How to Ship a Car

We can't quit moving tough stuff; it's our job!

For our newest blog in the "Moving Tough Stuff" series, we talked to Brie Moreau. Brie Moreau is a writer that works with CFR Rinkens, a global leader in containerized shipping of used autos, with more than 1500 classic cars and other vehicles transported overseas every month. We figured he could help us with giving advice on moving one of the toughest items people have to move: their car. 

moving your car
Moving a car from one location to another is often as simple as taking a road trip. 

When that isn't an option, the next obvious choice is to have your car shipped. 

A lot of people cringe at the idea of having cars shipped, because of expense and possible damage.  The following tips should put your mind at ease on both counts, as well as answer questions you haven't had time to consider. 


Organize shipping in advance

Make your car arrangements in such a way that you have a few days buffer built in to transportation time.  Get a timeline from your car shipper and ask about the possibility of tracking.

 How To Ship Your Car


Be aware of the details regarding your car

Some shippers offer door to door transport of your car, although at an extra cost.  If you choose to drop your car off and pick it up, do whatever it takes to remember and keep the appointments. Depending on where the drop-off or pick-up locations are and how expensive it will be to reach by taxi or other transportation, it may be worth the extra cost of door to door shipping. 


Learn about vehicle restrictions before shipping overseas or to another country:

Besides dealing with varied local restrictions and emissions tests; there may be extra costs like taxes, stamp duty, etc.


Check your shipper's insurance policy:

Before choosing a shipper for your car, make sure you know what the coverage is on the insurance and any about any possible extra charges associated with making a claim.  Most automobile shippers provide somewhere between $50,000 to $100,000 in coverage.

 Car Shipping Insurance Policy


Have a maintenance check done on your car, or do it yourself

The battery should be charged and tires properly inflated.  Check fluid levels such as oil, water, and anti-freeze, and top off if needed.  Check details such as sunroof, antenna and side mirrors.  The sunroof should be closed and if the antenna and side mirrors are retractable, retract them.


Make sure your car is clean inside and out

Your shipper will confirm the condition of your vehicle before moving putting it in the container.  If your fender is dented, the shipper will make a note.  Still, you should take photos that cover the car from each angle, inside and out, before handing the keys over to the shipper.  This process protects you and the shipper in case the vehicle is damaged.  You can make a claim for a busted window, but not the previously damaged fender. 

Cleaning your car before it ships


Remove all personal belongings from the car

Shipping companies do not offer insurance for personal items left inside a car when shipping.  Most don't allow extra items in a car.  Besides insurance, this is a safety issue.  A car loaded down with personal items is going to weigh more and could easily cause a dangerous loading shift.  Even something as simple as a coat hung in the back might block the sight of the person loading or unloading. 


Protect your car from the elements

If your car is traveling by ground transportation, you have the option of a fully enclosed transport, although at a premium price.  A more cost effective solution is to pay extra to have your car top loaded.  The extra cost for top loading is still quite a bit less than a fully enclosed transport, making it a good deal, since upper decks are less susceptible to damage from road debris.


It's more than a little daunting to entrust your car to someone else for a few days or weeks.  Ease your fears by choosing a company that specializes in moving automobiles.  If it's their specialty, you can rest easy that your car is in good hands or in this case, a good container.  


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