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Car Transport Tips: Overseas Auto Shipping

When it comes to overseas car transport services, you could end up paying a lot more than you bargained for if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. Auto shipping overseas is expensive and can take upwards of a month, if things are done properly, but it’s definitely worth the price. We here at Car Transport Express can ship your vehicle overseas to both Alaska and Hawaii, and provide excellent overseas auto shipping rates for your specific needs.

Overseas car shipping is done primarily on overseas cargo ships capable of handling a lot of cargo at one time, and they transfer vehicles from the port in Seattle (or Tacoma) to the port, which is usually in Honolulu (for Hawaii shipments) and Anchorage (when you’re shipping to Alaska). They can service other ports in Alaska or Hawaii, of course, but that may affect your overall transportation price. To learn more about overseas auto shipping and our overseas transport services, you can read our helpful Overseas Auto Shipping article.

Car Transport 101: Open Carriers

In our new Car Transport 101 blog series we’re going to discuss some of the various parts of the auto transport industry, so you can get a better understanding of how it works and be better prepared come transport time. We’re going to start off with open carriers, the most common type of shipper in the industry today.

Open carriers are often the least expensive and the most readily available transportation provider out there. Though there are several options to choose from in terms of your auto carrier, open carriers provide reliable and safe transportation services for a wide variety of cars, trucks and SUV’s. They are definitely cheaper than open carriers and are more readily available than either enclosed or flatbed transporters, which makes them the go-to carrier in the industry. You can read more about open carriers via our informative Open Car Transport Carriers article.

Car Transport Tips: Transport Time

How long it will take for your vehicle to be transported, after it’s picked up, depends highly on where you’re shipping from and to, and unlike pickup times it’s really non-negotiable – it’s going to take however long it’s going to take, because car transport carriers can’t travel more than the speed limits allow and they can only drive for so many hours a day. This makes it difficult for them to make long transport trips in a few days. Typically, transport trips of less than two hundred miles, depending on scheduling, can be done in 1-2 days, and it will increase from there depending on the distance they need to travel. Cross-country trips, like from New York City to Los Angeles, can take upwards of two weeks.

If you’re shipping across the country, plan on it taking at least a week to ten days, and you can scale down depending on your specific transportation cities if you aren’t shipping coast-to-coast. You can read more about how long it will take to transport your vehicle via our helpful car shipping FAQ page, and you can also call our office for more information regarding travel times.

Car Transport Tips: Shipping Items in the Car

If you’re transporting a vehicle with a car transportation company, they’re probably going to tell you one of three things in regards to putting items in the vehicle:

1. Yes, you can, but only up to the windows and only under 50-100 pounds.

2. Yes, but only in the trunk and only under 50-100 pounds.

3. No.

The reason the answer varies by company is because each car shipper has its own list of preferred shippers that it uses, and those shippers each have their own policies when it comes to shipping items in a vehicle. The most common one, by far, will be answer number 2, because car transport carriers aren’t licensed to carry household goods and as such have to make sure that there’s nothing in the cab of any vehicle they’re shipping, lest they get hit with fines and delays and the like.

You can read more about putting items in your vehicle during transport at our helpful Car Transport FAQ page, and you can read other frequently asked questions posed by real customers to our experienced staff of car transporters over the years.

Car Transport Tips: Payment Options

When it comes to paying for your car transport, there are a few different ways to go about it. For starters, most major companies will take a credit card, and that’s usually the best way to go about it because it’s the easiest for all parties involved. If you’d rather pay with a check by phone, some companies will have the capabilities of doing so, but not all; some may have you simply mail the check it, or fax a photocopy of it first andĀ thenĀ send it, so they have copies. And this is just for the deposit, or what your shipping company will make; the rest of your shipment typically will be paid to the driver upon delivery. Carriers will only accept cash, cashier’s checks or money orders; no personal checks. This is because car transport carriers can’t worry about payments they take bouncing while they’re busy driving around the country, so operating on what is essentially a what-you-see-is-what-you-got basis works well for how they operate.

When it comes to planning your car transport, it’s a good idea to plan it out a few weeks ahead of time, so you give yourself plenty of time to arrange things and make sure that everything goes smoothly during transport. You’ll want to do some research and gather up some quotes about two weeks before you’d like to ship your car; this is important, because the more quotes you get the better idea you have of what the price will be. Prices vary by company, of course, and gathering multiple quotes from different shippers is a great way to go about finding some.

Make sure to look at some reviews of your candidate car transport companies before making a decision, but don’t wait too long; you’ll want to pick a company and book your order around 10 days from when you’re planning on shipping. If you’re planning on booking with us here at Car Transport Express, you should probably call us about a week before you want your vehicle picked up. Planning ahead is important for all parties involved, as the more prepared you are for your transport the easier it will be when the vehicle is actually transported.

Enclosed Car Transport Tips

If you’re looking for some quick enclosed car transport tips, you’re definitely reading the right blog post. For starters, enclosed car transport is generally recommended for any vehicle that can’t withstand the rigors of long-distance travel while being exposed to the elements. Enclosed transport is generally more expensive than open transport, but it is typically safer for vehicles that you don’t normally drive every day. Those special occasion cars, the ones you drive down that winding road along the coast or through the forest. You know what we’re talking about. Or a vehicle you’d show in a car show – you can’t risk that getting dinged by errant rocks or other debris from the road. Shipping it enclosed will be more expensive, yes, but ultimately worth it.

We’re starting a new little blog series designed to answer some of the more common questions about the car transport industry, one question at a time.

When will my vehicle be picked up?

This depends on where your vehicle is being picked up at, as well as when it’s being picked up and how long it’s been since you booked your order. Typically, car transport companies will start looking for a transporter to ship your vehicle the day you book your order with them, but it can take up to a week at times to find a suitable carrier; because of this, they’ll tell you that your pickup window will fall between 1-10 days, on the whole. During the winter months, pickup windows can increase if you’re shipping out of northern states that are known for their winter weather. So, it really depends, and your best bet would be to talk to your car transport representative about your specific order.