Your pickup window depends on whether you select “open/standard” or “express” shipping.
Standard Shipping pickup date is usually 2-7 business days after your order is placed. Actual pick-up and drop-off dates may have a margin of +/- 1 or 2 days.
Express Shipping offers pickup within 1-3 days and a choice of guaranteed (a) pickup date or (b) drop-off date or (c) shortest possible time-interval between pickup and drop-off. Express not available on all routes.
Then after Pick-up,
the following date-ranges are typical.
0 – 200
200 – 600
600 – 1000
1000 – 1500
1500 – 2000
2000 – 2400
2400 and up
1 to 2 days
1 to 3
2 to 3
3 to 5
4 to 7
5 to 8
7 to 9
Of course while the “rule of thumb” above can be helpful, actual times may vary depending on
Of course, you can’t ship anything flammable, explosive, dangerous or illegal.
FMCSA rules also prohibit non-vehicle-related items from being transported with the vehicle.
Rule of thumb:
Do the items “belong” in or with the car?
YES, you can include it! For example:
Child car seats
Tools, if it’s a work-vehicle (such as a plumber’s truck)
Is it unrelated?
No, FMCSA does not allow the following:
Anything unrelated to the car
Why does FMCSA Prohibit Personal and Household Items?
Excess Weight: Car transporters must enter weigh stations and are subject to other inspections along highways. For safety reasons they must limit the total weight on their trailer.
Laws and Fines: Car transporters are not licensed by the FMCSA to carry household or personal items, and could be fined at inspection stations.
Insurance Not Available: Because transporters are not licensed to carry household or personal items, they would be unable to obtain or provide any insurance for any non-vehicle items in case of damage or loss.
Damage to a vehicle is rare. However, if you are the 1 in 1200, the Bill of Lading is your friend.
And we are your advocate. You are fully covered, and will have no deductible.
Steps to take during pickup...
Inspect & Document: you and the driver will walk around the vehicle and carefully mark on the Bill of Lading / Inspection Form and pre-existing scratches, chips, dents or damage. We also recommend you take pictures to supplement your own records.
Review: the form includes the name, address and phone of the Carrier. Be sure you also note the name and cell phone of the driver, in case you have questions, or change of instructions or drop-off.
Sign and keep a copy of the Bill of Lading. If you have questions at the point of pickup, or cannot agree something the driver is marking, please call us at 855-980-4100.
... And Delivery
Inspect & Document: you and the driver will walk around the vehicle and inspect to ensure no new damage has occurred during transit. Feel free to take photos, and to compare them to your original ones. You MUST document any issues BEFORE you sign the Bill of Lading: otherwise the driver cannot legally be held accountable.
If you observe any issues or damage: (a) mark details on the Bill of Lading. (b) have the driver acknowledge and sign showing the damages. (c) Contact Easy Car Shipping to file a damage claim right away. You are fully covered, with ZERO deductible.
Sign and pay. Even if you and the driver disagree on the condition of the vehicle at delivery, you are still legally obligated to pay the driver for the transport in full, if you were contracted as C.O.D. WE at Easy Car Shipping are your advocate and will work to resolve the issue to your satisfaction.
Enclosed trailers offer additional peace of mind, and the equivalent of first-class or business-class service. It is the preferred option of about 25% of customers. Consider enclosed when:
The value of your vehicle is > $70,000
Unique or sentimental value: classics, exotics, golf carts and motorcycle
The season: if strong wind, snow, ice, or hail is likely
The importance of your car arriving as pristine as when it left. Rain and dust are common especially on long-haul trips, so if you need it as shiny as when you loaded it, enclosed trailer would be best for you.
Open trailers are the most cost-effective and popular method for vehicle shipping, chosen by 75% of both retail and dealer customers. Think of this as flying coach, which is perfectly fine for most of us.
Open trailers come in different shapes and sizes. Some carry as few as 2 - 3 cars, popular or short-haul routes. Larger 7 - 10 car carriers are typically used for long-haul vehicle transport.