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When it comes to auto transport there are several different methods of transporting your vehicle. We’re not talking about auto transport carriers here – that’s an entirely different subject. No, in this section we talk more about the method of transportation that will be used to move your vehicle – not the carrier itself but what particular transport service they are providing, because there are a few different ways that people can go about transporting their vehicle. In this helpful article we’ll provide links to articles that explain more about each type of transportation method in more detail, so you can get a better understanding of what you’re getting yourself in for and how that will affect your auto transport prices and your overall transportation experience.

By far the most common method of auto transport is door to door auto transport. Door-to-door is what most carriers prefer as it allows them much more control over where they are driving their truck, the routes they use and they can avoid some of the harder places to ship in and out of which they cannot do via other methods.

Terminal to Terminal

Terminal to terminal auto transport is not nearly as popular as door-to-door transport but it is still a valued part of the industry today. Some companies will not provide terminal-to-terminal shipping, as there are not as many carriers that provide terminal-to-terminal shipping than door-to-door, but it is still available out of most major cities in the U.S.

Standby Auto Transport

Standby auto transport services are when you pay a lower price on purpose and essentially wait for a carrier to be willing to pick your vehicle up at a lower price. Standby services are generally not recommended because of how long they take to arrange, but they are available. If you are interested in them check out the link for more.

Auto Transport by Rail

Auto transport by rail is the last method of auto transport that we will break down for you. Auto transport by rail is only available on select routes and we don’t really work with any rail transportation companies, but it is a method of auto transport that is still quite popular despite its slow disappearance.

You should definitely read the linked-to articles above for more information about our auto transportation methods and what you can expect when it comes to transporting your vehicle. The more you know about the process and how we work, the less surprises will be waiting for you when it comes time to transport your vehicle. You can fill out our free online quote request form right here on our website for a free quote or you can call us toll-free at 800-553-1828 for a free auto transport quote calculated by one of our friendly and experienced staff members. We work hard to make sure your transportation experience is the best we can make it, bar none.



First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.


We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your 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.


Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.



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

There are several ways you can ship a car.  The options include enclosed trailer, open carrier transport, flatbed truck, door to door shipping and to or from a terminal as well.  The most popular of the options is 7 to 10 car open carrier.  These large trucks can accommodate almost any size vehicle including cars, SUV’s, trucks, jeeps and vans.

Open car transport, door to door is also the best way to get the cheapest auto transport rate possible.  To learn more and see what transport method is best for you, 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.


Shipping a vehicle can be stressful if don’t know what to do.  This is why we believe it is paramount to have our highly trained agents be your main point of contact from start to finish. 

They will go over everything you need to know so you can relax.  In the meanwhile, we prepared you this checklist.  This includes everything from pickup to delivery and how to make sure your car is ready for pickup.   

When it comes to car moving, we want you to be ahead of the game!  For any questions and further assistance our agents are standing by, (800) 553-1828.  Please read our checklist to prepare your vehicle to learn more.


While understanding auto transport insurance is not rocket science, we think it’s valuable to explain how it works.  As part of providing a great car transport service, it is our job to guarantee that the carrier we assign to pickup your vehicle is licensed and insured.  Click here to check out our license.

When you go with Mercury to ship your vehicle, you can rest assure that the carrier assigned to move your car is fully insured and licensed with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier and Saftey Administration).

Your vehicle is covered by the carrier’s insurance policy that is doing the shipping.  Depending on the type and size of the truck/trailer that is shipping your car, the insurance policy can cover from $100,000 to $1,000,000 of damage.

We have also provided a checklist to explain what you need to do at both pickup and delivery in case there are any issues so, you can file a claim and know that everything will be taken care of.

It is rare but, time-to-time there may be accidental damage while in transit and it is good to know that your carrier’s insurance will protect your auto shipment in that event.

To view a sample BOL (Bill of Lading) and learn what to do in case of accidental damage, please check out our Condition Report and Procedure checklist.

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