Ship a Car Direct

Ship a Car Direct

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About Ship a Car Direct

Ship A Car Direct is an auto transport broker that sets customers up with one of its pre-screened car carriers and answers any questions clients have about vehicle transportation. The company offers open and enclosed vehicle transport and accommodates any size of vehicle.

    Pros & Cons


    • Door-to-door shipping
    • No upfront deposit required
    • $500 built-in insurance


    • No terminal-to-terminal shipping

    Bottom Line

    Ship A Car Direct works with a network of auto transporters to provide door-to-door car shipping. The company offers transport in open or closed carriers.

    Top Ship a Car Direct Reviews


    I used Ship A Car Direct to ship my 2 cars. The rates were not very low or high. But selected them based on the reviews … The cars were delivered safely and much quicker. I am ver...

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    From start to finish the communication was excellent. The driver delivered our car once our plane landed. The experience was excellent and the driver so professional, friendly and...

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    What is Ship A Car Direct?

    Ship A Car Direct is an auto transport broker that connects customers with auto carriers. Ship A Car Direct offers door-to-door shipping and free estimates. You don’t need to provide any contact information to receive a rough estimate, though detailed estimates require additional information. Prices vary based on distance, vehicle type and time of year.

    Ship A Car Direct cost

    Costs vary based on several factors, but expect to pay $400 to $700 to move a sedan across several states and anywhere from $900 to $1,300 for a cross-country trip. The company charges up to 50% more for enclosed-carrier shipping, which helps protect valuable or antique cars — this is standard for most car shipping companies. To get a more accurate idea of what it costs to haul your car, use the quote estimator on the company’s website. For an exact quote, call and speak to an agent. Ship A Car Direct does not charge upfront fees.

    Ship A Car Direct also offers $500 of insurance against damage. So, if a carrier damages your vehicle and its insurance doesn’t cover the damage or won’t pay, Ship A Car Direct covers up to $500 of that damage.

    Ship A Car Direct transport options

    With Ship A Car Direct, you can personalize your auto transport to match your needs. The only exception is when it comes to the pickup and drop-off method. Ship A Car Direct only offers door-to-door shipping, not terminal-to-terminal shipping.

    • Enclosed shipping: If you want your car to have extra protection during transport, opt for enclosed shipping. This means your vehicle is protected from the elements in a container. Open shipping, the default option, is cheaper but doesn’t offer as much protection.
    • Door-to-door shipping: Ship A Car Direct’s deliveries are always door to door, meaning it picks up your vehicle at your home and drops it off directly at its destination. It does not offer terminal-to-terminal shipping, which is when a carrier picks up your car at a nearby terminal and drops it off at another one close to your destination.
    • Cross-country shipping: Ship A Car Direct offers service throughout the U.S. (except Alaska), so you can move your vehicle cross-country if needed. Expect this to take between one and two weeks.
    • Interstate shipping: If you’re moving your vehicle across a few states, expect it to take from four days to a week.
    • Expedited shipping: If you need to ship a car at the last minute, Ship A Car Direct can handle it. Just keep in mind that it costs more than a move planned further in advance.

    Ship A Car Direct FAQ

    How does Ship A Car Direct work?

    Ship A Car Direct is an auto transport broker, which means it works within its network to find you a reliable auto carrier. In return, you pay Ship A Car Direct a fee, which is typically worth it because an auto transport brokers’ expertise makes the experience much easier.

    Does Ship A Car Direct have a damage-free guarantee?

    Yes. If your car is damaged and the carrier won’t cover it, then Ship A Car Direct covers up to $500 in damage.

    Does Ship A Car Direct require an upfront deposit?

    No. Payment isn’t required until Ship A Car Direct confirms your carrier and shipping dates.

    Do we recommend Ship A Car Direct?

    We recommend Ship A Car Direct — its customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and we also like that it provides rough estimates of how much it costs to ship a car without requiring contact information. That’s a rare feature among auto shippers. Its damage-free guarantee and door-to-door shipping are also standout features.

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Dec. 9, 2021

    If you are looking to ship your car across the country, this is the company who you should hire to help you. Renee was amazing to work with. She helped me through the whole process. I couldn't ask for a better experience!

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Nov. 20, 2021

    My whole experience was great from start to finish. I was kept abreast of what was going on, including when my driver would arrive to the origin and destination. The process of getting my car to the carrier was smooth and so was the drop off at my destination. I would highly recommend Ship-a-car to anyone.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Nov. 12, 2021

      The car transport business is very confusing but Lottie explained everything in detail and the process worked exactly as she described. The car was picked up on time and delivered on time. No surprises.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Nov. 9, 2021

      My agent's name was Renee. She was kind and understood my need to transport my son's car from California to Lansing. She was frank with what the time scale could be, but it was much faster than predicted. Renee had my best interest at heart. She within with a bid as a minimum, she could apply for shipping. Renee stayed in contact with me whenever I posed a question or concern about my car. It's not easy not to see what's going physically—perfect customer in my personal experience with Ship A Car Direct. I have already passed her number along to my family members.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Nov. 8, 2021

      I'd never had a car transported before and couldn't have been happier with my selection. Ship a Car Direct was great. From the initial quote through the follow-up they were excellent about keeping in touch and were always there to provide answers and quality customer service.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Nov. 5, 2021

      It was a pleasure dealing with Ship A Car Direct. I dealt with Lauren & she communicated throughout the process & very promptly replied to all of my questions. I will definitely use them again should the need arises. Highly recommended!!!

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Oct. 23, 2021

      We had a Jeep Wrangler shipped from GA to IL and it not only arrived earlier than expected, but with incredible care from the driver (Victor). The customer service before, during, and after the delivery was incredible. Highly recommend.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Oct. 23, 2021

      I have to express my gratitude to Matt with Ship Direct company. He made the shipping of my car from CA to TX a breeze. So easy process with lots of communication and updates. IT was customer service at its best and easy process. It felt I had a friend looking out for me. Thanks again.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Oct. 12, 2021

      I found Ship a Car direct through some Google searching and compared to other services their practices seemed transparent enough. There were no hidden charges no base amount + other charges that you can’t back out of after signing contract. The driver picked up my car and dropped it off on time, no damages were found, there was no hassle at all. However, keep in mind that most drivers will prefer cash/Zelle payments. In short, a direct payment; I personally prefer Zelle for keeping records. There was nothing to complain. Could be slightly cheaper though.

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      Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
      Original review: Oct. 4, 2021

      We hired "Ship a car direct" company to transfer my car from suburb of Detroit to Tempe Arizona. We were extremely satisfied with the company. Scott the owner and other staff kept us up to date with progress. The driver who picked up our car was also very polite and efficient. Car was delivered on date promised in perfect condition. We will highly recommend this company to all our friends and use it without hesitation in future.

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        Ship a Car Direct Company Information

        Company Name:
        Ship A Car Direct
        Year Founded:
        Formerly Named:
        Safe-Direct Car Shipping
        150 Murray St Unit 224
        Postal Code:
        United States