Complete Process Of Car Shipping
You may be a new customer of auto transport and are curious about how the process works. Your car is an expensive possession, so it's important to understand how car shippers work. Car shipping companies move vehicles via trailers from one place to the next. This is an easy and safe way to move your vehicle long distances. There are some things to remember when searching for the right shipping company. You also need to know how to prepare your vehicle for shipment. This guide will show you how to ship your vehicle.
Step 1: Get your vehicle and shipping information ready
The first thing shipping companies will ask you when you start looking for quotes is what type of car you are shipping. You must know the make, year, and model of your vehicle. It is also important to know where you are going for delivery and pick-up. You should also be prepared to provide information about whether your vehicle is inoperable or operable, as well as details regarding its weight. You will also need to mention any additional services, such as door-to-door delivery, enclosed shipping, and expedited shipping. This will allow you to get the best estimate.
Step 2: Request shipping quotes
Get quotes online from several car shipping companies. Compare prices and services until the company you choose suits your needs and is within your budget. However, the lowest quote does not always represent the best value. As in many other industries, you get what you pay for, so make sure to look at quality as well as the price. To verify that the company is properly licensed, registered, and insured, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. Here you can also view the safety record of the company.
Step 3: Select Open or Enclosed Transport
Now you can choose between an enclosed or open carrier. They are more common and cheaper than enclosed carriers. Your car will still be exposed to the elements, which can pose a problem for some customers. You may want to consider enclosed transport if you're shipping an exotic, new, luxurious, antique, or rare car. This will protect your vehicle from the elements.
Step 4: Select Door-to–Door or Terminal–to–Terminal Shipping
Next, choose whether you prefer door-to-door shipping. This is the most convenient option and can often be done for an additional fee. Some delivery areas may have restrictions regarding shipping trailers due to laws, poor road access, or low-hanging tree branches. Door-to-door delivery may not be possible if you live in rural areas. Your vehicle might be transported to the closest terminal in these cases. These options should be discussed with your shipping company.
Step 5: Get your car ready for shipment
You will need to prepare your vehicle for shipping. You will need to get rid of all personal items from the car. Also, you want to make sure that your tank is only 1/4 full. This will reduce your car's weight, and make it easier to ship. Before shipping your car, wash it inside and out. After washing your car, take photographs of the exterior of your vehicle and note any dents, scratches, or dings. You will be able to see the condition of your vehicle visually and note any damage caused during shipping.
Step 6: Your vehicle will be picked up
A carrier will pick up your vehicle and load it onto its trailer on the day of your pickup. To ship your vehicle, you will need proof of vehicle ownership. You will also exchange information with your carrier to keep you informed about the delivery information. Also, you will inspect the vehicle and take a note of the Bill of Lading. You will then sign the final contract and turn in your keys.
Step 7: Your car will be delivered
After delivery, you will inspect your vehicle and sign the Bill of Lading. You will also take note of any damages that may have occurred during this inspection. After you sign the Bill of Lading you will make your final payment, and then you can take your vehicle.