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All of us are aware that the car we drive needs insurance, but you might not know that you have to arrange for car moving insurance when transporting your vehicle from one destination to another. Otherwise you may end up personally paying the bill for scratches, dents and all other damages your car may sustain during transportation. All reliable auto transport companies carry the insurance required to cover any damage that occurs to the vehicles they are shipping. However, as with any kind of insurance, there can be lots of caveats. It is suggested the before you actually entrust your vehicle to a moving company, check out 123 Movers' advice on insurance and understand the process involved in your vehicle move.
Before you finally decide on the shipping company to use, ask all the short-listed companies for their insurance certificates. Do not hesitate to ask questions about their policies. Ask them if your car be covered for any damage that occurs during shipping. Make sure to get in writing all the assurances from the transport company. One important thing that has to be kept in mind before choosing a car hauling company
is the amount of insurance coverage that will be provided by them while the car is in their custody.
Most transport companies do provide an insurance policy to their clients so that if their car faces any damage while shipping they can get a claim. Before handing over your keys to the transport company, empty your car of all personal items. This is very important because most transport companies' insurance
will not cover for damages to any extraneous objects in the car. Further any substantial extra weight in the car could damage the vehicle's exhaust system and objects inside the car could move around and damage the interior.
When you leave your vehicle at the shipping company, a company representative will inspect the vehicle before loading it in order to note any pre-existing damage. Be sure to be there during this inspection. It will be a good idea to take a few snapshots of your car before the move that may serve as evidence, in case your car is damaged. When your automobile is delivered, carry out the same inspection to check for any fresh damage that might have occurred during shipping. It is important you note down all fresh damages on the condition report (known a "bill of lading") before you accept the car.
If you are taking possession of the car at night, try to do the inspection under bright lights. If you find any reason to file a claim, do it as soon as you take delivery of your vehicle. If any damage has been done to your vehicle during shipping, note it on the bill of lading, get the driver to sign it and then contact the auto shipping company directly for reimbursement. If you don't feel your auto shipping company has treated you fairly during the claims process you can file a complaint with your local Better Business Bureau. You can also contact the U.S. Department of Transportation if your vehicle was transported over state lines.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 9:06 PM
A minivan is similar to shape of a van and is used for personal use. Minivans are taller than a sedan, hatchback, or a station wagon. Minivans are usually between 1600 and 1800 mm tall which is around 200 mm taller than a sedan, hatchback or a station wagon. Minivans are classified into three or four segments: large, compact, mini and micro. Some names of the minivans include Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Nomad, Chrysler voyager, Mercedes-Benz Vaneo, Mitsubishi Minica etc. Some of the safety measures of minivans include Electronic stability control, Traction control, side curtain Airbags, Active Head Restraints. We ship all types of minivans. All America auto transport also transports other vehicles like pick up trucks, oversized vehicles, convertibles, vans, classic cars and Hot rods and salvage cars. We provide nationwide service, door to door service, at affordable rates, open and enclosed car carriers, and quality auto hauling service. All America Auto transport is a good option for moving your minivan. Many shipping companies charge based on weight, but there are several reliable car moving companies who charge on a height and length basis, and still more who charge on a point-to point or origin and destination. You may not pay a little extra to ship your minivan
with either of these methods you'll be assured weight will not be the deciding factor in price.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 8:19 PM
It is absolutely essential that you should study thoroughly your contract with the shipping company as when a problem arises your car shipper will always refer to your written contract. Never rely on verbal promises made by your shipper. Please bear in mind that when a dispute arises it will be much easier to provide a written and signed document as evidence rather than a mere verbal agreement - so insist on obtaining all conditions in writing.
Verify the cost for shipment as well as the cost for cancellation. Check for you cancellation fee and ask if this to be waived in the event your car hauling company does not pick your vehicle in the allotted time frame as detailed in your contract. Confirm your pick-up and delivery dates. Most transporters will avoid committing firm dates in writing. Insist in writing that your shipping company offers a guarantee that covers a rental car fee in the event the delivery date runs over by a certain number of days. Verify the maximum dollars per day and the number of days allowed for your rental car coverage.
Please know some contract terms
are so cleverly designed that a lot of material is buried in fine print or printed on the reverse side. Reading material printed with small fonts is disgusting and most people do not read them. But make it a point to carefully read and understand these fine letters as they may bind you to terms you may find troublesome. Also, some contracts may have additional material overleaf. You may never notice these terms and bind yourself to what is written therein. Understand that everything written in the contract form has to be fully read and understood by you before you sign on the dotted line.
Please ensure that costs, deductibles, damages, claim procedures, pickup and delivery dates, cost to cancel shipment, guarantees, etc. are all comprehensively covered in the contract. Some companies may guarantee to cover a certain amount of rental fee car if the delivery date is exceeded by a certain timeframe. It is therefore imperative you read the contract and see if there are any clauses that may be detrimental to you and negotiate clauses if possible.
Understand the terms set forth for the cancellation fee and get this clause to be waived in case the shipping company fails to pick up the car within the agreed time frame. Some shipping companies may agree to waive the clause, if you properly point it out. As long as you have hired a dependable shipper, you are unlikely to experience any problems. Before you hire a shipper
, check their insurance. Ask for proof of insurance before getting them to haul your car. Also ensure that the contract you sign states that your vehicle is insured while on the back of a truck. When it comes to shipping a car, it is important that you get your vehicle in the same condition it was in when it left. To enable yourself better, inspect the vehicle. Mark down any scratches or dents, so that you have a record of the vehicle condition. You may even want to take a few pictures with your digital camera.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 2:29 AM
There are various convertible cars like ragtops, drop tops, syders, roadsters, cabriolets, or top-down cars; you can ship any type of convertible car. We ship all type of convertible cars like Audi A4 Cabriolet, Audi TT Roadster, BMW 3 Series convertible, BMW 6 Series convertible, BMW M3 convertible, Cadillac XLR, Chevrolet Corvette, Chrysler crossfire Roadster, Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, Dodge Viper Roadster, Jeep Wrangler, Lotus Exige S, Mini Cooper convertible, Porsche Carr era GT, Smart roadster etc. We can ship any convertible car to your desired destination. We provide both open and enclosed shipping facility. But enclosed method would be best for convertible car because it would be protected from sun, heat, snow, air etc. Convertible cars are very stylish and expensive, so special care has to be taken for this type of car. We ship cars, Pick up trucks, oversize vehicles, other trucks, convertibles, vans and min vans. Before shipping your vehicle, just check up what type of insurance do they provide for your car. Also see to it that if there are any scratches on the vehicle they are noted down in the bill of lading.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 12:58 AM
When moving long distance, most people find transporting their vehicle quite expensive. Of course, there are some sensible ways to save money when shipping a car. Please know that there are four basic levels of service offered by auto moving companies. You have to study the four different options before deciding which one will save you money.
The 'Economy guide
' category is the cheapest option but should decide for it only if you are really in financial difficulties. The basic demerit of this option is your car will be shipped as and when the transporters have space to load your vehicle. Customers paying higher amount will get preference and their cars will understandably be shipped in priority to yours. At times you may have indefinitely for your vehicle to leave its original destination.
The 'Open' category is the most commonly availed service as it will be reasonably priced and affordable by many. The only negative point is your car will be loaded onto an open truck and is therefore exposed to sun and rain.
The 'Enclosed' category is more expensive than 'Open' category and is the right option particularly if you are shipping a valuable, high-priced or classic/collector car as the container is fully enclosed and therefore your car is better protected.
The 'Full Service' category is a guaranteed, more personalized service. The car shipper will guarantee pick up and delivery dates and if they miss those dates they agree to rebate you a portion of your incurred costs and this service is mostly door-to-door. This is a completely hassle-free method provided you can afford the cost.You can save money if you choose terminal to terminal Service instead of a door-to-door service. Car hauling companies will charge you more to collect your car from your home and also to deliver it to your new home. However, there will be terminals where cars are loaded and unloaded and sometimes transferred, and if you can drive your car there and pick it up from one, the cost of the overall service will be cheaper for you.
You must make sure that you vehicle is properly insured while in transit. The car shipping company may offer cover but check with your insurance broker whether this cover will be adequate. This is another area you can save money by using your own auto insurance cover instead of the shippers. Please note that some shipping companies will charge an extra fee if your car cannot be driven. This is because it will be far more laborious and time-consuming for them to load and unload a car which will not start. If you want to save yourself this extra charge make sure that the car is in full working order before you hand it over to the shippers.
There is yet another area where you can save costs. Many shipping companies charge for a shipment based on its weight. If you want to cut down on overall weight so that you are charged less then note down a few things. Most tanks can carry anywhere from eleven to thirty gallons of gas. See to it that the fuel tank is near empty. Many vans have extra seats that can be removed. Other items like tool boxes, add-ons and other extras all add weight. If you remove all these things from the vehicle you can cut down on the weight of the vehicle and this can lead to reduction in cost.
One option which may be offered by some car shippers is to have their representative drive your car all the way to your new home. This should save you several hundred dollars, but you have to consider and monetarily quantify the extra wear and tear and mileage on your car. Therefore do not be in a hurry to select this option!
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 1:35 AM
A bill of lading, simply stated, is a document that acknowledges the receipt of a shipment of goods. This document is issued by an auto hauling company or carrier to a shipper. In addition to acknowledging the receipt of goods, a bill of lading also contains details regarding the particular vessel on which the goods have been loaded, the place to which it is bound and the terms for transporting the shipment to its final destination. A bill of lading serves as evidence for a contract. This usually becomes necessary when a ship owner deploys his vessel as a general ship by announcing his willingness to accept cargo from people for a specified voyage.
When the bill of lading in the hands of the shipper, it becomes a receipt for the quantity of goods received, the condition of goods received and leading marks. Then, the carrier is responsible for the safety of goods. Eventually the consignee will surrender the bill at the port of discharge in return for delivery of the goods. The consignee may also decide to sell the goods while in transit and in which case, he may endorse the bill in favor of the purchaser. The carrier is under obligation to deliver the cargo only against the original bill of lading. In the absence of bill of lading, if a person wishes to take delivery of the goods, then he has to prove that he is entitled to the possession of the goods and there is a reasonable explanation for such absence.
A bill of lading is of various types such as - inland, ocean, through, and air waybill.
An inland bill of lading is just a document that establishes an agreement between a shipper and a transportation company for the transportation of goods. An ocean bill of lading is a document that provides terms between an exporter and international carrier for the shipment of goods to any overseas location. A through bill of lading is a contract that covers the specific terms agreed to by a shipper and carrier. A through bill of lading involves the use of at least two different modes of transport from road, rail, air, and sea. This document covers the domestic and international transportation
of export merchandise. An air waybill is a bill of lading that establishes terms of flights for the transportation of goods both domestically and internationally. This document also serves as a receipt for the shipper.
Air waybills cover both international and domestic transportation of goods. By contrast, ocean shipments require both inland and ocean bills of lading. Inland bills of lading are necessary for the domestic transportation of goods and ocean bills of lading are necessary for the international movement of goods
. Therefore, through bills of lading may not be used for ocean shipments. It is important to know that inland and ocean bills of lading may be either negotiable or non-negotiable. If the bill of lading is non-negotiable, the transportation carrier has to give delivery only to the consignee specifically named in the document. If the bill of lading is negotiable, the person with ownership of the bill of lading has the right of ownership of the goods as also the right to re-route the shipment. The buyer can sell the goods on while they are at sea to the third party by simply endorsing the bill of lading and delivering it to the third party. The third party, by becoming the holder, can demand delivery of the goods on arrival.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 4:58 AM
Pick-up trucks have dominated every highway in United States. These vehicles have big-cargo space, good fuel mileage, off-road and towing capabilities, and passenger comfort. Pick up trucks are relatively big vehicles that trod the streets. Any blunder such as poorly functioning turn light assembly can pose harm to smaller vehicles on the road. If you want to use truck for daily mode of transportation pick up trucks are better. These vehicles can be used for city driving. Pick up tracks can be used to accommodate more passengers or it can be used as a cargo area. These lighter versions can be used for transportation too. If you are running a small business, they can carry goods by not as much as cargo forwarders can carry. Consumers who need a truck for hauling purposes most often purchase a diesel engine. Diesels give the driver the highest maximum power to haul their load. Many 10 cylinder gasoline engines can get close to the power of a diesel, but they will never reach the diesel engine's potential. All America auto transport provides pick up truck shipping facility also.
posted by All America Auto Transport @ 3:04 AM