Originally posted on http://www.kake.com/story/40112598/3-tips-for-effortless-automobile-shipping
Are you planning to ship a car but not sure how to go about it?
Maybe you’re relocating from one coast to another for work and you need to bring your car with you, or you just purchased a car from a dealership in another state or even country.
Regardless of your specific circumstances, it’s important to ensure smooth shipping of your prized asset. From shipping delays to car damage, things can go wrong if you don’t approach this matter with the care it deserves.
So, what should you do?
In this article, we’re sharing 3 tips for an effortless automobile shipping experience.
Depending on your delivery destination, there could be a couple of shipping options at your disposal.
If you want to ship your automobile to a nearby state, you could get behind the wheel and drive it yourself. Or if your schedule doesn’t allow, you could hire a professional driver to do the job.
In cases where the delivery destination is on the other side of the country or overseas, your best option is to hire an automobile shipping company. In fact, a shipping company is an ideal option in most situations.
Now that we’ve narrowed down your options to an auto shipping company, it’s time to learn how to find a high-quality shipper.
Considering that there are over 4,400 vehicle shipping companies in the United States, you’ll have to do some research before making your choice.
Start by getting recommendations from friends. You can also do a quick “auto shipping companies near me” search.
Draw a list of about 3-5 companies, and then read online reviews on sites such as Yelp and Facebook to determine the shippers’ reputation and reliability. Avoid companies that have lots of negative reviews and unresolved complaints.
Also, be sure to ask for auto transport quotes before making a pick. This’ll help you know whether their service charges fall within your budget.
Bear in mind that besides the standard charges, there are other factors that will influence the estimates you get. For instance, if you want your car shipped in an enclosed carrier, you’ll pay more.
Of course, your car will be shipped as is, but there a few preparations you need to make.
First, check the car’s insurance policy.
Besides ensuring it’s adequately covered, establish the policy’s terms regarding auto shipping. Some auto insurance policies don’t cover vehicles in transit. If yours provides transit coverage, it’s important to inform the insurer about your plans.
Next, comb through the car and remove your personal items and other valuables. Ensure there’s gas in the tank and that the battery has enough charge.
Lastly, inspect the car for any dents and take some photos. Typically, the shipping company will also inspect the car and draw a report detailing its physical condition.
Automobile shipping can be a risky and lengthy process. However, with the tips fleshed out above, we’re certain you’re now in a better position to plan a hassle-free shipping process and ensure your car gets a safe and smooth ride.
All the best, and if you’re a car geek, check it out these must-haves.