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Car Shipping Made Easy – Auto Transport Guide


Want to ship your car or auto within the US safely? Get the best car shipping experience with our Car shipping service at Nationwide Auto Transportation with the help of our 2019 Car Shipping Guide.

But first, what is Car shipping?

Car shipping is the act of moving a car from one state to another through a car carrier. The 2019 Auto Shipping Guide will focus on this and other auto transportation aspects.

There are two main types of auto shipping, namely Open car transport and Enclosed car transport

Nationwide Auto Transport is a certified member of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association, and we provide door-to-door open and enclosed car transport services facilitated by licensed, insured, and bonded carriers.

Our car carriers are regularly maintained to ensure that your car is transported safely.

We ship different types of cars, including SUVs, vans, pickup trucks, sedans, luxury vehicles, exotic cars, and vintage cars irrespective of the brand, as long as the car is in good condition to ensure a safe car transportation. We are open to discussing custom shipping of non-operational vehicles, but please contact our logistics experts to discuss your order in more detail.

2019 Auto Shipping Guide: What is Open Car Shipping?

NAT offers flexible, hassle-free enclosed and open car transport services for almost all types of vehicles, including classic cars, muscle cars, small vehicles, SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles and every other type of car. We ship cars across the United States, between any destinations in the US using our reliable door-to-door service.

Open car transport means that your vehicle will be shipped on an open carrier. Open auto carriers are the first choice and the cheapest way to ship your vehicle. Vehicles moved on open car transport carriers may be exposed to weather elements such as sun, rain, snow, and dust and possibly to road debris.

Although this aspect is one of the biggest disadvantages of open carrier car transport, the risk of damage to your vehicle is minimal. The barriers on the truck will block most road debris, which means that at worst, you may have to give your car a good wash when it arrives. 

At Nationwide Auto Transport, the safety of your car is our utmost concern, and we offer the best open car transport facilitated by our top-notch trucking partners to ensure that your exotic, luxury car, or convertible is delivered to you safely and in good condition. The cars are secured to the vehicle to avoid vibration damage and mobility while it is in transit.

The open car transport method is faster than the enclosed car transport, because up to ten cars can be transported at the same time, and therefore cheaper as well. With open car transport, or vehicles that are transported share the cost of the carrier and due to the volumes of cars being shipped, especially on popular routes, vehicle owners only pay for one-way transportation.

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What is Enclosed Auto Transport?

An enclosed auto shipping service simply means that your car would be transported in a covered car transport trailer. Enclosed auto transport is the preferred option for luxury cars, antique cars, exotic cars, muscle cars, classic cars, and convertibles. Enclosed car transport protects vehicles from weather factors such as rain, snow, and sun, as well as road elements and vibration. As with open car shipping, when you opt for enclosed car shipping, your car will be secured to the vehicle to avoid imbalance. The car carrier is locked to ensure proper safety of the cars and to aid safe travel. Car carrier crews use the lift-gate to aid the safe movement of cars into the transport truck at loading.

Enclosed car transport is a great auto shipping option you can use mainly if you need to transport a luxury, classic, or custom car. Enclosed car shipping is the direct opposite of an open car transport service since the cars are housed in a covered trailer. Enclosed trucks can carry only a few cars at the same time – up to five cars in most cases.

Enclosed auto shipping takes a bit longer, because of its capacity to carry fewer cars at a time. This is also why scheduling can be a little harder – there are fewer enclosed car shipping transporters on the road. Furthermore, enclosed car shipping is more expensive compared to open car transportation. Enclosed auto shipping trailers offer better protection to your car during transportation.

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Which to Choose: Open Car Transport or Enclosed Car Transport?

Briefly, open car transport is good for faster delivery and more ideal for cars such as trucks, SUVs, sedans and other vehicles. The vehicle is fully insured with this method as well, so you don’t have to worry about anything and the vehicle will be delivered in the same condition.

Enclosed auto transportation is best for high value custom, antique, luxury or classic cars.

Whether you book our open or enclosed car transport service with Nationwide Auto Transport, our delivery service is top notch, and we transfer your vehicle with utmost care. But don’t take our word for it. Read legitimate auto shipping reviews from our happy customers at these sites.

My Car is Inoperable: Will This Affect the Auto Shipping Cost?

When you ship your vehicle, it should ideally be operable, as this makes loading and unloading your vehicle easier.

Nationwide Auto Transportation can also move non-running cars but for that we utilize specialist carriers with a winch. Be sure to inform us if the vehicle is not running when you book your service, so that we can make the necessary arrangements. NAT works with many organizations IAAI (Insurance Auto Auctions) & Copart and even private customers wishing to ship non-operational cars.

We can still transport your inoperable car, but there will be additional cost as it requires special equipment for loading and unloading the vehicle such as winch cable, loading deck, flatbed tow truck, or maybe even a forklift.


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Should I Ship My Car or Drive It?

Some people would simply say ‘I can easily drive my car interstate’ but trust me, it’s not as simple as driving within a city. The long drive, coupled with staying overnight at hotels not only attracts costs, but you will also lose days of work. Not to mention the car could break down during the trip.

These are just some of the reasons why you need to ship your car through a professional auto shipping company such as NAT. At National Auto Transport, we also offer same day car transportation for cars depending on our client’s preference..

What Are the Requirements for Shipping a Car?

There are some basic requirements to meet before we can ship your car and certain steps which you need to follow. 

The process is set into motion when you request a free quote from Nationwide Auto Transportation.Proper documentation will be sent to your mail, so you simply have to submit the form online and check your email so you could understand the auto shipping process. You will receive a booking form to complete and return to us, and we will set about finding a suitable carrier. 

When we have secured a carrier, we will send you an invoice and explain how to pay your deposit. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will secure your booking and arrange for collection of your vehicle.

While waiting for collection, please prepare your vehicle for shipping. Unless previously agreed with a Nationwide logistics consultant, you vehicle must be operational for it to be shipped on one of our carriers.

This is also a good time to think about the logistics, and what you need to show the driver on pick-up.

Photo Identification: You must provide photo identification of yourself. You may either provide current state driver’s license or ID, or an unexpired passport of the country in which you are a legal resident.

Special Considerations: If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you must be able to provide the key for it as well as proof of identification. We will only be able to ship your car on your behalf after all these documents have been successfully submitted and verified to be valid.

Balance Due: If you did not submit your payment in full (but only the deposit), the balance will be due on delivery. Please have the payment on hand when the driver arrives.

What Other Auto Shipping Services Does Nationwide Auto Transportation Offer?

Nationwide Auto Transportation is a one-stop auto shipping broker, with one of the largest networks of car carriers in the United States. Together, we cover routes to and from every corner of continental US and everything in between. Businesses and individuals rely on us for trusted vehicle transportation services, and our business was built on a solid track record of successful shipments spanning 15+ years. This is what makes us qualified to deliver this 2019 Auto Shipping Guide to you.

Our car shipping services include:

Military Car Transport

If you are being deployed or need your military car shipped from one destination to another, Nationwide Auto Transportation is your best bet to getting the job done with ease. We offer the best discount on our military car transport service out of gratitude to our service-men and their families.

We offer  military auto transportation to and from any military base within the United States. Our carriers operate these routes on a frequent basis. Please book us 7-10 days  ahead of time time to ensure you experience the best of our service. Last minute reservations cost more and finding a reliable car carrier could prove worrisome.


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Student Auto Shipping

Every parent wants to see their children grow up and become successful but letting them go to college could be hard, and is generally unavoidable. Most parents buy their kids cars  to make it easier for them to get to campus and visit home. However, letting an inexperienced driver drive a long distance from home to college can land them in trouble. For some, the safety issue which can come to play owing to their excitement. That’s why Nationwide Auto Transport offers students an easy students car shipping option. Don’t take chances by letting your children drive a long way to college; rather let the professionals handle the student car shipping for you.

Apart from the danger of solo driving on a long distance, as a parent, auto shipping helps you save on fuel, food, and travel expenses, and it also helps to prevent wear and tear of the vehicle which is normal. 

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Same Day Auto Shipping

People sometimes need to ship their cars urgently, and in most cases, it is hard to find a transport company to help them out on time.

Nationwide Auto Transportation is an expert when it comes to urgent car transportation; we can arrange a same day pickup through our trusted and extensive network of transporters. Your car will be picked up within 24 hours and the delivery time will depend on the route and the distance to destination.

We move all types of cars ranging from SUVs, trucks, classic cars. We have shipped lots of cars on behalf of the classic car club of America and it has really helped us to hone our skills and gain more ground in the auto shipping industry.


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Does Nationwide Auto Transportation Offer International Auto Shipping?

Although we do not directly offer international or overseas auto shipping, we frequently deliver vehicles to terminals from which international shipping companies operate and provide this service. we can arrange for your vehicle to be delivered to any sea port or terminal from which international shippers operate.

NAT provides a reliable auto shipping service for clients who wish to transport their cars overseas. It involves placing the vehicles in freight transport planes or shipping containers. When you book your international car shipping through NAT, your car will be collected from your designated point of collection; it will be loaded on an open or closed car carrier and transported safely to the international port.

There are two main options available when booking an international auto shipping service, namely:

  • Containerized international auto shipping, whereby your car is placed in a container, often along with household goods.
  • Roll On/Roll Off car shipping is ideal for individuals who are shipping cars for any purpose. This is the cheaper method.

Ro/Ro auto shipping is the most popular car shipping method and also the simplest; your car will be driven onto the vessel and secured to the car deck where it is protected against wind and water damages. However, this method does not allow you to ship personal belongings except for factory accessories and a spare tire.

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What is Snowbird Auto Shipping?

Many people move south for the winter and wish to take their cars along, but they want to avoid the stress, cost and disadvantages of a long drive, which is why they opt for snowbird car shipping. NAT specializes in seasonal traveler and snowbirds car shipping. We aim to provide affordable and reliable snowbird car transport within the USA irrespective of the state and city. The benefits of Snowbirds auto shipping include:

  • No need to change to snow tires
  • Reduced stress levels
  • The ability to enjoy more vacation time
  • A safer alternative to traveling in adverse weather conditions

snowbirds car shipping

What is Auction to Dealer Auto Shipping?

Car dealers score great deals at car auctions, but they often face the challenge of transporting cars from the auction to the dealership, and this is where our service comes to play. In most cases, cars must be removed from the auction premises almost instantly. Often, the cars outnumber the staff available to drive them to the dealership.

Dealers contact Nationwide Auto Transportation for mass transportation of cars as we offer the fastest auction to dealer auto shipping service in the transport industry. Additionally, we offer discounts on multi car transport services We also handle auction to dealer car shipping anywhere within the United States.

FAQ: Top 4 Auto Shipping Tips


1. Can I ship personal items in the car? You can ship up to 100 pounds of personal items in the trunk only. This is usually free of charge, but you have to let us know. If you like to send additional items in the car as well, some carriers allow you to do that, but they ask for an extra fee which is averaging about $100 for items on the back seat below the window level. Also, speak to our consultants about what types of items are allowed.

2.Can I schedule pickup or delivery on a guaranteed date? We can pick up and deliver your car on chosen dates, but it is always better if you provide 3 days window to pick up the car and we will contact you 5 days prior to date as your load is shared load and it is going with other vehicles. It takes some logistic work to arrange the schedule. If you still need pick up or delivery on a guaranteed date, let us know. It may involve a small additional charge to guarantee this schedule.

3.When must I book my car shipping? We recommend that you place your order at least one week in advance, but it is always the best to give us more notice for your booking. This ensures that we save a spot for your preferred dates. We can also offer same day pickup, but it can affect the shipping cost as this is considered expedited shipping and we might have to arrange a truck for you from a different area to make it happen.

4. How long will it take to ship my car? The estimated delivery time to ship a car is calculated based on the distance. Here are some estimated timelines:

Up to 400 miles – same or next day delivery
400 miles – 1000 miles – 2-4 days
1000 miles – 1500 miles – 3-5 days
1500 miles – 2100 miles – 4-7 days
2100 miles + – 7-10 days

Although we can cut this time and offer faster shipping if you need than it will on our expedited shipping that they have 2 drivers on the truck when one is driving and the other get rest and they switch around so the truck is in transit all the time. It can affect the shipping cost if you request that.

Bought a Car Online?

Buying a car online from out of state can save some money when you find a car that you like on eBay, Craigslist or any other site that sells cars, including manufacturers, dealers or even auctions. We can provide a great auto shipping experience.  

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We await your call for service to start your auto transportation booking as we are always ready and available to satisfy our clients and give them the best auto shipping experience. We’re also happy to provide you any information not covered in this 2019 Auto Shipping Guide. If you need to ship your vehicle, give us a call today at 1-800-311-7073 to discuss your heavy duty shipping requirements or simply get a free quote on our online auto shipping calculator.


Nationwide Auto Transportation

Nationwide Auto Transportation can provide you with all of your shipping and transport needs including automobile, boat, motorcycles and freight shipping.

We are able to ship any size vehicle from anywhere to anywhere. We take great pride in being able to offer competitive pricing while providing world class customer care and service. Give us a call at 1-800-616-6516 today!

Ready to transport your car with Nationwide?

Our car shipping advisors are available by calling 1800-311-7073 to answer all your questions.