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Vehicle Shipping for Men and Women in the Military

Vehicle Shipping for Men and Women in the Military

Frequent moves are one of the realities of military life. We understand how much you and your family sacrifice to keep our nation safe. That’s why we want to make your next transition as easy for you as possible.

While Uncle Sam will pay to ship one vehicle from overseas, it often will not pay to ship a second vehicle. Nor will it transport a service member’s or family member’s car when the move is state-to-state.

Here’s what you can expect from the military, and what you can expect when you turn to PreOwned Auto Logistics to help you with a military car shipment.

The Government Will Assist You With Your Move

The military is authorized to ship your belongings at government expense, and you have several options for getting your things from one place to another. You can do it yourself and have the military reimburse you, you can let the military pack and move everything for you, or you can do a combination of the two. Because there are restrictions on how much you can take with you, you can also be reimbursed for storing some of your personal property.

As you are probably aware, you have access to the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) portal,, to help you plan your move. On that site, you’ll find plenty of useful information. You should reference that site as soon as you have your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.

What the Government Won’t Do

As you can see, the DOD will do quite a lot for you; what it won’t do is pay for you to ship your car if you are travelling within the 48 contiguous states.

The general rule is this: If you are moving overseas (OCONUS), the government will pay to either store or ship one personally owned vehicle. If you are travelling within the U.S., however, the government asks that you either drive your car yourself or pay for a shipment. If you have a motorcycle or a recreational vehicle you’d like to have with you in your new location, well, the government won’t ship that for you either. You’ll have to bear the extra costs for shipping or storing the vehicle yourself.

If you do decide to drive, the military will reimburse you for mileage and toll expenses. There may also be instances, in the case of medical conditions or extreme distances for example, in which the government will reimburse you for shipping. You should always check regulations or ask your CO to see if you qualify.

How PreOwned Auto Logistics Can Help

While the above arrangements are usually adequate for a one-car family, it becomes more complicated if you own a second car or do not qualify for shipping reimbursement. That’s when you may need help from a vehicle transport company.

PreOwned Auto Logistics, a family-owned and -operated business, can assist you throughout the shipping process. We understand that you’re on a budget. We’re also prepared, like you are, to move in a moment’s notice. Whether you need to ship state to state or overseas, we can help ship your second car, motorcycle, or recreational vehicle. At PreOwned, we honor our commitments, just like you do. Let us know how we can help.