If you are preparing your car for shipment, there are a few things you should do to ensure everything goes well with your transport. Although it is not expected, accidents and issues occur, and you want to be sure you and your vehicle are protected in the case of an emergency. Here are some simple steps you can take to properly prepare your vehicle for shipment.
Inspecting Your Car Before Shipping
- Declutter Your Car- This is the first thing you should do to prepare your car for inspection. Be sure to clean out the inside of your car and remove all personal belongings. It is important to clean and declutter the interior of your vehicle so you can take note of the condition of your vehicle prior to shipment.
- Wash Your Car- The next thing you should do is wash the exterior of your vehicle. A quick wash is important so you can remove dirt to see if there are any scratches or dings.
- Take Pictures- This is an important step, so you definitely don’t want to skip it. You should take pictures of your car from every angle as well as the interior and even the engine. Make a note of any scratches, dents, dings, or other damage before turning your car over to the transport company. Make sure your pictures include a time-stamped date or even take them with the driver in the background in case you need proof that the pictures are current.
In addition to your inspection, the auto shipping company is required to perform their own inspection to protect themselves against fraudulent claims. They are going to thoroughly inspect your vehicle, so it is recommended that you be present during this inspection.
Inspecting Your Car After Shipment
- Compare with Your Photos- Examine the interior and exterior of your vehicle as carefully as possible and compare any scratches or dings with your photos to make sure they weren’t already present.
- Check for Damages- Inspect for damage on exterior mirrors, door handles, cracks on the glass or windshield, and check all tires. Open and close all doors, roll your windows up and down, and check all locks to make sure they are working properly.
- Test Drive- Give your car a quick test drive to make sure it is running properly and listen for any unusual noises.
Upon delivery of your vehicle, you should thoroughly inspect your vehicle for damage that may have occurred during transport. You can use the Ship A Car Direct Damage App to document your car's condition both before and after shipment. Our free app is available for download on iOS and Android.
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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