Man holding vehicle keys with car in background after the completion of a door-to-door car shipping transaction.


While door-to-door shipping is convenient, there are a few quirks you should learn before you begin.

As you go to ship your vehicle to another community, state, or country, you’ll notice there are multiple shipping options available. 

For starters, you’ll have to choose between open, enclosed, or flatbed transport. The mode you select will determine how secure your vehicle is during shipment but will also influence the price. The gist is that open shipping is the cheapest and most readily available, while flatbed is faster and enclosed is more secure. Your selection will ultimately come down to your personal preferences and budget.

The same applies to the location your car transport begins and ends. Vendors will frequently provide you with terminal-to-terminal and door-to-door shipment options, which have pros and cons to keep in mind. 

Once again, budget and preferences will guide your decision.

Here’s a look at how door-to-door car shipping works and some information on its limitations.

Top Things you should know before booking door-to-door car shipping:

  • Multiple car shipping options are available
  • Door-to-door shipping is the most convenient
  • It isn’t always possible to find legitimate door-to-door shipping
  • Mercury Auto Transport can help you find the best car transport option

What is door-to-door car shipping?

In short, door-to-door shipping is when your transport vendor picks your vehicle up at one address and delivers it directly to another one. 

The location the transport begins from could be your residence, a car dealership, or the home of a person who is selling you a vehicle. 

Door-to-door car shipping is incredibly convenient because you don’t have to take your vehicle to a shipping terminal to begin the process. The result is a transaction that saves you time and eliminates some of the stress associated with shipping a car, particularly if the shipping terminal you’d have to use is far from your destination.

Your vehicle will also arrive at the door of your destination. So, if you’re shipping a car to your new residence or a vacation home, you don’t have to worry about picking it up from a terminal, either. 

Overall, door-to-door car shipping will save you time, but it’s worth noting that it costs more and comes with some limitations. 

A look at the limitations

Despite the benefits of door-to-door shipping, the limitations are worth discussing. We’ve already mentioned the price, as you can expect the transaction to cost more money because the driver will have to put in more time and effort. Having said that, door-to-door also lets you skip terminal storage fees, which can drive up the other option’s total price. So, the total bill can sometimes be cheaper than terminal-to-terminal once all the costs are counted

Another potential drawback is that door-to-door car shipping might not even be possible to your address. Some of the trucks that handle car transport are large and aren’t meant to drive in residential neighborhoods or downtown areas. In fact, some communities have banned these rigs from their streets. 

As a result, if you live in a residential neighborhood or inner city with narrow streets, there may not be a way for the truck to reach your door, and you’ll have to make alternate plans. 

Meeting At A Central Location

The main issue with this process is the inconvenience. You’ll have to meet the driver at an accessible location at a specific time to drop off or collect your vehicle. While the process is relatively fast, it is an additional hassle.

Adding to the hassle is that you might have to find a ride to this central location, assuming it isn’t within walking distance of your house. The drop-off location could be around the corner from your home in some situations, which isn’t a big deal. However, there’s always the chance the drop-off or pick-up will be far from your residence. 

You can sometimes speak with the driver to find the closest possible place the truck can reach, making the entire process more convenient. It’s worth remembering, though, that meeting at a central location could save you some money on your shipment, so it might not be a bad thing after all.

Terminal-to-terminal shipping

Your other option when shipping your car is terminal to terminal shipping. The vendor you choose likely has a terminal where all shipments depart. This terminal is often in an accessible area for trucks, like an industrial part of town. 

It might be out of the way, or it could be close to you. It all comes down to where you live and the shipping vendor you select. 

The main benefit, other than cost, of terminal-to-terminal shipping, is that it’s more flexible. You don’t have to meet the driver at a specific location at a particular time because the vehicle can wait at the terminal for you to arrive. 

Remember, there could be storage fees if you end up leaving the vehicle at the terminal. You’ll want to discuss those fees with your vendor before you begin. 

It’s also worth learning where the carrier will store your car while waiting for you to pick it up and how the company operates

  • Will it be inside? 
  • Is there security? 
  • Is it safe?
  • What are the hours of operation?

You’ll want to ask all these questions before agreeing to terminal-to-terminal shipping because the answers will determine your overall experience.

Finding the right auto transport carrier

Locating an auto shipping vendor that provides you with the service you require is challenging. There are many different options available, so you’ll have to vet the carriers carefully while considering the cost and convenience of each. 

You could also use an auto shipping broker to weed out unreliable vendors and present you with offers from carriers that provide the exact services you’re seeking. These brokers eliminate much of the guesswork, giving you peace of mind as you ship your car. 

Mercury Auto Transport is a car shipping broker that can put you in touch with high-end carriers throughout the country. We’ll only show you offers from FMCSA licensed and insured carriers, and we guarantee you’ll receive the price and service level presented in your quote. Contact Mercury Auto Transport today for more information regarding your door-to-door car shipping needs.


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We feel it’s important for you to know how we determined your quote. Quotes are based on what the market demands for cars to be moved at a given time. Each quote is compared with the current rates on the National Load Board before being sent to our customers and will be reviewed periodically through the process.

Other companies might offer you a lower price to obtain your business. This method is ineffective because if the car does not pay the correct amount of money, it will run the probability of not getting loaded or transported on time. You will not get this information from our competitors. Truck drivers always take the loads that pay the most first, leaving the loads that are mispriced to be moved last or not at all. We try very hard to avoid this with our customers by quoting a fair but realistic quote up front. Visit our How we determine your quote page for more information.

Understanding auto transport insurance is important and 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 assured 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.

When comparing auto transport companies, keep in mind that low-priced quotes often result in delays in getting your vehicle loaded. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible.  

We feel it’s important for you to know how we determine your quote.

When you’re looking for a car shipping rate, you want to understand how auto transport works. 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.

When comparing auto transport companies, keep in mind that low-priced quotes often result in delays in getting your vehicle loaded. 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.

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

You can have peace of mind knowing that the carrier shipping your vehicle is the very best and that there are no surprises guaranteed.

Mercury Auto Transport is licensed, Bonded and Insured. Our FMSCA Motor Carrier Number is MC647319.

While we do our best match your auto shipping needs with the most responsible carriers with the best track records, from time-to-time there may be accidental damage while in transit, it is good to know that the insurance of the carrier we locate for you will protect your auto shipment in that event.

Shipping a vehicle can be stressful if you 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 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.

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

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.