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How Auto Transport & Car Shipping Works

Our vehicle transport service is an easy and straightforward shipping process and we guarantee there are no hidden fees or charges with our auto transport providers.

Reliable and Secure Vehicle Shipping Services

Choose from Open, Enclosed, and Flatbed Auto Transport for Your Unique Needs

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Open Auto Transport Open auto transport is the most common and cost-effective method for shipping vehicles. Your car is loaded onto an open carrier, similar to those used by car dealerships. While your vehicle is exposed to the elements during transit, this method is highly efficient and offers excellent value. It's an ideal choice for standard vehicles, offering reliable and timely delivery while keeping your transportation costs low.

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Enclosed Auto Transport Enclosed auto transport provides the highest level of protection for your vehicle. Your car is transported in a fully enclosed trailer, shielding it from weather conditions, road debris, and potential damage. This premium service is perfect for high-value, classic, or exotic cars, ensuring they arrive in pristine condition. With enclosed transport, you can have peace of mind knowing your vehicle is fully protected throughout the journey.

Flatbed Auto Transport Flatbed auto transport is the go-to solution for oversized, inoperable, or uniquely shaped vehicles that don't fit on standard carriers. This method uses a flatbed trailer, allowing for easy loading and unloading of heavy machinery, construction equipment, or non-running cars. It's a versatile and flexible option, offering customized transport solutions for vehicles with special requirements, ensuring they reach their destination safely and efficiently.

How Do Auto Shipping Quotes Work?

We feel it’s important for you to know how we determine your car shipping quote. When you’re looking for a car shipping service, you’ll want to understand how auto transport works.

Vehicle shipping prices are based on seasonal market demands for cars to be moved at any given time. Each auto shipping quote is prepared based on the season and the current national rates.

You should keep in mind that low-priced vehicle shipping quotes often result in delays by the vehicle shipping company in getting your vehicle loaded when comparing auto transport companies.

Choosing the right broker is vital to getting the best auto transport companies for the lowest price possible. Not all car shipping brokers are created equal.

Mercury Auto Transport does a thorough background check with each vehicle shipment carrier for every shipment. We verify car shipping company ratings, references, and in addition, we obtain a certified copy of their insurance coverage certificate, directly from the government agency that it is on file with.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the car shipping service you have chosen for your vehicle is the very best and that there are no surprises with your vehicle delivery, guaranteed.

Preparing Your Vehicle To Be Shipped

Shipping a car can be stressful if you don’t know what to do. This is why we believe it is essential to have our highly trained agents who have experience in the auto transport and car shipping industry to be your main point of contact from start to finish.

Providing you with the utmost professional service, we will go over everything you need to know about shipping cars so you can relax. To make shipping your car even easier, take a look at our car shipping services checklist.

This will walk you through every single step of the car shipping process, from getting your car ready for pickup to transporting your vehicle to a delivery location anywhere in the US. When it comes to auto shipping, we want you to be ahead of the game!

We pride ourselves in our excellent customer service so for any questions and further assistance regarding car shipping services, our agents are standing by 24/7 at (800) 553-1828. Please read our checklist to learn more about preparing your vehicle for auto transport.

Door-To-Door Auto Transport Service and 100% Bumper-To-Bumper Auto Insurance

As part of providing a great car shipping experience, it’s our job to guarantee that the carrier we assign to pick up your vehicle is licensed and holds the correct insurance coverage. Click here to check out our car transport license.

When you go with Mercury for your auto transportation, you can rest easy knowing that the auto transport company assigned to move your car is fully insured and licensed with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration).

Your vehicle is covered by the auto shipping company’s insurance policy if they are doing the shipping. Also, depending on the type and size of the truck/trailer that is shipping your car, there are multiple companies that have insurance policies that can cover from $100,000 to $1,000,000 of damage.

What To Expect With Our Car Shipping Service

We Secure the Shipping Vehicles

First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. We present car shipment offers from FMCSA-licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept your preferred auto transport company, we send through your agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service, and 100% bumper-to-bumper insurance.

Your Vehicle Is Picked Up by the Car Transport Company

Once you approve your car transport company and final logistics, you’ll have to pay your deposit to move on to the next step. The deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price of the car transport service. Then, the remaining balance is due at the time of vehicle delivery. Most importantly, nothing gets done without your approval.

The Auto Transport Company Delivers Your Vehicle

Your driver from the car transport service will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a convenient time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the auto transport driver the remaining balance. Finally, you and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy of this document.

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The Mercury Guarantee

100% Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee

At Mercury Auto Transport, we take pride in our auto transport services, and we’re committed to delivering the best auto shipping experiences in America. Thus, our promise to you is to ensure you get your car shipped to you safely with our 100% risk-free money back Mercury guarantee. You pay nothing until you select a carrier for your car shipping, and you can cancel at anytime before we find you a carrier. Learn more about our money-back Mercury guarantee policy below:

Auto Transport: How To Ship A Car

Do you want to know the best way to ship your car?

The best way to ship a car includes enclosed trailer, open carrier transport, flatbed truck, door-to-door auto shipping services, and to or from a terminal as well.

The most popular (and often the cheapest way) of the auto transport options is a 7 to 10 car open carrier. The only downside to this car transport option is that it may not be the best if you have a high-end luxury vehicle, a classic car or an exotic car as your vehicle will be exposed to the elements during transport. However, these large trucks can accommodate car transport for almost any size vehicle including cars, SUVs, trucks, jeeps, and vans, and are a great option for most vehicles.

Open car transport, door-to-door, is also the best way to get the cheapest auto transport rate possible in the auto transport industry.

If you don’t have a tight budget you might consider enclosed auto transport. Enclosed transport, or enclosed trailer transport, is a safe way to transport your vehicle if you want to protect your car from the effects of bad weather and debris.

To learn more and see what car transport method is best for you as well as to learn about car shipping prices, please fill out our free quote form and one of our representatives will respond to you within minutes. You can also call us at (800) 553-1828 to discuss your car transport queries and car shipping quotes.

We only present auto transport offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers which we understand are car shipping companies you can trust.

When you accept an offer for the car transport services, we send your auto transport service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service, and 100% bumper-to-bumper insurance.

There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed and we will find the best car shipping company for you.

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