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How to ship a car bought online?

How to ship a car bought online?

Whether you are looking for a daily driver, or scouting for a rare collector vehicle, you are no longer confined by the limits of your city. Today, thanks to the internet, the world is your limit. You can buy a car online without having to set foot outside your home. And based on our experience, online vehicle-buying transactions happen daily.

Whether you buy a car from a private party, or from an auto dealership, you will need to learn how to ship a car bought online. First you find and buy a car online. Then you learn how shipping a car bought online works. Finally,  you prepare for the process with our quick guide.

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We will go over commonly asked questions, and share some tips to help you complete the shipping process without a glitch.


How do I find a reliable car shipping company?

Hiring a car shipping company is the easiest way to move a car bought online. And you can make all the arrangements from the comfort of your living room.

The first step is to understand the basics of the car shipping process. Then you know what to look for when you begin your research. This will make the entire experience stress-free.

Second, it is important to allow yourself time for research and comparison.  You should look beyond the first page of Google search results.

Third step is to pick a few auto transporters and compare them in all aspects. This is what choosing a company means.


A trustworthy company will be honest and transparent about the process and the pricing. They understand that all good relationships are built on trust.

Customer reviews online are a good approach when it comes to learning more about how a company operates. Check the company’s reputation and safety ratings with FMCSA.

Inquire about insurance and terms. Do not shy away from asking questions. Your vehicle is an important investment, and you want to make sure it will be taken care of during transport.

Another point to consider is the price quote. Be wary of companies offering unrealistically low rates. On the other hand, the most expensive quote will not guarantee the highest quality service.

A car shipping company should simply offer you a fair and realistic estimate based on current market conditions.

Corsia quotes only current market prices that will ship a car now. Learn more about the car shipping cost online.

How do I ship a car bought online?


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We can summarize the entire process in a several steps:

1. Request a car shipping quote online or by phone.
2. Disclose details about the vehicle – make, model, modifications.
3. A logistics expert will schedule your shipment based on your desired shipping dates.
4. Prepare your vehicle for shipping. Confirm with your auto transporter what needs to be done.
5. Then a carrier picks up your car one to a few business days from your first available date.
6. Inspection of the vehicle before loading and at delivery is very important. All the irregularities, if any, must be noted on a Bill of Lading.

The transit time depends on the distance – your agent will inform you of the estimated delivery time. At delivery, the carrier must inspect the vehicle again and you need to sing the Bill of Lading.

Vehicle condition before shipping

The auto transport company should deliver the car in the exact condition you purchased it. That is why you need to carefully check your ride for any damages at delivery.

Hence, documenting the vehicle’s condition before shipment is crucial. Unless you have a friend who can go and check the vehicle for you, your other option is to hire an inspection company.

A per-purchase car inspection is often a must do, especially if it is a classic vehicle or high-end automobile. Keep in mind for such vehicles you should consider enclosed auto transport.

When you book a car shipping service you need to inform the company of the condition of your car. It is very important not only for the correct pricing of your shipment, but also for the transport itself.

At pick-up, the carrier will inspect the vehicle and mark everything on the Bill of Lading. This is a must-do.

Moreover, if the vehicle already has a per-purchase inspection report, the selling party should give it to the carrier to add to the inspection report.

It is in your best interest to know the exact condition of the vehicle you bought online. This will save you time and money in the long term.

If you need to ship a car you bought online, call us to discuss your options. We understand our niche, and our vehicle relocation experts will be happy to walk you through the process and answer all questions. Thank you.

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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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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.