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Beginner’s Guide to Using a Car Shipping Service

Are you moving across the country or venturing south of the border for the winter and need help shipping your vehicle? If it’s your first time using a vehicle shipping company, here’s a quick beginner’s guide to familiarize yourself with the process.  

Find a Trusted Vehicle Shipping Company

There are many factors to consider when choosing a reliable vehicle shipping company. Firstly, make sure the company is licensed and insured. Next, ensure the company offers the specific services you require, such as open or enclosed transport, door-to-door delivery or cross-border shipping. Clear communication, transparent contracts and a solid track record are also qualities to look for in a reputable shipping company.

Contact the Car Shipping Company for a Detailed Quote

When requesting a quote from a car shipping company, you must provide accurate and relevant information about your vehicle and shipping requirements. Provide the shipping origin and destination, as well as the make, model, year and colour of the vehicle. It’s helpful to state your requirements, such as door-to-door service, open or enclosed transportation.

It’s a good idea to compare quotes from multiple companies. However, be wary of unusually low prices, as they may reflect subpar service or result in extra unexpected fees being added later.

Prepare the Vehicle for Shipping

You must take several steps to ensure your vehicle is properly prepared and ready for transportation. Here are a handful of things to check off your to-do list:

• Clean the vehicle thoroughly inside and out

• Remove all personal belongings and valuables

• Check tire pressure and ensure the battery is charged

• Disable the car alarm system

• Disable or remove toll tags, parking passes or any electronic devices

• Remove custom accessories or modifications that could be damaged during transit

• Ensure the fuel tank is at least half full and top up all other fluids

• Document the current condition of the vehicle with photos

Hansen’s has a comprehensive list you can use to help you prepare your vehicle for shipping.

Drop the Vehicle Off at a Terminal Location or Schedule a Pickup

At Hansen’s, you can choose to either drop it off at one of the shipping company’s terminal locations or have it picked up from a designated location of your choice. If necessary, inform the company about any restrictions or challenges at the pickup or delivery locations.

Get a Quote for Auto Shipping Across Canada and to the U.S.

Hansen’s is Canada’s number one vehicle shipping company. In addition to insuring all vehicles, our operation has over 270 automobile carriers, numerous terminals across the country and access to major Canadian railways to ensure your vehicle is delivered quickly and safely to its destination. Contact us today to speak with a Customer Sales Representative or request a quote online for vehicle shipping within Canada or the U.S.