At a point in time, you are going to have to be put in a situation where you have to ship your car. Whether you are moving to a foreign country, or you have bought a foreign car, shipping will be one of the next things you will have to think about. It will be difficult for you, especially if you have not done it before. There will be a lot of pressure to get it right the first time, and really anything can go wrong. Your vehicle could be lost or damaged during a transit. You might have issues actually bringing it into the border. You could end up hiring a shady dealer who will deliver your car without engines or tires. This is in addition to the fact that the actual shipping process will be quite expensive.
Below is a step-by-step car transport guide that will serve you well in the nearest future:
STEP 1: Gather and Submit Your Transporting Information
When you are looking for quotes from car transportation services, be very sure that the information you submit is correct. This information will include the brand, model, year, origin and destination points. Double check to be sure they are all accurate. It is also important to include the car’s modification information, as well as whether it is in good working condition or not. Believe it or not but your car’s working condition will actually make a difference in the car moving bid.
STEP 2: Get Quotes from Auto Shipping Companies
Do not limit your search either. Spread your wings. Browse the web and get price estimates from a good number of car transport companies. Compare the prices and choose which offer will give you the best value for your money.
STEP 3: Choose the Shipping Service That’s Right for You (Door-to-Door or Terminal-to-Terminal)
Now to get something straight door-to-door car transport service means that the car shipping company will pick up and drop your vehicle at the necessary destination. Due to neighbourhood by-laws and restrictions, the auto hauling truck may not be allowed in your area, thereby limiting the viability of this option. Terminal-to-terminal service, on the other hand, means your vehicle will be taken to and picked up from an auto garage. You will have to pick it up from there. The efficiency of this lies in the proximity of the nearest garage, which could be hundreds of miles away, depending on where you live. What you choose should depend on your circumstance and personal preference.
STEP 4: Choose the Kind of Carrier That Will Transport Your Vehicle
What kind of company do you want to help you move your car? Is it an auto transporter or an auto transport broker? Your choice depends on your needs, preferences, and circumstances. You could consider going to an auto transport broker if you have a big transport window. If communication and customer service suits you more, then you should go for an auto transporter or transport carrier.
STEP 5: Choose the Auto Transport Company That Will Carry Your Car
When transporting your vehicle, it is always best to work with one (and only one) auto transport company. Accepting a bid from more than one company could lead to confusion in pickup and delivery, and will significantly delay both because no one will be sure who is doing what.
STEP 6: Regularly Correspond with The Shipping Company
Once you’ve finally accepted a bid, and chosen the car transporter that you think is suitable for your needs, call the company to book your transport. If you do book online, though, the auto transporter will contact you to confirm the information regarding your cars transportation, like origin and delivery locations, and the best way to reach all those involved. This will be the perfect time to revise any and all information that was submitted. It is also an ideal time to ask any question regarding your vehicle’s transportation.
STEP 7: Agree on a Cost
Once all the previous information is verified and submitted via quote form, the next step is to schedule both pickup and delivery dates and times. At this point, the company will ask for a deposit so as to reserve your order. Once you’ve read over the terms and conditions, you’ll get a contract via email with initial and final payment amounts that you’ll have to pay either during pick up or during delivery.
STEP 8: Get Your Car Ready for Transport
Wash the vehicle in and out to make the condition report inspection easier. Make sure the gas tank is filled to one-eight or so, the battery works well, and the tires are properly inflated. Be sure to empty the car of all personal possessions, lower the antenna, and disable all alarms. If the car is a convertible, check for tears in the roofing material and seal if there are to avoid further damage during transport. Make sure the company has an extra set of keys.
STEP 9: Get Ready a Condition and Damage Report
A few hours to pick up, the transport driver will contact you for a general timeframe when they are expected to be there. When they arrive, you and the driver will do a quick and thorough vehicle inspection, and document any damage to the car prior to the vehicle’s loading on the hauling trailer. When this is done and you both agree to it, you’ll get a damage report, which is essentially a receipt of the condition of the car prior to pick up. It is very important that you keep this document. If any damage occurs during pickup or transport, you will need it to file a damage claim.
STEP 10: Collect Your Car
When they are close to the set destination, the driver will contact either you or the person the car will be delivered in order to announce their arrival. After unloading the car, another inspection is done, and the damage report is used to verify its condition before pickup. Once this is done, the transaction will be official.
So, now you know more about the proper car shipping. Use the step-by-step guidance and you’ll experience easy and stress-free car shipping experience.