Created on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 06:26
Steps for Transporting your Vehicle
Although in most cases the easiest way to transport your vehicle during a move is to drive it yourself, it is not always possible or practical. Moving clear across the country or even overseas are situations when it is necessary to hire a company to transport your vehicle for you. Here are the steps you can take to ensure a smooth move for your vehicle.
- •Hire a company to ship your vehicle. Shipping vehicles is very common and frequently done when a family is moving across the country. Check into several companies, and ask questions in order to determine which company is best prepared to move your vehicle. Be sure to always get several estimates from different companies to ensure you are getting the fairest price.
- •Prepare your car for shipping. Be sure to remove any items from the vehicle that you may need, including important documents that are often kept in your glove box. Remove any valuable items, such as GPS systems and I-pods, in order to ensure that these items are not damaged or misplaced during the shipment. Although it is not always possible, it is a good idea to vacuum and wipe down the inside of your vehicle. This will make things easier when your vehicle arrives in your new location, and you are ready to jump in the car and explore!
- •Most transport companies insure your vehicle during the move, but it is always a good idea to check with your personal car insurance company to see if they offer any additional protection. You can never be too cautious when it comes to moving such an expensive and important item that you own.
- •Be sure you know when and where to pick your vehicle up upon arrival. Most companies will deliver your vehicle to a specified location, and you are responsible for picking the vehicle up. In some cases, some companies offer the option to have your vehicle delivered to your home for an additional cost. Check with the transport company to see which of their delivery option best suits your family’s needs.
- •You may be given the option to choose between open transport and enclosed transport when it comes to transporting your vehicle. Open transport trucks often carry up to 12 vehicles at a time, and your car will, of course, be exposed to all elements of the weather. A common complaint from people who have had their car delivered via open transport is the amount of dirt and dust found on their car upon delivery. You are responsible for cleaning the dirt off of your car when it arrives, not the transportation company. For an extra cost, most transport companies will give you the option of having your vehicle placed in an enclosed transportation truck. This added cost may be worth the peace of mind and confidence that your car will arrive clean and free of dust and dirt.
- •If you are transporting an exotic or classic car, do your research. There are companies that exist that are well trained, experienced and prepared to move cars that may have specific needs. It is your job as the owner to choose the best suited company for the job.
Always be sure to have the telephone number for the company moving your vehicle available, in case there would ever be a situation in which you would need to contact them. Also, keep in mind that transportation services run into the same problems as regular drivers. Bad weather and traffic delays are always a possibility, and it is your responsibility to be prepared for delivery delays.