The car shipping industry has exploded in recent years and people are now able to purchase cars from anywhere in the world and have them shipped. They are also able to ship their own vehicle if they are moving or relocating for work. While this is an incredibly convenient service, there are a few things to keep in mind before you ship your vehicle. While most people are only concerned with getting their vehicle safely to its new destination, you should also consider what it is inside your vehicle before sending it on its way. Many people forget about removing their personal items prior to shipment, but that’s exactly what you need to do. While it might be tempting to take advantage of the space inside your car to ship some personal items, it is not worth the risk. You should never ship your vehicle with personal belongings inside and here’s why…
Potential for Damage
No matter how careful the driver is, items may shift during transport. This means that any items inside the car could be subject to damage. This is especially important for people who are moving and might consider packing a few items inside their car. If your personal belongings do get jostled around and broken during transport, the transport company’s coverage does not include items inside the car which means you will be out of pocket for any damage or repairs. Save yourself the hassle and pack all personal belongings in a moving van instead.
Risk of Theft
Auto transport drivers don’t drive straight through from one destination to another. They typically make frequent stops and a car packed with loads of personal items is a huge risk for theft. Even if you haven’t packed valuables, people passing by might see all your stuff and try to break into your vehicle. Again, insurance will not cover the items located inside the vehicle so you will be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Car shipping transport trucks must adhere to certain weight limits so if your car is packed with heavy items then it can be an issue for the driver. There is a chance your vehicle will not be able to be delivered if it is over the weight limit.
Items That Should Be Removed
In addition to not packing personal items, you should take the time to remove any items that might already be inside your vehicle. You may store items in your glove box such as money, jewelry, or even a handgun. Be sure to check your trunk as well for things like golf clubs or other equipment. You even want to remove GPS systems if they are portable, chargers, and all other personal items.
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.