uShip is an online marketplace that allows consumers to list their vehicles or other shipments and connect with third-party carriers that have created free uShip profiles. After posting your request, you can let uShip recommend providers with positive customer reviews who can assist you, or you can handle the process yourself by accepting bids from providers and choosing the one that best fits your needs and budget. Coordination of and payment for services from third-party providers is handled through uShip.
uShip’s services include:
- Mobile App: uShip’s app can be used during every step of the moving process, from listing items and accepting bids to making payments and tracking shipments. Customers can also communicate directly with the driver transporting their items through the app.
- Open Carriers: Open carriers are the trucks you’ve likely seen on the interstate that transport multiple vehicles, often stacked, at one time. This is a cheaper method of transport, but it does expose your car, SUV, truck, van, or watercraft to the elements and hazards, such as rocks kicked up by other vehicles on the road.
- Enclosed Carriers: As the name suggests, enclosed carriers cover vehicles from the elements and potential highway hazards during transport. However, enclosed transport is more expensive than using an open carrier.
- Quick Shipping: While booking a carrier through uShip depends on a driver’s proximity to your location and available rig space, vehicles and other items are typically shipped within one to two days once a posting is booked.
- Single-Vehicle Shipping: Customers can opt to find a provider who can accommodate shipping their car, truck, SUV, van, or boat individually. This option includes a choice of open or enclosed carrier.
- Hauling: Cars and other items are shipped with other loads already en route to save money on moving or shipping costs.
- Extensive Network of Drivers: uShip works with nearly 800,000 active truck drivers to help match them with people who are looking for space to transport their personal belongings.
- Cost Estimator Tool: Using data from prior shipments, uShip’s online cost estimator can help you better narrow down the estimated price range to ship your particular items.
Insurance Coverage Options
While uShip functions in much the same way as moving brokers, which arrange for-hire movers to handle relocations, the company is recognized as an online shipping marketplace. This is an important distinction because, unlike brokers and carriers, uShip does not vet providers in its network for qualifications like liability insurance.
All motor carriers must carry basic liability insurance under federal law, but uShip does not require third-party providers in its network to prove that it has met that federal mandate. The company recommends that movers do this on the uShip e-commerce site, but it is not a requisite for creating or maintaining a free profile through the company’s platform.
Consumers must do their own background research to ensure a carrier has, at a minimum, basic liability coverage (60 cents per pound for each item). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has an online search tool that allows consumers to validate a company’s U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number, which is assigned to movers that meet all federal requirements for motor carriers, including liability coverage.
uShip Cargo Insurance
Since it doesn’t verify insurance credentials, uShip offers customers a cargo insurance policy through third-party partners. The company’s cargo coverage functions much like full-value protection, which pays the total replacement value of lost or damaged items. Basic liability insurance, by comparison, covers each of your items at 60 cents per pound.
Premiums for uShip’s cargo insurance are set at $50, $250, $500, or $700, depending on the value of the items you are shipping. According to uShip’s website, most new items valued at up to $1,000 have a $50 deductible. Similar to traditional full-value moving coverage plans, uShip’s cargo insurance policy does not cover high-value items, such as jewelry, watches, furs, or antiques.