There are many car shipping companies across the United States, probably too many to count, so you may be quite confused as to how you could identify the best ones. Here are a few questions you need to ask to ensure you are getting the best deals at the best rate:-
- What are the types of Carrier Services Offered?
Most car shipping companies provide two types of carrier services which are open and enclosed carriers. Open carrier service refers to shipping a vehicle on a car carrier trailer which typically has two racks (one on top of the other). This allows for vehicles to be transported both on the bottom and top racks making for efficient transportation. Enclosed carrier refers to vehicles being transported in a covered truck and is the preferred mode of transportation for high-end cars such as Porsche, Tesla, Ferrari etc.
- Does it cost more to ship an Inoperable vehicle?
Some auto transport companies would ask you if your car is running or not running and this is all because transporting a vehicle that’s not running requires the use of a Winch. Not running vehicles would be considered as vehicles that do not have a key to start the engine, flat tires, missing or an engine that’s not working and steering that does not work. This would in most cases incur additional cost so it’s important to notify the transport company of the condition of your vehicle so it can be transported properly.
- How long does shipping take?
Shipping time may vary from one place to the next based on destination and shipping route. Some carriers do not do same day pick up and have a log of 2-3 days before shipping can begin, it’s important to ask about pick up time as well as the shipping time so you can properly schedule your events around your car shipment.
- Can I ship personal items in my car?
A few personal items can be shipped in your vehicle as long as it is not visible from the windows as this may lead to theft. Damage may also occur as loose items are tossed about.
- Are you a registered business?
The Department of Transport Requires that all shipping companies that are crossing state lines should be registered. Registered Car Shipping Companies should be able to provide you with their DOT number.
- Is my vehicle insured during transport?
A shipping company that insures its vehicles during transportation ensures that they are protected if damage should occur. This is important as your standard shipping insurance possibly won’t cover your vehicle across the state so be sure to ask if your shipping company has got you covered.
- How many years of experience do you have in providing car shipping services?
Shipping with an experienced car shipping service who has customer reviews and testimonials gives you a better idea of the type of service you are guaranteed to get.
- What documents do I need?
Typically companies require you to provide certain documentation such as registration and insurance. This, however, may differ from one company to the next, you should, however, find out from your desired shipping company what they require from you.
- What are the payment arrangements?
Payment arrangements may vary from business to business. Some shipping companies may require full payment up front, others require deposits, payments in cash or by check. The payment requirements should be clarified by your shipping company.
- Do I need to inspect or wash my car before transport?
Many car shipping companies provide car wash and inspections details along the routes they travel for persons who which to utilize those services. Companies may vary in their car shipping requirements. However, it is important to ensure that your car has a quarter tank of gas so it can be loaded and offloaded from the carrier.