Finding a car transporter you trust may seem a little – or maybe a lot – intimidating, especially with so many choices and so many differences in rates. So, to help you make the best choice, here are a few things to discuss with your car transporter so that you know what to expect, and to give you confidence that your vehicle will be transported efficiently and safely.
“How much will it cost?” is almost always the first question when it comes to car transport services, and it can vary widely. Keep in mind that the rates will depend greatly on the price of gasoline. And the cost of shipping a vehicle may increase when you consider the extra expenses that come with traveling such as food, lodging, and, possibly, emergency repairs that could occur.
Don’t balk at asking your car transporter how they calculate their shipping rate and what exactly is included in the price. Some car transporters may seem more expensive initially, but their costs include additional benefits such as pick-up service, additional insurance coverage, and shipping extra cargo in your vehicle – generally 50 to 100 pounds – while it is being transported. Look into all the details of how the price is determined so that you know exactly what you are getting.
2. Car Transporters Broker Policies
When you look at car transporters, you are dealing with a broker, not the actual transporter. This is how the car transporter industry works, and it’s beneficial for consumers since the broker handles confusing regulations and paperwork.
A good broker will work closely with the car transporter service and there should be no confusion about communication and payment. The broker is also your best source of information on details about shipping a car across the country or state borders, and they can help you choose the best way to ship your car.
3. Pick Up and Drop Off
Although the main purpose of car transporters is the actual transporting of your car, the company’s policies before and after your car are shipped are just as important as the shipping itself. Car transporters are often used by automotive dealerships and by private car buyers who often purchase cars online and need them transported across state lines.
When an automobile changes hands between pick-up and delivery, it’s important to ensure that your car transporter will take good care of your car and ensure that it is delivered into the right hands.