10 Questions You Should Keep In Mind Before Shipping Your Car
Moving is a big deal and moving any distance is an even bigger deal. Now that you have secured the moving company for your household items, it’s time to start thinking about your cars! Will you drive them or ship them? If you are going to ship – you should start thinking about whom to hire and how your cars will be shipped. Before you choose a car shipping company it is advisable to ask some questions about the shipping company, the procedure, and the vehicle used to transport the cars.
This article highlights some points you should keep in mind when choosing a car shipping company.
Is the car shipping company registered?
Every auto transportation company that crosses state lines needs to be registered with the Federal Department of Transport. Interstate Auto transport companies are provided with a Motor Carrier number by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, you can check a company’s authenticity on the FMCSA website. If you are considering shipping your car overseas, check the company’s registration documentation with the Federal Maritime Commission.
What type of procedures does the auto shipping company use?
Inquire as to whether they provide an enclosed or open transportation carrier. It is useful to know that open transportation carriers are prone to car thefts, and damage may be caused by road debris. Enclosed auto transportation carriers provide protection from road debris, dust, and thefts. It may also be a good idea to verify the company services for the distance you wish to transport your car.
How much will be the shipping cost?
Shipping cost varies from company to company, distance traveled, whether an open or closed truck is used, and the type and size of the vehicle to be transported. It is best to ask about the shipping charges for the kind of vehicle you own.
Do car shipping company offer an insurance policy?
If you are transporting your car to another country, your standard motor insurance will probably not cover that move. Ask and be sure of the insurance policy your car should have while it is being shipped. If you feel the insurance coverage is not adequate, then request an increase in the coverage. It may cost you a bit more, but you will be rest assured knowing your car is safe.
What documents will the shipping company need?
You will need the car’s registration and insurance documents for sure. Check with the car shipping company what additional documents they require for shipping.
How to prepare your car for shipping?
Remove all household items and non-built-in items from your car. Keep an extra set of car keys with yourself and keep your gas tank only 1/4 full of fuel, disable your car’s security system. Make sure the tires are at optimum tire pressure. And your car’s battery should be fully charged.
How long will your car take to ship?
The duration of delivery will depend on whether the car is being shipped locally, to a different state or to another country. Ask the auto transportation company how long the transportation will take. It may be possible to expedite the shipping if the need arises.
What are the payment methods?
Don’t forget to ask about the terms and methods of payment. Payment methods may vary from company to company. Some car shipping company asks for full payment up front, while others take a deposit and the remaining amount at the time of delivery. It is best to make the payment inquiries clear before shipping.
How will you make sure that your car did not get damaged during shipping?
Ask the shipping company what precautions they take to prevent any damage during loading, unloading, and transportation. Additionally, ask if they do a pre-loading inspection and what sort of insurance they carry. Remember to take photos, from all angles, of the exterior, the trim, bumper, wing mirrors, the interior, the dashboard, seats, doors etc., just before it is loaded onto the truck. Make sure that you or your designee are present for the pre-shipment inspection of your car. Now, if your car gets damaged during shipping, you have photographic proof to provide to the auto transportation company and the insurance company.
What if your car gets damaged?
Don’t forget to ask about a post-delivery inspection and what the course of action is, if there is any damage during shipping.
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