Shipping Personal Items In My Car

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One of the questions our customers frequently ask is, “Can I pack personal items in my vehicle during car shipping?” It’s a valid question because, let’s face it, if you’re already shipping your car why not include some personal items in the trunk or backseat to save a few bucks?

Unless you’re a car shipping guru, though, chances are you don’t realize what negative effects shipping personal items in your vehicle can be. Montway Auto Transport allows all customers to pack a suitcase up to 100 lbs in the trunk free of charge, but it’s still important to understand the risks.

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 for car shipping

If you want to ship more than just a 100 lb suitcase during a car shipping, you will have to pay an extra $100 to $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 transporters can drive your vehicle on and off the truck.

Why do we enforce this rule? To prevent theft.

2. Risk of theft is high

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Car shipping 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 whether they’re 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.

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3. Weight limits

Car shipping transport trucks have certain weight limits they must adhere to. If your 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

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Let’s be honest: A car sitting on top of a car shipping 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. The car is being delivered, but while the customer checks the vehicle for any possible damages, you can see the individual 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.

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