There are several reasons why auto shipping has become increasingly popular. It’s a safe, hassle-free way to transport your vehicle long-distance. However, if you have never shipped a car before, you may not know what to expect at the delivery and pick up points. When you choose a reputable car shipping company, picking up your vehicle should be a simple process. Here are a few things you can expect when your vehicle arrives on delivery day.
Schedule a Pickup Time
Prior to delivery, you should receive a call from your auto carrier with an anticipated delivery date. At this time, you will schedule a time to pick up your vehicle. The auto carrier will also verify your pickup location. Some carriers will deliver your vehicle directly to your home while others will have your vehicle delivered to a specified location. These terms are decided at the beginning of the shipping process.
Inspect Your Vehicle
Upon your vehicle’s arrival at its destination, it is critical that you conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Having a record of your vehicle’s condition prior to shipment will be helpful in the unlikely event that your vehicle is damaged. If you are not comfortable conducting the inspection yourself, choose a trusted representative to inspect the vehicle for you.Be sure and check every angle of your vehicle for cosmetic damage and look at the car’s undercarriage as well. Check the odometer and start up the car to check for any mechanical problems.
Sign and Complete Payment
Once you have completed the vehicle inspection, you will be asked to sign a Bill of Lading to finalize the transaction. In the event that your vehicle has been damaged, you must note it on the Bill of Lading. It is critical that you note damage at this time, as this is your only opportunity to inspect and report any damages. Payment for the service will also be due upon delivery.
For most customers, the pickup process is quick and easy. A representative should be available to assist you in any way and the shipping process is complete as soon as the vehicle has been delivered.
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.