Your Bill of Lading: Everything you need to know

January 31, 2018

Your automobile will undergo an inspection before shipping, where any damages will be noted on the Bill of Lading. The BOL also includes the terms and services included in your contract with DIY Transport, and a dispatch report. For your own protection, and to know what to expect from your auto transport service, it’s important that you understand the Bill of Lading. First, you should know that the BOL is essentially a receipt as well as an  inspection report and a way that you can record any damage suffered in transit. If you’ve never shipped a vehicle across a state…

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Can you afford to drive it there?

January 26, 2018

You’ve made some inquiries into the procedure and the cost of shipping your vehicle to a new location a few thousand miles away.  You’ve received a few quotes to compare, and … well … you’re not sure, but they seem a little high. Maybe you’d be better off just driving the car there? Stop and think: driving a vehicle across the country doesn’t come cheap. And you’ve got to consider factors besides that figure on t he bottom line. “Cost” isn’t the same as “money.” The monetary costs alone can contain a bunch of surprises. For example: Consider the cost…

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Next comes the flood of water-damaged cars

January 24, 2018

Harvey. Irma. Perhaps Jose, and maybe even Katina. Hurricanes are wreaking havoc on American cities. Wind and water, water, everywhere. Have you wondered what will happen to those vehicles you see on TV, the ones with water up to the doors, the windows, the roofs? Bet on it: They’ll show up for sale on a used-car lot near you. Estimates are that 500,000 vehicles were effectively destroyed throughout the Texas region when Hurricane Harvey hit, and as many or more were affected by Irma in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The owners of those cars will be out looking for…

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Open trailer or enclosed?

January 19, 2018

The most common way that vehicles are shipped across the United States is by open trailer. It’s also the most economical way.   The size of the trailer will depend on how far you’ll be shipping your vehicle: most moves done within the same state may involve only a few pickups, thus are usually shipped on two- to four-car open trailers.   Trailers carrying vehicles across several states can be expected to pick up more vehicles along the route and thus are usually built to carry six to ten cars.   You can ship your vehicle on an open trailer…

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We ship heavy equipment, too!

January 17, 2018

Heavy equipment shipping can be a difficult task, but our agents are here to guide you.  We’ll help you book your shipment and leave you with the confidence of knowing your equipment is in capable hands. The shipment of tractors, cranes, forklifts, or other large industrial equipment may require a carrier that specializes in heavy equipment, so first, let’s determine the freight class, type, and dimensions of your equipment.  Accurate dimensions and weight are crucial to arriving at an accurate quote estimate.  Providing as much detail as possible will help our  DIY Transport agents to service your shipment. Some of…

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Choosing a transport company

January 12, 2018

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of in complaints against auto transporters and auto transport brokers filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Here are some tips to help you choose a company to transport your auto, motorcycle, boat or other vehicle and  avoid the scams.   Know how to search the web. One way to find a reputable firm is to ask the people who treasure their vehicles: the collectible-car forums ( is an example; use “transport” as a keyword search). You’re likely to find reputable movers — but not necessarily cheap ones! — with this…

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Just what is an ‘auto transport broker?’

January 10, 2018

You’ve got an auto dealership, with the need to keep cars coming and going in a steady stream. Or you’ve got that one special “summertime” car that you’ve decided to keep at the condo in Florida.  Or you’ve sold that one-of-a-kind tractor to a buyer halfway across the country, and the deal includes delivery; you can’t drive it, so what do you do? Easy.  You have the vehicle (or vehicles) transported. Not so easy:  How do you go about it? You could open the Yellow Pages and look for car carriers.  This is akin to being your own contractor when…

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Welcome to the DIY Transport Blog!

January 5, 2018
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