Auto transport TipsShipping a car isn’t usually an common experience for most, so for those who are first time car shipper, here are some auto transport tips that might help.

Here are a few things to remember:

Clear Out Your Vehicle Before Shipping
Personal belongings, valuables, documents, electronic gear, are best removed from the vehicle. Don’t assume you can ship your vehicle if it is packed full of personal items.  Some carriers will work with you on this, however, vehicle weight is a serious concern, and most carriers prefer that your car is empty, and if possible, with only a few gallons of gas in the tank.  This certainly lightens the vehicle saves on the auto transport costs.

Have Comprehensive Auto Insurance
Damage to your vehicle during shipping is very rare, but it does and can happen.  You have several layers of protection depending on who your broker and carrier are, however, it is always recommended that you carry your own current auto insurance on any vehicle you are shipping.  Auto insurance claims depend heavily on proofs submitted to support the damage caused during shipment. Take note of the condition of the vehicle, or even a few snaps of the car before getting it moved.

Have An Extra Key Made
Its and easy things to overlook, but its always a good idea to have an extra key if needed.

Perform A Thorough Inspection
Needless to say that the vehicle should be thoroughly inspected before and after delivery.

Be Flexible
Auto transport costs are determined by the distance of shipping, the weight of the vehicle, the type of transport requested (closed or open transporters),  accessibility of the destination, fuel costs, and how full the schedule is for that particular carrier.  If you are flexible with the car shipping dates, sometimes you can get better rates.

Take Advantage
Remember that thousands of people use car shipping services every day, it is a convenient and affordable service that can save your time, money, and vehicle wear and tear.

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Michael began working in the Car Shipping Industry back in 2002, starting as a Salesperson for AAA Discount Auto & Truck Transporters in Los Angeles, CA. In 2008, he opened his own office under the name "Honesty First Auto Transport" where he pioneered the movement within the Auto Transport industry of not charging the customer a deposit up front. Many car shipping companies followed his lead and no longer require a deposit up front. In 2011, in an effort to further improve the customer experience for anyone shipping a car to another state, he changed the name of his company to Safe-Direct Car Shipping and created the auto shipping industry's ONLY Damage Free Guarantee. His hope is that other Auto Transporters will, once again, follow his lead and create similar safeguards for their customers (and he'll be happy to re-emerge once again in a few years with the next great improvement). Simplify things even further, Safe-Direct Car Shipping now operates under the name Ship a Car Direct. He is also proud to announce that Ship a Car Direct has become the #1 company on Consumer Affairs, Transport Reviews and many other review sites. Ship a Car Direct has also been accredited by the BBB since 2008.