Friday October 14th, 2011 11:25 Survival Guide to Successfully Shipping Your Beloved Car!

Whether you’re moving to the other side of the country or abroad. Sometimes you would prefer not having to drive your car all the way to your destination, in cases such as these its wise to use a car transporter. In this article we will discuss the major factors that should be considered when trying to ship a car.

Patience: The most important factor for people to understand about the process of car shipping is that this industry is not like the postal service. Pick-up and delivery dates are estimates at best. Problems such as breakdowns, traffic, and weather all contribute to delays. A lot of patience and forward planning is required.

Finding the right Transporter: Always do your research before committing to car shipping firm. Websites such as uShip allow you to view prospective transporters feedback and reputation, so you can ensure the transporter you pick is safe and highly recommended.

Car Shipping Method: Open or Closed: 
Open trailers are either partially or fully exposed to the elements. There are many different types of open trailers, ranging from small three car carriers to the large 11 car carriers that you frequently see on the motorway. Closed trailers are protected from the elements, and your vehicle is basically shipped in a mobile garage, however, this is more expensive.

Check to see if you are properly insured: 
Your car should be insured against all the usual things by the car transporter. Everything relating to the car shipment should be in writing. It is likely that your personal car insurance policy may cover your vehicle in transit.

Before Pick-up

Steps to prepare your Car for Shipping
: Wash your car thoroughly even if will be shipped on an open trailer. You want to be able to note any chips, dings, nicks or other cosmetic damage accurately.

Don’t top off your gas tank, keep it low, in between 1/8th to 1/4th of a tank as this saves quite a bit of weight which the auto transporters appreciate.

Always transport convertibles with the top up and secured.

Make sure the battery is charged, that the tires have proper inflation and top off all of the fluids on the vehicle.

Do a Thorough Vehicle Inspection: Note its condition in order to ensure any claims of vehicle damage are accurate and can be ensured, make a complete report of any pre-existing damage your vehicle may have. You may want to go as far as taking pictures (and dating them) of the vehicle prior to shipping it.

Vehicle Pick-up

Meeting The Truck: Be On Time
Make sure you are on time to meet the driver and that your meeting spot is set well in advanced and easy to get to.

Releasing Your Car: Do the Paperwork Be sure to receive an original inspection report. This report provides pick-up and delivery information, the car’s current mileage, and most importantly documents the condition of your car at time of pick-up – pre-existing scratches and dents, cracked glass/mirrors, general paint condition, etc. Keep this report and use it when you receive your vehicle.

Vehicle Delivery

Be On Time: 
Make sure you are on time to meet the driver and that your meeting spot is clearly defined and easy to get to for both parties. Remember the size and maneuvering restrictions of the truck.

Accepting The Car: What to Look For On Delivery
When your car arrives, make sure that you do a complete inspection of the vehicle with a copy of the original inspection report in hand. Look for any damage that was not noted in the original report.

These are just a few tips to remember that helped me when I had my car shipped, and I hope they can help you.

Amar Patel

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