Auto Shipping: What You Need to Know
If you’re moving across the country, one thing you’ll want to consider is hiring a company to transport your vehicle for you. You may also find use for car shipping if you’ve bought or sold a vehicle that’s located in another state or country. Whatever the reason, car shipping is a convenient way to get your vehicles from Point A to Point B. Here are five things you should know about car shipping before reserving your carrier:
- Estimates can vary from day to day. This is because rates are based on a variety of factors, from distance to fuel cost, weight, trucking routes, and truck/driver availability. When gathering quotes, be sure to ask each company how long that estimate is good for and whether it changes daily.
- There are different car shipping options. The two main decisions you’ll have to make include open carriers vs. closed carriers, and single carriers vs. multicarriers. Closed carriers are more expensive than open carriers, but protect your vehicle from exposure to the elements. Single-vehicle carriers are also more expensive than multicarriers, but that’s because they don’t have to make several stops to drop off vehicles along their route. In other words, you’ll probably have a more accurate delivery date and time with a single-vehicle carrier.
- Auto shippers must follow certain regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration monitors auto transporters and requires those that operate across state lines to be registered with the government. You can check each company’s registration online. In addition, car shipping companies must carry liability and cargo insurance. Request proof of coverage to be sure you’re working with an insured company.
- You are required to do certain things before your car transporter leaves. Specifically, remove all valuables and note any leaks, scratches, or dents. Then, thoroughly check the shipper’s inspection report to ensure you agree with everything recorded there before the company takes off with your vehicle.
- After car shipping, inspect your vehicle carefully. The company will compare the vehicle’s condition with the pre-shipping inspection report, but it’s really up to you to notice any dents, scratches, or other damage.
If you’re in need of car shipping during your move, or for any other reason, contact Allied Van Lines today. We’ve got the equipment, drivers, and experience you need to get your car safely from Point A to Point B.