You’ve purchased your car and your planning the next steps. You’re leaning towards shipping your car but not sure how it works. You’d like some peace of mind knowing that your car is in good hands. If this sounds like you, here are some factors to consider in keeping your car safe if you are shipping your car:
Do Your Research
You may have come across several as you’re planning out your shipping logistics. One way is to research and find out what other users have to say about a company. This can give you a general idea of user experiences. If you aren’t able to find reviews, then get them to provide references who can verify their services.
Check Licenses and Insurance
Make sure the auto shipping company has licenses and insurance that are up to date. One license you can verify is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) license which monitors the safety of commercial vehicles. Another is the U.S. Department of Transportation license (USDOT) which indicates safety on the road. If they hesitate to show these to you, something may be amiss.
Just like you did when you purchased your car, don’t just settle for the first quote. Get a few and compare. If the quote looks too good to be true, chances are that it is. Companies that offer very low rates are likely to be compromising on safety to be able to provide this. While it may look tempting, chances are by the time you’ve had to repair the damage they’ve done, you may be spending far more than what you bargained for.
If an auto shipping company asks for a deposit up front, be wary! In general, reputable companies tend to ask for payment in full once your car has been delivered safely to you. Since the car is the only form of collateral they possess, they will not release the vehicle to you until the payment has been made.
The type of vehicle you use in shipping your car will be a big factor in how safe your car is when you are shipping it. The main options are enclosed and open-air auto carriers. Open-air auto carriers are cheaper. However, an enclosed carrier will provide better safety for your car from whether and through the use of nylon straps and wheel nets.
Make Your Car’s Unique Factors Known
Write into your auto shipping company and let them know about your car’s quirks ahead of time so they can ensure a safer passage for it. Get the driver’s contact information from the company and let them directly too. This can include things like alarms and specific ways a car part works. It will help the driver to look out for them and keep your car safe while it’s transported.
There’s a lot you can do to help keep your car safe. So think about these factors and get working on your plans.
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