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Choosing a Company For Your Auto Shipping Needs

Dec 8th 2015 at 11:17 PM


The auto shipping industry has advanced at a rapid rate as new technology allows for better tracking devices and safer transport. Vehicles can be shipped to almost anywhere in the country and many companies offer international shipping services as well. Safety, cost, length of transport and method of shipping are all things to consider when choosing an auto shipping company.

There are many reasons why a person would want, or need, to utilize the services of an auto shipping company. Some use auto shipping companies when they are moving a significant distance away, others may choose to have their automobiles shipped to a specific location when going on an extended vacation. For many a vehicle will need to be shipped after the purchase or sale of a vehicle has been finalized.

Vehicles that can be shipped through an auto shipping company include cars, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs and most recreational vehicles. To determine the shipping method that is best for your type of vehicle, do your research and ask for references. Shipping methods range from open truck to enclosed shipping, and from door-to-door services to terminal-to-terminal shipping.

Trailers which are either partly or completely exposed to the elements are used for open truck shipping and come in a variety of sizes. If you prefer your vehicle is entirely secluded, enclosed trailers are the way to go. Keep in mind that the cost to ship your vehicle in an enclosed trailer will cost a significant amount more than open truck shipping.

Door-to-door shipping can be misleading and doesn't actually mean that your vehicle will be dropped off on your doorstep. Since many large cities and towns limit large transport vehicles from coming into residential areas, the shippers would simply get as close to you as the law and safety allows. Drivers require lots of room so it may be best to meet in a large parking lot close by to avoid narrow streets, speed bumps and tight turns.

Insurance is another thing to consider when researching auto shipping companies. Damage and theft insurance should be included by your auto shipping company but be sure to see if you are responsible for any deductible. There is a good chance your personal insurance will cover your vehicle while being shipped so contact your agent for particulars and make sure to have everything in writing to better protect yourself.

Whatever type of vehicle you are shipping be sure to remove all personal items from the vehicle before pick-up. Items could be lost or damaged and insurance will not cover this. Some companies even require that only a small amount of gas remains in the vehicle.

Distance between pick-up and drop-off, weather conditions, traffic, and unexpected delays should all be considered.

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