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How to Transport an Electric Car 

If you’re looking to do your bit for the environment or have been converted by California’s clean fuel reward, you might be shopping for an electric car.

Whether you’ve already sourced your new ride or are still in the browsing process, it’s good to know that you can broaden your horizons and look elsewhere. In this guide, we’re sharing how you can ship an electric car from out of state – meaning you have way more chance of getting a better deal on your new vehicle.

How much will shipping an electric car cost?

Just because your car is electric doesn’t mean you should be paying more for shipping, so stay away from companies that say otherwise. When they were first released, there was a major concern with transporting electric cars regarding the battery type increasing the risk of overheating and fires. However, now these vehicles have been around the block a few times, the best carrier services have made safety improvements – like liquid cooling sensors – to prevent any issues.

That said, there is still the weight of the car that will determine the price. And electric cars can often be a little heavier than a standard vehicle.

As well as weight and size, distance to transport will be a significant factor in the overall cost too.

Finding the right carrier

It’s never a good idea to just go with the first company you see. Make sure to do these things before diving in: check reviews, confirm experience, and collect quotes.

Checking reviews away from the company’s own website will help you get a fuller picture of their service.

If you’re not shipping the car from a retailer, it’s always best to ensure your chosen transportation company specializes in transporting electric cars. Guardian Auto Transport, for example, has plenty of experience shipping electric vehicles and includes insurance in all their costs – so you know your car will arrive safe and sound.

Lastly, it’s a good practice to get a variety of quotes from different companies to compare. That way, you’ll be able to get a better idea as to who is charging too much, too little, or just right.

How to prep an electric car for shipment

Once you’ve gathered your quotes and found the right price for you, you’ll then need to prep the car before the carrier arrives.

If you’re buying a car without physically seeing it first, ask the seller to clean the vehicle and report any scuffs or damage. It’s in their best interest, too, as they won’t want to deal with a disgruntled customer if the car arrives damaged and it’s not their fault. If you’re going to be with the car yourself, wash the vehicle and record the same details.

It’s also worth ensuring the car has at least 50% charge so it can be loaded and unloaded from the trailer.

So, bagging yourself a new electric car and having it shipped to your house can be a smooth and easy process – so long as you get prepped and find the perfect carrier for the job!

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