Auto Shipping Company
Jul 23rd, 2008 20:06
emil cohen, http://www.movinghaul.com/
Auto Shipping Scheduling:
Schedule your auto shipping at least 4 weeks before you move, giving
enough time to arrange for a car mover carrier to pick up your
vehicle. Basically, the more advance time the better. If you are not
available, please arrange an alternative authorized party such as
neighbor, friend or relative you can trust to transfer the car to the
Most automobile shippers offer door-to-door service. However, in many
residential neighborhoods it may be difficult to drive in a large
truck carrying your vehicle. Because of potential difficulty in
getting the truck into your neighborhood, the car mover may ask you to
meet them at a nearby local shopping center or garage for pick up of
your vehicle. The same will apply for the delivery.
Preparing Your Vehicle
Prior to transporting your vehicle, there are certain things that must
be done to prepare your vehicle.
Most transport companies will inspect your vehicle prior to shipment.
They will note any damage and have you sign a form agreeing to the
assessment. It is a good idea to clean your vehicle before the
inspection and transport. It is also a good idea to have the vehicle
serviced prior to the transport.
Make sure to have a complete set of keys and alarm remotes for the
shipping company. Although you should disconnect or disable any alarm
before transporting, it is a good idea to have the vehicle transported
with the alarm remotes, in case they are needed.
Remove all of your personal belongings from the vehicle. Also, remove
the spare tire cover and the car cover, if applicable. Usually, the
shipping company will not agree to ship the vehicle with these items
intact or even inside the vehicle. You will also have to remove any
roof racks or items that are not permanently installed in the vehicle.
Finally, it is a good idea to remove or retract the antennae.
Auto Shipping Insurance
Make sure your car is adequately insured by the car mover for
relocation. Upon pick-up, the driver will do a condition report (bill
of lading) for any scratches or damages on the vehicle which should be
signed by both parties. The same will occur upon delivery; make sure
you check vehicle before signing. Reporting any damages or claims at a
later time is not advisable.
Do not leave personal possessions of any kind in your car. Of course
spare tires, car jacks, and other standard items that can be found in
a trunk of a new car are not a problem. Make sure anything left in the
car is tied down securely.
Auto Shipping Delivery
Make sure that if you or an authorized party is not available to
receive your car, that it will be stored in a secure storage facility
where you will be able to pick it up at a more convenient time. This
may be subject to additional charges.
Specifics on Auto Transport
Auto Shipping Cost
When working with a Car Mover, confirm what the total cost of the
shipping will be. As you obtain quotes from several car transport and
auto shipping companies, be prepared to provide:
approximate departure date
type of vehicle(s)
type of car transport service desired (e.g., door-to-door car
transport vs. terminal-to-terminal)
special car mover or auto shipping requests (eg., deliver at a
location other than your home vs. at your home)
Paying For Shipping Your Vehicle
While some car movers and auto shippers may not require payment in
advance, others require a deposit, or full payment in advance. If a
deposit is given, amount due is always required at time of delivery -
oftentimes with a cashier's check or cash. If full payment is required
prior to car transport or auto shipping service, consider using a
credit card so that charges may be disputed if circumstances warrant
Make Sure You Are Properly Insured
Your vehicle should be insured against damage and theft by your car
transport or auto shipping company. Ask for a copy of the car mover's
insurance coverage. Find out how the car mover's insurance works with
your own insurance in the event of damage during car transport.
Additionally, find out if there is any kind of damage deductible and
the amount. Everything pertaining to the car move should be in
writing. Your own car insurance policy may cover your vehicle in
transit; make sure to contact your insurance company to find out. It
is advisable that you do not leave any personal items in your car when
it is shipped; items left in the car may not be covered by your
homeowner's insurance policy.
Get Dates - Pick Up and Delivery
Get the estimated pick-up and delivery dates and times from your car
mover or auto shipping company. Make sure to get a 3 day guaranteed
window for the pick-up and delivery dates of your car, as suggested
earlier get everything in writing. Once pick-up is made, your car
mover or auto shipping company should be able to provide you with a
specific delivery date. If you require a specific date for pick-up,
many car moving and auto shipping companies can accommodate you and
store your car at a terminal for an additional charge.
Check Car Moving References
It is important to verify the good standing and valid licensing of any
car moving company or auto shipping service. verify that the shipper's
license is valid and active with the appropriate transportation agency
(such as the state or federal Department Of Transportation).
Affordable Moving Company does its best to make sure that we list only
quality service providers. However, we cannot guarantee the quality of
service of any car moving or auto shipping company. It is important
that you take the time to check references and get all services agreed
to by the company in writing.
Inspect Your Car Before Auto Shipping
It is advisable that in addition to receiving a condition report
document from your car mover detailing any pre-existing damage to your
car, that you take photographs of the car, date the photos, and attach
them to the condition report provided by the car mover for your
records. You must have a detailed description of the condition of your
car prior to shipping. The condition report or other document used by
the car mover should include: current mileage, pre-existing damage of
any type including: glass, scratches, paint, dents, and so on. This
report is important in case any disputes arise.
Vehicle Delivery Inspection and Acceptance
When your car is delivered, make sure to methodically inspect your
car. Use the condition report given to you at pick up and go over all
of the details. Look for damage not on the original report. Check for
changes in mileage and check every part of your car carefully
including the roof and under your car. Look for obvious damage or
changes to the car's condition that may have occurred during the
shipping. If there are any discrepancies, make sure to note them on
the condition report you received on pick-up of the car, and have the
driver sign the document. Please be advised that you should avoid
accepting your vehicle at night or at a location that does not permit
you easy access to inspecting all parts of your car. It is absolutely
essential that you perform a thorough examination of your car as
described above. Remember that once you have accepted your car, your
signed documentation is what protects you. If problems arise,
reputable car moving and auto shipping companies will work out
disputes with you in an amicable fashion, but you must have
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