How to Ship your Car in your Military DITY Move

Military families across the world are gearing up for their household moves this summer as many Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders are being issued.  A PCS move is when a man or woman in service is moved between one duty station and another. It can also be the move in between a final duty station and home of record pending retirement or discharge. There are loads of details and sub-categories of PCS orders, but all have one thing in common: they mean it is time to pack up and relocate.

Thousands of military families are getting ready to pack up and move their homes, families, and entire lives. Some of them will cross hundreds of miles, perhaps across the country or to an entirely new country. It can be a stressful time, even for the most organized individual as there are finite timelines involved and many logistics to be worked out. PCS Moves take a lot of planning, especially for a military spouse who may be in search of a new job after PCS.

Commonly, military families are conducting a Do-It-Yourself (DITY) move, also known as a Personally Procured Move (PPM). This means that you can be reimbursed by the government for moving your own belongings, instead of utilizing a commercial contractor to move your personal property for you. People who opt for a personally procured move may be entitled to travel allowances, mileage and insurance coverage through the government. Should you choose this route, we’re here to help make the process a little bit easier for you. The average American family has two vehicles. If you’re moving across the country, this can complicate things. You may have children and pets traveling with you, in addition to a U-Haul or other moving van. With only one or two drivers, what will you do with your vehicles?

That’s where we come in with our military car shipping service. You have so many other things to do, don’t let worrying about transporting a car get in your way! It’s one thing that you could have checked off your list before the end of the day.

How does military car shipping work?

First, you should set up a meeting with your base transportation office. Be sure to have a list of questions to ask them about your moving options, if you’re entitled to any of the relocation benefits we mentioned earlier, and specifically ask about car shipping expenses. After you are armed with that information, you can give us a call or even shoot us a text!  All we need to know is what zip code you’ll be shipping from and the destination. We need to know what dates you’re looking at for shipping, and a little extra information about your vehicle. If you have a boat, an RV, or any other kind of recreational vehicle (motorcycles, ATVs, etc.) we’ve got you covered there, too. Generally, moving trucks are good for boxes and furniture, but extra precautions should be taken to move vehicles!

Is that it? You bet. It is that easy. If you decide not to ship your car in your DITY move, that’s no problem. You can cancel at any time without any charges. We’re not the kind of company that sells your information to multiple carriers – when you talk to someone at Crestline you can call back at any time and ask to speak to that same person again! We don’t give you the run around. We’ll give you a solid quote (no hidden fees or charges attached to it) and work with you to make sure your vehicles arrive safely to your door when you need them.

Tight timeline? No problem. Multiple cars? We’ll give you a discount. Check it off your list today and book your car shipping with Crestline!

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