One of the questions customers most frequently ask is, “Can I ship personal items in my car?” It’s a valid question because, let’s face it, if you are shipping your car why not ship some of the things you need on the other side with it?
Unless you are a car shipping guru though, chances are you have no idea what the negative effects of shipping personal items in your vehicle can be. Montway allows all customers to pack a suitcase of up to 100 lbs in the trunk free of charge, but sometimes you need to ship more items.
Let’s take a look at the some of the rules and risks involved in packing your car to the brim with belongings.
1. “Below the Window” Rule
If you want to ship more than just a 100 lb. suitcase, you will have to pay an extra $100-$200 depending on the size of your vehicle. The smaller your car, the lower the price. However, all items in your car MUST be loaded below the window level and the driver’s seat must be clear so they can drive your vehicle on and off the truck.
Why do we enforce this rule? To prevent theft.
2. Risk of Theft is High
Truckers don’t go from one destination to another straight through. They make frequent stops at rest areas. A car packed to the brim with personal items is a huge risk for theft. People passing by may see that your vehicle is packed with items- valuable or not- and they may try anything they can to get into your vehicle to steal those items. Packing items below window level decreases visibility and lessens the chance of theft.
3. Weight Limits
Transport trucks have certain weight limits they must adhere to. If you car is packed with hundreds of pounds of personal items, it can cause the truck to be overweight resulting in a fine for the trucker. It can also damage your car.
4. Damage to Your Car
Let’s be honest, a car sitting on top of a transport truck isn’t necessarily a smooth ride. It vibrates and shifts, so if items in your car are not confined to a suitcase or bag, they can easily shift around and cause damage to your vehicle. While your car is fully insured during transport, personal items are not. Plus, any damage caused by your personal items or the extra weight they add are not insured. Packing your car full of items is at your own risk.
If you want to see how packing personal items in the car is done, take a look at this customer video. Their car is being delivered, but while the customer checks the vehicle for any possible damages you can see they chose to add personal items to the interior. They are below window level and the driver’s seat is completely clear.
While we understand that sometimes shipping personal items is needed, it’s important to know why so many companies discourage it. There are many risks involved, so if you want to pack your car with belongings, please make sure you understand why it is a risky move.
Have you ever shipped personal items in your car during transport? Let us know about your experience in the comments section below!
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About Mike Mihaylov
As the owner of Montway, Mike is very well-versed in the auto transport industry. He started the company back in 2006, but his experience in car shipping goes farther back than that. Before starting Montway here in the United States, Mike was moving cars in Europe. He shipped vehicles from Western European countries like Germany, Switzerland and Austria to Eastern Europe. With over a decade of experience and knowledge of this industry, Mike is what we like to call a Car Shipping Expert.
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