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A Auto Shipping
Car Movers
A Car Transport

Jul 23rd, 2008 20:08
emil cohen, http://www.movinghaul.com/

Auto Shipping 
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 
car mover.
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.
Personal Items
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 
such actions.
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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