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Military Family in the park togetherWhether you’re a service member or a spouse juggling household goods, pets, kids and multiple cars in preparation for a cross country trip, getting to your next installation can be a daunting prospect. While the government will pay to transport ONE automobile from an overseas duty station (OCONUS), it generally does not pay to transport a Service Member's car when the move is within the country (CONUS). So if you or a family member is not in a position to drive your vehicle to your new base, an experienced military auto transport company is often the best option.

Military members who make Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves from one duty station to another do have some entitlements, and there is a limited authority for POV (Privately Owned Vehicle) car transport within the CONUS when the service member is medically unable to drive, has a homeport change, or there is not enough time to drive. The government also pays for car transport for a Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employee if you (a) Have been transferred in the government’s interest, (b) Are a new appointee, or (c) are a student trainee assigned to your first PDS. Further, you are entitled to POV transportation upon retirement or separation, to your authorized Home of Selection under the JTR, Paragraph (Para) 5068-A.1, or Home of Record (HOR)/Place from Which Called (or Ordered) to Active Duty under JTR Paragraph 5066. The time limit for shipping a POV is 1 year from the date of retirement or 180 days from the date of separation with pay.

The legal authority for POV shipment is 10 USC 2634(h), 10 USC 2634, and 37 USC 406(h) -- but even if you’re paying out of pocket for POV auto transport, you’ll find great value in our shipping quotes.

1. We understand military service members’ auto transport needs and values

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An important part of your job as an active member of the US Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coastguard is being able to respond quickly to a Permanent Change of Station order, whether it’s a cross-country relocation or just 500 miles away. We understand the challenges of the military life, and also know you’re probably on a fairly tight stipend from the government. So we work with military families like yours to make military auto transport as affordable as it can be. With a network of >8,500 carriers, we can mobilize a car transporter to most locations in a very reasonable timeline.

Whether you’re the spouse responsible for the move while your partner is in service, or you’re a single Service Member being deployed overseas – perhaps shipping your car for storage with a family member while you’re abroad – or you’re arriving back in the US after deployment and ready to get your car back to your new home or base, moving is a challenge. Some bases are way off the beaten-path, and finding a carrier that is able to pick-up or deliver there in a timely manner can be time-consuming: especially if you’re on a tight schedule, trying to coordinate precise dates for pickup and drop-off or when rapid deployment is at hand. You need a simple, easy process that doesn’t take much time. You need reliability. And you want value: the best service at the most affordable price.

2. How much does it cost to ship a car for military service members?

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Military car shipping costs ~$1 per mile for 1-500 miles. So, a 350 mile trip would cost $350. The longer the distance, the lower the price: moving it ~1000 miles drops the rate to $.75 cents a mile, or $750. Coast-to-coast military car delivery can be as little as $.40 cents per mile. Car shipping quotes vary based on vehicle size, speed of delivery, availability in rural location, and seasonal demand.

We also provide military motorcycle shipping and military truck shipping – and you’d be surprised at how many people ship old military jeeps and other vehicles. We can even arrange to transport decommissioned military tanks.

3. How long does it take to ship a car when transferred?

POV car shipping for service members takes between 1-6 calendar days from the date your vehicle is picked up to when it’s dropped off. A driver usually covers about 500 miles per day. The first available pickup date is typically 2-7 business days after an order is booked, and express car transport is usually available within 24-72 hours depending on your location.

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"Thanks for the help, it was super smooth. I needed a Wheelchair equipped van transported but other companies didn't understand how tall it was. These guys know their vehicles." - Susan Guerrero

Sacramento, CA to Albuquerque, NM - $979

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2015 Ford Transit Handicap Van

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"Very pleased.  They acted quickly to pick up and deliver vehicle. Worked with me for best delivery location. Detailed review of car findings for any potential damage." - Bret Anderson

Scottsdale, AZ to New Orleans, LA - EXPRESS - $985

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2013 Ram 2500 Crew Cab

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"After my PCS notice, this was quick and easy. We had to move our 2nd vehicle to the base. Thanks for working with me and the discount." - Juan Gonzalez

San Diego, CA to Waco, TX - $725

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2009 Ford Expedition

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"Communication, customer service, towing service, price, flexibility, everything has been the best service that I've experienced in my life, thanks again." - Angel Herera

Minneapolis, MN to Orlando, FL - $829

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2012 Range Rover Sport

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"Deployed and Happy the car is at my sister's now.  She said the transport was easy at her end too, like pickup was for me." - Francisco Soto

Nashville, TN to Asheville, NC - $449

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1993 Ford Mustang Cobra

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"Quick and No Problems! Scheduled on Monday, delivered on Tuesday. Completely professional and the vehicle was in perfect condition." - Dean Williams

New York City, NY to Charlotte, NC - EXPRESS - $744

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2011 Ford Mustang

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"Quote was very reasonable. Picked up on time and delivered one day early, the company kept constant communication with us. Driver was courteous. Definitely recommend them and will be using them again in the future." - Prime Motorsports LLC

Boston, MA to Dallas, TX - $895

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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

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"I appreciate the great effort in getting my vehicle delivered. With all the headaches of moving again, at least this one was simple." - Denise Kroger

Oklahoma City, OK to Seattle, WA - $1,089

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2012 Audi A6

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"Thanks for working with my Mom. I was deployed and I transported my V-Max to my mom in FL. The driver was so cool. He made sure it was parked in the garage and covered up." - Charles Cosner

Long Island, NY to Palm Beach, FL - $645

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2009 Yamaha V-Max

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"The driver parked the truck outside of my complex and drove my car to my apartment to deliver it. Very good service!" - Frank Park

San Diego, CA to Savannah, GA - $889

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2011 Ford Edge

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4. Why is Easy Car Shipping best for military car shipment? 

We offer the optimal combination of service and value, along with reliable pickup and delivery -- and we honor our commitments just as you do. Our 4.8-star military car transport reviews speak for themselves. Communications are clear, concise and thorough, just like you’re used to. We’re in proactive contact with you to avoid surprises, and a dedicated Transport Coordinator is assigned to each order. You’ll also have the driver’s name and cell phone.

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Military discount is available for active-duty Service Members, and you never pay a cent before we assign a carrier matching your criteria. We remain at your service until shipping your POV is complete.

5. More than POV car transport: Resources for every phase of deployment

We care about your success, and offer a compilation of resources others have found useful over the years. None of these are related to car shipping, but we thought you’d appreciate some of these tools.

• Make the most of wherever you are on your journey: whether you’re just getting started, getting home, or taking that victory lap, be ready for your next step with tips from Military OneSource for every phase of deployment. 

• The successful movement of your POV is not a matter of chance. As with all things military, it’s the result of preparation and planning. If you think you may be medically eligible to ship a POV in the CONUS, check out the handbook provided by US Transcom or Contact your local Transportation Office (TO) or Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO). 

• The Personal Property Counseling Checklist ensures the member, dependent, and government employee has been briefed properly on the movement of their personal property within the Defense Transportation System. This checklist may also be used in determining validity of claims for damage and improper shipments and any third party responsibility. 

• For deploying service members and families, there are resources available to help you during your transitions -- here's a rundown of help programs by service. 

• Deployments are tough on everyone. BlueStarFamily.org’s resources, prepared by military spouses and service members, can make your family's deployment easier. 

Military Family enjoying their new home6. How to move a car during a PCS: can you pack items in the vehicle or the trunk?

The short answer is no. The FMCSA which inspects car transporters and ensures public safely permits only vehicle-related items to be included, such as child car seats, car covers, and parts or tools related directly to the vehicle itself. Regulations prohibit including luggage, personal items, household items or anything else that’s not related to the car, in order to avoid excess weight and because no car carrier in the US is licensed to carry household goods, or obtain insurance on those items for your protection. So it’s best to include household goods with the shipment of your other personal belongings.

Military PCS vehicle shipping is one of our specialties, and we have a dedicated Military Shipping POV division. We can pick up and deliver to almost every military base or installation in the country. While we can’t drive onto the base itself, we’ll get the transport truck as close to the gates or entrance of the base as possible – or the driver will arrange to meet you at a nearby shopping center or public parking space that’s both safe and convenient. See why Easy Car Shipping’s military car shipping program is among the best in the Continental US, and ask about our car transport military discount for all members of the US Armed Forces.

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