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Snow Birds - How to Transport Your Vehicle from One State to Another

You Purchased as Used Vehicle From Out of State …
Now What?

by Julie Merar

You are the king, or queen, of the used car buying world … you stalked the vehicle you wanted to purchase, did all the research on the vehicle’s actual worth, ran a vehicle history report, pitched that Craig's List seller your lowest offer or set that bid limit on ebay. Like a hunter setting its trap for its prey, you know the inevitable outcome. Victory is yours; you have snared the vehicle! Now, how are you going to get that vehicle from thousands of miles away into your driveway?

One option is to get your new vehicle relocated to your driveway safely by using a car shipping company. Whether you are transporting a car from city to city or from coast to coast, using a car transport company like Montway Auto Transport® can save you time, money and offer you peace of mind. Once you choose the car shipping route, you need to know where to start.

  • PRICING YOUR CAR SHIPPING
    There are many ways to go about pricing out shipping your new vehicle purchase, but the easiest is to do a simple Internet search on terms such as car shipping calculator. Your search will serve you up two types of results – the first kind of result is a form you fill out that will require personal information such as email address and phone number. After submitting the form you will receive several emails and phone calls from companies quoting you prices. The second type of result is a shipping calculator that provides you with an instant quote, no personal information required.
  • PICKING A CAR SHIPPING COMPANY
    Once you have priced shipping your car, you will need to make an informed decision about which company to go with. While it may be tempting to go with the lowest quoted price, do your homework first and check out the companies.

Read reviews on auto transport review sites that employ user generated content. This is a way to ensure that you are getting real customer reviews. Also, check the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) website to see if the business is an accredited member. Companies that are accredited members of the BBB are assessed on the fact that they establish and maintain a positive track record in the marketplace, and therefore work harder at customer service to maintain their reputations. Businesses that are not accredited generally have a rating on the BBB site because someone filed a complaint. All companies will have a handful of complaints, so double check user generated review sites.

  • ENSURING YOUR VEHICLE IS INSURED
    While a transport carrier is insured, there is nothing that states your cargo has to be insured. A reputable car shipping company will only work with drivers that have insurance covering the cargo that they are hauling. When speaking with the auto transport company prior to scheduling your pickup, make sure to ask if they check for cargo insurance before booking a driver.

  • SCHEDULING YOUR PICKUP
    Now that you have done your research and received your quote, it is time to schedule a pickup. There are a few points to be touched on to help ensure that scheduling your vehicle pickup for transport goes smoothly.


    When a company asks for your first available pickup date, the company views this as the day your vehicle is ready to ship. Now they need to find a trucker that is available for this date. If one cannot be located, it can be several days later depending on truck availability. If you need an exact pickup date or window, you need to inform the car shipping company of this at the time you are booking the service. Be aware that the more flexible you are on your shipping window, the less expensive the service will be.

  • RECEIVING YOUR VEHICLE
    You triumphed, you priced, you researched, you scheduled; you are a rock star – now you are waiting to receive your bounty. Before you can close out the deal and have your new purchase settled safely with you, you have to pay the man. No, not the car shipping company, that’s what your deposit was applied to. You have to pay the man delivering your vehicle. 

    As a rule of thumb the trucker will only accept certified funds such as a cashier’s check or money order, and cash. So make sure that you have proper payment on hand so that the driver will release your vehicle.

Montway Transport has a high BBB rating - A transport company you can rely on for your vehicle to get its destination safety, affordably, and on time. Now that you have received your vehicle you can bask in the glory of a job well done. Not only did you snag yourself a great vehicle at a great price, you also transported it securely from afar all from the comfort of your home. Job well done!

Shipping a used car purchase from out of state to your front door is a simple task that can save you money, time and unwanted stress. Just follow the tips above to make your car moving experience a positive one.

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