How to Inspect Your Vehicle Before and After Shipping – Important Tips

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Updated May 20, 2020

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    After their home, a vehicle is most likely the second-largest purchase for most Americans. According to Kelly Blue Book valuation experts, the average price of a new car in January 2020  was $37,851. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or merely view your automobile as a means of transportation, that’s a significant investment. So, entrusting your vehicle to someone else’s care can be a bit traumatic, particularly if you’re transporting your vehicle across the country or the state.

    To help reduce your anxiety, especially if you’re a first-time shipper, we’ve prepared this article to provide a comprehensive list of actions you should take before, and after, transporting your vehicle. Follow these steps for peace of mind and to ensure a safe and damage-free experience.

    Preparing Your Vehicle for the Transport Process

    We understand that you may feel some of these actions are tedious; however, we consider them prudent to ensure your vehicle is delivered safely and in the same pristine condition as when you handed the keys to the carrier. Follow these steps to reduce any risk of mayhem significantly.

    Keys – Rule #1 – never give the carrier your only set of keys!

    Yes, you must provide the selected carrier with keys to the ignition, trunk, gas cap, and any locked compartment. The driver obviously requires keys to drive your vehicle on and off the carrier. However, please take the time and the initiative to have a duplicate set of keys made and leave only the copies with the driver. Important note: verify that the copies fit all devices and compartments in advance. Then keep your original set of keys in your possession.

    How Much Fuel Should You Leave in the Tank Before Transport

    There is no need to fill your gas tank. In fact, we highly recommend that your gas tank is at one-quarter tank or less, the more fuel, the more unnecessary weight for the carrier. Your car will only be driven on and off the carrier, so any additional fuel is redundant. The Department of Transportation has weight regulations, so please be sure there is no more than a quarter tank at pickup.

    Make a note of the current mileage before shipping and be sure it is indicated on the carrier’s shipping documents.

    Packing Your Vehicle for Transport

    Speaking of weight restrictions – don’t overpack things in your vehicle. Every vehicle has a weight limit based on its make and model. Going over these limits by a significant amount can increase charges or even cause the shipment to be rejected. Relatively light personal items may be packed in the trunk as well as luggage or small boxes; however, we recommend no more than 50 pounds maximum.

    An infant car seat, spare tire, and jack are considered integral parts of the vehicle. Hence, they may be included.

    Remove any aftermarket or custom items such as racks or spoilers prior to shipping. Likewise, if you have any loose parts on the exterior of your vehicle, be sure to secure them or remove them. We suggest you also remove your antenna and place it in your trunk. If your car has the feature, be sure to turn-in your side-view mirrors.

    Remove all personal belongings from the vehicle to protect your privacy and proprietary information. Don’t forget to remove all your electronics and digital accessories, as well as any valuables.

    One last point on packing, do not allow anything to obstruct the views out of the windows. This item is mandatory and is for the safety of the carrier’s crew. The driver often loads these vehicles onto the trailer with the mirrors folded in, using only the windows. If the driver’s view is obstructed, the potential for damage and injury increases exponentially.

    Items not Permissable / Illegal During Shipping

    Firearms, ammunition of any type, and fire extinguishers cannot legally be transported in a vehicle on a car carrier in certain municipalities. Be safe and transport these items in another manner. These items may be carried in your personal vehicle, provided they are locked and secured and out of reach of the driver and passengers.

    Alarm Systems

    If there is an alarm system, disconnect it before shipping, and provide the alarm remote to the transport driver. Don’t inconvenience the driver during transport.

    How to Prepare Your Car for Shipment if it is Disabled or Inoperable

    If your vehicle is currently inoperable, you must disclose this to your broker in advance. Once a carrier is assigned, the car must be parked in a safe location for pickup, with easy access to the driver, inflated tires, and fully operational brakes and steering.

    Can I Ship an Over-Sized or Modified Vehicle

    Unless otherwise previously disclosed to the broker’s dispatch department, vehicles that are factory stock cannot exceed certain height restrictions or minimum clearance. Vehicles being transported must have at least six and a half inches of ground clearance. The maximum height is seven-feet high; otherwise, the broker may be unable to accept your vehicle for a regular auto trailer. Understand, failure to meet these criteria may increase your estimated rate.

    Wash Your Vehicle Before Shipping

    Cleaning your vehicle prior to pick-up will enable an accurate vehicle inspection report and speed up the “walk-around” at pick up and again at the destination. Make a note of any existing damage such as dents, scratches, or paint chips, and take photos for your records. Be sure all existing items are noted on the carrier’s Bill of Lading.

    Rarely do vehicles get damaged in the shipping process; however, better to be prepared to recognize any possible new issues.

    Final Inspection at Your Destination

    Upon delivery, you must do a proper inspection with the trucker. This “walk-around” inspection is a relatively simple process that takes about ten minutes. Be sure to conduct this exercise during the day to ensure you and the driver have excellent visibility of the vehicle. If any new damage has occurred during transit, you will need the damage documented on the Bill of Lading and signed by both you and the trucker to submit an insurance claim.

    Remember, it is your right, your responsibility, to inspect your vehicle at the time of delivery. It is also your right to mark on the Bill of Lading any issues you might find with your vehicle. And, be sure to compare the mileage at delivery to the pre-shipment mileage on the Bill of Lading.

    After the inspection, you are still legally bound to pay the trucker the transport fare, even if there is an issue with the vehicle. If there should be an issue, your transport broker is available to provide guidance and assistance.

    Mercury Auto Transport

    Mercury is a leading auto transport broker, in business since 2007, with over 218,000 satisfied customers. We have access to more than 13,000 licensed and insured carriers covering the United States. We provide best-in-class systems and processes for door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal deliveries, on open, enclosed, or flatbed transports.

    As stated in our introduction, we provide these helpful tips to help ease your mind and ensure a safe and damage-free experience. You may also want to check out our Procedure Checklist page for more information and free downloads to print and keep for your records.

    Once you do your research, you will see that choosing the right auto transport broker can make all the difference. Feel free to check out Mercury Auto Transport with the Better Business Bureau to see our ratings, and view our website for customer reviews.

    We’re sure once you do your due diligence, Mercury Auto Transport will be the obvious choice.

    Feel free to call us today at 800-553-1828 or visit our website at https://mercuryautotransport.com/

    for a free quote or to discuss your next move.

    CAR SHIPPING OPTIONS

    WE DELIVER SATISFACTION

    186,342

    CARS SHIPPED SINCE 2007!

    READ MORE TESTIMONIALS
    2020-01-22
    Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
    google robert k. View review
    2020-01-21
    Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
    google Eric D. View review
    2020-01-21
    Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
    google Fred L. View review
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    OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

    HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

    REQUEST A QUOTE

    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.

    BOOK YOUR ORDER

    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.

    VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

    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.

    VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

    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.

    GET A VEHICLE SHIPPING QUOTE WITHIN MINUTES

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    Top 10 Tips to Ensure a Safe Auto Transport – No Surprises!

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    Updated May 23, 2020

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      Whether you’re company just relocated you to a new city, you’re traveling to vacation at your second home, you’re retiring to a warmer climate, or you just purchased your dream car from an out of state dealer, you’re going to need someone to transport your vehicle.

      Google auto transportation companies, and you’ll get over a billion responses in .82 seconds. How can that be? Simple, auto transport is big business, estimated at some $12 billion annually, and there are over 4,500 providers in the space.

      Mercury Auto Transport is one of those companies. We are an auto transport broker, and we’ve been in business since 2007, with over 218,000 satisfied customers, as evidenced by the customer testimonials on our website and our Better Business Bureau rating of 4.9 of 5.0 stars.

      The experts at Mercury Auto Transport have prepared this article to provide you an overview of the relationships in your car’s move, the different types of auto transport companies, brokers versus carriers, and how the process should work.  Mercury employs a best-in-class process. In this article we contrast our process with others, perhaps a bit less professional. It’s important to understand these differences before deciding on the right auto shipping company for your situation.

      Our Top 10 Tips to Ensure a Safe Auto Transport will give you peace of mind, and no surprises when selecting a car transport service.

      Tip #1

      Auto brokers cannot know if a carrier is in your vicinity before you book. Beware if they tell you “we just happen to have a truck in your area.” Until they have an order and start communicating with the carriers, they have no idea where the trucks are. They are telling you what you want to hear to get your order!

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

      Tip #2

      Beware the broker who tells you, “your deposit guarantees a spot on the truck”. At this point in the transaction, they have no idea if a truck will take your order.

      Conversely, the Mercury process is as follows: No deposit is due until you approve your carrier and agree upon final logistics. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at the time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

      Tip #3

      When negotiating with a potential transport broker, look for any disclaimers on their terms and conditions, contracts, and emailed quotes. This is especially important if you have strict parameters for pick up or delivery dates. Some brokers will promise they can meet your specific times, and even go so far as to say they guarantee it. Read their terms, and they always have an out.

      Mercury does not guarantee specific dates. Why? Because vehicle trucking companies never guarantee them, for obvious reasons.  Your carrier may have up to ten other clients to accommodate with conflicting schedules. Possible delays may occur due to traffic, weather, and, most commonly, timing conflicts with different loads.

      At Mercury, if you have strict date requirements, we discuss those details in advance and develop a plan of action and solution. The difference is honest discussion, planning in advance, and working as a team.

      Here is an example of a typical disclaimer, usually in incredibly small font:

      “Indicated dates are approximate and are subject to the carrier’s confirmation due to limited availability, No Refunds.”

      What should be asked is, if drivers cannot guarantee delivery dates, how could your broker?

      Tip #4

      Some brokers tell you they will give you a gas card worth $200 to $300 when your order is complete.

      We suggest you not consider this offer in your due diligence process. In fact, we recommend you not waste your time. These are not actual Visa Gas Cards – they require you to save your receipts and send them in for a rebate. Google “Free Gas Card Scam” to see what you aren’t getting.

      Tip #5

      The industry is comprised of auto transport brokers and transport carriers, and it’s crucial to know the difference when seeking vehicle transport services. As an example, Mercury is a transport broker. They do not ship cars – they charge a fee to find the appropriate carrier for you and negotiate rates.  Transport carriers do the actual work of picking up your vehicle and delivering it to your chosen destination.

      Some brokers are both a broker and a carrier. They may lead you to believe they will transport your vehicle on their truck, when in fact they will broker it to a different carrier. There is nothing wrong with the broker using another carrier; the issue is in the deception.

      The Mercury process discloses their approach, using only licensed and insured drivers and carriers, from the Central Dispatch national load board.

      Tip #6

      Make sure all fees are quoted and included in your negotiated price to ship. Beware of broker’s quotes that have fees buried in their Terms and Conditions. Failure to accurately disclose fees can result in your paying $150, $250, or $300 or more than what you expected.

      Read all terms and conditions and understand them before you sign. And, watch for those small-font disclaimers on the very bottom of your emailed quotes.

      Another example of a standard disclaimer.

      At the top of the email in Large Font – “We can transport your vehicle for the Total Price of $xxx”.

      At the bottom of the email, in tiny font – “Indicated rate is automatically calculated based on previous similar shipments on a similar route. The rate is subject to the carrier’s confirmation due to limited availability.”

      At Mercury, we explain the process and disclose all fees to the customer, so you know precisely what to expect. We discuss all the pertinent details with you and ensure all your needs are met. We guarantee the final price when you approve your carrier, no surprises. We believe full disclosure at the outset will allow you to make the best decision.

      Tip #7

      The broker’s role is to help you strategize and negotiate rates to find the appropriate carrier for your situation.

      Beware the broker that delivers a full-price quote, yet their terms allow them to increase the rate without your prior agreement. Some companies have clauses that state, “the customer agrees to allow us to increase the carrier’s pay in $50.00 increments until the vehicle is accepted for transport by a carrier. This can be done up to a maximum of $250.”

      These escalating fee agreements can result in your carrier presenting you with a bill for more money than what you thought you were going to pay. Read the terms and understand them before you sign.

      Tip #8

      While every transport company includes in their terms an agreement that there will be no chargeback on your credit card, some state they will charge you a fee if you do a chargeback. This violates the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Merchant Agreement. Should your carrier charge you, report them, and they will be fined.

      Tip #9

      If your transport broker does not accept a major credit card as payment, beware. When using a credit card, you have recourse for conflict resolution, by disputing the charges. If you pay by other means, they have your money, and regardless of what happens, you will not be refunded.

      If the company only has one payment option such as PayPal, stay away! The only reason a provider would do this is that they cannot qualify for a merchant account.

      Tip #10

      Another red flag is when a broker asks for a deposit before they have an assigned carrier. Never pay a deposit, broker fee, or admin fee until the broker has a carrier confirmed, and they give you the name and phone number of the driver. Should the broker tell you they do have a truck, get the name and phone number of the trucking company. If they fail to divulge the name and phone number, cancel your order. Why cancel, because the broker does not have a truck, and now they can charge your credit card to buy more time.

      At Mercury, no deposit is due until you approve your carrier and agree upon final logistics.

      We sincerely hope you find this information useful. Most brokers and carriers are professional, conscientious, and follow proper protocols. You are now armed should you encounter any less than best-in-class providers.

      To learn more about how Mercury determines your quote, and our No Money Down Guarantee, please visit our Auto Transport Guide. We’re sure once you do your due diligence, Mercury Auto Transport will be the obvious choice. At Mercury, there are never any surprises or hidden fees – Guaranteed!

      Feel free to call us today at 800-553-1828 or visit our website at https://mercuryautotransport.com/

      for a free quote or to discuss your next move.

      CAR SHIPPING OPTIONS

      WE DELIVER SATISFACTION

      186,342

      CARS SHIPPED SINCE 2007!

      READ MORE TESTIMONIALS
      2020-01-22
      Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
      google robert k. View review
      2020-01-21
      Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
      google Eric D. View review
      2020-01-21
      Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
      google Fred L. View review
      See more reviews
      Get more reviews with ReputationStacker

      OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

      HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

      REQUEST A QUOTE

      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.

      BOOK YOUR ORDER

      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.

      VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

      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.

      VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

      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.

      GET A VEHICLE SHIPPING QUOTE WITHIN MINUTES

      Get a quote using the form below.

      Transport Vehicle FROM
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      Vehicle Make
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      Strategizing Your Auto Transport – What You Need to Know

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      Updated May 13, 2020

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        Every October, the snowbirds return to the warm, Southern climates, and each May they depart. You can almost gauge the changing of the seasons by the number of auto carriers on the road. It’s like observing the cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano.

        Whether you’re a snowbird commuting from Minneapolis or Chicago to the Arizona, or a native New Yorker heading to Tampa for the winter months, or perhaps you just purchased the vintage car of your dreams online across the country, you are going to intersect with the Auto Transport industry. IBIS World, a market research company that provides reports on thousands of industries worldwide, pegs the Vehicle Shipping Services market at some $12 billion annually. That is big business, and there are a myriad of providers, over 4,500 per IBIS World.

        Before shipping your vehicle, whether it’s cross country or across the state, it will help to educate yourself on the intricacies of auto transport to make your experience less stressful and more economical.

        In this “What You Need to Know” article, we will address pertinent details such as:

        • An overview of the relationships in your car’s move, broker versus carrier
        • Delivery options, terminal or door-to-door
        • The type of transport, open, closed, or flatbed
        • Insurance, who’s responsible
        • Rates and fees strategies, with sample costs for popular routes
        • Estimated delivery times
        • Preparing your car for transport
        • Verifying your provider’s credentials, the importance of the MC Docket Number
        • And, much more

        Once you do some research, you will see that choosing the right company for your transport can make all the difference.

        BROKER VERSUS CARRIER – ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

        Auto brokers and auto shippers serve different roles, and it’s crucial to know the difference when looking for vehicle transport services.

        Auto Transport Brokers

        Transport brokers do not ship vehicles. Rather, they charge a fee and find the appropriate carrier for you. Brokers have access to a wide range of car transporters through National Dispatch Boards and can often negotiate a far better rate than you could find on your own. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible. Not all brokers are created equal in this talent.

        Quality transport brokers do a thorough background check with each carrier for every shipment. They verify their ratings, references, and obtain a certified copy of their insurance certificate, and ensure they are licensed with FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration).

        Even with the fee they charge, using a broker saves people money. Because of their flexibility in choosing from several carriers, going with an auto transport broker also tends to result in a quicker pickup than you could get when calling an individual carrier.

        Auto Transport Carriers

        Auto transport carriers do the actual work of picking up your vehicle and delivering it to your chosen destination. They are on the road and don’t have the time or resources to interact directly with customers, and so they rely on auto transport brokers to find work.

        In addition to negotiating rates and timing on your behalf, your broker is responsible for verifying the carrier’s ratings, references, and securing a certified copy of their insurance certificate.

        The above explains the crucial role of the broker as your representative and intermediary in this transaction. Choosing the right transport broker is vital.

        When shipping your vehicle, it’s essential to consider the available services that best suit your situation. There are several options to choose from when transporting your vehicle:

        Vehicle Pickup and Delivery Options

        You have two distinct options for vehicle pickup and delivery. Cost and convenience will determine which choice is right for you.

        Door-to-Door Shipping

        Door-to-door transport offers greater convenience, the carrier’s driver picks up the vehicle at your home and drops it off at your chosen destination. Note: some locations are inaccessible for carriers who cannot navigate narrow neighborhood roads, you may need to compromise and set up a delivery point close to your destination. In addition to being more convenient, door-to-door also costs less when you consider terminal and storage charges in terminal-to-terminal shipping.

        Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping

        In this instance, you drop off your vehicle at a pre-designated terminal, and the driver transports it to the terminal nearest to your vehicle’s destination – less convenient than door-to-door, and more expensive. We suggest you use terminal-to-terminal only when absolutely necessary.

        Which Type of Transport – Open Transport Versus Enclosed Carriers or Flatbeds

        One of the first things you’ll need to consider when hiring a professional vehicle shipping service is whether you want your vehicle to travel in an open carrier or a closed carrier.

        Open Transport Carriers

        Open transport carriers are considered the standard carrier in the industry today. These steel skeleton carriers have no roof or siding to protect your vehicle from the elements, making this a less than ideal choice for classic or luxury cars.

        Enclosed Transport Carriers

        Not as readily available as open transport carriers, these enclosed carriers are the upper echelon of transporters. We generally recommend enclosed transportation services for luxury cars, exotic vehicles, sports cars, and restored classics.

        Flatbed Carriers

        Flatbed transporters are the least used of the three types. These carriers haul anything that can’t fit or can’t be loaded onto a standard open auto transport carrier. Because there are so few available Flatbeds, they tend to be more expensive.

        Insurance – Who’s Responsible

        The insured carrier doing the actual shipping should include insurance in their quote. Determine in advance if their insurance is primary or secondary to yours. Also, in advance of shipping, check with your personal automobile insurance company to determine if they cover any damages that shipping might incur. Finally, find out if the shipping company’s insurance comes with a damage deductible and keep written copies of everything in the event of an accident. You accept the carrier’s terms by releasing the vehicle to their possession.

        The Important Stuff – Rates and Fees

        Transport prices are based on seasonal market demands for cars to be moved at any given time. Each quote is prepared based on the season and the current national rates. An experienced broker will work with you, will strategize to develop an appropriate price to offer carriers to meet your requirements.

        Strategizing Offer Prices

        The Auto shipping industry is an open market system, much like a bidding system such as eBay. Understand, when talking to brokers, there is no fixed, final, or guaranteed price until your broker locates a carrier for you. Usually, the lower you are willing to offer, the more time it takes to get picked up, and conversely, the higher you are ready to offer, the less time it takes to get picked up.

        Lead time is important, the more time you have until your car needs to be transported, the more money you can save. The best transport brokers will have a strategy such as “name your own price” to develop an initial offer considering the various timing variables. They start negotiations with a lower offering to their carriers seeking the most cost-effective rates, and increase the offer little by little, as needed.

        Another strategy used by best in class brokers is standby mode. This approach allows a carrier to fill an empty spot with your vehicle as a filler. If one of their loads gets canceled, your vehicle will move up in the available load list. This both saves you money and helps the driver to get a full load.

        As to broker fees, never pay a fee until you have a signed agreement, and the carrier is en route to pick up your vehicle. There should never be any hidden broker fees when dealing with a reputable broker. Seek a broker with a fair and relatively simple to understand all-inclusive fee structure that covers door-to-door service, tax, tolls, fuel, and insurance coverage. We reiterate, there should be no money down, no hidden charges, and no cancellation fees.

        To provide you with some idea of transportation costs, below are some examples of typical fees for popular destinations:

        FROM

        TO

        ESTIMATED COST

        California

        Phoenix

        $ 561

        Chicago

        Phoenix

        $ 883

        Phoenix

        Denver

        $ 699

        New York

        Tampa

        $ 850

        Chicago

        Tampa

        $ 875

        Estimated Delivery Times

        Delivery times are a function of distance. Our standard rule of thumb is as follows:

        • 0-500 Miles:1-2 Days
        • 501-1,000 Miles:2-3 Days
        • 1,001-1,500 Miles:3-5 Days
        • 1,501-2,000 Miles:4-7 Days
        • 2,001-2,500 Miles: 7-10 Days
        • 2,500+ Miles:10-14 Days

        Time frames are subject to some deviation due to potential weather or other road circumstances. That said, shipments are typically on time, and there is always communication with the carrier.

        Preparing Your Car for Transport

        Some useful tips for preparing your car for its journey.

        Clean out the Car

        Remove all personal belongings from the vehicle to protect your privacy and proprietary information. Don’t forget to remove all digital accessories, any valuables, and disable your alarm system. You should also remove after-market accessories such as removable luggage containers and bike or equipment racks on your vehicle.

        Inspect Your Car Before Shipping

        Make a note of the vehicle’s mileage and condition, including scratches in the paint, and get the driver to write them down on the moving documents. Take a few photos before and after your car is shipped in case you need to file a claim for any damages that occur during transport. In the unlikely event that your vehicle is damaged, it’s important to note it on your final bill of lading report.

        Verify Your Provider’s Credentials

        As you develop your list of prospective providers, we suggest the following steps to validate their credentials and credibility:

        • Contact each company, acquire their full legal name and any (DBA) Doing Business As names
        • Research how long they have been in business
        • Review testimonials and referrals
        • Check the Better Business Bureau for complaints

        The MC Docket Number

        Finally, we recommend you not engage with any company that does not prominently display their MC Docket number and US Department of Transportation number on their website.

        Mercury Auto Transport

        As we stated in this article’s introduction, once you do your research, you will see that choosing the right auto transport broker can make all the difference. We provide this unbiased report to help educate you, the customer, on eliminating the stress from your vehicle’s transport journey.

        As an auto transport broker, we want you to be armed with the knowledge to understand the relationships in our business, important considerations in planning your car’s move, and a strategy for negotiating fees and services. We’re sure once you have this knowledge and see how Mercury Auto Transport stacks up versus our recommendations and the competition, the choice will be natural.

        Here’s a quick checklist to illustrate our capabilities, credibility, and credentials:

        Mercury Auto Transport

        Relationship

         Broker – with over 13,000 carrier options on the National Dispatch Boards

        Delivery Options

         Door-to-Door or Terminal-to-Terminal

        Type of Transport

         Open, Enclosed, or Flatbed Transports

        Insurance

         Only work with licensed and insured carriers

        Rates & Fees

         Proven negotiating strategies to enable our customers – Name Your Price and Standby Mode features

        Delivery Times

         Industry standards

        Credentials

        In business since 2007 – over 218,000 satisfied customers

        Our reviews are paramount for our success

        Excellent Better Business Bureau rating

        MC Docket # 647319

        US DOT # 2242305

        Feel free to call us today at 800-553-1828 or scroll down below for a free quote or to plan your next move.

        CAR SHIPPING OPTIONS

        WE DELIVER SATISFACTION

        186,342

        CARS SHIPPED SINCE 2007!

        READ MORE TESTIMONIALS
        2020-01-22
        Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
        google robert k. View review
        2020-01-21
        Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
        google Eric D. View review
        2020-01-21
        Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
        google Fred L. View review
        See more reviews
        Get more reviews with ReputationStacker

        OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

        HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

        REQUEST A QUOTE

        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.

        BOOK YOUR ORDER

        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.

        VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

        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.

        VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

        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.

        GET A VEHICLE SHIPPING QUOTE WITHIN MINUTES

        Get a quote using the form below.

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