If you are moving to a new state, you may find that utilizing a car shipping service can be a convenient and reliable way to transport your vehicle long-distance. It will save you a tremendous amount of time and will protect your vehicle from unnecessary wear and tear. If you have never shipped a car before, consider these tips for shipping your car out of state.
Research and Compare Auto Shipping Companies
As with any company, you get what you pay for with auto transport companies. You want to avoid looking for the lowest possible price and research the company’s reputation instead. When you are moving to a new state, the last thing you need to worry about is damage to your vehicle. That’s why it’s in your best interest to compare different shipping companies by reading reviews, checking for proper licensing and registration, comparing rates, and asking about insurance coverage.
Confirm Your Carrier’s Liability
Before you choose an auto shipping company, be sure to understand the carrier’s limit of liability. Any reputable car shipping company should provide between $50,000-$100,000 in coverage. It’s also important to check with your own insurance company about additional coverage.
Pay Close Attention to the Bill of Lading
Always read the Bill of Lading very closely and make sure you understand all of the terms that are presented. Never take verbal promises- everything should be in writing. Make sure you have a clear understanding of all policies and procedures and ask for clarification if needed.
Inspect Your Car Prior to Shipment
Although it is unlikely, it’s possible that your vehicle could get damaged during transport. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly inspect your vehicle beforehand. Wash your car so you can easily spot any scratches, dings, or dents and take photos as proof of your vehicle’s condition. This makes it easier to spot any new damage that may have occurred.
Prepare Your vehicle for Shipment
Before handing your vehicle over to the carrier, you must prepare it for shipment. Here are few things you should do to ensure your vehicle is ready for shipment:
-Wash and clean the interior and exterior.
-Make sure there is ¼ tank of gas (no more)
-Remove ALL personal belongings from the vehicle
-Make sure the vehicle is in good working condition.
-Check car tires and battery.
-Disarm any alarm systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Your Car Moving Questions
The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.