Are you handing your car over to a car shipping company but aren’t sure what you need to do to minimize the typical risks that come with auto transport? Our quick and informative guide will teach you the common problems that can occur, and a streamlined solution!
You’re on a Tight Deadline
If you need to have a vehicle shipped, you may have a tight deadline you’re working with. The right car shipping company will be able to accommodate your needs—as opposed to you feeling like you need to accommodate theirs. Being as flexible as you can is key. Ask shippers how quickly they can deliver your vehicle and how much notice they need to schedule your vehicle for shipping so you can plan according.
The ‘Poor Communication Pitfall’
Knowing everything up front – from their toll-free number to their pricing – is essential for a great shipping experience. Make it a point to remain in good communication so you’re clear about the process. On the same token, if they’re not available for you to communicate with, find another carrier that will be.
How Do You Avoid These Common Problems?
The first, and most important step, is to find a good shipping company that can get your car safely from one location to another. Before you settle on one shipper, check reviews, shop around, get detailed quotes, and determine what services come with the quoted cost. You should also make sure that the chosen shipping company services the destination you have in mind. Then you can make an informed decision on the best choice for shipping your car.
No Less Than the Best
At Ship A Car Direct, we pride ourselves on taking care of our customer’s vehicles with as much care as we would with our own. Whether you have a classic or vintage vehicle, we’ve got the perfect transport option and carrier for your unique needs! Contact us today and learn about our damage-free guarantee!
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.