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How Auto Transport Works


How Auto Transport Works

If you are considering moving your car with an auto transport company like Preowned Auto Logistics, you probably have some questions about how it works. Below, we’ll walk you through how auto transport works so that you can book your shipment with peace of mind.

Top 3 Reasons to Ship Your Car

When moving your car, there are many reasons why shipping your car is better than driving it yourself! Let’s take a look at some of the primary reasons to choose auto transport with Preowned Auto Logistics.


Shipping your car with a carrier is the safest and most convenient way to get your car moved across the country. Booking your shipment is easy; all it takes is a phone call to get started. Our customer service team will work with you to help you get the best options for your shipment to help save you time and money. Additionally, paying for your car shipping is simple because we accept cash, checks, credit cards, and PayPal.


Auto transport with a carrier is the safest option for both you and your vehicle. Any time you get behind the wheel, you run the risk of encountering several potential safety risks. Things like reckless drivers on the highway, debris, or poor weather conditions can all potentially lead to accidents on the road. When you ship your car with PAL, we’ll ensure your vehicle reaches its destination safely.


In addition to being a convenient and safe option for you and your vehicle, many individuals have found that shipping your car with Preowned Auto Logistics is a great way to save money. Especially with today’s gas prices, driving your own vehicle across the states can get expensive fast. When you choose to ship your vehicle with PAL, we’ll offer you a more efficient and cost-effective solution so that you can save money and get your car to your new destination fast.

Preparing Your Car for Shipment

Before your driver can pick up your vehicle for shipment, you’ll need to get it ready for transportation. There are just a few easy ways to get your car prepared for shipment.

Remove All Personal Items

It’s never a good idea to ship your vehicle with personal items inside. Not only do you risk damaging the items in the car due to long hours in the sun, especially with electronic devices such as computers, but it can increase the risk of damaging the interior of your car if things move around in transit. Another known personal item that often gets packed in vehicles is prescription medicines; make sure you don’t leave your medicines in your car, because those are a necessity for you!

Leave Only ¼ a Tank of Gas

Carriers like PAL have to meet specific weight requirements, so leaving a ¼ tank of gas or lower in your vehicle for shipment is essential. This will help the shipping company to account for the weight of your car.

Photograph Your Vehicle Before Shipment

When you ship your car with Preowned Auto Logistics, your driver will perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle inside and out. This inspection will include taking photos of the car to ensure it is in the same condition upon delivery. However, we always recommend keeping your own records when shipping your car, as this can help in the rare case that you have to file a damage claim for your vehicle.

How We Handle Shipping Your Vehicle

Whenever you book your auto transport with PAL, we’ll help you choose all the best options for your vehicle. We offer both open and closed carriers so that you can choose the level of protection for your car. Open carriers are the most common and offer a safe, affordable option for shipping your car. However, if you are transporting a luxury vehicle or vintage car, you’ll probably want a little more protection from weather conditions and debris on the road. In this case, a closed carrier would be best.

Once you’ve decided on the type of carrier, you’ll need to determine if a drop off terminal or door-to-door shipping is the best option for you. Most individuals choose to use one of our many drop off locations because you can leave the vehicle with us at your convenience and pick up the car at its new destination easily. If you choose door-to-door shipping, your driver will pick up your vehicle from your driveway and deliver it straight to your new destination.

We’ll ask you some basic questions about your vehicle, like the make and model, to help us determine the vehicle’s weight, then we’ll schedule a time for pickup. Once your car is in our possession, you’ll be able to track your shipment by giving us a call or through the online portal.

Before loading the vehicle onto the truck, your driver will perform an inspection of the interior and exterior of the car. They will take photos of the vehicle and file a report for you to sign saying that you agree with their assessment of the vehicle’s condition.

Your car will be loaded carefully onto the truck and strapped into place to ensure it stays in place on the road. While in transit, Preowned Auto Logistics will cover your vehicle with our insurance policy.

When your car arrives at its new location, the driver will perform a second inspection. They will take new photos and complete a second report to ensure the vehicle is in the same condition as when it left.

Advantages to Shipping Your Car

Whether you’re moving across the states for work or pleasure or traveling seasonally, shipping your car with PAL is a great way to save time and money. Shipping your car with a carrier also reduces the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle and prevents adding unnecessary mileage.

As mentioned above, shipping your vehicle is safer, cheaper, and more convenient than driving it yourself. Additionally, you can move multiple cars at one time with Preowned Auto Logistics, so it’s the perfect solution for moving your family across the country.

Get The Best Rate on Car Shipping﹘ Request a Quote Today

Give us a call at 877.542.1955 and receive a custom quote for your auto transport needs.

Sample Customer Reviews

“I have shipped our cars from MA to CA and have used Preowned Auto Logistics, and they have “delivered” in all ways.  Cars were picked up and delivered in time noted and all done with professionalism. Kerri Harris and her team handled our reservations without any issues, and the follow up was nothing but perfect professionalism.  I would highly recommend Preowned Auto Logistics.”

– Ann Greene

“A good experience shipping with these folks. Domenic & Kerri responded quickly in answer to my questions. The delivery of my vehicle was ahead of schedule, and I’ll use preowned Auto Logistics again,”

– Tim P

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