Your car is among your most valuable possessions so it’s understandable that you might be concerned about it’s safety when shipping it across the country. It makes perfect sense that you want to do everything you can to ensure your vehicle is well protected and adequately insured when you hand it over to an auto shipping company. Though it is unlikely that your vehicle will be damaged during transit, accidents do happen so you want to take the right measures to protect it.
Get Proper Insurance
In the unlikely event that your vehicle is damaged during transit, you want to be sure you are properly insured. Most reputable auto shipping companies will offer some sort of insurance coverage so you want to read the policy thoroughly and familiarize yourself with what coverage is provided. You also want to speak with your own insurance company to see if your vehicle is covered during auto shipment. If necessary, you will want to update your policy or purchase additional coverage.
Remove All Personal Items from the Vehicle
Although it may be tempting to pack your vehicle with boxes if you are moving across the country, it is best not to leave any personal items inside your vehicle. For one, most auto transport insurance policies will not cover the contents inside the vehicle. Also, removing personal belongings reduces the risk of theft during transit.
Inspect Your Vehicle Prior to Shipment
In order to protect your vehicle there are several things you should do prior to handing it over to the shipping company. Start by checking the vehicle for leaks, checking the tire pressure, disabling the alarm,removing custom accessories, and washing your car. You also want to examine the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Document your vehicle’s condition by taking time-stamped photos of your vehicle and make note of any scratches, dings, or dents. You also want to leave the gas tank only ⅓ full when you drop it off.
Choose Enclosed Transport
If you are shipping a brand new, luxury, or antique vehicle you may want to choose an enclosed carrier. This is also a good option if you just want to take extra precautions to protect your vehicle. Although it will cost a bit more, enclosed transport will ensure your vehicle will not get damaged from flying debris or outdoor elements.
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.
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