Vehicle Shipping

Loaded Auto TransporterHere at Carnections, you can get any type of vehicle shipped including SUVs, CRVs, pickup trucks, large trucks, mini vans, passenger vans, large vans, sedans, coupes, motorcycles, jeeps, and just about any other type of vehicle you can think of. This includes all automobile makes and models, running or non-running.

The purpose of this page is to give you more information about shipping each type of vehicle including the specific factors that affect the price to ship them, the particular questions we will ask you for each type when you get an auto transport quote, and more. We ask different questions for the various vehicle types because we need this information to give you an accurate car shipping cost estimate. Although there is a great variety of sizes for each vehicle, we use the common vehicle classification system, dividing them into vans, pickup trucks, standard cars, SUVs, etc., for giving auto transport prices because we’ve found it’s the easiest way to do it. Knowing that you need an SUV shipped gives us its approximate size and so is a good first approximation for the price to ship it. Knowing more specific information, e.g. “is it a small SUV or a large one?” or “what is its make and model?,” allows us to give a more accurate price. Generally, the smaller a vehicle is, the lower the shipping price and vice-versa.

SUVs

SUV stands for Sports Utility Vehicle. They are large vehicles seating 5-8 people and are typically capable of navigating tough terrain. They vary greatly in size. Some are not much bigger than large cars and some are as big as large pickup trucks.

The price to ship SUVs varies greatly from one to another because of the great variety in their sizes. Smaller SUVs, sometimes known as CRVs, compact SUVs, or crossover vehicles, aren’t much bigger than large sedans and so the price to ship the two are similar. On the other hand, large SUVs can cost considerably more. Some of them are as big as the largest pickup trucks and so the pricing will be similar.

As with mini-vans, we often ask our customers if their SUV has an external accessory which affects its size like a bike or luggage rack.

Pickup trucks*

Black pickup truckWhen it comes to shipping pickup trucks there are 3 important aspects which affect the price of transport: cab type, bed length, and tires. When you call to get a quote for a pickup truck, we will always ask you about these three aspects of your truck because they can significantly affect pricing.**

Cab Type

There are roughly three types of cab sizes for pickup trucks. The terminology used to describe cab sizes and types differs from person to person, but the terminology Carnections uses is fairly standard and we try to stay consistent. There is the standard cab which has 2 doors, the extended cab (a.k.a super cab) which has more room than the standard cab and usually has 2 doors but can have more, and the crew cab(a.k.a. double cab) which always has 4 doors. Sometimes the terms “extended” and “crew” are used interchangeably. You may not know if your truck is considered an extended cab or a crew cab, but that’s okay because the most important thing for us to know when it comes to cab types is how many doors your truck has.

Bed Length

Pickup truck bed sizes range from about 5ft to 8+ ft. They are usually grouped into 3 categories: standard, short, and full bed. These terms are not precisely defined, i.e., a 5 foot bed is sometimes called a short bed and sometimes called a standard bed, but generally 5-6 feet is considered short or standard, 6-7 feet is considered standard or long, and 7+ feet is almost always considered a long bed. We prefer that you give us your bed size in feet, measured from where it attaches at the back of the cab to the farthest point in the back. But usually the terms short, standard, or long are sufficient to calculate an auto transport price.

Tires

When it comes to pickup truck tires, we ask 3 separate questions. One, are the tires factory standard or are they bigger? Two, is the truck raised above the tires or is it factory standard? Three, is your truck dual-wheeled (commonly called “dually”)? Dual-wheeled or dually means there are 4 wheels in back (for a total of 6) instead of the normal 2. This last point is the most important because having 4 wheels can greatly increase the width of your truck. Considering that some car carriers are not wide enough to transport dual-wheeled trucks, this is very important for Carnections to know about your pickup.

Large Trucks*

Carnections can ship any vehicle under ~9.5’ tall. This is because the minimum clearance height for freeway overpasses in urban areas is 14’, leaving just 4.5’ above the ground for the transporting truck. So if your truck is 9.5’ tall, that leaves a 4.5’ maximum height that the bed of the car carrier can be above the ground. Many car carriers don’t go this low, but some of the ones Carnections uses do. These types of trucks used for shipping large vehicles are often called “lowboys” because they have such a low ground clearance. To get an accurate auto transport price estimate for a large truck (anything over about 8’) just give us a call, toll-free, at 1 (800) 909 2330.

Vans

Vans come in a variety of sizes. The most common types of vans shipped are mini-vans. Less common, but actually a specialty of Carnections, is shipment of very large vans like Mercedes-Benz Sprinters or Dodge Sprinters.

Minivans

The only things we look out for in shipping mini-vans are external accessories like bike or luggage racks. Mini vans are typically family vehicles and so they often have these kinds of external accessories. They change the total size of the van and so they may affect the price to ship it. Other than that, minivans are usually treated like small to standard-size SUVs.

Medium Vans, Passenger Vans, & Large Vans***

Large White VanIf your van is less than ~8 feet tall and ~17 feet long, it is considered a typical-sized vehicle because it can fit on a standard 6-10 car carrier. The price will vary depending on its actual size and will be about the same as a standard to large SUV. If your van is much over 8ft by 17ft, it may cost considerably more to ship because it will either take up 4 spots on the transporter or will need to shipped on a flat-bed truck. Flat-bed trucks only fit 1-3 vehicles, and so the carriers using them need to charge more to stay profitable. Carnections commonly ships large vans, especially Dodge Sprinters. They are usually 9.5+ feet tall and often over 22 feet long. Over the years we’ve established connections with many professional carriers which are capable of hauling vans of this large size and so we are able to offer you faster service and cheaper prices than other auto transport companies that don’t have much experience shipping large vehicles.

Standard Cars: Sedans, Coupes, & Hatchbacks

The word “car” is used in two different ways. With its most general meaning it refers to any type of vehicle. Hence, the common use of the term “car shipping” to refer to the shipment of any type of vehicle or the auto transport industry in general. With its more specific meaning, it refers to small vehicles like sedans, coupes, and hatchbacks. These are the cheapest cars to ship because they are the smallest. Generally all vehicles of this category will cost the same to ship because there isn’t much difference in their size. We know hatchbacks can be quite a bit smaller than larger sedans, but these vehicles are already small enough that the small difference doesn’t usually affect the price.

Other Types of Vehicles (including Motorcycles)

Black motorcycleVehicles come in a great variety of shapes and sizes and they don’t always cleanly fit into a category like “pickup truck” or “SUV”. That doesn’t mean Carnections can’t ship it. In fact, without even knowing what type of vehicle you need shipped yet, we are 99% sure we can ship it. The only vehicles we won’t always be able to ship are extremely large ones like full-sized buses or semi-trucks. Call us today at 1 (800) 909-2330 to get your vehicle shipped or for answers to any questions you may have. We are friendly, easy to talk to, and know a lot about vehicle transporting. We will usually be able to give you a car shipping estimate right on the phone within minutes.

More Info. (if you’re interested)

*People often refer to “pickup trucks” as just “trucks”, and sometimes we do too, but we try to make a distinction between different types of trucks. There are many different kinds of trucks, but we think it’s easiest if we group them into 3 categories: big semi-trucks, a.k.a. tractor trucks (the trucks used to ship cars, i.e., car carriers, are usually semis); pickup trucks; and other types of trucks which are usually smaller than semis but bigger than pickups.

*Pickup trucks are light vehicles (relatively light compared to other types of trucks) that usually have a small, open bed and seat 2-4 people. They are commonly owned by individuals for non-commercial use. Semis are essentially large motor engines on wheels that can be easily attached to many different types of trailers. Trucks of our third type are smaller than semis and usually have a rectangular, enclosed trailer of 10 to 25 feet. We mostly ship pickup trucks. Sometimes we ship mid-sized trucks. We rarely ship semis because they are so large. Semis are usually driven rather than shipped.

**Our online quoting system averages the prices for different truck sizes, so if your truck is standard cab, short bed, non-dually, your actual price may be a bit less. If your truck is a crew cab, long-bed, dually, your price will likely be more than was quoted.

***When large vans have seats they are called passenger vans because they can seat 8 to 12 passengers. If they don’t have seats, they are usually being used for another particular purpose and they go by a variety of names.