Posted on November 21, 2016 by Matt Pressman
With the recent surge of Tesla certified pre-owned Model S vehicles, some of the more common questions we're getting relate to “how to ship a Tesla” or “how much does it cost to ship a Tesla”. In general, people usually ship a car only once or twice in their lifetime. It's not a service that is needed often unless you own a popular auto body shop, an auto dealership, or are in the military. Because of this, we connected with industry expert, Nicholas Dutko, owner of Car Shipping Carriers. He gave us a helpful “checklist” to follow so you can learn how to ship a Tesla, have a great car transport experience, and have your new or pre-owned Tesla looking flawless in the process.
Above: Nicholas Dutko taking delivery of his CPO 2013 Tesla Model S
When you’re looking to purchase an out-of-state Tesla, you might consider having it shipped with a professional company. You can go right through Tesla to ship it, but that can be costly (usually $1,500) and that service uses an open auto hauler. That said, when you buy your dream car, you want it showing up in showroom condition. To have that happen, it's helpful to choose enclosed car shipping services. This is where you'll need to choose an outside car shipping company to get the transportation of your Tesla done professionally (yet less expensive) than if you went directly through Tesla.
Above: Nicholas seeing his Tesla Model S for the first time after it's been shipped
However, not every company is created equally. Working with a reliable car shipping company is crucial in order to have a stress-free and damage-free experience when you ship your Tesla. To that end, let’s go through a checklist — with tips from Nick — in order to make sure you’re selecting the right car shipping company...
When you follow this checklist, your car shipping experience will be pleasant from start to finish. Next up — the wait for your much-anticipated Tesla. You'll soon own the best car on the planet.