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Terminal to Terminal Auto Transport

Terminals are storage facilities for cars (aka towing/flatbed services).  When opting for such services, you are responsible for getting the car to a terminal, from where it will be picked-up by the carrier.  The carrier will transport it to another terminal close to your destination location from where you will be able to pick it […]

Open Auto Transport

The open auto transport alternative is the most common one.  If you have spent any time on US highways you have already seen such trailers at work. These trailers have one or two open air levels on which cars are loaded and secured. Open auto transport advantages: This option is cheaper than the enclosed transport […]

Motor Carriers

You have already seen them operate whenever you have met those huge trucks with cars on top running down the highway. Carriers can be open and enclosed and offer either door to door or terminal to terminal services. They are required to obtain both a USDOT number and an MC number from FMCSA.  They are […]

MC Number

Motor carriers and brokers that need interstate operating authority can obtain this from the FMCSA in the form of an MC number, also known as a docket number. Unless they operate only under local or state regulations,  the MC number is a must in order to exist as an auto transport business. Using the MC […]

Insured Car Transport Company

Whenever you hand your goods (including your car) to a second party, you should first check what coverage you are offered in case of damages. Motor carriers are required by the FMCSA to hold both liability and cargo insurance. Auto transport brokers do not need cargo insurance, since they do not own any trucks and […]


Consider FMCSA your primary and official island of security and information whenever you feel overwhelmed by the car shipping choices that you have to make. What is the role of FMCSA? FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is an administration within the Department of Transportation (DOT) whose declared objective is “to promote safer driving within […]

Enclosed AutoTransport

  For those who want some extra protection when shipping their car, there is the enclosed auto transport option – the safest car transport alternative.  It is most often used to transport classic/exotic cars or vehicles with brand new/custom paint jobs, but it works for any other car that you want to fully protect. What […]

Door to Door Auto Transport

The most common option that auto transport companies offer is door to door services.  This means that the carrier will pick up or deliver your car directly to your location (and not to a terminal).  The pick-up or delivery area may be your home or another location of your choice. What happens if my residential […]

Cargo Insurance

Insurance that covers the goods being transported by a carrier. Motor carriers are required to have cargo insurance.  Brokers do not have this type of insurance because they do not own the equipment being used to transport the vehicle.  Instead, they will require the carrier to make proof of their cargo insurance before they hire […]

Car Terminal

  Car terminals are towing facilities or lots where carriers may load or unload cars, and where cars may be stored in exchange for a terminal fee. When are terminals used? Some auto transport agents offer terminal to terminal services.  In this case, the vehicle owner drops his vehicle at the terminal from where the carrier […]

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