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This is the first step to moving a vehicle the smart way!
To determine vehicle shipping costs, transport companies need…
- your vehicle make and model
- your location, destination, and move date
- how you would like to receive your quote
Moving a car on your own requires too much time, energy and money spent on hotels, fuel, tolls, food and plane tickets. The trip is never a vacation and can be a drain on your family, friends, coworkers, and yourself. Get quotes from professional car shipping companies that can efficiently move your car to where it needs to be.
Cheap car shipping can be hard to find. Car shipping can also be time consuming and a major headache, but it doesn't have to be. In this age of super expensive gas many times it actually makes more sense to have your car shipped rather than to drive it when it needs to be moved a distance. You'll be surprised how affordable shipping your car can be, not to mention a huge time saver. Shipping a car is something most folks don't do every day so we've compiled a few pointers to get you on the right track whether you are looking to ship your car a short distance or a very long distance such as overseas international car shipping.
The first decision to make in shipping your car is whether you require enclosed or open shipping. Enclosed car shipping tends to be a bit more expensive but better protects your car against the weather, rock chips, vandalism, etc. You may also want to consider shipping insurance, which is available through any reputable car shipping company. This will protect you in the event there is damage to your car en route to its destination. The car shipping companies recommended through the form on the right have a reputation for safe, careful car shipping but occasionally accidents do happen.
The next step is for you to select a car shipping company. This can be intimidating as there are literally thousands of trucking companies out there which ship cars. One word of advise on this: Pick a reputable carrier! There are many one-man, fly-by-night car shippers out there. Select a car shipper which has a reputation for moving cars on time, on budget and without damage. The short form on the right will get you quotes from a number of top car shipping companies. You can then compare the rates for yourself while being assured you are dealing with some of the most reliable car shipping companies in the business.
Next, after going through your quotes and picking a car shipping company you should prepare your car for shipment. Car alarms should be turned off during shipping. Convertible tops should be in the on position and any removable accessories such as CB antennas should be removed. The car should have sufficient gas to be loaded and unloaded and all doors should be locked and secured. It is also not recommended that you fill your car with small items to be shipped. This may seem like a good way to save on shipping the small items but actually makes your car more attractive to burglars en route, especially if you are using open trailer car shipping. Finally, you want to make sure you are on time for the car pickup and receipt of your car. Please note that car shipping trucks are usually very, very large so if space is limited at either the car pickup or destination point, a spacious nearby location should be selected such as a grocery store or mall parking lot. This can save much hassle in both the loading and unloading of your car and is much appreciated by the drivers.
When your car arrives at its destination you want to immediately do a thorough inspection of the vehicle to note any damage which may have occurred during shipping. Report any such damage immediately to the shipper who will give you the appropriate paperwork for a claim. The car shipper will then reimburse you for any verifiable damage which occurred. The vast majority of cars are shipped without incident but the inspection upon receipt of your car is crucial to note damage which occurred in shipping and assure there is not a dispute as to when it occurred.
Throughout the process, make sure the car shipper has a number where they can reach you. Keep in mind that schedules do change and some delays are beyond the control of the car shipping companies. By following the above simple guidelines you are well on your way to having a positive car moving experience. You can then sit back and leave the driving to the car shipper.