Moving can present a number of challenges and among those is the challenge of shipping an oversized item such as a car or truck. Luckily, auto transport companies offer a convenient and hassle-free solution for shipping these large items. Shipping a vehicle saves you the time of driving it a long-distance and it also prevents additional wear and tear on the vehicle. If you are in need of shipping a large item like a car or truck, here are the steps you need to take.
- Look for a shipping company.
The internet is a great place to search for auto transport companies. You should research the company’s website, read reviews, research their safety reviews on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website, and check their reviews with the Better Business Bureau.
- Contact the car transport company to find out more information.
Once you have found a car shipping company, you need to make a phone call to verify some important information. Ask for a quote and inquire about any other fees associated with transport. Check out the company’s insurance policy. Ask for a detailed description of their delivery process, and find out about possible delivery dates.
- Choose a shipping option that best suits your needs.
Most auto transport companies will offer a few different transportation options. First, you will have the option to choose between open or enclosed transport. Next, you will get to choose between terminal to terminal shipping and door to door shipping. Ask about the price of each of these services and decide which is right for you.
- Prepare your vehicle for transport.
There are several things you need to do before handing your vehicle over. The first thing you should do is wash your car and inspect it thoroughly for any damage. Make a note of any scratches, dents, or dings. You should also take photos as evidence of your vehicle’s condition. Next, you want to remove all personal items from your vehicle. Make sure the battery is working properly and you have ¼ tank of gas.
- Take your car to the drop-off location.
Most shipping companies will provide you with a location and a time to drop off your vehicle. Make sure you give your keys to the driver so they will be able to move your vehicle onto the truck. At this time, you will also complete a short inspection and inform the carrier of any mechanical problems with your vehicle.
- Pick up your vehicle.
Be sure and arrive with your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. These documents will prove that the vehicle belongs to you. Inspect your vehicle and check for any new damage. In the event that your vehicle has been damaged, be sure and report it immediately. Fill out an insurance claim before signing the Bill of Lading.
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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