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Thursday, September 18, 2008

How can I make my car shipping easier?

Transporting your car may appear to be a daunting task but it can be made easy if you follow right procedures. You should start your preparations at least two weeks in advance. This is important because your auto transporter will invariably need time to coordinate the pickup of your vehicle... Please understand that the shipping company is moving many vehicles all over the country so any additional time you give them for planning can help your vehicle transported safely and on time. Please bear in mind that when you have an auto transporter moving your vehicle, they also carry many other vehicles and have wayside stops that they have to make before arriving at your destination. The trucks can never take a direct, non-stop route to your destination.
It is frequently asked whether driving down the car is a better option when moving places. First you will have to consider that when you drive your car long distances, you cause wear and tear on your whole vehicle. Then if repairs have to be made during your trip it would be not only very costly but positively inconvenient. On the other hand, if you are having your car shipped, no wear and tear problem will be there and consequently no discomfort. It is also to be noted that the cost of gas is very expensive. The present ruling price of gas is almost the highest it has been in history. Thus you can understand that never before has it been as expensive as it is now to drive long distances. Choosing a car shipper to move your vehicle will surely save you hundreds of dollars.
Unless you're going to drive non-stop and put yourself at risk of falling asleep at the wheel, you will have to consider the cost of staying at a local hotel or motel. Expenses such as accommodations and food can further add up while you're traveling on the road. This is not to speak of the physical fatigue of driving long distances. When adding all the different costs and risks it becomes evident that it is cheaper and safer shipping the car than driving your vehicle yourself.
There are websites to provide you information, company listings and quotes. If you wish to do the research yourself, you can easily browse the list of auto shippers. Browsing the list of reputable companies allows you to choose one that suits your needs best. Shipping a car can be made easy if certain simple steps - get quotes, read and understand contracts, check for insurance and arrange inspection.For getting a quote, submit a request to several auto shipping companies, and then compare prices, verify reliability and find the right one that best suits your needs. After receiving your quotes, find out what payment method the carriers use, and what forms of payment are accepted (credit card, cashiers check etc).
Make sure to read the contract carefully, and get all specific queries answered in writing. Never rely on verbal promises. Please understand that once you sign the contract, your shipping company will always refer you to your contract for any questions or complaints that you may later arise.
Any licensed and authorized transporter will have insurance that would cover any damage or theft while your car is in possession of the auto hauling company. Ask for a copy of transporters insurance coverage, and find out whether their insurance is primary or secondary to your own car insurance
You have to do a vehicle inspection during pick up and delivery of your car to ensure that no damage has been done. If you meticulously take all the above steps, you should certainly have an easy and trouble-free shipping experience.

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