Scheduling Your Car Shipment
The first thing you will need to do for a car shipment is to book and schedule it. The only problem is that you will need to choose a company first. So, the true first step of transporting your vehicle is researching potential car shippers. Thankfully, this will not take too long at all. You should start by searching for “auto transport companies” online.
Once you have done that, you should go ahead and check the reviews for each company on sites like Google and Transport Reviews. Doing this will enable you to see their overall rating out of five stars and enable you to read specific feedback from past customers. Do not use any company that has less than a three-star rating.
In rare cases, the road that your home is on will not be suitable for a car carrier truck to enter. This can be because local laws prohibit large trucks on that particular road. It can also be because the road itself is physically too small for an auto carrier truck to be able to have space to load your vehicle. Either way, if you think this might be the case, be sure to mention it to your shipping company prior to booking your shipment. You might need to take your car to a local parking lot rather than having it picked up at your house.
After that, you should call your company and confirm they can ship your car in the date range that you need. At this point you should ask them any questions or express any concerns that you might have. If you are satisfied with everything they say, you can then book your shipment. In order to get the dates that you want, you should book your shipment at least four weeks in advance.
Preparation for Your Car Shipment
There will be a few straightforward things that you will need to do in order to get ready for your vehicle shipment. The first is that you will need to make the arrangements that allow you to be at the pickup location and delivery location during the entire duration of both the pickup and delivery windows.
Next, you must make sure that you remove all of your personal items as well as loose parts as these will not be covered for reimbursement if they are lost or damaged during shipping. These items will include gloves, sunglasses, watches etc.
You also must thoroughly clean the exterior of the car. This is because a visual inspection will always be conducted by your transport driver. They will be looking for any damage on the vehicle that already existed so that unscrupulous people cannot try and file a false insurance claim. If you do not clean the car, this inspection will still take place, it will just take much longer.
The Price of a Car Shipment
One of the most pressing questions you might have might be “what will shipping my car cost?” Well, that answer will vary depending on your shipment. The cost of shipping a car gets determined by several factors. The two most important factors are the distance of your shipment and when you are shipping your car. If your primary concern is saving on your shipment you should try to ship during off-peak months. You should also forego any premium upgrade options for the shipment such as enclosed car shipping.
Shipping your car while you move will help you focus on the rest of your moving process rather than having to worry about the long drive ahead. It will save you the stress of having to drive hours immediately before you have to move-in to your new home. Thankfully, shipping a car is not difficult at all. You will just need to be sure that you take your time to plan your shipment, choose a car shipping company that is best for your needs and then get ready for your shipment.