Two main methods of transportation

Essentially there are two methods of transportation when organising a car delivery in the UK or Europe; either by trailer or having the car driven. If your car is road legal, opting for a professional car delivery driver to collect the car and drive it to your destination is often the cheapest method. The car is delivered using trade plates, which means a car with a current MoT but no tax or unregistered can be driven on the public roads by what we call a ‘trade plater’.

If you’ve got a number of cars to deliver, or the car isn’t roadworthy or legal, you might well find that a car transporter service is a more cost effective solution. The types of car transporters will vary from single car transporters to those capable of carrying multiple vehicles. The costs will also vary according to the type of car delivery service you require; from a flatbed open trailer suitable for one vehicle, to covered vehicles for the luxury end of the market such as classic car transport.

What to expect from your car delivery service

If you plump for a driven car delivery service, you can expect the driver to do a pre-journey collection and delivery check to make sure the car has arrived in the same state as when it left. It’s also important that you check to ensure that the car delivery company has sufficient insurance cover for your vehicle. If not most companies will be happy to increase it for a small additional fee.

Weight is also important when it comes to car delivery services. A car transporter must respect the gross vehicle weight (GVW), which is the weight of the towing vehicle, plus its trailer, plus the car or cars loaded onto it. If this exceeds the maximum then the car transporter is operating outside of VOSA rules. If the GVW is more than 3.5 tonnes, the car transport firm will also need an operator’s licence.

For that extra peace of mind, look out for a car delivery service provider who is also a member of the Car Transport Association, which represents individuals and companies that provide car transportation services across the UK and Europe.

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In order for any vehicle to be driven it must be deemed 'roadworthy' by our drivers and have a valid MOT (if required). Should your vehicle be deemed unsafe then you will still be liable for the original charge and no refund will be available.




Adding mileage should only really be a concern for new or nearly-new cars, and stone chips are something we risk every time we drive a car. Accidents can happen, but when you book with GMS Transport Group, you do so in the knowledge that your car is covered by insurance up to its full value, so should anything happen to it you won't lose out financially.

All fuel supplied will be charged to the customer. Any problems which arise during the journey (such as breakdowns, tyre failures, etc.) will be the responsibility of the customer. We recommend using the low-loader service if in any doubt.