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Find the Best Car Transporters in Richmond, VA

Your car is important and valuable, so you need a reliable auto transporter to move it from Richmond. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing local availability, auto transport services and reviews of 26 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top auto transporters in Richmond.

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What to look for in an auto transport company in Richmond

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Whether you’re shipping a car to or from Richmond, it’s important to choose a legitimate, trustworthy auto transporter in the area that offers the type of service you need. Most cars are shipped via open carriers, but if you have a particularly valuable car, you might consider paying extra for an enclosed carrier with additional protection.

Other things you should look for include:

  • MC Docket number and USDOT number (for carriers that operate across Virginia state lines)
  • Virginia licensing and permits (for intrastate transports)
  • Free quotes
  • Proof of insurance
  • Low upfront payment
  • Ability to track your car while it’s in transit
  • Discounts for first-time shippers, seniors, students, veterans and other groups

Shipping a car in Richmond

When shipping a car from Richmond, it’s smart to take several steps in preparation:

  1. Before your car is picked up, wash it and do a thorough check of the vehicle to note any dings, scratches or chips. It’s not common for vehicles to get damaged during transport, but if yours is, you want to be able to show proof using photos.
  2. Remove valuables and any automatic toll collection transponders, like E-ZPass.
  3. Have about a quarter-tank full of gas.
  4. Make sure your tires are correctly inflated
  5. Check with your auto transporter to see if you can leave personal belongings in the vehicle during transport. Most companies do not allow this, but some companies may allow you to put some belongings in the trunk.

Most auto transport companies provide updates over the course of a vehicle’s journey. The option to track the carrier as it leaves or arrives in Richmond adds transparency to the shipping process and is a good feature to look for in an auto shipping company. When the car is delivered, check again for damage to the vehicle.

Richmond car shipping costs

Richmond residents can expect to pay an average of $950 to ship a car within the United States. To determine an exact estimate, a transport company considers the time of year, distance traveled, type of carrier and whether the car is operable. A move within the state of Virginia falls closer to $500, while interstate or cross-country moves can cost upward of $1,200. Some auto transport companies offer a cost calculator to help you plan your move.

The lowest price offered to you isn’t necessarily your best option. Like other industries, the auto transport industry unfortunately does have some scammers. If a price seems suspiciously low, it’s probably too good to be true.

Richmond auto transport FAQ

What to ask when shipping a car from Richmond?

When interviewing transport companies, ask about the broker or carrier’s license and insurance, its rates, the expected time frame and how your vehicle will be shipped. It’s also completely reasonable to ask for references from previous customers.

Do they search your car when they ship it?

An auto transport company won’t search your car, and your car generally won’t be opened once it’s loaded on the truck.

How long does it take to ship a car overseas?

It can take as long as 30 to 50 days to ship a car overseas. Your transport company can provide you with an accurate time frame when you book shipping services.

Can you put stuff in your car when shipping?

Some shipping providers allow customers to ship items inside a car’s trunk. It’s wise to remove valuables or delicate items from the vehicle before it’s picked up.

Do you need a title to ship a car from Richmond?

No, you usually don’t need the title to ship a car from Richmond.

Richmond auto transport company information

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eShip

eShip is a nationwide auto transport company providing open, enclosed and expedited shipping. The company doesn’t require an upfront deposit, and it has fast quotes. Its service perks include vehicle tracking, rental reimbursement in the event of delays and free storage at a local eShip location.

eShip Learn More (561) 409-5116
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Montway Auto Transport

Montway Auto Transport is an Illinois-based car shipping company that offers vehicle transport throughout all 50 U.S. states. Door-to-door and expedited transport are available. Customers can book transport with no upfront deposit. Montway has delivered over 580,000 vehicles in its over 13 years in business. Contact the company for an instant quote.

Montway Auto Transport Learn More (866) 618-7655
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Sherpa Auto Transport

Sherpa Auto Transport ships vehicles nationwide with open and enclosed carriers. The company has tracking features so customers can follow the route of their car. Its Price Lock Guarantee means you’ll know exactly what it costs to ship your car upfront. The comapany's Clean Car Guarantee includes a free car wash upon delivery.

Sherpa Auto Transport Learn More (833) 417-9393
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AmeriFreight

AmeriFreight is a nationwide auto broker that sets up service in and out of Richmond. The company has open and enclosed vehicle shipping options. It offers discounts for military members, first responders, students, seniors and more. Make sure to ask about these discounts when receiving a quote. Check the website for a rate calculator on car shipping in Richmond.

AmeriFreight Learn More (770) 486-1010

Light Auto Transport

Light Auto Transport is an auto shipper offering door-to-door service from Richmond. The company transports cars on open or enclosed carriers and has experience moving exotic cars. Call or fill out a form on Light Auto Transport’s website to get a free quote.

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Auto Shipping Group

Auto Shipping Group brokers vehicle transport on open or enclosed carriers, with special services available for classic cars and vehicles for military families. Shipping takes two to 14 days, with detailed tracking along the way. Call or request a quote online for accurate pricing. The company is located at 1518 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230.

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All My Sons Moving & Storage

All My Sons Moving & Storage is a moving company that also takes care of auto transport needs. The company ships most types of vehicles, including cars, SUVs, trucks and boats. Call for a quote on auto transport. The company is located at 8176 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

All My Sons Moving & Storage