As you prepare to move your car there are things you need to know about transporting your motor vehicle. In this section we’ll cover some basic steps you can take to better prepare your vehicle for shipping. If you have any questions about anything covered or not covered here, please give us a call at 561-255-4652 & we’ll be glad to help you out!
Can I Pack Personal Items In My Car?
It is best not to leave any personal effects in the car during transportation. In fact, most motor vehicle transport companies won’t ship cars with personal effects in them. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most basic is that there are D.O.T. regulations against many personal items being transported in cars. Most carriers are not licensed or insured to transport household items. Also, the additional weight can put carriers over their weight limit, delaying the motor vehicle’s arrival and possibly increasing the shipping cost, and items of value are easily stolen from a vehicle’s trunk. Here is a brief list of prohibited items:
- No live items, including pets and plants. No perishable products can be packed.
- No personal or valuable items, including watches, personal paperwork, cash, jewelry, precious metals or other personal items.
- No dangerous items. This includes items that can cause a fire or explosion, ranging from ammunition to aerosols, matches, fireworks, gasoline and propane. This is certainly not an all-inclusive list, but it gives you an idea of the types of items to avoid.
- No illegal items. This is pretty obvious, but needs to be mentioned. You may not have drugs or contraband in your car during the motor vehicle transportation process. What may not be obvious to everyone is that you are also disallowed from transporting anything that could be considered illegal without the proper paperwork, including guns (in some states), certain prescription medication, and needles. Keep in mind that anything you plan on packing in your car needs to be legal in all states that your motor vehicle will be transported through.
Additionally, you will want to be sure that your car has ¼ tank of fuel or less. This will help ensure you will receive your vehicle without delay. That way the carrier won’t face delays stemming from being over their weight limits.
As a final thought, please keep in mind that any items left inside your vehicle are generally not covered by auto shipping insurance, thus, the motor vehicle carrier won’t be responsible for any theft or damage.