Along with the many other advantages that modern mobility provides your family, a new method of transporting vehicles from one end of the country to the other is increasingly appealing. The door to door auto transport is a viable and reliable service that many Americans are either considering or using.

For many Americans, however, the question of the practicality and cost of having their vehicle moved to a different location makes them hesitant to make this choice. However, Ship a Car Direct is here to answer your questions and concerns about door to door auto transport.

The Ins and Outs of Door To Door Auto Transport

The first question we need to answer is, “What is door to door auto transport?” Just like the name implies, we’ll pick up your car from the exact location you specify, provided it is easily accessible for an 18 wheeled carrier and deliver it to the destination address you provide. Nothing could be easier!

What might you use this car shipping service for? Here are two possibilities:

The first is to surprise someone with a gift. Imagine your grandmother or your 18-year-old daughter waking in the morning to see a brand-new vehicle outside their home. The reaction to seeing this gift is priceless, a once in a lifetime event that can never be duplicated.

The second event that door to door auto transport can be used for is one that is occurring more and more every year. Families are spending half their year in different locations, often at different ends of the country. The practice started with retired persons moving with the seasons for the comfort of consistent weather -- such as spending half the year in the northern states and the other half in places like southern California or Florida.

Today, it’s not just these “snowbirds” who enjoy splitting their year between different parts of the country! As people travel across the country to visit family members or explore other parts of the country, transporting the family vehicle with a door to door auto transporter while flying to the destination is the most comfortable way to go.

Methods of Door To Door Auto Transport

There are two methods we use to transport vehicles from one place to another cheaply. You see car carriers on the road all the time. Dealerships use these “open carriers” to move vehicles from factories or ports to the dealer’s lot all the time. Cars on an open carrier are kept in place through a series of chains, usually attaching the carrier to the frame of the car.

The second method is the “enclosed carrier.” Though you have probably seen these on the road, you probably did not realize that the cargo included autos! With our enclosed carrier service, autos are tethered to the inside of the container via soft straps. Of the two methods of auto transport, the enclosed carrier option is by far the more expensive but also protects the car more completely from damage, dirt and debris.

The Pros and Cons of Door To Door Auto Transport


  • We deliver your car to a location either directly outside your house or a place close to you, depending on the rules, regulations, and street size of where the delivery is to take place.
  • We add little or no mileage to the vehicle during transport.
  • At the time of pickup, the vehicle is inspected to ensure it is delivered in the same condition.
  • All vehicles transported through Ship A Car Direct are fully insured.


  • Sometimes, the delivery location may not be at your door. Some states or communities have regulations about where large trucks can move. Make sure to check out the locations available for delivery.
  • If you live in an area where an 18 wheeler cannot deliver, but you still desperately need door to door service, it is still possible but will cost extra. Carriers can work with local flatbed services to hand your car off to them for delivery at your door, but it can get pricey. Talk to one of our representatives about your options.
  • There may be mishaps that interfere with the timing of the delivery. Be prepared to adapt if natural or human-made problems occur that delay the delivery of your vehicle.

Is Door To Door Auto Transport For You?

In the end, the choice of whether to rent a car at your new location, drive from one end of the country to the other, or to have us move the vehicle for you is your decision. Make sure to check out our delivery record, methods of delivery, and overall reputation as a vehicle shipping company. If you are moving on a budget, use our Quote Calculator to get a quick estimate so you’ll know what to expect and can maintain budgetary room for emergencies.

Contact us today with any questions you may have, or to get a quote on the door to door auto transport!

What defines door to door transport?

Door to door transport is when a car carrier comes out to your residence, or as close to your residence as they can with their transport truck, and loads up the vehicle right there and then drives it directly to a residence or place of business on the delivery end for unloading. It does not travel through terminals and get switched to different trucks the way a package from a courier service would.

How long does the door to door auto transport process take?

Moves will always have a slight variance in times based on how many other pick ups and deliveries a car carrier has in a particular area, but in general a car transport carrier will cover roughly 250 to 300 miles on an average day. So a coast to coast car shipment might take 7 to 10 days whereas a move of only a few hundred miles could take only a day or two.

What are the methods with the door-to-door auto transport option?

The door to door method is when a driver comes directly to you and the same driver delivers the car back to you at it's destination. By contrast, the terminal to terminal process is when you drop a car off at a local terminal and it moves on different trucks through different terminals until it reaches the terminal closest to your destination, from which you pick it up. Ship a Car Direct only uses the door-to-door transport option.

How do I know if a transport company is legit?

The best thing to do is to read reviews of the transport companies that you are considering. To places to pay close attention are Yelp and the BBB. Yelp has algorithms that make it very hard for companies to bury their bad reviews with fake good reviews, so it's often the most accurate representation of the transport company that you are considering. On the BBB website, you can see how the company responds to customer issues by reading both the customer's complaint and the response by the company, which gives you excellent insight into how they might handle you if s similar issue arises.

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