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Door to door auto transport is the most popular method of auto transport in the industry today and has been for quite some time. Many carriers provide only door to door auto transport services, as they are the easiest and allows both carriers and customers more control over the vehicle that is being shipped. In this helpful article we’ll break down how door to door auto transport works and why it is considered the best transportation method for the vast majority of customers and carriers out there moving cars every day.Car rental image 01

To start, door to door auto transport is considered the standard method of transport today – most quotes you get, be it from us here at Mercury Auto Transport or someone else, will be for door to door service on an open car transport carrier. That is the most common and the cheapest way to transport your, and it’s easiest for carriers as well because they are able to go where they want (within reason, they are driving a 90 ft long truck after all) and pickup what loads best suit them and the routes they are driving. Door to door makes sense because you and the carrier meet, you release the vehicle to the carrier yourself as opposed to involving a middleman (such as with terminal to terminal service). This allows carriers and customers alike to maintain control over loading and unloading of a vehicle, not to mention it makes it a lot easier to do vehicle inspections for insurance purposes (which are required by federal regulation).

Door to Door Transport Effectiveness?

It is also the most cost-effective method of transport today. Door to door transport is not as cheap as terminal to terminal shipping, but that’s because it’s a lot more reliable. Terminal to terminal shipping can be great for when you need to get your vehicle off your hands but not necessarily shipped quickly – you don’t need it to arrive ASAP, you just need it picked up ASAP because it’s in your way or causing you problems. Terminal shipping can be a great solution to this, but most people don’t operate like that – they want and need their car when its being transported, but they’ll put up with the inconvenience for a week because it sure as heck beats driving! This is why door to door is better, because it only takes a week for most people to get their car from the day they book. Terminal shipping takes a lot longer than that because many carriers don’t travel to and from terminals often.

If you are searching for a door to door auto transport quote you’ve definitely come to the right place. We here at Mercury Auto Transport only work with the best carriers in the industry to transport your vehicle, so you know that if you book with us your car will be in good hands. You can fill out our free online quote request form or give us a call toll-free at 800-553-1828 to speak to one of our live auto transport representatives who can give you a quote, answer your questions and help you book your order. With Mercury Auto Transport, you just can’t lose.

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 transport, door to door is also the best way to get the cheapest auto transport rate possible.  To learn more and see what option 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 important to have our highly trained agents be your one main point of contact from start to finish.  They will go over all the things you need to know and do to make sure 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 check out our checklist to prepare your vehicle to learn more.


While understanding auto transport insurance is not rocket science, we think it is important 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 out of state, 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 insured by the carrier/truck'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 the insurance of the carrier we locate for you 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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