Vehicle Shipping Knowledge

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Protect yourself and your car by shipping with a reliable car shipping company

Car moving is not something you want to leave to just any auto transport company. The safety of your vehicle rides in the hands of your car carrier. Newcomb Transportation & Logistics Brokers is here to help you make the right choice & save.

Trustworthy auto shipping firms must be able to give you a solid feeling of security. Probably, the entire process of making difficult preparations for delivering a vehicle, SUV, motorbike, or perhaps a sail boat has already left you feeling worn out and dizzy.

Too many times, knowledge comes too late — and at the expense of a costly experience.

To make sure that you didn’t learn car shipping experience the hard way, we provide this knowledge base for you to familiarize yourself with this important in your life move.

  • Terminal to Terminal vs. Door to Door Service
    Terminal to terminal services are cheaper than door to door services?

    It makes sense. After all, expecting the truck driver to deliver the car to your door requires an extra effort – and extra efforts never come for free. Right?

    Wrong. Even if the auto carrier saves time and fuel by leaving your car at a terminal, the fees charged by the terminal for sheltering the vehicle may seriously downplay these advantages. It is however true that the cost depends on the location of the terminal — and of your door. In case you live in a difficult to reach area, the terminal fees may prove themselves lower than the ones required by the carrier for going the extra mile.

    Still, in most cases door to door services are cheaper and are to be preferred from all points of view.

  • Dealing Directly With Brokers Or Carriers?
    It is better to deal directly with the carrier and avoid the auto transport broker that will only increase your costs?

    You should carefully rethink this one. Why? First, if you deal directly with a carrier, you take upon you serious risks of finding no customer relations department. You may find it difficult to reach them when you need updates. It is up to you to choose instead a shipping agent that has perfected the process of helping customers and being readily available with updates.

    Carriers have a limited number of trucks covering a limited (and very specific) area every week. When their capacity is filled, they will offer later dates when they will be available for shipping. It will require hard work on your part to find an available and dependable carrier that covers your exact route exactly when ou need them.

    On the other hand, car shipping brokers have connections with a large number of carriers, which they have selected over time according to their performance, and can easily make arrangements that suit you. They can deal with the terminals if necessary and even obtain special treatment and discounts, which will only benefit you.

    Keep in mind that auto transport brokers gravitate around their customer service. They will make the terms of the shipping known to you in the early stages of your collaboration, by sending you their contract. By contrast, trucking companies may simply show up at your door and hand the contract to you the day of the pick-up. You will have only a few minutes to attempt to read the “fine print”.

  • Save Big Bucks Without Hubcaps, REALLY?
    You can save big bucks by shipping your car with the hubcaps removed?

    This is the kind of urban legend that ends up just not being true. It may have originated because of the fact that, when shipping cars overseas, you may be told to take down all the removable parts of your car (hubcaps, windshield wipers, outside mirrors, antennas) and lock them inside the trunk for increased security. Wherever it comes from, the idea is simply a misconception. Your hubcaps have nothing to do with the price that you are charged by the shipping company.

    There ARE things to be removed however. They consists of all additional items that you may try to place in your car for a “free ride”. This is not allowed for two reasons: first, carriers have to meet very strict weight requirements; then, the items that you are trying to ship are not insured, which gives you no guarantee that they will arrive safely.

  • Be Cautious To Make Your Own Decisions
    If I shop smart, I can get my SUV shipped from Chicago to new York for as little as $475.

    Not a chance. Be careful when shopping for the lowest price. Some companies tell you about the surcharges AFTER they’ve received your non-refundable deposit. Remember to compare “apples to apples”. If you get a quote significantly lower or higher than the average, make sure you carefully look into it.

    Instead of hunting for “the cheapest” one, it is much wiser to look for offers that guarantee on time and safe delivery, e.g., partial reimbursement if the car is not delivered on time.

  • Quotes Are Not Always Right
    Quotes are always correct? Not Always.

    Don’t overlook the possibility of an incorrect quote. It may happen that, in the case of a too low or a too high quote, the pick-up or delivery location have been recorded erroneously.

    What would you say the probability of such a mistake would be in the case of two different Michigan cities that have the misfortune of bearing the similarly sounding names of Lansing and L’Anse? Sadly, one of them is in the South of the state, while the other one hundreds of miles away, in a corner of the North Upper Peninsula. The difference in quoting such a destination may go up to $500. Depending on the shipping agent’s policy, you may end up being charged some unexpected hundreds.

    What to do? Simple — always make sure that both zip codes have been correctly recorded.

  • Longer The Distance Higher The Cost
    The auto shipping costs depends exclusively on the distance.

    While distance IS an important factor, how can we explain the fact that, when you compare costs with your friend down the road, you find out that you have paid an extra $100 to have your car delivered to your door?

    If “down the road” means at the foot of the mountain on whose top you reside, your $100 have probably covered the disadvantage of a hardly accessible location. Even if we forced this example to give you a clear idea, you always must consider the accessibility of the pickup and destination location. Carriers charge extra money for going off their main route.

    As for the pick-up and delivery dates, the more flexible you are, the less you will pay, since your car shipping agent will not have to make additional arrangements to accommodate your request.

    In conclusion, when evaluating a certain car shipping fee, consider the triple factor distance – accessibility – flexibility.

  • Quote From an Auto Transport Company
    I can 100% rely on an instant online quote from an auto transport company.

    We find it hard to believe that an instant online quote (meaning one that lacks all human evaluation) can be 100% reliable.

    Keep in mind that the value of a system can be fairly measured by the way it responds to unexpected circumstances. Try to first test the system by requiring quotes for different combinations of requests. We have recently obtained a quote of several hundred dollars for shipping our car 2 miles down the road. Such an estimate seriously altered our trust in the reliability of the system.

    Also, never forget to read the fine print and make sure that the quote includes all fees.

    Requiring a customized quote will bring things closer to reality. We have learned that every car shipping experience is unique. Shipping a car is very much a question of finding the right moment, the right place and the right carrier that will allow a clients demands or expectations to be met.

How We Calculate Your Car Shipping Quote      

Our quotes are not random, nor a generously rounded estimate.

Far from a general, one-fits-all quote, our estimating system provides you with the final, no-deposit, all-inclusive price that you will be charged when the transport of your car is completed. All of our quotes are customized to your specific needs, and issued by a human in possession of strict rules and a handy calculator.

So what are these rules?
  • State to state rates

    Based on our years of car shipping experience, we have outlined a list of rates from state to state, on which our best carriers function. We have diligently printed them out and posted them on our walls. Your quote starts with this number, on which we build on later (if necessary).

  • Proximity to main roads

    Your car does not need to only reach a certain state, but also your specific destination. This destination may or may not be close to the main route of the carrier. In case it “off the beaten path” so to speak, the carrier will require extra money for the extra distance.

    It is very important to understand that the quote you receive is not only determined by the distance, but also by the popularity of a certain route with the carriers, and the accessibility of the pick-up or destination point. In case you want your car picked up from the wilderness, the top of a mountain or the far end of a hardly populated peninsula, the carrier will require more financial incentives to do just that. Can you blame him?

  • Seasonal lows and highs

    The busiest months for the car transport business are between June and September. Due to the high demands, the carriers may raise their prices. In the slow season, between November and February, the scarcity of demands will bring lower rates.

    For the rest of the year the car transport fees are usually constant.

  • Open/enclosed options

    A request for an enclosed carrier will increase the price by an average of 70%. This fee will be submitted to the carriers and will assist them in covering the expenses related to the type of equipment, safety measures and limitations involved in such a transport.

  • Urgency of your demand

    It is always a good idea to allow your car shipping agent as much time as possible to arrange your auto transport. In case this is not possible, extra arrangements must be made to adapt to your schedule. This may involve more than the main carrier (e.g., a flatbed, a terminal etc.) All these bring about additional expenses, and you should be prepared for a higher price.

    Next-day or 1-day pickups would be examples of such demands. That does not automatically mean a higher price. However, it means that you expose yourself to some cost negotiating in order to earn a place on a truck. The result is a question of circumstances.

  • Door to door/terminal to terminal options

    Our quote is calculated for door to door services. If you are looking for terminal to terminal services, we can arrange that for an extra fee. This fee will cover the expenses incurred by using an additional party – the car terminals.

  • Valuation coverage

    We insure your car at fair market value. If you want to purchase extra coverage, you will have to make those arrangements with your own insurance provider.

  • Discounts

    We are currently offering two types of discounts:

    • Military discounts, typically consisting of $50 off our regular price;
    • Multi Car discounts: if you ship 2 or 3 cars, you will save $50/car. If you ship 4 or more cars, you will save $75/car.

What You Should Expect From Newcomb T&L Car Shipping Process

Driving your car is usually the easiest way to get your car from one place to another but, there are many companies that will ship your car, usually aboard a large truck. If you are moving your entire household, it may be a good idea to start by asking your moving company (or a broker) if they will also transport your car (some will). Auto shippers vary in their services and prices, so it’s an excellent idea to get several quotes before making your choice.

  • 1. Request a free quote from Newcomb Transportation & Logistics

    This is an easy process. Fill in the online form and send it to us. The request is generally answered in one business day. The quote you will receive is the final price that you will be charged and contains no hidden fees.

    Curious about how your quote request is evaluated?

    If you do not receive an answer from us by the end of the next business day, it is likely that our email has cut its way to your spam folder. Call us, and we will offer you an instant quote, equally accurate.

  • 2. Decide if our quote fits you

    You create no obligation for yourself by just requesting a quote. We will not email you again, unless you contact us. This is the time for you to weigh our price and promises, and decide if you want to work with us.

    When you compare our quotes with those received from other auto transport companies, keep in mind the all-inclusive character of our number. Do you need more insight on what you should beware of? Read about the 10 signs of some questionable car transport services.

  • 3. Initiate the contact

    If you decide Newcomb Transportation & Logistics is the best fit for you, you are welcome to call or email us. At that time we’ll discuss your ideal pick up dates and so forth. Our response is fast and our customer service impeccable.

  • 4. We will send you our contract and a couple of forms to fill in

    You still have no obligation. If you have a change of heart, you can just follow a different path. Scour those pages, study them with whatever enthusiasm is left from your college years, or ask us questions if you would have any

    Customer Vehicle Shipping Agreement

  • 5. Send us the completed forms

    In case your decision to work with us is final, you will send us the completed forms. From now on you are our client and we take upon ourselves the responsibility of making your car arrive safely and on time to the destination.

    This is also the time when you will decide on the form of payment you want to use. Generally, Newcomb Transportation & Logistics does NOT require any up-front deposit. A small percentage of the price will have to be paid at this time ONLY if you decide to pay COD. This money will cover the services explained below.

  • 6. Newcomb Transportation & Logistics defines a shipping strategy

    This strategy involves the best carriers that follow your desired route and answers your specific requirements. The carriers are chosen using triple criteria: quality of communication – ability to pick up or deliver in time – history of shipping cars without causing any damages. Our system contains records by which we accurately evaluate the carriers and propose the best and safest fit for your car.

    We do not make any promises that we cannot keep. This is why we have to remind you that a specific pick up or delivery date cannot be guaranteed in good conscience. A window of 2-3 days for both pick-up and delivery is appreciated and will spare any extra fees necessary to accommodate emergency situations.

  • 7. You receive an initial call with the approximate pick-up date

    After Newcomb Transportation & Logistics decides on a carrier, we will contact you to confirm the pickup dates. Our communication with the carrier takes place all along the shipping process (day before pick up until the day after delivery). According to the information that we receive from the carrier, we will be able to give you an approximate pick-up date. Please allow a window of 2-3 days as explained above. Of course, if you have requested a “one day pick-up”, this will not be necessary.

  • 8. Dispatch or driver calls you the day before the pick-up

    We take this step in order to confirm that you are prepared for the pick-up. Read more about how to prepare a car for shipping.

  • 9. Your car is picked-up

    You or an authorized party must be present. Make sure the condition of your car is accurately recorded in the Bill of Lading. This process usually takes 15-20 minutes. Say good-bye to your car, but try not to be too emotional. You’ll see her soon.

    If you chose to pay by credit card, it will be charged after Newcomb Transportation & Logistics contacts the carrier and makes sure the car is on its way to destination.

  • 10. Dispatch or driver calls you the day before delivery

    This will allow you to make plans for being present where and when the car is delivered and prepare for the event. If this means making sure that you have your camera handy, or baking a cake to celebrate the happy reunion, it depends entirely on you.

  • 11. Your car is delivered

    You or another party authorized by you must be present at the place and time of delivery. Inspect your car carefully and, in case you notice any damages, record them on the Bill of Lading. It is a good idea to also take some pictures to back up your claims. If you decided to pay COD, this is the time to do it. Wish the driver all the best, and jump to the final step.

    In case you cannot be present at the time and place of delivery, we can arrange to drop your car at a terminal. Be aware that this will draw some extra expenses, since the terminal fees will have to be paid in advance. Read more in our  FAQ section.

  • 12. Write Newcomb Transportation & Logistics your thank you note

    This step is totally optional. However, if you are looking for your 15 minutes of fame, we can find a cozy place for you, your testimony and a picture of your car on our website. Do not hesitate to take the chance of becoming our next featured Newcomb Transportation & Logistics client with a happy shipping story. Do we need to emphasize that this is our favorite part?

Auto transport is a simple enough process, right?

Your vehicle is loaded onto the back of a truck, the truck drives away and then a few days later, at your destination, your vehicle is unloaded. But while you don’t have to do that much but sign a check, the shipping process is an ordeal for your car.

Preparation is key

If you don’t properly prepare your vehicle for the auto transport process, it could end up costing you money (in the form of preventable damage to the vehicle’s body) and time (if something should go wrong with your vehicle during shipping delays can ensue).

  • General Information to Prepare Your Vehicle for Shipping
    • Your vehicle must be operable. If not, additional fees or methods may apply.
    • You must advise us of any modifications made to your vehicle such as 4×4-lift kit, camper shell, vehicle lowered, etc.
    • Your vehicle may not exceed 6’6” in height and must have a minimum of 6” ground clearance to safely load and unload you vehicle. Otherwise, it must be shipped on a different type of trailer and there is an additional fee for this.
    • We must have a working phone number where you may be reached throughout the duration of your vehicle relocation.
    • Your transit time may be up to 14 days, but averages 10-14 days. When you receive your quote you will also receive the typical transit time for your specific move.
  • Preparing Your Vehicle for Shipment
    • The vehicle must have no obvious fluid leaks.
    • Your battery must be secure in the mounting bracket.
    • The vehicle must be clean for inspection. A dirty vehicle decreases the ability to perform a quality inspection.
    • The gas tank must have a minimum of (1/8) tank of fuel, but no more than (1/4/) tank of fuel.
    • All after market alarms systems must be disconnected, disabled, or turned off. Remember, the driver will need your remote.
    • Radios, cassette decks or CD players not built in, car phones, garage door openers, and Fast Track/E-Z pass must be removed from vehicle.
    • All antennas must be fully retracted or removed.
    • All personal belongings must be removed (except standard vehicle items such as the jack and spare tire).
    • All exterior spare tire covers, grill covers, or car covers must be removed.
    • Plants and hazardous materials are forbidden by law to be transported.
    • One set of ALL keys for the vehicle must be provided.
    • Non-permanent luggage racks, bike racks, or ski racks must be removed.
    • Your vehicle must be prepared for the new climate. This may include engine coolant, transmission oil, and other fluids.
  • Vehicle Inspection Requirements
    • You or your designated representative must be present for the inspection at the time of pick-up and delivery.
    • You or your designated representative must sign the bill of lading and condition report at both origin and destination.
    • You or your designated representative is responsible for confirming your vehicle’s condition. This must be done before the driver leaves the destination. Damage will be noted by our representative on the bill of lading.

How We Choose Our Car Carriers      

It is hard to overemphasize the fact that, in the car shipping business, knowledge is everything. As easy as the transport of your vehicle should and can be, it may become a nightmare if blindly handed to an unprofessional carrier.

This is exactly why working with an auto transport broker draws clear advantages. By the nature of their job, the brokers have already completed the research for you, and filtered over time the carriers worthy of trust. Looking for the most professional, a problem-free and affordable carrier for the job, the broker has already completed the process of discovery. They have tested this collaboration over the years, and filtered the ones that stood the test. When you’re budgeting your move, keep in mind that some vehicles cost more to transport than others.

Newcomb Transportation & Logistics evaluates their carriers using a 3-step rating system:

1. Good communication

We only work with carriers that have exceptional customer service and an organized professional relationship with car shipping brokers. We need them to be available at all times and to respond in a timely manner to our questions related to the status of each transport.

Too many unanswered phone calls will remove a carrier from our “preferred” list.

2. Ability to pick up and deliver on time

We are optimists by nature, but we prefer to season that with a hint of realism. We do not promise miracles, and we do not believe those who are doing it.

Better than promises, we prefer actions. We do not work with carriers that have failed or have made a name for themselves by failing to pick-up or deliver when they said they would.

3. No car damage incidents

Our carriers are known by their clean car transport history and willingness to fix problems in the unlikely event that something does happen. The quality of their services makes not only your life easier, but ours as well.

In conclusion, we know who to choose and who to avoid. There is less and less of a need for us to update our “preferred carriers” or “wrongdoers” list, since we have already established long term relationships with competent carriers. However, we are constantly re-evaluating our current carriers performance, looking for the new kids on the block, and bringing the best ones to you.

Money Saving Options, Tips And Solutions

When it comes to car shipping, everybody is anxious to know how much it may cost to ship a car and so it is necessary to come up with money-saving measures.

The easiest way to save on vehicle shipping is to be flexible about shipment days and times. Many Service Providers charge extra for deadline jobs, and reserve their lowest rates for clients who can afford to wait for their vehicles. This lets Service Providers combine shipments going to the same general area. You may save by going with an open carrier rather than a closed one, if your car is older or less valuable. This does subject your car to the possibility of road damage while traveling, and this is not recommended for motorcycles. Finally, some companies charge more for door-to-door service, and less for delivering the vehicle to a terminal near your destination.

  • Ask about our discounts

    The two types of discounts that we offer are:
    • military discounts, typically consisting in $50 off our regular price
    • multiple cars discounts: if you ship 2 or 3 cars, you will save $50/car. If you ship 4 or more cars, you will save $75/car

  • Look out for the busiest months

    In case you can afford to choose the time of your move, watch out for the busiest time of the year – between June and September. During these months the car transport demand is so generous that carriers can safely raise their price. Try the slow season, between November and February, when the scarce number of demands will convince the carriers to accept lower fees.

  • Go terminal to terminal - but be careful!

    With some companies a terminal to terminal option will save you the money otherwise used to cover the cost of accessing residential areas. However, this option can easily turn into a more expensive one. This is because the terminals may charge daily storage fees that can easily go out of control, if you do not synchronize well with the time of delivery or pick-up.

    In many cases, the terminal to terminal option does end up more costly and definitely more troublesome. This is why our services are generally door to door. We feel that the fewer people handling your vehicle the better. However, if you prefer terminal to terminal car transport, we can make arrangements to accommodate your demands.

  • Use an open transport

    An open transport is a safe enough way to transport your car so that you receive your car in the same condition as when you handed it over. Using an enclosed carrier adds to this guarantee (and also speeds up the transit time), but at a price about 70% higher. It is up to you to decide which solution gives you more peace of mind. We’ll accommodate you either way.

  • Be lenient with the pick-up and delivery dates

    Requesting a next-day or 1-day pick up may spice up the price a little. Why? Since a car carrier may not be available for that particular date, your car must be sheltered in a safe place until the carrier will be able to pick it up. However, the car terminals require a one-time fee, and more often than not a daily storage fee, that can add up easily, hence the slightly higher cost.

    As for a certain delivery date, no one can guarantee it in good conscience. The delivery time depends on the particular route (stops in between), road/weather conditions, etc. However, we can estimate this date within a window of 3 days, and you will be contacted by the carrier before delivery.

  • Give your shipping agent enough time

    The earlier you contact the car shipping agent, the more guarantees you have that a good price can be negotiated with the actual car carriers. Although booking one week before the date you want your car picked-up may be enough in the slow season, 2 to 3 weeks are necessary for arrangements in the peak season (June-Sept.). Plan ahead and avoid paying more in order to find a place on our carriers’ trucks.

Ship a Vehicle to Another Country

Before making the decision to take your car with you overseas, investigate the laws of your arriving country. Some places may require specific modifications be made to your vehicle, or may charge extra for insurance on imported vehicles. Most vehicles can be easily shipped aboard cargo containers or vessels. The cost of your shipment will depend in part on the size of your vehicle, so be sure the measurements you give the shipping company are accurate. For transport to foreign ports, your shipping company should be able to help you with required paperwork. The receiving port may have additional documentation and loading fees, and in some situations you may have to pay an import tax.

  • RoRo Method - Roll on Roll Off

    Normally when exporting a car, the RoRo method is the most cost effective, safest and easiest. As you can see in the picture above, the car has to be able to go up the ramp (Roll on) and down the ramp (Roll off). That’s right, it’s not very complicated! (We like having a sense of humor here). Once your car is aboard the ship, it is secured to the deck with straps and braces. This prevents your car from moving if the ship is rocking at sea.

    To the left is what a RoRo ship looks like. It’s not the most beautiful ship, but it sure is the safest way to export a car. We basically roll your car on and off the ship. There is no crane or lifting of vehicles. We have weekly departures so you don’t have to wait too long for your car to arrive. We will reserve your spot on the ship by issuing you a booking number.

    Ship Car to Europe, or any other continent or country, easily by using a RoRo ship like the one to the left. Ship a car to Germany, Nigeria in Africa, UK, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Latin America, Asia or anywhere worldwide.

  • Cargo Shipping
  • An alternative to RoRo shipping is to export cars using cargo ships. This method is also a safe way to ship car to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or Latin America. Car shipping to Europe, or any other continent, is a simple process. There are many more cargo ships available so they are able to sail into remote parts of the world whereas a RoRo ship cannot readily do so.


    While there are other methods of exporting cars, only use the 2 methods: RoRo or Cargo.

    ONLY use a well-established company whose specialty is to export cars from USA. Do not use a company who only ships within the United States. You don’t want to run into customs problems using them. Only use a respected company who has no complaints against them.

    Vehicle Types We Export:
    • Sedans
    • SUVs
    • Minivans
    • Jeeps
    • Exotic Cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley & more)
    • Muscle (Used for Tournaments)
    • Vintage
    • Classic
    • Race Cars
    • Motorcycles

    • Service Options
      Overview of the Auto Transport Industry:

      When you search online for car shipping it can be a confusing, intimidating, and complicated process full of websites promising free Auto Shipping Quotes, but empty of information on the process. Here at IShipMyCar we want to educate you on the industry so you can make the best educated decision when choosing how, when, and with whom to ship your car.

      • Types of Car Transport Companies out there

        Brokers are facilitators, the middlemen of the industry. They represent 95% of the companies you find on the internet and don’t actually ship cars, but post their shipments for individual carriers to do the shipping. Brokers usually pay your deposit with the rest of the money going to the carrier at delivery. Brokers are great for communication, but the responsibility for shipping your car ultimately falls on the carrier.

        Carriers are the trucks you see on the highway; typically single drivers, partners, or husband/wife teams that are the backbone of the industry. They can transport vehicles with individual trailers, enclosed or open trailers, 3 car haulers, or large multi-level car carriers. These drivers rarely sell their services and rely on load boards and brokers to fill their trucks. They are regulated by the DOT and MC rules.

      • Types of services

        - Door-to-Door Car Transport – Transport from the sender’s premises directly to the receiver’s premises.

        - Terminal-to-Terminal Auto Shipping – Transport from a designated drop off location to a designated pick up location.

      • How do you choose the service option right for you?

        Consider your budget as well as your timeline when deciding on your auto transportation. Although, terminal-to-terminal shipping may seem less expensive at first, the extra costs and convenience may make door-to-door a better shipping option for you. Make sure to check out our breakdown of the different types of trailers and trucks that TSPs use to transport vehicles. Each type has pros and cons, so it is good to know the difference and how each will affect the way your car during shipping.

    • Terminal to Terminal Car Shipping

      Terminal-to-Terminal automotive shipping is used by high-volume large car shipping companies and can be utilized for a cheaper price. A terminal is a regional storage facility most likely a tow company’s secure lot, usually located in a large metropolitan area. Transporting cars to and from a terminal allows carriers to consolidate shipments going to the same area, so terminal shipping is less expensive then Door-to-Door service.

      Terminal shipping benefits people who can drop off or pick up their cars on specific dates and times. Also, terminals could be located hundreds of miles away, but if you have the time and ability to drive to these terminals you can save money. Cars are transported by numerous carriers going from terminal to terminal before they make the final shipment to your door. The drawback of getting a better price is that your car might sit for days outside exposed to the elements while waiting for a consolidated shipment. If this isn’t an issue, and you are more flexible and willing to do a little of the leg work, than Terminal to Terminal shipping is right for you.

    • Door To Door Shipping

      Door-to-Door service is provided by most auto transport companies. The company will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your door as possible. Flexibility on your part can mean saving money and time when the carrier transporters your car. Most semis can’t get in residential streets or apartment communities. If possible, work out in advance a good parking lot to load or unload your car. Be flexible in your time frame and ensure that you or an authorized representative is available to release your car to the driver.

    • Open Car Transport

      Choosing an auto carrier over driving is an incredibly easy process when done correctly and will save you money and time, but it is important to understand some of the basics of moving your vehicle with an auto carrier. First, your car will be traveling down the road just as if it was being driven. It will be exposed to the elements, albeit in a safer and more controlled environment. Secondly, your car will most likely be driven to get loaded and to load other cars on to the trailer. Lastly, there are some risks involved. Less than 5% of vehicles that travel down the road report any damage, but there are things you can do to decrease the chances from this happening.

      • Most carriers is a premium on “Top Load” when booking your vehicle to be shipped. Cars on the top of the car carrier risk less from having fluids drip on them from other cars on the stack.
      • You car will be traveling unlocked for safety and inspections. Do not load the car or trunk with personal items. In case of accident these can leave the vehicle at a high rate of speed and cause massive amounts of damage, not to mention be easily stolen. Transporters will not move your car with personal items.
      • Get your car in good running order and let the transporter know of any mechanical “difficulties” the car has, this will help them transport their loads more effectively and make your shipment even easier.

      By following these steps, knowing the process, and following the terms and conditions of the carrier, you are setting yourself up for a great shipping experience.

      A single level car transport trailer is another type of open trailer. These are typically used when a car needs to be delivered as quickly as possible. These are flatbed trailers designed for one to three cars. These are a great choice for SUV, Truck, and modified cars. If your car has low clearance, large aftermarket tires, or modifications you will need to strongly consider hiring this type of trailer. Hotshot carriers take fewer cars and are more likely to be able to hit tighter deadlines and have quicker turnarounds. Consider a single level car transporter if your vehicle is traveling short distances, needs to be picked up and delivered quickly, has after-market modifications, or is just a large truck.

    • Enclosed Multicar Trailers

      Enclosed Car Transport can sometimes be twice the price of any other type of transport out there. Before you write this off because of price, you have to look at what exactly is offered by having your vehicle travel in an enclosed trailer. Most people don’t realize that when your car is shipped across the country it travels exposed to the elements for hundreds of miles. This means dirt, debris, and weather can affect your vehicle before it gets to your door.

      Enclosed transport serves as a way to protect those classic cars, vintage cars, or show cars that need to be moved without possibly damaging original paint. Enclosed transport companies have experience moving high value vehicles and work to secure and protect these vehicles throughout the shipping process.

      This is a great option if you are transporting that sports car that hasn’t hit the streets yet, or that classic dream car you just bought for a steal in North Carolina.

    • Antique and Classic Car Shipping

      Classic cars are more than simply a utilitarian item to their owners. They are prized possessions that oftentimes have taken many years and plenty of elbow grease to repair. Because of their sentimental value and importance, it is important to take the time to find an auto transporter who specializes in shipping classic and antique cars, as these vehicles may have specific requirements.

      Speak with your antique car transporter in depth—they will have a vested interest in making sure your antique car shipping process results in no damages. A transporter who specializes in classic cars will have the experience and tools to safely move your car and may have extensive knowledge on what your particular car needs.

      As with most car transport, antique shippers, including , will have the option of both enclosed or open trucks and trailers to move your car. Regular open trailers shouldn’t be used for exotic car transports, as they can expose them to all kinds of elements and weather-related wear and tear. Enclosed trailers offer much more protection and provide the peace of mind you need when it comes to your unique and irreplaceable vehicle.

      Additionally, many antique car specialists recommend using non-stacking trailers as oil may drip from cars on the upper deck and damage the ones below. Choose a transporter who uses soft tie-downs in their trucks and trailers to avoid scratches on the paint and other damage.

      Be sure to start researching classic car transporters well in advance so you have ample time to get insurance coverage, read previous customers’ reviews and prepare

    • Types of Transports, Trailers, and Trucks

      Deciding what car transport trailer and truck type to use is a matter of your time line, budget, and concern over your vehicle being exposed to the elements. If you have any questions on what would work best for your car ask the Transportation Service Providers (TSP) bidding on your shipment, seriously, they do this all the time and can let you know if their transport will work for you. Remember to be accurate in your listing, if you vehicle leaks oil then say it leaks oil. Don’t be surprised if the TSP asks you to have any leaks fixed. They don’t want to put any of the other vehicles on their loads at risk from leaking fluids. Don’t worry if it doesn’t run or even crank, most transporters can deal with that, they just have to know about it ahead of time! Let your auto transporter know if special requirements or concerns; for example, if you are transporting an SUV, your car has a low ground clearance, or after-market modifications because these things can make some transportation methods better than others.

      Truck types for car transport service

      There are two main types of trailers used for vehicle transport service: enclosed car transport or open car transport. Both can be on multicar tractor trailer trucks or a pick-up, usually a dually, called a hotshot.

      Tractor trailers are usually a better choice for discount auto shipping because they can haul more vehicles at once over greater distances, but they are slower and have a hard time navigating residential areas. You may need to meet your driver in an open parking lot to load and unload your car from a tractor trailer.

      Hotshot trucks can transport single cars or sometimes up to three cars at a time and can be more expensive, but will likely deliver your vehicle faster and have an easier time navigating neighborhood streets.

    • Discounts

      We are currently offering two types of discounts:

      • Military discounts, typically consisting of $50 off our regular price;
      • Multi Car discounts: if you ship 2 or 3 cars, you will save $50/car. If you ship 4 or more cars, you will save $75/car.
    Newcomb Transportation & Logistics Quick Contract Terms


    1. The carrier and driver jointly and separately are authorized to operate and transport his/her or their motor vehicle between its pick up location and the destination set forth on this shipping order-bill of lading.

    2. Trucking damage claims are covered by the carrier from $100,000 to $250,000 cargo insurance per load, and a minimum of 3/4 of a million dollars public liability and property damage.

    3. All claims must be noted and signed for at time of delivery, and submitted in writing within 15 days of delivery.

    4. Newcomb Transportation & Logistics agrees to provide a carrier to transport your vehicle as promptly as possible in accordance with your instructions but delays during pick-up or delivery may occur sometimes because of occurrence of floods or any other natural disasters.

    5. An administration fee of $50 will be charged for orders canceled prior to one week after the requested available pick up date.

    6. Newcomb Transportation & Logistics does not agree to pay for your rental of a vehicle, nor shall it be liable for failure of mechanical or operating parts of your vehicle.

    7. The price quoted includes 4% discount for cash payment, (credit card customers and billing accounts will be charged full amount).

    8. Pickup and delivery is from terminals or commercial loading zones in your area, or from your door unless residential area restrictions apply.

    9. Pickups by appointment are available for an additional fee, by smaller unrestricted auto carriers.

    10. If shipper is not available at delivery, vehicle will be delivered to a terminal, and there will be an extra charge for storage and delivery.

    11. If your vehicle is inoperable or oversize (longer than 16 feet, dual wheels, large pick up or van, racks, etc.), please inquire as to extra charges.

    12. If carrier is not advised of inoperable or oversized vehicles prior to pick up, all extra charges must be paid in cash or certified check on delivery.

    13. Vehicles must be tendered to carrier in good running condition with no more than a half tank of fuel.

    14. Carrier will not be liable for damage caused by leaking fluids, freezing, exhaust systems, or antennas not tied down.

    15. Any claim for loss or damage must be noted and signed on condition report at time of delivery.

    16. LUGGAGE and personal property must be confined to trunk, with no heavy articles, and not to exceed 100 lbs.

    17. Carrier is not liable for personal items left in vehicle, or for damage caused to vehicle from excessive or improper loading of personal items.

    18. Any article left in vehicle will be removed at shipper’s expense.

    19. No electronic equipment, valuables, plants, live pets, alcohol, drugs or firearms should be left in the vehicle.

    20 .Overseas orders must be prepaid by cashier’s check or credit card.

    21. Overseas orders are subject to a $150 cancellation fee (excluding Hawaii).

    22. For overseas shipments (including Hawaii) vehicles must be empty, except for factory installed equipment.

    23. Cars must be empty except for factory installed equipment. Indicate serial #, and give car’s approximate value in U.S. dollars.

    24. Shipper shall remove all non-permanent outside mounted luggage and other racks prior to shipment.

    25. Shipper warrants that he will pay the price quoted due Newcomb Transportation & Logistics Auto Transport, Inc. for delivered vehicles and will not seek to charge back a credit card or stop a check to offset any dispute for damage claims.

    26. Department of Transportation regulations require that all claims be filed in writing and all tariffs be paid in full before claims are processed.

    27. This agreement and any shipment here under is subject to all terms and conditions of the carrier’s tariff and the uniform straight bill of lading, copies of which are available at the office of the carrier.

    28. Newcomb Transportation & Logistics U.S. Department of Transportation Broker’s license is # 789961.

    29. This supersedes all prior written or oral representation of Newcomb Transportation & Logistics and constitutes the entire agreement between shipper and Newcomb Transportation & Logistics and may not be changed except in writing signed by an officer of Newcomb Transportation & Logistics.


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