If you are relocating across the country you are probably wondering how you are going to get your car to your new destination. Driving your vehicle is not always the best option, given that it can be extremely time consuming, costly, and exhausting. For many people, shipping their car is a much easier and more convenient way of transporting their vehicle. If you are wondering how to ship your car across the country, the following is a comprehensive guide that will help you every step of the way.
Step 1: Get a Quote from a Reputable Auto Transport Company
There are hundreds of auto shipping companies nationwide so how do you know which one to choose? You can start the process with a simple Google search, but remember that not all of these companies are reliable and trustworthy. Once you have found a company that seems to fit your needs, it’s time to do a little more research. Start by checking reviews and customer testimonials. You also want to make sure the company has the proper licensing and registration. Finally you want to be sure they are bonded and insured. Once you know the company is reliable, you should get a quote for the services you need.
Step 2: Choose Your Delivery Method
Depending on the type of vehicle you are moving, your needs may vary. For example, shipping an antique vehicle might require a different type of transport than shipping your family minivan. Here are your delivery options:
Open or Enclosed Transport: You will have the option of choosing between an open or enclosed carrier. Enclosed carriers are the more expensive of the two options but it is your best bet if you are shipping an antique or luxury vehicle or if you are concerned about your vehicle being exposed to the outdoor elements. Open carriers are less expensive and they are the preferred method for the majority of auto shipments.
Door-to-Door or Terminal-to-Terminal: Door-to-door transport allows for the personal delivery of your vehicle by the carrier and is the most convenient option, although this typically comes at a higher cost. Terminal-to-terminal is a cheaper option, but it requires you to drop off and pick up your vehicle from the closest terminal.
Step 3: Prepare Your Vehicle for Shipment
It is very important that you take the right steps to prepare your vehicle for shipment. Here are a few things you need to do prior to shipping your vehicle:
- Check your vehicle’s tire pressure, battery, oil, and check for any leaks.
- Remove the antenna as well as any other exterior accessories to disable the alarm system.
- Clean your vehicle inside and out and make a note of any scratches, dents, or dings. You should also take time-stamped photos of your vehicle’s condition prior to shipment.
- Make sure there is no more than a quarter tank of gas.
- Remove any personal items from inside the vehicle.
Step 4: Inspect Your Vehicle Upon Arrival
Once your vehicle has arrived at its destination, it is very important that you thoroughly inspect your vehicle for any possible damage. Be sure the driver is with you during this process and be sure to document any damage right away. Once you have inspected your vehicle, you and the carrier will sign the Bill of Lading and you are all ready to go!
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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