Can You Put Personal Items In Your Car When Shipping It?

Yes, you can put the items inside when getting a car transport service, but we do not encourage this practice. There are several risks associated with doing so, and it is better to just ship the car with minimal items to ensure the process goes smoothly, and you or the truck driver doesn’t have to deal with any problems. To help you understand why we discourage putting personal items inside, we have discussed 5 major risks below:

Putting Personal Items in Car During Car Transport – 5 Risks:

Risk of Theft:

During the while auto transport process, the trucker makes several stops, especially if the distance is thousands of kilometers. He will have to eat, sleep, and use the toilet because it impossible for any man to be on the road for hours or even days without doing any of these things.

So when the trucker makes a stop, he will have to park the truck with your car on it. Now the cars on their own are places pretty securely, so there is almost no risk of them getting stolen. But if you put personal items in them, someone can jimmy the locks and steal them.

No Insurance Coverage:

Stemming from the first point, if your personal belongings get stolen, you won’t get compensation for them by the car shipping company or the insurance firm. The car itself will be protected by the basic cargo insurance that the auto shipping companies have, but the personal belongings inside the car are not their responsibility.

And not just from theft, the personal belongings will not be protected by insurance if they get damaged during the transit. Unless you get some extra insurance policy for your belongings, there’s nothing the insurance firm or the vehicle transport service provider can do.

Car Shipping Cost Increases:

One of the main factors behind the calculation of the cost to ship a car is the weight. If the car weighs more, the truck will have to burn more fuel to carry it across hundreds or thousands of kilometers. So, if you add your personal belongings inside the car, its weight will increase too.

This is the main reason why we suggest that people only leave a quarter of the gas tank filled so that the weight of the vehicle doesn’t increase as much.

Trucker Can Get Fined:

If you don’t know, there are limits to the amount of load trucks can carry. If the truck is found to be overloaded, then the trucker can get fined for it because an overloaded truck is at risk of breaking down in the middle of the road, which can pose a threat to other nearby vehicles.

Now the problem is, if we allow one of two people to put their personal items inside the car, other people with their cars onboard will ask for the same. This way, a lot of the extra stuff will be loaded on the truck.

Potential Car Damaged:

When the vehicle shipping carrier is getting your car to its destination, it will go through a lot of different roads and some will be bumpy as well. Since the size of the hauler is massive, the shock of the bump will be bigger as well. Although your car will be firmly locked in its position, it will move in its place which means the belongings inside will move as well.

Now if the truck comes across a major bump during the journey, anything left loose inside the car will fly around with speed and that means the car windows or windshield can get damaged.