So, you are planning some cross-country moving and you just don’t have the time to drive your car all the way across every state in the Union. What to do?

Possibly the safest option is to find a dependable car shipping company to take your vehicle to your new home town.

What makes a company dependable? The first thing you want to do is be sure the company is licensed and insured. It's not uncommon for a car transport service to use an agent for shipping vehicles, if this is true in your situation, ask to see the agent's certificate of insurance. Brokers also arrange for car shipping through auto transport companies they work with. You'll want to see the insurance certificate for the company they're using to transport your car.

You will also need to empty out your vehicle of any possessions prior to shipping; this is not a place for moving boxes. It is a common practice for a carrier not to insure the contents of a vehicle other than necessary items such as a spare tire and jack.

You should also be sure to check that the company moving your car is registered with the Department of Transportation. If not, this could present problems regarding any coverage the company claims to have.

If moving your car overseas, be sure to leave plenty of time to check in with U.S. Customs as to what documents you need to obtain. You will need to furnish the original title or certified copy of the title, and if the job requires relocating your vehicle by ship, you might need marine insurance to cover the car as it physically crosses the ocean.

Finally, you will need to find out what type of insurance the shipping company will provide for your vehicle while in transit, so you can figure out whether you need to buy additional protection. If you do want to purchase additional coverage, you should talk to your insurance company. While on the phone with them, make sure that there are no restrictions on coverage while your vehicle is in transit.