Auto Transport FAQ's
Can you offer any assistance as far as looking into the buyer or the transport company?
The short answer is No, we do not offer recommendations for specific shipping companies. We do recommend that you search out a company that has a proven track record of success. Before you hire a shipping company, ask for their DOT number and check it against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) web site www.SaferSys.org to learn more about a motor carrier.
How long will it take to ship my car?
Depending on how long of a distance it is between pick-up and delivery and other factors like weather conditions, traffic, etc. it can take anywhere from a couple of days to 2 weeks.
A variety of factors play a part in International shipping and it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.
Does a car have to be in working condition to be shipped?
Any classic car enthusiast will know that more often than not, a classic car is not able to move to load it on a trailer. The best thing to do is communicate with car shippers and let them know about the condition of the vehicle to see what services they might offer. Additional charges might apply for a vehicle that is not in operating condition, let the auto shipper know this before hand.
Does OldRide ship cars?
No, we don't, and any suggestion that we do should be a red flag that the seller or buyer is a scam artist.
How much does it cost to transport a vehicle?
Shipping rates vary by location, shipping company and a variety of other factors. You will need to contact a Transport Company directly and receive a quote from them.
Is it safe to ship a vehicle overseas?
American classic cars are a hot item overseas and has created quite a demand in Europe & Australia. Many foreign governments have laws that can affect your international vehicle shipment or export and impose duties on your cargo shipment. Both buyers and sellers should verse themselves with Customs about what items other countries will accept, how they will accept them and what their policies are.
Provided below is a link to the major embassies and consulates that can provide further information on duties and policies that may affect your international vehicle shipment: http://travel.state.gov
Do I need to be present when the vehicle is picked up or delivered?
Yes, you will need someone present at both locations. It is important that you go over the Bill of Lading with the auto transporter and sign off on the condition of the vehicle after a thorough assessment.
How far in advance should I schedule my shipment?
As soon as you know that a vehicle is going to be shipped the buyer and seller should work together to start making arrangements for pick-up and delivery. Often times it can take 1 to 2 weeks for the shipping company to add you to their schedule.
Can I pack extra parts that go with the car in there when it is being shipped?
The policies regarding this vary by shipper so you will want to check directly with them. Usually auto shippers allow extra parts to be accompanied with the vehicle as long as they are in the trunk or backseat and are not obstructing the view of the driver. Keep in mind, that these items will not be covered by insurance and an extra fee may apply.