Before You

There are times when you need to transport a car from one part of the country to another. Maybe you’ve purchased a car online from a private party or a dealership in another state, perhaps you’re relocating for a new job, maybe you want to send a car to a relative, or you’re just simply trying to escape the brutal cold winters of the North and fly South for the winter. When the time comes to ship your vehicle simply connect with the pros and get exactly what you are looking for. We’re here to take the anxiety out of the car transport so you can enjoy the things you love. Here are some things to keep in mind…

Checklist

Before Booking
Before booking with us you should answer the following questions for a more accurate quote.

  • Does your vehicle start, drive and steer?
    Vehicles with special conditions often require special methods, tools and truck attachments to properly be placed on a trailer.
  • What is your vehicle’s ground clearance?
    To be safely load and unload on any trailer, your vehicle must have a minimum of 4 inches form the ground.
  • Are there any modifications on your vehicle?
    Notate things like lift kits, lowering springs, antennas, camper shells and luggage racks.

Before Loading Day

Before loading day, inspect your vehicle and consider doing the following.

  • Remove all personal belongings.
  • Clean the vehicle so it is ready for a thorough inspection.
  • Make sure your vehicle has around no more than ¼ tank of gas.
  • Disable all alarm systems and remove toll road transponders.
  • Ensure the battery is secured with a mounting bracket.
  • Remove accessory luggage racks, bike racks and ski racks.
  • Remove all unsecured stereo accessories, car phones and garage door openers.
  • Remove or retract all oversized antennas.
  • Place all spare tire and car covers in the trunk.

Covered or Uncovered Carrier?

An uncovered car carrier will often be the less expensive option, but your vehicle will be susceptible to the elements and any debris that may fly in the path of the truck. A covered or enclosed carrier gives you the most protection, but it can cost up to roughly 60 percent more.

Other Pricing Variables…

  1. Location: A delivery between two major cities may be cheaper than shipping between smaller cities or towns.
  2. Distance: The cost for transporting a vehicle will be on a cents-per-mile based on location. There is NO FLAT FEE ACROSS THE BOARD. The cents-per-mile fee is determined by the driver/carrier. This cost is per vehicle on a carrier and has to cover the overhead cost associated to transport any vehicle. The overhead each carrier/driver must cover are:
    • Fuel Cost
    • Taxes, Tolls, Weigh Station Fees
    • Insurance (per vehicle)
  3. Vehicle Size: Bigger cars take up more space in the carrier and heavier cars add more cargo weight, making them more expensive to ship.

Inspect the Vehicle for Damage

Americargo, Inc. will perform a walk-around of the vehicle before it is loaded onto the truck. We will be looking for any scratches or dents and will make a note of them. This will be an important piece of evidence in case something gets damaged, so make sure you inspect the car and agree with the report. Similarly, you’ll want to inspect an arriving vehicle for any damage that might have occurred during transport. Taking a few pre- and post-shipment photos is a good idea, in case you need to support a damage claim.