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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Car shipping and Vehicle Hauling Made Easy

car shipping by roadIn today's global economy it is not uncommon to hear people accepting employment in places away from their home towns with a need to ship the vehicle to the new destination. There may be many different reasons for engaging the services of a vehicle hauling company - but the need for vehicle hauling before shipping is indeed not avoidable. Shipping a car can be a daunting task and you need to consider all the factors involved before you decide ship your car to its future destination. It is vital, however, to prepare your vehicle the right way when you are looking into vehicle transporters.

Most shipping companies charge for a shipment based on the weight of the vehicle. Larger or heavier vehicles will understandably cost more than smaller vehicles. Obviously you have no control over the weight of the vehicle - but there are some things that you can do to cut down the overall weight before shipping. Fuel can add quite a bit of weight as most tanks can carry anywhere from eleven to thirty gallons of gas. You can reduce the weight of the shipment by keeping the gas tank content very low.
Many vans and some cars have extra seats that can be removed before shipping. You can, remove these seats and ship them with the rest of your household articles.Other items like enclosed-car-shippingtoolboxes, add-on vehicle fittings and other accessories all add to weight. Removing these things before the vehicle is shipped will reduce the weight of the vehicle and thus the cost of shipping will be lower.

Notwithstanding the company you decide to ship your vehicle, you need to make a few crucial preparations before you hand over the car to the moving company. Making these preparations is imperative for the security of the vehicle as well as the safety of the driver who will be hauling it.
You will have to arrange for an inspection. There are individual mechanics and other companies that provide inspections for vehicles that will be shipped. The inspection will let the vehicle hauler know of any problems, such as leaks.

Make it a point to take photographs of the vehicle. If there are any dents, scratches, or other damage that is already on the car, it is essential to record them with pictures. Pictures will provide proof of the vehicle if any disputes arise at the time of delivery of the vehicle at the new destination.
If items like hood ornaments, decals, hubcaps are found loose, it is best to either remove or secure them. This prevents these items from becoming permanently lost or causing damage to the car in transit.
open car transportWhile getting a vehicle ready for shipment, you should bear in mind the risks to the vehicle that might occur in transit. Make sure to include all in transit coverage with your insurance company. In some cases you may have to pay an extra fee to cover the vehicle in transit. But it is prudent to have the cover than to personally bear the cost of damages at a later date.

Don't be late for your appointment when it comes to leaving the vehicle with the shipper or when taking delivery. If you're meeting in a neutral location because access problems prohibit door-to-door service and be clear where the driver wants to meet you.

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