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Car Shipping Terms And Conditions Explained

Car Shipping Terms And Conditions Explained

How often do you read the fine print when paying for goods or services? Almost never. No one likes to go through lengthy legal documents whose main purpose, it seems, is to help you beat insomnia. Often, the harder you try to understand a legal text, sentences start snapping into meaningless patterns, and just like that you slip into the arms of Morpheus. Therefore, you decide to agree blindly, without reading, and deal with consequences later, if any should arise.

By failing to read terms and conditions, you keep yourself in the dark about your rights and responsibilities.

Therefore, It’s critical you understand everything before you enter into a legally binding agreement. Car shipping contracts shouldn’t be an exception.

In car shipping, each agreement may have specific conditions depending on a vehicle and services, but there are general provisions that apply to pretty much every shipment.

Car Shipping Terms And Conditions Explained

Delivery and drop off location

Most companies offer door-to-door vehicle delivery. But it doesn’t necessarily mean your car will be picked up or dropped off exactly at a place of your choosing. It’s just not always possible. Local city regulations, narrow streets, low utility lines sometimes make it impossible for a large delivery truck to access certain residential areas. In this case carrier will pick up and/or deliver your vehicle at a nearby location, based on the mutual agreement.

Pick up and delivery date and time

The car transport company will provide you with estimated pick up and delivery dates. Given the nature of the shipping industry, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact dates. Unfavorable weather and road conditions, as well as unforeseen mechanical problems, can all cause delays.

Preparing your vehicle for shipping

It’s your responsibility to prepare a vehicle for shipping.  Remove or safely secure low hanging spoilers, accessories, and loose parts. Also make sure your vehicle has no leaks, and don’t leave more than a 1/4-1/2 tank of fuel.

Why? Because in case your car causes any accidental damage caused to other vehicles, or even people, during transport, you will be the one liable.

Also, make sure to disable the alarm or provide the transporter with detailed instructions on how to deactivate it. Should you forget to do so, the carrier will disable the alarm the way he sees fit.

Leave personal items in your vehicle at your own risk. No carrier will accept responsibility for damages caused to your car interior by personal items you didn’t remove, nor for theft of the latter.

Moreover, in certain situations, a carrier may even confiscate or dispose of your personal items without reimbursement. You wouldn’t like that, would you?

Vehicle Inspection and Damages

At pick up and delivery, together with a carrier, you will inspect your vehicle for any irregularities. The inspection has to be performed regardless of time of the day and weather conditions. Don’t skip this step! If you don’t get damages documented, you won’t be able to claim compensation later.

Also, car shipping companies won’t hold themselves responsible for any damages by any unpredictable unforeseen events and emergencies.

In the unlikely case, your car arrives with damages; you can submit a claim within a specified time frame from the date of delivery, usually 24 hours.


Shipping charges are due in full upon delivery. Even if the vehicle arrives damaged. You may recover losses by following a dispute resolution procedure.

Make sure to provide the car shipping company with detailed information about your vehicle and services you are looking to buy. Companies charge extra fees to ship oversized and non-operable vehicles, as well as urgent deliveries and deliveries on a guaranteed date.

Also, verify payment methods accepted by your vehicle transporter. The carrier will not release your car without payment. Moreover, if the hauler has to take your vehicle to storage because you haven’t paid, you may incur re-delivery and storage charges.

If you change your mind and cancel your order the last minute, car transporter will charge you a cancellation fee.

One more important thing to keep in mind! Due to price fluctuations that are outside of your carrier’s power, your car shipping quote will be valid only for a limited time. So, if it’s been more than 30 days since you’ve asked for a quote, double-check with your carrier if the price changed.

You see, the fine print is important! And if you still don’t feel like reading it, ask your car shipping agent to walk you through the terms and conditions.

To ship your car with Corsia Logistics, fill out our online quote request or call (818) 850-5258 and speak with one of our logistics experts!

Happy car shipping!


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Looking for a logistics company, to ship my car, from California to Illinois,my first search, then Corsia showed up, skeptical. Call and a very friendly secretary: Elena. She guided me through, I scheduled and as she explained, all when smooth as scheduled Very happy I did the right choice. I'll recommend this great Company to anyone that is thinking to relocate a vehicle. Thanks Corsia logistics for your honesty and professionalism!
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Corsia was highly recommended by a friend in the automobile industry. We needed to transport a cargo van from Seattle to Florida. We contacted Corsia who quickly arranged transport within just a few days. Communication was outstanding! Just a few email confirmations and we were all set. Mike was great and arrived right on time and delivered to Florida on schedule. Tip-avoid the hornets nest of auto brokers on line and just contact Corsia for a truly great experience!
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Corsia has been amazing. Their prices are really competitive but more importantly their customer service has been 5-Star. Elena followed up with me every step of the way, making sure there was no miscommunication between me & the driver. We are using them to ship a 2nd vehicle & would not hesitate to use them again!
Tony Boyd
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I have recently used Corsia for long time family car with sentimental value that was moved I have recently used Corsia for shipment of my vehicle from Oregon to Arizona by recommendation from other family member who also used Corsia in the past. I am very pleased on the service and the communication throughout shipment. Ken was my direct contact and kept me informed along the move The car was picked up and delivered as communicated. I did use a enclosed mover and the driver was also clean cut professional and treated car as his own. I would definitely recommend Corsia again with the experience I have had. Thank you. T
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Top notch Transport - Porsche 997 Top notch! As easy and efficient as one could possibly imagine. Great customer service.. thank you Luke. Great prices. Check. Timely communications. Check. Clean transport trailer. Check. Supremely careful driver. Check. Timely arrival. Check. Don't mess around elsewhere, just call Corsica and feel confident your transports needs are going to be exceeded. My Porsche 911 rode like a Queen in her enclosed chariot. I've never needed a transport company before, and I surely will use them every time. Do yourself a favor, seriously. Call now.
Geet Mp Haryana
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Corsia rep (Elena) was very proactive. Helped ship a car from CA to GA. She checked in with me via email quote and several phone calls to find me the best possible quote for the fastest available service. After several communications, Corsia was able to schedule a vehicle pickup the next day. The driver communicated well, and the vehicle arrived in final destination faster than we expected in perfect condition. I highly recommend using Corsia's reliable, efficient service.
Cay Liptak
Clean, efficient, wonderful
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Thanks, Corsia! Pickup was so clean, efficient, and wonderful -- my only recommendation is to make sure you schedule it during the day so you can fully review the car in the daylight. Drop off was equally wonderful, and the whole trip went down without a hitch (pun intended!). Seriously, Corsia delivered my Jeep from CT to California with no issues or bumps in the road!
Csaba Kovesdy
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Corsia Memphis to LA, mid-size SUV. I looked at 4 different companies amd Corsia was the most responsive of them. While being responsive, they were not unduly aggressive: when I indicated that I need to wait a month before making a decision they stopped contacting me and only came back with a reminder when I really needed it. Once I decided to engage Corsia they found me a transport within two days and the car was delivered (from Memphis to LA) in another two days. I had a truly positive experience.
Kelly Torres
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Working with Corsia Logistics was a great experience. Working with Corsia Logistics was wonderful. They were able to find a driver right away to transport our car. They were in constant communication as to when the car was getting picked up and dropped off. The driver also communicated with me as to when he would arrive. I would highly recommend Corsia Logistics.
Amy Nelson
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Corsia was an excellent company to work with while I transferred my car across the US. A friend of mine suggested I use them as they had been very organized and trustworthy with her own car. I researched a few different place but decided to go with Corsia and I'm so glad I did! Any questions I had throughout the process they answered quickly and clearly. I would definitely use them again in the future and recommend them for others to use.