At the Auto Shipping HUB, we are not a Broker or Carrier we just want our viewers and future auto shippers to be prepared. So, let’s start with two simple things. First, it’s illegal to add items to the vehicle(s) you’re transporting and second most customers add items to their vehicles when they ship them. I’ll explain below in detail but in short, the DOT doesn’t allow items in the vehicles for insurance claim protection and other reasons like shipping illegal weapons or drugs in vehicles while shipping.
Since most people don’t ship illegal cargo and it’s usually stuff like clothing, books, or maybe what they can’t fit in their luggage for their upcoming flight. So you’re probably asking “can we put stuff in the car?” and the answer is NO but if you want to take a risk(about 1% that your stuff isn’t there at delivery)
When shipping most customers will ask “Can we put some stuff in the car?”. The answer will be “yes you can put up to 100lbs in the car”. This can’t be more untrue and I’ll explain. The person you asking most likely is a broker and he has no idea what the carrier will allow or won’t allow. They say under 100lbs because it’s safe but in no way can they control what the carrier does. Extra charges can occur and or missing items. The Department of Transportation or DOT won’t allow any items in the vehicle and neither the Broker nor Carrier will ensure any of these items.
After knowing that we will say most people do ship with items in the vehicle and never have a problem. If you are going to put items in the vehicle make sure you only use the trunk and make sure these items can’t move. Here are some things you should never ship no matter what. Anything valuable, electronics, anything breakable, anything that can damage your vehicle if it moves, Liquids… etc
Typically it’s safe to ship clothes, school items, or anything will little or no value. The best advice the Auto Shipping HUB will give you is to avoid putting items in the vehicle. The DOT can fine a transporter $10,000 if found to be carrying household goods. Household moving companies are licensed to transport household goods. No firearms, hazardous materials, or illegal contraband are allowed at any time.
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