How to Move a Few Items for Free When Shipping a Car

When you are shipping your car for your move, you may be wondering whether or not you can ship car full of boxes. The good news is that as of right now, there is nothing technically illegal about doing this. However, if you are going to take this approach, you should let the company that is shipping your car as they may have different rules regarding this practice. By reading on, you can learn more about shipping your car with items in it.


It can often cost more to ship your car with items in it than without, especially if you exceed the weight limit. This can even potentially lead to your car not being able to be shipped if you considerably exceed the weight limitations. To break this down for you, generally if the boxes inside of the car adds more than 200 lbs., you will end up facing extra fees for shipping your car. The carrier can talk to you about how much more you can expect to pay for moving items when shipping your car. 

You can find Cargo Securement Rules on FMCSA website


There are risks to consider when shipping your items in a car. If you have anything of value in the car, this could be stolen especially if thieves can see these items when looking in thewindows. Typically, car carriers make frequent stops, which can leave your car more susceptible to burglary. Your car will be generally safe, but having items in your car can make it more likely that your car is broken into.

Tips for Moving Items When Shipping a Car

There are some things that you should do when you are moving a few items when shipping your car. This section will take a look at those tips.

Use the “Below the Window” Rule

As previously mentioned, shipping your car with items in it may make it more likely that your car will get burglarized. This rule is also important because the transporter needs to be able to see as they put your car on and off of the carrier. Stick to this rule and you should be fine, as long you as follow the carrier’s other instructions for moving items when shipping a car.

Car Damage

You need to be really careful when you are packing items into your car, as this can cause damage to your car. Items should be located in your suitcase or bags to prevent damage to your car’s interior.

Follow Carrier’s Instructions

The carrier will have specific rules that need to be followed when moving items in your car while it’s being shipped. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the carrier to see what your limitations are and they may even offer advice about properly putting items in your car to be moved when your car is shipped.


If you have some small items that you want to move in your car while it’s being shipped to save room in your moving truck, you need to be careful to follow the instructions and limitations that the carrier tells you. You should also be sure to tell your carrier about your plans to move some items in your car while it’s being shipped.


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