Archive for May 16, 2013
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to shop for vehicles well beyond your own locality? Some may not be aware that this is actually perfectly doable, especially if you have a way to get the vehicle to you when the deal is closed. There are professional auto shippers whose whole business is shipping cars across the country; some are perfectly prepared even to ship a car to Alaska.
These auto transport companies use car transport trucks to carry vehicles like the one you want to buy down many miles of highway, removing the logistical head scratcher of how to get your new purchase to your home or business from several states away.
Choosing the auto shipper that’s right for you will depend on a few factors, like what sort of budget you’re working on, your location, and the type of vehicle you intend to move. Most of these auto shippers offer both open carriers (you’ve probably seen plenty of these on the interstate) and closed carriers, for high value vehicles.
Some types of cars or trucks may be larger than a standard auto shipper is able to transport, and you’ll find that some auto shippers do not move motorcycles. But if you have a car that needs to be transported long distance, hiring a specialist auto shipper can be a great way to accomplish this.
Are you interested in shipping cars across state, or across country? Here are five steps for choosing a responsible and affordable company that specializes in shipping cars.
First, find several companies you are interested in, and go to their website for a quote. Enter your information correctly so that you receive an accurate rate. Since the quotes are for standard passenger vehicles, keep in mind that modified cars will usually cost more. If you work in an industry that uses car shippers often, ask around and see if people can give you ideas of companies to talk to.
Second, once you have a decent list of auto transport companies and estimated prices, do research. Most shipping cars companies now have reviews posted about them online, and this can give you an idea of their average customer satisfaction before and after the move. Check that your company is insured.
Third, do not go with the lowest price just because it appears to be the cheapest. Some car transport companies more or less scam you with the price, only to find that no carrier will move you for that price, forcing you to pay more for the company. Also keep in mind that shipping cars costs less, on average, during the middle of the week and the middle of the month, so research your options and if you are flexible with your leaving time, see if that can make a difference in price.
Fourth, after you pick a company, get your car ready for transport. Take valuable items like GPS units out of your car if you were keeping them there. Keep less than a quarter of a tank of gas in your car, since it will decrease the cost of transportation, a savings which will usually be passed on to you.
Fifth, make sure your car or cars are inspected by the vehicle transport carrier. Any damage should be noted in a report and given to you. Also take time to inspect for any dents or scratches, since after you leave, you will not have the grounds to claim that it happened during transport rather than on your drive home, et cetera.