11/29/13

Transport your valuable goods and luxury vehicles with reliable auto shipping services

Relocation or moving may require shipping of various products along with your household and commercial belongings. However, auto transportation can daunting and stressful task if you do not opt for reliable shipping services. Nowadays, there are various auto transportation companies available that can offer desire services. You can get safe and fast transporting service without any hassle. Whether it is freight, auto, heavy machineries, and raw materials, they can cater all your needs and requirements. A person can take help of Internet and search such companies at comfort of home. You do not have to waste time, money and effort. Their Nationwide auto shipping offers open and enclosed trucks that eliminate all hassle involve while transporting. The open truck is an open carrier, used to deliver new cars from the manufacturer to the dealers.

Whereas, enclosed trucks are completely enclosed trailer which is specially designed to transport luxury vehicles, prototypes, and automobiles that cannot exposed to inclement weather.

11/29/13

Auto Transport Guide: shipping, loading, delivery

Car shipping arrangements in the Internet

 

Rather then going on a lead provider’s website to ask for a quote, use any of the search engines of hartford movers to find the right service for you! In other words, use specific keywords like car shipping door to door or “vehicle shipping terminal to terminal” etc. Asking for a quote on a lead provider’s website might give you comparison but then your phone is going to ring off the hook and you are going to go nuts! Every single carrier or broker that particular lead provider sold the lead to will try to convince you that they have the best deal for you! After about two hundred calls you wish you would never had internet connection. So, choose about 2-3 companies you feel comfortable with and call them directly. You can choose a carrier or you can choose a broker. If you choose a carrier, you might have limited options based on that particular carrier’s availability. Choosing a broker, means that they are actually have to find you the proper carrier who is going to do the job. At least you don’t have to deal with hundreds of calls! Let them work for their money. Make sure the broker is at least a 4 star rated one.

Car shipping duration

 

Make sure everything happens in real-time! If your sales person tells you that it takes anywhere from seven to 18 days to have your car delivered cross country, forget about that company! There is no way a driver would need more than seven days to cross the country unless he is driving from Florida to Alaska! Once your car was picked up, it should not take longer then seven days to have your car delivered (unless there is a mechanical issue during the transit or, mother nature would just simply be upset with you…

Personal items

 

Once you chose the company you felt most comfortable with, ask them to call you at least 24 hours prior to picking your unit up! That makes you enough time to prepare the vehicle for shipping. According to the DOT regulation, you are not allowed to ship personal items inside your vehicle! However, there are carriers who would allow you to put some things up to 50 lbs (depending on the carrier’s policy). Keep in mind that those items are not going to be insured and the driver will not be responsible for them!

Inspection report prior shipping

 

Make sure to not release the car without a proper inspection report made at time of pick-up! It is called a Bill of Lading (BOL) the driver must fill out at time of pick-up! Make sure to keep a copy of it! That will show the eventual damages which were on the vehicle prior to pick-up! Same thing if you buy the car on Ebay or from an auction or private party! That BOL will show the actual condition of the vehicle! At delivery you can compare the actual condition of your vehicle shown on the BOL! If there were any damages, mark them on the BOL and have the driver sign it! If he does not want to sign it, simply tell him that you are not going to accept the vehicle in that condition! Once you accepted the vehicle with damages, you admitted that the damages were there at time of pick-up! You don’t necessarily want to do that. I know it seems to be a lot and complicated, but it’s not. If you think it over a little bit and do a little homework, you can have a pleasant experience and eventually save some money as well.

11/29/13

How to Select The Auto Shipping Company that’s Right for You

Shipping a car can seem like a very overwhelming task, but if the following
simple steps, suggestions and tips are followed, the process can be fast, and
painless.

1. Get Quotes
2. Read and Understand Contracts
3. Check on Insurance
4: Inspections

Get Quotes

Some of the questions most often asked are “What will the total cost be to ship my car??” and “How do I find the auto shipping company that best suits my needs?” The best and easiest way to obtain these answers is to submit a request for several auto shipping quotes, and then compare prices and car shipping companies to find the one that best suits your needs. In order to best customize your quotes, you should be prepared to provide the following information:

*Origination/Destination
*Approximate departure date
*Year/Make/Model of vehicle(s)
*Type of car transport service desired such as open or enclosed car transport.

After receiving your quotes, find out what payment method the carriers use, and what forms of payment are accepted (credit card, cashiers check etc). Some auto shipping companies don’t require any type of payment in advance; others will require a deposit of 10-25% of the total fee. Occasionally a carrier will require full payment in advance. Carriers can vary widely in their billing practices, so be sure to ask what they are.

Contracts

Read your contract carefully, and get any questions that you may have answered in writing. Be sure that you are comfortable with the answers before signing anything. Do not rely on verbal promises. After signing your contract your auto shipping company will always refer you back to your contract for any questions or complaints that you may have. Be sure to look for any clauses that may state that there are no guaranteed pickup or delivery dates. Although most vehicles are delivered within the predicted time frame, many transporters will not guarantee a delivery date. For your protection, be sure to ask for a clause (in writing) that will waive any cancellation fees if the car isn’t picked up by the auto shipping company within an agreed upon number of days of the scheduled pickup date.(3-14 is standard) If you are promised an exact date, get it in writing, as well as the remedy if the transporter is unable to perform as promised. (Discounted rate, no cancellation fee, rental reimbursement etc)

Insurance

Any licensed and bonded transporter will have insurance that would cover any damage or theft while in possession of the auto shipping company. Ask for a copy of transporters insurance coverage, and find out whether their insurance is primary or secondary to your own car insurance. It’s also a good idea to check with your own insurance company to verify coverage while in transit. Be aware that typically neither insurance company will cover possessions left inside the car during shipping. This is why most companies do not allow personal items to be shipped in your vehicle. Also keep in mind that extra weight in the car could damage the undercarriage during loading and unloading.

Inspections

You will be asked do to a vehicle inspection at both drop off and delivery to ensure that no damage has been done. This is for the protection of all parties involved. It is a good idea to wash the car before hand so that documentation of the cars condition is easier. Be sure to note mileage and the underside of front and rear bumpers. Don’t pick your car if you can’t verify its condition. Problems don’t often occur, but if the vehicle is signed for and then damage is found you will have little or no recourse. While most auto shipping experiences are problem and worry free, in the event that damage is found, document it with your driver, get his signature, and then contact the car shipping company. The transport company should work with you to reimburse you for any damage that was done. If you take all of the above into consideration, and ask the suggested questions, you should have an easy, hassle free auto shipping experience. Happy Shipping