Can I Put Personal Items in my Vehicle for Transport?
In the auto transport industry, it is usually never a good idea to put items in your vehicle to be transported. There are quite a few reasons why you shouldn’t. In this article we will talk about a few of the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t put items inside your vehicle. In some cases you can put things in the trunk if you have one, but is typically not a good idea.
Many transporters base their prices on the weight of the vehicle being shipped. Cars, trucks, SUV’s, minivans, etc. They all fit into their respective weight classes. The larger the vehicle, the more expensive it will be to transport.
Carriers and most other long-haul trucks, have to abide by the weight restrictions put on them by the government. This is why there are weigh stations across all highways and interstates. If they weigh over the maximum, their trucks are searched until the factor is found. More often than not it is stuff that people have placed in their vehicles that is not allowed.
In this case, they will take everything out and dump it at the weigh station.
It’s Illegal for Auto Carriers to Transport Items that are not Motor Vehicles
By law, carriers are limited to what they can physically transport. This comes in the form of a license. Auto shippers are licensed to carry motor vehicles and not whats in them. It is a common practice for a shipping company to tell you that you cannot put anything in the cab of the vehicle they are shipping for you. You can typically put things in the trunk space, where there is an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. You should make sure that you keep just blankets, pillows, clothes and other types of linens. Your personal belongings weight should not exceed 100 pounds. Heavy objects and items of value should not go in there. If it is out of sight, it will sure to be out of mind. The driver cannot just go through your trunk – according to the law. But the inspectors at the weigh station absolutely can.
They really can’t do much with your vehicle other than move it. This means moving it on and off of the carrier, physically transporting it or moving it on/off the carrier in order to load another vehicle. Moving your vehicle to load another vehicle is rare and most drivers have a good system for loading and unloading vehicles.
Personal Belongings are NOT Insured during Transport
Auto transport companies are not licensed to carry household goods. They do not carry insurance for these items. Whatever items you put in your vehicle, no matter what it is, are your full responsibility. Every vehicle that is shipped is fully insured against damage and theft while in transit. Anything inside of the vehicle is not covered under the companies insurance. M0re often than not people who are shipping vehicles with add additional coverage to their vehicles including theft. Unfortunately, in most circumstances you still will not be compensated for any personal items that are damaged or stolen in transit. Your insurance company will not pay out or take responsibility for these items, even with additional coverage. Be sure to keep this in mind before you go to fill your trunk with personal belongs of any sort.
These are 3 of the main reasons why you do not want to pack your vehicle being transported with personal belongings. Each situation is different and there are always extenuating instances that may allow you to negate the rules slightly. We do not recommend doing so, but will accommodate your needs here at Millennium Transport. We will always be as crystal clear and transparent as possible and will never set you up for failure.
Aside from Auto Transportation Services, Millennium Transport Corp ships freight, cargo and commodities of all sorts for consumers and corporations throughout the United States & Canada. Whether you need to have a vehicle or personal belongings shipped, we are here to help resolve all your transportation and moving needs. Call (800) 790-5325 and speak with a representative about your needs today.
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