Can I put boxes in my car or can I pack items in my vehicle when it is being shipped?
The technical answer is that everyone quoting you are shipper/brokers who by definition do not own trucks, so it is important to know who your carrier is and what they will allow. You see, carriers that do own trucks are not licensed or insured for personal items. And brokers who do not own trucks cannot authorize personal items. Only the carrier can authorize personal items.
Many carriers have the following disclaimer: We do NOT allow customers to place ANY personal items in vehicle during shipment, all items must be removed prior to pick up. If any items are found in vehicles they can/will be removed. We are under very strict law that we must follow with the FMCSA regarding hauling ONLY autos not household goods, we are not licensed or authorized. Not to mention items have been known to break windows and cause damage to other vehicles as well. We as well as DPS/Highway patrol also hold the right to confiscate or inspect any and all items in a vehicle. All compartments must be unlocked during transport for inspection.
That being said: Most carriers will allow up to 100 pounds in the trunk, they typically will either charge for more weight or not accept a vehicle with over 100 pounds in the trunk. Carriers rarely allow items in the interior of your vehicle because they are not licensed for personal items and their insurance does not cover your personal items. Please note that if a thief were to break the windows to get a box or any other personal item, it will not be covered by insurance. In those cases, no one is happy and your car is damaged.
YES. That's the short answer but there are stipulations that you need to be aware of. Your vehicle weight is calculated by the Carrier so any added weight could cause them to go overweight and be in violation of state weight limits. Therefore, we ask that you limit any items being shipped with your vehicle to no more than 75 lbs. Storage of those items must be limited to the trunk space or the floor space in the rear passenger area...items must never go above the bottom of the window line and NEVER in the front driver or passenger area. Furthermore, the insurance that covers your vehicle will NOT cover items you ship with your vehicle so make sure there is nothing of value whether monetary or sentimental. Lastly, if a Carrier is stopped by the authorities, the items you ship with the vehicle may subject to a full and thorough search, of which you waive all rights to refuse. If any illegal substances are found in your vehicle, you subject yourself to criminal citation and/or prosecution as well as any future lawsuits enacted against you by the Carrier transporting your vehicle should they be charged for such items.
the transporter needs to be able to have an uninpeded view of the back window and no obstructions when moving your vehicle.
Boxes stored inside vehicle are otherwise fine as long as the above issues are taken into account
The standard answer in the industry to this question is no. The carriers need to maintain a specific weight limit and additional weight inside the vehicles can throw off their entire load. Secondly, content is typically not insured. Another reason is because it makes it difficult for the driver to load and off load the unit. All that being said, it is up to the driver himself to decide whether he/she is willing to allow a little extra weight. Most drivers are ok with a little extra weight in the trunk (under 100lbs).
Leaving items in your car is up to the drivers discretion, The department of transportation has not outwardly said car shipping companies can or cannot ship personal or household items in a car being transported. That being said it is technically legal to ship your personal items or boxes in your car or trunk during car shipping. Depending on the items and the weight it could potentially raise the price of the transport. The driver is 100% not liable for any personal items. They will cover any damage to your vehicle but most drivers are not authroized to transport household goods therfore there insurance will not cover the items. Something to think about before taking the risk of wanting to leave any personal items in the vehicle.
In the past a small amount of personal goods were usually ignored, but with the increase in security since 2001 the industry now requires that your car be free of contents. Not only are auto carriers not insured for household goods, it is against the law for them to transport anything except your vehicle. The transport truck is subject to inspection by the DOT and the Police at every state line and can be fined up to $10,000 if found to be carrying household goods. The car is subject to being impounded and all fines and expenses will be passed along to the owner of the car. Under NO circumstances can the car contain firearms, hazardous materials, illegal substances, or contraband.
Yes you can,and boxes have to be placed in the trunk.
As an auto shipping broker, our designated carriers are only covered and permitted to ship your vehicle – there should be no boxes filled with personal property in your car. All auto transport carriers are regularly inspected at state borders by police and other government agents. Any violations to the above can result in a strict fine. Vehicle owners take full responsibility for any violations to the above policy and under no circumstances shall vehicle owners transport any illegal or hazardous substances. In the case that an owner violates any of these rules, the owner acknowledges that they may be subject to penalties, fines and/or imprisonment to the extent allowed by the applicable state and federal laws.
Luggage and personal property must be collected in one suitcase or bag in the trunk only. No heavy articles are allowed; items not to exceed 100 lbs. If personal items in the car are to exceed 100 lb. there will be an extra fee. Carrier and Garcia’s Auto Transport And Logistics are not liable for any personal items left in the vehicle, nor for damage caused to vehicle from unreasonable or improper loading of personal items. Personal property shall not be transported in customer’s vehicle(s) that includes but is not limited to alcoholic beverages, jewelry, furs, money, live pets, live plants, explosives, guns, ammunition, flammable products, narcotics, negotiable and legal papers, or any unlawful contraband. The customer agrees that Garcia’s Auto Transport and Logistics may confiscate or dispose of the mentioned items with no reimbursement. Garcia’s Auto Transport and Logistics are not to be held responsible for the delivery of personal or household property. If the Customer wants to store items in the vehicle he may do so at his own risk.
We typically suggest against doing this as the presence of boxes or items inside the vehicle can invite a thief to break a window to steal the items. You can put some items in the trunk. Just please try to keep the weight to a minimum.
The car shipping industry is full of self-serving brokers that will tell you what you want to hear in order to make a sale and get your deposit. Many common responses to this question is:
All of these answers are FALSE! The drivers can not over-ride law just because. There is no where in the law that allows car carriers to haul personal property if it is "in the trunk" or "under 100lbs". The law does require trucking companies to have specific licensing if they are hauling houshold good and car carriers do not have that licensing. The only thing allowed in the vehicle during tranpsort is items that belong with the car (car seats, items related to the vehicle, jumper cables, etc).
Keep in mind that if your broker (an many answering this question are doing this) lies to you by telling you it's ok, then how many other lies will they tell you to get you signed up.
Although car carriers are not permitted to haul household goods, we understand that sometimes it is much more convenient to put some items in your vehicle while it's being transported. Here are the things to remember: the carriers' cargo insurance does NOT cover anything inside of the vehicle. If you must put some items in your vehicle...make sure they are hidden, not sentimental or expensive, and not over 50lbs. The reason for the weight restriction is due to the fact that carriers are weighed at every USDOT weigh station and when they load their trailers they go by each cars' GVW and if they are over their limit they are shut down for 8 hours (with your vehicle) & fined.
Most Auto Carriers prefer Not to haul vehicles with personal items due to the following reasons:
* Personal Items not part of the vehicle are not covered under cargo carrier insurance due to lack of inventory & value.
* Due to lack of insurance coverage for personal items in the vehicle, the driver would not want to assume liability.
* In some states, transporting a vehicle packed with personal items could be a punishable offense by penalty or fine.
* On the road, there are many traffic stops by authorties & having a packed vehicle would ensure that vehicle wil get searched.
* In the end, the driver would only assume liability based on the coverage the assigned carrier provides.
All auto carriers are required by law to have auto transport cargo insurance to cover their shipments in case of damage during delivery. The insurance that the auto carrier provides only covers the vehicle that is being transported. The full automobile and everything part of it would be covered under the Cargo Carrier Insurance provided by the driver. Items that are not part of the car would not be covered under the Cargo Carrier insurance. This means personal items such as clothes, boxes, furniture, etc...
A driver would not want to assume liability over your personal items due to lack of proper inventory. Some drivers will make an exception but that is usually a deal struck between the actual driver and the customer on site at pickup. This would usually involve a little extra kick back or what most would call a "tip". In the end, always remember that drivers are not obligated to haul your vehicle packed with personal items.
Any decisions on this matter ultimatley falls on the driver who is doing the actual driving and will be held accountable for anything under the care of the appointed carrier.
Hope this helps.
Of course, you can’t ship anything flammable, explosive, dangerous or illegal.
FMCSA rules also prohibit non-vehicle-related items from being transported with the vehicle.
Do the items “belong” in or with the car?
YES, you can include it! For example:
Is it unrelated?
No, FMCSA does not allow the following:
The department of transportation or D.O.T prohibits car carriers from shipping personal or household items due to weight restrictions, however, most carriers will let you put up to 100 LBS of personal items in the trunk of your vehicle while being transported.
It is an industry standard to be able to put up to 100 lbs of items in the cargo area at no additional cost.
As long as the boxed that are put in the vehicle fit that criteria, there will be no issues.
Truckers pass by weight stations in every state where they could run into hefty fines if the vehicles are over loaded.
You can have up to 150 pounds inside your vehicle. just make sure
1- Its below the window level
2- Nothing on the front seats
3- its better to have the boxes in the trunk of the vehicle
4- make sure its neat.
5- Only the car its insure.
It is okay to put some items in the vehicle. Don't be excessive or abusive.
Be sure items are secure and will not damage the inside of your vehicle.
It is illegal and against FMCSA guidelines to ship personal or household items during an auto transport. It is a weight ,licensing & trafficing issue. The fine is $250+ for the vehicle owner.
yes, as long as the total cargo weight will not exceed 100lbs
You can pack a limited number of items in the car as long as the driver can safely get in the vehicle to drive it in order to load and unload. Most importantly understand that those items are NOT are not insured by the carrier.
The good rule of thumb is that typically we allow up to 100 lbs of belongings when shipping a car state to state. Always try to keep it light and avoid blocking the visibility of the driver
Typically, packing personal belongings in your vehicle to be transported is not allowed. There are some exceptions to items such as pillows, blankets, clothing and other linens that can be packed and secured within your trunk space. We do not recommend putting any personal belongings inside of your vehicle for transport. These items will not be covered under insurance if anything was to go lost, stolen or damaged.
Don’t over pack your Vehicle.
Only luggage or small boxes may be shipped inside the trunk only with a maximum weight of 100lbs.
An infant car seat and spare tire with jack are considered to be integral parts of the vehicle, so they may be included. You will/may be asked for additional compensation if your vehicle is over-packed or requires removal of anything that is not permanently mounted or bolted to the vehicle.
Do Not Obstruct the Views from the Windows
This is mandatory and is for the safety of our crew. Our crew often has to load these vehicles on to our trailer with the mirrors folded in, using only the windows. If their view is obstructed the potential for damage and injury is greatly increased.
Do Not Pack Firearms or Fire Extinguishers
No firearms, ammunition of any type or fire extinguishers may be shipped in a vehicle.
We do not allow personal belongings to be shipped in the vehilce as we can only insure the vehicle while in transport.
Yes, we can arrange that! By the regulations, the car should be empty, but driver allows to put up to 100 lbs in the trunk of the car. Typically a carrier will request an additional $100 for every 100 lbs that exceed 100 lbs that you can put for free. And still, the carrier will ask you to put everything in the trunk. Because they are going through weigh stations and carrier doesn’t want any cars with stuff in on the backseat, if you can’t put in the trunk, please make sure it’s below the window surface and the driver’s seat is free and can be easily adjusted.
You are allowed to have up to a 150 lbs. of personal items in the car at no extra charge, as long as it does not interfere with the driver or safe transportation of your vehicle.
Yes, you can transport boxes in your vehicle when in shipment. Most carriers will give a 50lb max of any additonal items in the vehicle for weight purposes going through weigh stations etc. Carriers will ask for the boxes to be either tapped up and sealed of in the trunk for safety and security of your items.
Many carriers do not like more then 100lbs in your vehicle. If you do need to put some articles in your vehicle they need to be in the backseat below the window line, or in the trunk of your vehicle. If there will be more then 100lbs, please speak to the broker so they may in turn speak with the carrier.
Upon request, you may ship up to 100 lbs of additional items with your vehicle to be placed in the trunk space only.
The straight answer is no. The Department of Transportation does not allow the transport of personal belongings inside the vehicle during transport. They do randomely inspect the vehicles depending on the route. However, many people put personal belongings inside their cars and most drivers will never say anything about it unless the vehicle is packed to the top. Then they may ask you to remove the items or to pay them a surcharge for transporting it for you.
Read more on proper vehicle transport, here.
You may have up to 100 lbs insided your vehicle. Nothing can be blocking the windows. Only your vehicle is insured. Personal property is NOT insured.