Whether you’re moving to Alaska or already live there and you need to get a car shipped to Alaska, your obvious question is, how much does it cost to ship a car to Alaska? As you’ll soon discover, shipping a car to Alaska isn’t overly complicating but it isn’t cheap either. Shipping a Car to Alaska is Port-to-Port vs. Door-to-Door Before we dive into the cost to ship a car to Alaska, there are some basic things you need to know when shipping any vehicle to Alaska. The quickest and most convenient way to transport a vehicle from the lower 48 states to Alaska is to ship it by boat via shipping ports. One of the many things that our customers like about our service is that we provide door-to-door car shipping. Unfortunately, when you ship a car to Alaska it is never door-to-door. It is either port-to-port, door-to-port, or port-to-door. Confused yet? Don’t worry, it will make sense in a minute. With door-to-door shipping, we can pick up your car at a dealership, for example, and deliver it to you at your home. Door-to-door shipping is easy when there are roads involved. When you’re shipping a car to Alaska, however, you’re not just dealing with roads, you have an ocean to contend with! And when oceans and boats are involved, you have ports. When we ship a car to Alaska for a customer, we use the car shipping ports in Tacoma, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska. There is also a… Read more »
We’re often asked about shipping a car with personal items in it. Specifically we’re asked, can I put stuff in my car when I ship it? The short answer is yes, but there are important caveats. First, personal items are not covered by the carrier’s cargo insurance. You ship them at your own risk! Second, damage that occurs to your vehicle because of your personal belongings is not covered either. For example, if your car has household goods bouncing around in the inside that causes damage to the interior, that damage isn’t covered. Likewise, if a thief smashes in your window to get to your belongings, that damage isn’t covered either. We strongly recommend that you have your own auto insurance coverage on your vehicle when shipping a car and belongings together if you want your personal items covered. We only allow up to 100 lbs. of personal belongings and we don’t charge extra for them. There are a few things to keep in mind when shipping a car and belongings together: 1. Secure and “hide” your personal items. You’ll need to secure your personal belongings so they aren’t moving around the vehicle during the transport, potentially damaging the vehicle. Remember, as I mentioned earlier, damage done to the vehicle as a result of your personal belongings is not covered by the carrier’s cargo insurance. We recommend you put your stuff in suitcases, duffle bags, or boxes and then make sure they are secured and aren’t going to move around… Read more »
Cheap car shipping isn’t just about finding the least expensive auto transport company. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for, and hiring auto transport services is no different. Our goal is to arm you with enough information so that no matter what your situation and budget, you can find ways to save money when having your vehicle shipped. Whether you have to ship a car cross country or just a state or two over, we have put together 12 tips to help you find the cheapest way to ship a car. You may also want to check out another article we wrote outlining the common factors that impacts the cost to ship a car. Understanding these factors, combined with the tips provided here, will make you a smarter shopper so you can keep your auto shipping costs to a minimum! When you are looking to transport a vehicle, you have two options. You can hire a company to do it for you or you can do it yourself. We have divided these tips into two categories. The first category are general tips to consider when hiring a car shipping company. The second category are tips for people that want to go the DIY route. Cheap Car Shipping Tips When Hiring an Auto Transportation Company 1. Get Multiple Quotes Shopping around is the name of the game. Whether you call auto transport brokers, or carriers directly to get their rates, you should get at least 2-3 quotes…. Read more »
When customers call us about our auto transportation services, the three most common questions they ask right out of the gate are: How much does it cost to ship a car? How long does it take to ship a car? How does auto transport insurance work? This article will answer the last question on that list: insurance. The first thing you’ll want to understand is that there are two types of auto transport companies you’ll deal with when shipping a car: brokers or carriers. If you’re not familiar with what the differences are, we recommend you read our article about brokers vs carriers. To summarize, carriers are companies that have their own fleet of trucks. Your vehicle is shipped on their trucks. Brokers, on the other hand, do not have their own fleet of trucks so your vehicle isn’t shipped on their trucks because they don’t have any! They act as middlemen between customers and carriers. Through their networking, brokers find carriers for their customers to ship their vehicles. It’s important to know what type of company you’re working with when asking about insurance coverage! J&S Transportation is a carrier and also a licensed auto transport broker. We can act as both to ensure you get prompt transport of your vehicle. Carriers and Auto Transport Insurance You can expect carriers to be responsible for the cargo on the trailer. Cargo means your vehicle and all the others on the trailer. The responsibility of the carrier is limited. For example, if… Read more »
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