Select the appropriate transportation option. When shipping a car within Canada, you should select whether you wish to transport your vehicle by truck, train or container ship. Trucks and trains cannot get to Newfoundland or Vancouver Island, for example. In such a case, the vehicle should be sent by boat or a land/sea combination carrier.
Get a cost estimate from shipping companies. It is important to shop around when it comes to car shipping companies. Different companies will have different payment policies (down payments or paying the entire balance up front, for example). Charges will also vary depending on the size or type of your vehicle, pick up location and arrival location. Quotes are generally free. Ship My Vehicle and Auto Rail both offer transportation services within Canada and can provide free price quotes.
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Obtain shipping insurance for your vehicle. Several insurance options are available for shipping your car by sea and for shipping over land. Most insurers will require a full inspection of your vehicle prior to departure. Many companies will also require that you empty your vehicle to avoid damage from loose items during transit. Check with your own insurance agent to determine the type of coverage you will need for your particular circumstances. If you decide not to get insurance with your current automobile insurer, most shipping companies also offer the necessary insurance as part of their services. Discuss insurance when obtaining quotes and make sure you understand all of the shipping company's insurance terms before signing anything.
Arrange to pick up your vehicle. Most companies will provide a window of dates that specify when your vehicle will be available for pick up; auto transport is a somewhat imprecise service. Many services do not offer door to door delivery because of the larger size of transport vehicles (this is obviously not possible with train or boat). Some companies will meet you at a local parking area or at large vehicle terminals.