Whatever reason you have for wanting to transport a vehicle, whether you are sending a vehicle to a child in college or moving to another state, it can be an intimidating process.
Shady transportation companies and misinformed customers have led to certain misconceptions about the industry. Shipping your vehicle is generally safe but to reduce your risks, it is important to avoid unrealistic shipping quotes and dishonest companies.
- Work with a reputable auto transporter
For free quotes, vehicle pick-up, and on-time delivery that is damage free, you need to work with a reputable auto transporter. Finding one will involve doing some research, comparing quotes and reading reviews. It is important not to choose a company based only on cost. Verify insurances, licenses and if companies are bonded.
A1AutoTransport is one of the largest USA-based worldwide auto shippers in the industry. The auto industry can be difficult to navigate and A-1 Auto Transport tries to make it simple for you, with no hidden costs or confusing terms – just simple shipping from point A to point B. If they cannot effectively handle a shipment themselves, they will refer you to other licensed and bonded shippers who are all rigorously screened.
- Prepare your vehicle
Check your car for any valuable items you may have left in the glove compartment, seat pockets, underneath the seats or in the trunk. If such an item goes missing during transportation, it will be difficult to prove that it was in the car when it was picked up.
Remove items like electronics and supporting cables and remove any customized accessories which may break in transit. Make sure your vehicle is clean as dirt and dust can hide dents and scratches. With a clean car, it will be easier to notice any damage once it reaches its destination.
Disable the alarm and leave only a little fuel in the vehicle as a full tank will add to the weight and increase cost and risks. Check for any leakage – have this fixed beforehand as a car shipping company may refuse service if a vehicle has an aggressive leak.
- Be attentive during inspections
The driver will perform a detailed inspection of the vehicle and note any scratches, dings or defects on a Bill of Lading. Both you and the driver have to sign the Bill and one copy is left with you.
The same document is present on delivery so the vehicle can be re-inspected before it is released. You may not be entitled to any claim if you do not indicate damage during transportation in the paperwork on delivery. Taking photos of the vehicle before transportation may be helpful in proving damage during transportation.
- Know about different transport methods
The type of transport you decide on will also affect the safety of your vehicle. For example, open transport is cheaper than closed transport, but the enclosed option offers better protection. Higher lift gate clearance, nylon straps or wheel nets, and walls all help protect your vehicle and keep it safe from the elements while it is in transit.
- Interact with the driver
With vehicle shipping, it is helpful to know the name and phone number of the driver. This makes it possible to interact with the driver if a delivery is taking much longer than expected and you suspect something may have gone wrong.
Of course, this does not mean you keep contacting him all the time. However, any damage to your vehicle while shipping is likely to be costly and you have a right to know what is happening if delivery takes much longer than expected.