Auto Transport and Car Shipping Services

Affordable and Dependable Vehicle Shipping

Need to transport your vehicle to your new home? There are a number of services that transport vehicles to different locations around the country or around the world. Our extensive network of moving agents and partners make National Van Lines the best choice for moving your household, and we can help you determine which kind of vehicle transport would be best for your move.

Types of Car Shipping Services


Door-to-door car shipping is the most convenient and common method of auto transport. The transport company will pick up and deliver your vehicle as close to your preferred location as safely as possible. This could be a street near your home, apartment complex, office, business or even a storage unit.

Benefits of door-to-door auto transport:

  • Convenient and saves time. The carrier driver will pick-up your vehicle from your home and deliver it directly to your chosen destination. 
  • Hassle-Free. You won’t need to go to a terminal which means less work for you.
  • Safety. Door-to-door delivery means your vehicle reaches a safe destination right away.



Terminal-to-terminal car shipping (also known as dock-to-dock) is where you are responsible for dropping-off and picking-up your vehicle from a regional auto storage facility. This option is best suited for customers who are planning a long distance move, require flexible drop-off/pick-up times, need storage before/after transportation or the delivery location is too small or restricted for the carrier to enter.

Benefits of terminal-to-terminal auto transport:

  • Accessibility. Ideal if you live in a major metropolitan area where street parking is limited or the location is too small for a carrier to access.
  • Flexibility. Gives you the flexibility to set the time to drop-off and pick-up your vehicle, without having to coordinate with the carrier driver.
  • Storage. If you don’t need your vehicle immediately, you may request to have your vehicle stored at the terminal until you are ready to pick-up.

Vehicle Shipping Option

If you need your vehicle shipped, know that there are two kinds of vehicle shipping to choose from:  open-sided or enclosed car carrier transport options. Both auto transport methods have pros and cons. Check with your vehicle-shipping expert to help determine the best vehicle-shipping method for you, based on your needs and requirements.

Open-sided auto transport

The open-sided carrier method transports your vehicle on an open trailer. Most open-sided car carriers are able to transport up to 10 vehicles in one load. This makes the open auto transport method an economical and popular choice for most customers. However, your vehicle will be exposed to outside environmental elements such as dust, dirt, rain, snow and other debris and weather hazards.

Enclosed auto transport

Enclosed auto transport

The enclosed carrier method transports your vehicle inside an enclosed trailer. Enclosed trailers are smaller, accommodate fewer vehicles and are generally more expensive than open trailers. However, enclosed carriers can shield and protect your vehicle from outside elements. Enclosed auto transport is often recommended for transporting classic or luxury vehicles.

Types of Vehicles We Transport

National Van Lines can put you in touch with  long distance and international auto transport companies for a wide range of vehicles. No matter what type of auto transport service you need, a custom solution surely can be created to meet your needs.

  • Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Caravans
  • Vans
  • SUVs
  • Snowmobiles
  • Golf carts
  • ATVs

Contact us to learn more about our various moving services and to request a free moving quote.