Auto Shipping Terminology

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Valuation Coverage

Your car valuation refers to the estimation of your car value by a registered valuer. The result of such an assessment is usually a written document (appraisal). The valuation of your car may be [...]

USDOT Number

A USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number is an identification number that every carrier involved in interstate commercial transportation must obtain from the FMCSA.  In case the company [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]
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