CP Rail train transporting vehicles across Canada

Cross-Canada Car Shipping: Exploring the Option of Rail Transport

Planning a move across Canada? Hansen’s, a leader in safe and reliable car shipping for over 40 years, can help you get there seamlessly! Long distance car transport is commonly handled by rail because it is efficient and cost effective.  

Why Rail Transport?

Rail transport involves shipping vehicles on enclosed trains. This method is often used for long-distance car shipments across Canada, allowing large numbers of vehicles to be transported efficiently. Rail transport offers several advantages:

Protection: Enclosed railcars shield your vehicle from the elements, reducing the risk of weather damage during long hauls.

Efficiency: Trains can move large quantities of cars simultaneously, making them a cost-effective option for long distances.

Reduced Wear and Tear: Your car experiences minimal wear and tear compared to driving it yourself.

When Does Rail Transport Happen?

At Hansen's, we transport your vehicle on the most efficient and cost-effective route. While we don't offer the option to choose rail specifically, it is often the chosen method for long-distance shipments. Here's how it works:

Combined Modes: Your car may be picked up by truck from your origin point and delivered to a rail terminal.

Long-Distance Legs: The train takes over for the long haul across Canada.

Final Touches: Upon reaching the destination terminal, your car is loaded onto another truck for final delivery to your doorstep.

Transporting Your Car With Hansen's

Getting a Quote

The first step is to get a free quote on our website or by calling our customer service representatives. We'll ask for details about your car's origin and destination points, allowing us to determine the most efficient route, which may involve rail transport.

Booking Your Shipment

Once you accept the quote and book your shipment, we'll handle all the logistics, including any rail transport involved. We partner with CP Rail to provide fast and reliable service across Canada.

Preparing Your Vehicle

Preparation remains similar whether your car travels entirely by truck or takes a train ride. Here are some tips:

Empty the Car: Remove all personal belongings and valuables.

Fluid Levels: Ensure proper fluid levels for optimal performance during transport.

Battery Check: Ensure your battery is in good condition to avoid delays.

Minor Repairs: Address any minor leaks or mechanical issues.

Detailed Condition Report: Work with our team to create a detailed condition report noting any existing dents or scratches.

Vehicle Drop-Off and Pick-Up

We provide door-to-door service in most areas of Canada and to certain U.S. destinations. Our team will arrange pick-up at your starting point and guarantee a smooth delivery to your final destination. Although rail transport has its advantages, it may not always be the preferred method. Our vast network of trucks and terminals enables us to adapt and pick the most efficient route for your specific needs.

Our team of professionals will guide you through every step of the way and make sure your vehicle arrives at its destination securely and efficiently. Contact us today for a car shipping quote and discover the difference with Hansen's!