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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How to choose a Car Shipping Company

auto-transport-with-truck Regardless whether you are shipping an expensive limousine or a vintage car or a standard family car, you must identify a reliable car transport company with a package designed to fit your budget.

There are a plethora of car shipping companies that offer a wide range of services including overseas shipping and inland transport, transport of custom built automobiles etc. When hiring a car transport company you have to consider quite a few specific issues like additional car insurance and vehicle inspection reports.

You should, on your part, provide certain details to the transporters - such as point of origin/destination, departure date, and type of car. Indicating the nature of car transport service you want. There are several options available - for example door-to-door car transport, terminal-to-terminal, enclosed car transport, open car carrier transport and rail service.

Electric_carSome car transport companies may insist on full payment in advance, while others may ask for a deposit. However, you can seek a contract clause that waives the cancellation fee if your car is not picked up by your auto shipping company within the time frame that you agree upon. At times, it may be difficult for a car transport company to commit a delivery date. However some car transport companies will offer a guarantee that covers a rental car if they cannot make the agreed delivery. If you need an exact date for pick-up, most vehicle transport services can pick-up your car and hold it at a secure location for an additional parking charge.

EWF-truck-loadBefore you hand over your car with an auto transport company, make sure you receive an inspection report, which should contain receiving and delivery information, current mileage, and details pertaining to the condition of your car. Make sure to get everything in writing. All companies should provide inspection reports of the vehicle both while pick up and delivery. In case of damage, it is your responsibility to make sure these reports are correctly updated to prove and ensure reimbursement for the damages.

Search for a website wherefrom you can receive quotes from 5-10 companies. You must enter all information correctly to receive the exact rate. Most automatic transport quotes that you will receive are for operable, standard passenger vehicles. Cars with modifications (i.e. lift kits, lowered suspensions, bigger tires) and vintage cars or cars that do not run cost additional money for the size, weight and conditions for the carrier. Upon receiving the quotes, thoroughly research the companies you are interested in. Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. Read if possible reviews from other customers, paying particular attention to negative reviews.

Truck_carGet in touch with the companies you have shortlisted. While speaking to these companies, find out how they conduct business. You should take down all the information from these companies as far as pick up dates, transit time, price, and conditions. Never be tempted into straightaway into accepting the lowest offer. Be careful not to go with a low-priced company!! Companies out there will give you a low price, but will not be able to find transport for your vehicle perhaps selecting a company quoting around the middle may mean reliable service.

Read the contract completely before signing. Be wary of hidden fees that are listed in the small print on the contract. Research a company very well, and make sure it is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Bonded, Licensed, and Insured. This is an industry without any guarantees. This industry has many uncertain factors that may create delays - such as, waiting for earlier customers at pick up or delivery, weather, mechanical problems, and road congestions for multi car carriers.

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