General Auto Transport Questions

  1. Is Autoline a broker or a carrier?

    Autoline transport is both a broker and an auto transport carrier. With our in-house carrier network (ICC/MC-595008), our fleet covers approximately 10 major routes across the US. As a Bonded Broker (ICC/MC-737302), we deal with a large network of auto shipping and car transport companies who service the remainder of the US routes. We deal only with reputable carriers who are properly licensed and insured, and parallel the standards that of Autoline Carriers. When contracting a load to a network carrier, Autoline will act as the liaison between the carrier and you, the customer. We have a well established base of trucks providing quality service to assure you a worry free move. So whether your on an Autoline Truck or a Contracted Truck, you can rest assured that your getting the best service in the industry either way.

  2. Is my reservation guaranteed?

    Yes. Your Autoline auto shipment order is guaranteed!

    When you make a reservation, we guarantee to provide you with a carrier within 1-10 days of your requested ship date for the originally quoted price.

    Should you not have your vehicle picked-up within the agreed window, Autoline will compensate you $25 of your auto shipping total for every day past.

    Autoline reservation guarantees are subject to the following terms and conditions

    • 1. The Reservation Guarantee does not apply to orders which have been upgraded to Fast Track.
    • 2. After the customer makes an initial reservation, any changes made to order will re-start the pickup window.
    • 5. Autoline has the right to substitute equipment of equal or greater size to fill your guaranteed reservation.
    • 6. If Autoline representatives are unable to contact you to schedule and agreed upon pickup date, date and location of your pick-up, the reservation will not be considered guaranteed.

    In the event of war, riot, civil unrest, insurrection, Act of God or other force majeure that significantly disrupts the operations of Autoline or our netwok carriers, it shall not be obligated to pay customers the $25 payment even if the reservation had been guaranteed.

  3. When can you pickup my vehicle?

    Pickup timeframes for auto transport are a bit hard to nail down – Your vehicle will usually be picked up within 1-3 days of the date you request, but could be longer (up to 7 days) on certain overbooked or un-common routes. Talk to your Autoline rep to get a better idea of the pickup timeframes on your specific route.

  4. How long does transport take?

    Delivery times for auto shipments are pretty straight forward – Delivery takes about 1-2 days for every 500 miles traveled. So for example; if you are shipping from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, Ca, about 1500 miles, you should expect your vehicle to be delivered within 3-6 days.

  5. What hours are you open?

    Below are our business hours. All times are Pacific

    Mon – Fri     8am – 5pm
    Sat – Sun      10am – 2pm

  6. What states does Autoline operate in?

    Autoline direct trucks operate within California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Autoline network carriers operate in all 48 continental US states.

  7. How can I track my order?

    You can track your order through our online tracking system. If you need more information than what is posted on your account, then by all means feel free to contact us anytime by email or phone.

  8. How will I know where to meet the driver for pickup and delivery.

    In most cases drivers will come to the address you provided when your order was placed. In situations where we cannot access your location, your driver will contact you 24 hours prior to pickup and/or delivery to set a location.

  9. If I don’t know my exact move date, can I still get a rate quote for my move?

    Sure, although our rates are seasonally based, you can get a good idea of the shipping cost by requesting a online quote or over the phone?

  10. How do I prepare my vehicle for shipment?

    Secure or remove any loose parts or specialty items such as ground effects, spoilers, fog lights, or wide mirrors, and lower or remove the antenna if possible. Repair or seal any tears or open seams on convertible tops to prevent fast-moving air from causing further damage. Make sure the radiator has adequate levels of fresh antifreeze. Be sure that the battery is secure, has no leaks, and that the fluid levels are low enough to accommodate expansion. Leave only about ¼ tank of gas in the vehicle, as a full tank of gasoline adds a lot of costly weight to the transport. Deactivate or disconnect anti-theft devices. There can be serious problems and unnecessary expenses if the driver is locked out or if the alarm goes off during the auto shipping process or the car transport. And finally, make sure that your vehicle is clean enough to ensure an accurate pickup inspection.

  11. Will my vehicle stay on the same truck?

    Your vehicle will stay on one truck with the same driver for the duration of the trip unless something unforeseen happens to the original truck or driver (i.e. – a mechanical break down or illness)

  12. Will my vehicle be driven?

    The auto shipping driver will drive your car on and off the car transport, and may have to unload and re-load your car occasionally during transport to optimize space on the trailer. This unloading / reloading is kept to a minimum. Your car should not be driven in any case other than this. Odometer readings should be noted at pickup and delivery. Discrepancies should be noted on the delivery receipt and signed off by the driver.

  13. Can personal items be left in the car during transport?

    Autoline allows no more than 75 pounds of soft goods such as pillows or blankets may be left in the vehicles trunk only. No items are allowed to be left inside the passenger area.

    Please understand that the items that you put in your vehicle will not be available to you until the vehicle is delivered. Please do not put items such as medicine, presents, or any other item that is needed by a specific time. If the truck is delayed, the items will not be available to you until the vehicle is delivered.  Not only are auto shipping and car transport companies not insured for household goods, it is against the law for them to transport anything except your vehicle. The auto shipping and car 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.

  14. Can I leave my vehicle someplace?

    Yes, providing we have a terminal in your area. There is an additional fee for this service.

  15. Do I have to be present at pickup and/or delivery?

    Yes, you or your designated individual must be present at both the pickup and delivery.

  16. What is door-to-door service?

    Door-to-Door means the auto shipping or car transport driver will get as close to your door as they can legally and safely. Many cities have restrictions on large trucks that prohibit them from driving into some residential areas. Transport trucks are enormous and need lots of room to maneuver and turn around, so if access to your home is restricted by narrow streets, low-hanging trees, speed bumps or tight turns, the driver may ask that you meet the truck at a large parking lot nearby such as a grocery store.

  17. How do I know when to take off work?

    Please don’t take time off work unless the driver requests. Most times we can arrange pickup around your schedule.