Car Shipping – Know How

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under Auto Transport

Shipping a car across the nation or even internationally is not an easy matter. Unlike mailing a letter there is a lot at stake. After all, a car is not only transportation to some but it can mean the ability to go to work or obtaining one’s essentials. This is a prime reason why, when shipping a car, you should choose your auto shipper confidently and without any second thoughts. The company you choose will be entrusted with the care and timely delivery of your car. To transport your car successfully, follow the steps below:

Preparing Your Car for it’s Journey-

1. Before you entrust your car to any transporting company you should make sure your car is in good, basic condition. It should be washed and cleaned thoroughly, ready for any inspection the company or state may require.

2. Remember to remove all of your belongings from the car –this includes accessories or any additional parts, such as the antenna or fog lights.

3. Double check the battery and radiator. The battery shouldn’t have any leaks and you should be careful to have anything connected to it that may drain its power, like an alarm system.

4. Ensure that the radiator has antifreeze. Lastly, leave the gas tank only a quarter full.

Leaving Your Car with the Auto Shipper-

When planning to hand your car over the shipping company, plan ahead. Like when moving or traveling, you should keep your schedule open and flexible, ready for any possible issues that may arise. Upon handing the car over to the company, make sure that you obtain the bill of lading. This document is of utmost importance, it should be signed by both yourself and the auto shipper. The bill will have a description of the condition the car was received in, and because of this, will allow you to file a claim should any discrepancies occur during the transport of the car. If a claim does need be made, file it within two weeks of the car’s delivery, but remember to pay the company in full as agreed until the claim is resolved.

Other Things to Consider-

1. Educate yourself with the auto shippers’ terms and insurance policies. It would be best to make sure that your car is properly insured.

2. Be aware, that although companies may offer services like pick up and delivery, this may not always occur. Theses services may be affected by any safety laws or inspections the DOT imposes on auto shipping companies.

3. Be prepared to make any deposit or payment in advance of any service. Preferably, ask ahead so that you are not surprised.

4. There are two options for car delivery: door-to-door or terminal delivery. If door-to-door is not available for you specific needs you can always choose to have the car shipped to a terminal delivery near you.

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