Skip to content
Call Now: 1-310-223-0474

Top 10 Car Shipping Tips You Need to Know

We know. Shipping cars can be complicated.

There are countless documents to keep track of, regulations to be aware of, and legal issues to take into consideration. When delays cause your dream car to arrive late… nobody’s happy.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top 10 car shipping tips that you NEED to know.

So, let’s get started…

  1. Sending the title with a trackable service
    A vehicle’s title is the #1 most important document in car shipping. Make sure your vehicle’s title gets mailed to us with a tracking number! If a title gets lost in the mail, you’ll face huge delays and unfortunate fees to get a title re-issued. It’s best to avoid those issues by using a tracking number for the shipment.
  2. Secure items inside the vehicle
    We aren’t liable for any loose items transported inside of vehicles. Make sure any and all loose items are securely fastened before shipment. There’s nothing worse than a heavy object breaking a window from the inside during transit!
  3. Car won’t start when you pick it up?
    First, don’t freak out. Second, be aware that most vehicles are required to have their batteries disconnected prior to shipment as a security measure. Check whether the battery is connected first. If the car still won’t start, check the voltage on the battery. Oftentimes, disconnected batteries will lose charge over the course of their transportation.
  4. Check the import regulations
    Every country has their own import regulations for specific types of vehicles. Be sure to check the regulations of the country of import to make sure you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s before shipment.
  5. Delegate someone to pick up your vehicle for you
    Uh-oh… Found out you have a business trip when your car arrives? Don’t worry. You can always delegate a friend or family member to pick up the car for you. Talk to your CFR representative about this, as the delegate’s information has to be listed on export documents in order for the car to be released to them.
  6. Patch up those leaks
    Leaking vehicles are considered a hazard and cannot be shipped—no matter what. So, make sure to patch up that leak, drain the radiator, or purge your brake lines before shipping if there’s a leak issue.
  7. Arrange trucking to the export terminal
    Unable to get the car delivered to the export terminal? Just let your CFR representative know, and they’ll be happy to arrange trucking for you. We can pick up your vehicle from its origin, deliver it to our terminal, and get it shipped out to your home country for you as a complete service.
  8. Don’t go without insurance!
    Cars aren’t protected by any kind of conventional car insurance when on the water. To insure your vehicle, your best choice is to book marine insurance through us. Let your CFR representative know that you’d like to insure your shipment, and they’ll set that up for you right away.
  9. Reserve a private container
    Many vehicles are put into shared containers with other cargo. However, we also offer private containers if you want to transport a vehicle all by itself. Ask your CFR representative for more information about booking a private container.
  10. Certain vehicles don’t have titles
    Certain vehicles were manufactured in US States at a time when titles didn’t exist yet. These cars only can be shipped without a title, but there are other requirements in place instead of the title. The vehicle can be shipped using the registration in place of a title, but note that the bill of sale accompanying the shipment must be notarized. Ask your CFR representative if you’re not sure if your vehicle qualifies to be shipped without a title.

While shipping cars can be a tricky process, taking preemptive steps to make the process as smooth as possible goes a long way. We hope these 10 car shipping tips will help you make quality decisions the next time you’re shipping a car.

And as always, get in touch with us if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help.

Joey has spent his entire teen and adult life in cars. Joey's father owned a Jeep store, and Joey had his own used car lot that he ran himself from age 22 until I was 30. At 30 years old, Joey got "out of" the car business and joined CFR Rinkens. Joey started when there were only 9 people at CFR, but the company grew to over 150 employees during his time there. When Joey started, CFR Rinkens was shipping about 40 vehicles per week from Los Angeles. Joey established locations in Houston, Miami, and New York and within the first year, CFR went to shipping 150 cars per week. Joey started as a customer service rep and later moved up to sales manager, operations manager, and marketing manager. Joey then moved to Europe for two years and spent the entire time traveling through Europe meeting with clients. In 2022, Joey and his partners purchased CFR Classic from CFR Rinkens and he returned to California to watch over the operation more closely.

This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Our shed plan library represents our commitment to providing shed plans that are well designed and as a result help you to have a good shed building experience. We are the top shed plan site on the internet and we provide an easy way to buy shed plans to get your shed building project off the ground. Dormer Storage Shed PlansBuilding a dormer on your backyard shed is the perfect way to add more light inside and create a truly stunning shed on the outside. Traditionally the dormer roof was invented to add space to an existing attic space for a sleeping or storage area. In our shed plans the dormer roof adds additional storage space and light. Find DIY projects, free woodworking plans, and home improvement tips. Build your next project with our easy to follow plans, Chicken Coop Plans