Car Shipping Tips
If you find yourself in need of transporting your car from one destination to another, you might find yourself with loads of unanswered questions. Even if you have shipped a car before, every single situation is completely different, you can never be too prepared. We have put together a few helpful tips that will make the entire transport process a lot easier.
Choosing a Shipping Method
When it comes to transporting your vehicle, there are two different types of methods you could use. You can choose between open or closed transport, either may suit your depending on your vehicle type and needs.
The bottom line is how much protection that you want to offer your vehicle, and how much money you want to spend. Most services use an open transport method. You have most likely seen this while driving on the interstate, the large semi trucks will use a trailer that is full of cars, this is a perfect example of the open shipping method. The good thing about this method is the cost. It is definitely the cheaper way to go. The only downside is the fact that your vehicle is exposed to the elements. If you have an expensive or a one of a kind collectable vehicle, then the open shipping method is not for you.
Closed shipping provides your vehicle with protection from the outside elements and it will be placed in an enclosed trailer throughout the entire transport process. This method offers the absolute best protection, but it comes with a much higher price tag.
Scheduling the Transport
Everything has got to be done in a timely manner. When you are shipping your vehicle, it is no different. When your shipping company gives you the itinerary, it is merely an estimate. There are so many things that are beyond the companies control. You have to be realistic and understand this. Weather, traffic jams, construction, and accidents can have huge effects on the shipping time line. The service that you choose will do everything within their power to get your vehicle to its destination on time.
Insurance is a Necessity
Don’t skip the insurance, accidents happen to even the best drivers. The auto transport service will usually provide your vehicle with some type of insurance, but you should read over the policy to get an idea what it covers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, in the event of an accident, you need to know who is liable for the damage. Will there be any deductions that you are expected to pay?
Your personal insurance may cover your vehicle during shipping, be sure to consult your auto insurance company and find out, if needed they might be able to offer additional coverage for the transport. Take car not to leave any personal items in the car, they will not be covered by the insurance.
Payment in Advance?
You should never make a full payment in advance. It is not unusual for car shipping companies to want some sort of deposit, it will usually be a small percentage of the total cost. Find out what payment methods the shipping company accepts. Not all services accept credit cards.
Shipping your car is serious business. These tips should help make it much easier!