikely event damage has occurred, you must report that damage on the Bill of Lading right then. Again both you and the transport driver sign the document. Insurance companies cannot process claims that are not recorded at time and place of delivery.

Q: Is my vehicle insured?

Yes, it is. All carriers meet State and Federal insurance requirements. The driver thoroughly inspects the vehicle before and after shipping. When your vehicle arrives at its destination, you must inspect for in-transit damages. Note any damages on the Bill of Lading and have the driver sign the document. Insurance companies cannot process claims if damages written on the Bill of Lading at delivery.

Q: What is the difference between open and enclosed transporting?

Open Carriers are standard for transporting to and from dealerships. Open carriers come in different sizes and carry different numbers of vehicles. Vehicles in open transports are exposed to the weather. While enclosed transports also vary in size and capacity, just as the open do, the enclosed carrier’s cargo gets greater protection. We strongly advise you to choose Enclosed Carriers for custom and antique/classic vehicles. Enclosed transport does cost more than open transport.

Q: What kind of auto transporter will move my vehicle?

Your car will be transported by a multiple car carrier, the same used in transporting new vehicles to dealerships.

Q: What is a Condition Report?

The Bill of Lading has the Condition Report. The Condition Report is a record of the state of your vehicle at the time the driver takes custody of it. He notes things like marks or scratches and dents, etc. You the shipper or your authorized agent will see the Condition Report and you must sign that you agree with the driver’s judgement. The shipper then files a copy of this Condition Report before the vehicle leaves the point of origin and gives you a copy. Claims of damage at destination are compared with this initial documentation.

Q: Do I have to be present when my vehicle is picked up and delivered?

You or your representative must pick up the vehicle in order to complete the auto transporting delivery.

Q: How long will it take to pick up and deliver my vehicle?

A vehicle can take from 7 to 14 days to cross the US. Other trips may take from 1 to 7 days, depending weather conditions and distance. Delays may be incurred due to traffic, inclement weather, truck breakdowns, seasonal fluctuations and other unforeseen events. Therefore, dates can be estimated but are not guaranteed. Another factor affecting delivery times is location. For pick up or delivery to remote areas, areas away from population centers, consider meeting the driver in a nearby city or large town.

Q: Where will my vehicle be picked up and delivered?

The initial load and the final delivery destinations will be as close your chose delivery location as possible. But be aware that large transport carriers must follow local government regulations that may forbid transporter these large rigs from driving directly in your neighborhood. In these cases, an alternate site is chosen, like a large parking lot or a shopping mall lot.

Q: How do I prepare my vehicle for shipping?

Tie down or remove items such as ground effects, spoilers, fog lights, or wide mirrors, and lower or remove the antenna, if possible. Fix tears or open seams on convertible tops to prevent the force of wind from doing further damage. Check that the radiator has adequate and fresh anti-freeze to secure against cold weather. Check that the battery is sound, has no leaks, and that the fluid levels are low enough to handle expansion. Leave only a 1/4 tank of gas in the vehicle, because full tanks add costly weight to the transport. Turn off anti-theft devices.

Q: Can I leave personal belongings in my trunk?

No, sorry, you cannot. All personal items should be removed from your vehicle. Both insurance companies as well as the Transporting Cars across Country advise against leaving personal things in the vehicle because items left in vehicles are not insured by carrier insurance. Leave things in your vehicle only at your own risk. You may leave up to 100 lbs. within the trunk of your vehicle. But you may ABSOLUTELY NOT leave firearms, hazardous materials, illegal substances or contraband. Remember, shipping and car transport companies are not insured for household goods. And consider that it is even against the law for them to transport anything except your vehicle. The vehicle shipping and car transport truck is subject to inspection by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Police at each state line and operators may be fined up to $10,000 for carrying household goods. Cars may be impounded and the owner will incur all fines and expenses.

Q: What is a Bill of Lading or Freight Bill?

The contract or receipt for your vehicle is The Bill of Lading or Freight Bill or The Contract of Carriage. It is the agreement for shipping between you, the shipper and the auto transport company, the Carrier. The driver gives you with a Bill of Lading at the time the vehicle is picked up. The Bill of Lading is an important document to you. It is signed by the driver and by you or your representative. It shows the name of the shipper, the origin of contact and location, and the destination, plus all pertinent telephone numbers. Review the Bill of Lading to make sure that all the information is correct and that the place of delivery is visible. The Bill of Lading contains the contact information of the shipper or authorized agent so that they can be notified of problems and any delays during transit. The Bill of Lading also has the name, address, and telephone number of the Carrier. Legally, the Carrier must use a Bill of Lading and give the customer a copy before your vehicle is moved. Read the Bill of Lading in its entirety and note any conditions on the front and back of the form. Be certain you understand that portion of the Bill of Lading that lists the liability of the Carrier for loss or damage to your vehicle.

Q: How do I pay for the car transport?

Before transport begins, a minimal pre-determined deposit is determined. The balance will be Cash on Delivery (COD) at the time of the delivery of your vehicle. The drivers will only accept cash or certified funds written out to them for all COD’s when they your car is handed over to you or your agent.

Q: Why go to Car shipping Companies?

Transporting Cars across Country knows that car shipping can be troubling. We understand that one of the most worrisome concerns of moving can be shipping your car. Shipping your car is the best thing to do. Consider the reasons listed below for choosing an Auto Transport Carrier over driving your car to its new home.

Q: Choosing the Transporting Cars across Country

Be particular about a car carrier transport company. Draw up a list the attributes of the best auto transport providers. Price and service are not always directly correlated. Poor service might accompany high prices and good service for might come cheaper. Check online reviews, company’s experience, certifications, and accreditation by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). All will help you choose a good company that fits your budget.



Transporting Cars across Country strives to meet all your shipping needs. Auto shipping requires knowledge acquired through experience. Choose a company that serves you well and meets your budget. Transporting Cars across Country can meet both. Car shipping requires careful record-keeping. Cars must be delivered with are and according to schedule. Costs should match the quality service and the circumstances of shipment. Transporting Cars across Country has the services you want and need. We listed some below.