10 Things You Need to Know When Shipping Your Car Across the Country
From east to west to north to south, making a cross-country move is tough. Still, each year millions of people go through a long-distance move. Whether it is for school, work, military service, to be closer to family or for a change of scenery, making the change requires a lot of moving parts.
One such part is getting your vehicle there. Some people might choose to leave it behind or buy a new one, but others want to keep their prized possession looking like new. Shipping a car across the country is the best option for keeping your car, motorcycle, truck or even boat, safe and sound.
First, there are a few things you should know about shipping a car across the country.
Use an Accredited Shipping Company
When researching auto shipping companies, make sure you find one that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). American Car Transporters has an A rating with the BBB.
You’ll Need to Prepare Your Car
Wash your car, clean the interior and remove anything that is not permanently attached to the vehicle, such as air fresheners, rearview mirror accessories, etc.
You’ll Need to Inspect Your Car
Inspect the vehicle’s tire pressure, check for any leaks or other mechanical issues and avoid filling up the gas before transport as it will only make the vehicle weigh more.
It Could be Cheaper
By shipping a car across the country instead of driving it, you’ll avoid the cost of food, lodging and gasoline. Most importantly, you’ll save time.
Choose a Method
Covered or uncovered? Door to door transport or terminal to terminal? These are just some the decisions you will have to make for the shipping process. Uncovered is less expensive, but your vehicle is more exposed to outdoor elements. Door-to-door is convenient but costs more than terminal-to-terminal. Make sure you choose the options are best for you.
Get a Quote
Before signing anything, get a detailed quote on the services you need. If you do not understand anything in the quote, ask questions.
Find out how long it will take for your vehicle to be shipped and schedule your shipment with enough time to spare. You may be provided a window for pickup and delivery time in order to leave room for possible delays in traffic.
Read Company Reviews
Find reviews online for the company you’re interested in using. Transport Reviews, Google Reviews and Facebook reviews are all good resources.
Ask About Insurance Options
Ask about the company’s insurance coverage and what level of cover your vehicle will have during the shipping process. If you feel that more coverage is needed, ask about increasing coverage whether through them or possibly your own insurer.
Always Ask Questions
Though briefly mentioned earlier, it’s important that you ask questions about the company, the shipping process, and anything else you are curious about. If a company fails to answer your questions, its time find a different one.
American Car Transporters has many years of experience shipping all types of vehicles. Along with experience, they can guide you through the shipping process, answer your questions and provide you with a free quote.
If you’re ready to ship a car across the country, fill out a contact form to get your free quote now.