Posted on 07/01/22

Glossary For The Auto Moving Industry

Glossary For The Auto Moving Industry

If you don't know the terminology of the industry, shipping your car can seem overwhelming and confusing. This glossary contains commonly used terms that will help you gain a better understanding about vehicle shipping. Have a question? Call us to speak with one of our knowledgeable agents.

Glossary Terms for the Auto Moving Industry

Auto-Delivery/Auto moving: These terms refer to the physical movement of a vehicle as freight, from its source to the destination.

Auto Logistics A detailed organization and execution of a complicated auto shipping operation. This applies to all modes of transportation, including rail freight and maritime.

Auto-shipping/Auto transport: Also called car transport. A process for physically moving or shipping an auto as freight.

Auto Transport Company: This company specializes in vehicle transport, shipping and hauling. These professionals are licensed and insured to transport vehicles to any destination in the country or to ports abroad.

Bill of Lading : A bill of lading, also known as BOL, is a legal document that specifies exactly which vehicle will be transported from one location to another and by whom. The bill of lading will document the vehicle's condition before it is handed over to the trucker at pick-up and again before it is handed over to the owner at delivery. The contract between the trucker/owner and the vehicle is called the bill of lading. It includes all terms. The Bill of Lading serves as the receipt for the transaction.

Boat Transport - The act of moving or shipping a boat physically from one place to another. Some auto transport companies arrange for boats to be transported on specially designed carriers.

Bonded Auto shipping brokers must have a bond in order to protect them and guarantee that they will be paid. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that these bonds be issued.

Broker: An automobile transport broker can help you find car carriers in your area. A broker will usually be able to offer a lower rate because they have multiple carriers competing for your business. Brokers can also verify the USDOT authority, federal licensures, and cargo insurance for the company that is transporting the vehicle. A broker is an industry expert and can guarantee that the vehicle is shipped by a licensed carrier. Move Car is a licensed broker.

Car Hauling Considers relocation, selling or buying a vehicle from another state, and other factors. A Move car transport broker or car hauling company can help clients transport their vehicle over a distance of more than 10 miles. This is a cost-effective option that saves them time and hassle.

Car Carrier: Also called a car-carrying vehicle, a car hauler, an automobile hauler, or an auto transport trailer. These trailers can be loaded with multiple vehicles and delivered to other locations or sales offices. Semi-trucks are usually the ones pulling the trailer.

Carrier: A driver or company that operates trucks. They also transport other freight.

Car shipping: Moving or shipping an automobile by road freight.

Car Shipping Calculator - A Car Shipping Calculator estimates shipping prices. Move Car Auto Transport was the first to offer an online calculator that provides instant results to customers.

Coloading: To transport more than one vehicle. This reduces both the customer and the carrier's shipping costs.

Dealership Vehicle Transport: Specialized transportation services specifically designed for transporting vehicles for dealers. It considers the number of vehicles that will be shipped as well as the time frame for their delivery.

Delivery Network Trucks, ships, airplanes, and railroads make up the automobile transport network.

Diversion: The term refers to the alteration of the shipping route during transit.

Door to Door Auto Shipping: The truck driver will pick up the vehicle and drop it off at your home as close as possible. Large trucks are not allowed to drive into residential areas in many cities. The enormous trucks need to be able to maneuver around and turn around. If you have difficulty getting to your home due to narrow streets, low-hanging tree branches, speed bumps, or tight turns, the driver might ask you to meet him at a large nearby parking lot, such as a grocery shop lot.

Drop-off Window This is the time and day that you want your vehicle delivered.

Enclosed Car Hauler/Trailer: Enclosed car haulers can be used to transport shipments that require protection from the elements, or special requirements.

En route: Describes a vehicle's journey from its origin to a destination. Simply stated, the vehicle is moving from one place to the next.

FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a governmental agency that assists the Feds with regulating laws and provides information to the States regarding new statutes and requirements. It also provides a public database that contains information about insurance and licensing for providers of automobile logistics services.

Freight: Transported goods or inventory.

Inoperable: A vehicle that is not running and can't be driven onto a car-hauler.

Move Car Auto Transport A five-star rated and award-winning car transport company. We have worked hard to gain the trust of all, car dealers and private customers for safe door-to-door vehicle delivery. We provide exceptionally, insured, licensed auto transport services, including enclosed auto transport for exotic vehicles, collector cars, and a wide range of vehicles used daily.

New/Finished Car Logistics: This terminology describes the management, planning, and shipping services for automobile transport.

Open Carrier This type of carrier is not covered. It is the most popular type of car transportation. This carrier exposes the vehicles to the elements of weather.

Operable: A vehicle must be capable of driving forward and reverse using its own power, brakes, and steering. Inoperable vehicles are those that do not meet any of these conditions. It is considered operable if the car can be moved on and off a truck without any additional effort on the part of the trucker.

Other than the Continental United States (OCONUS), Hawaii and Alaska, U.S. Territories, and all other countries. You can ship vehicles OCONUS by air, or sea transport.


Permanent Change in Station (PCS).An assignment of or transfer of an active military member to a new duty post. In a PCS situation, the military can ship one car free of charge.


Privately Owned Motor Vehicle (POV: A motor vehicle that is not owned by the government but which an individual or their family uses for personal transport purposes.

Shipping Prices: An estimate from an auto transport company for shipping your car from one location to the next. The season, distance, access to the location, and vehicle specifications all affect the price.

Single Vehicle Delivery: This term is used to describe the shipment of one vehicle from one place to another.

Terminal to-Terminal Shipping: Terminal to Terminal shipping is where the car owner drops off their vehicle at the terminal (an area where vehicles can be loaded) nearest to the pickup location. Then, upon delivery, the terminal close to the delivery location will pick it up. This shipping method is often slower than door-to-door shipping because the vehicles are not allowed to leave the origin until they have enough space in the trailer.

Tracking: Following the shipment through its delivery process.

Transit time: Total time from vehicle's departure at origin to vehicle's arrival at the destination.

Status of Transport: The vehicle's status during transportation, including delays, diverted, or delivery.

Vehicle Delivery: Moving a vehicle, such as a truck, car, or motorcycle, from one place to another.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), A vehicle identification number (VIN), is a unique code that includes a serial number used by the automotive industry for identifying individual motor vehicles.

Vehicle Logistics - A term that describes the management, planning, and transportation within the auto industry. It includes shipping methods, whether by road or railways.

Vehicle Logistics Company - A specialist service provider that can plan and manage auto transport services such as Move Car Auto Transport.

Vehicle shipping: Transport or delivery of a vehicle.

Vehicle Transportation: Moving a vehicle from one place to another. See Auto Transport.