Life is so unpredictable – it can take you places where you least expect the most. Of course, when moving from one place to another, aside from our many personal belongings, we need to bring along our vehicles with us. But how exactly do we do that without any added stress to our already jam-packed schedule? Yes, there are many things to worry about when thinking of giving away the keys to a shipping company to handle the transport of your vehicle for you, but don’t fret my friend. The guidelines below are the most important ones you need to keep in mind to make sure your car arrives to you unscathed.
1. Look For A Reliable Shipping Company
There are many transport/shipping companies in the market that can confuse the average customer, but whatever company that may be you must be 100 percent sure that you are entrusting your vehicle to one that is registered under the right government agencies. These are the Department of Transport and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The latter is especially important because it means that the company’s transport vehicles are licensed to cross state borders. However, if you need to move your car overseas then look it up if it is under the Federal Maritime Commission.
This guideline is very crucial since if anything undesirable happens to your vehicle while in transit, the aforementioned agencies can assist you on what legal action to take.
2. Ask About The Shipping Company’s Insurance Policies
Don’t hesitate to ask for their insurance policies and documents to make sure that everything’s covered in the unfortunate event something unexpected or bad happens to the vehicle while being transported. Like the old cliche goes, better safe than sorry.
3. Remove Important Items From The Vehicle
Some companies allow for some storing of personal items on the vehicle while being transported, but try to limit the items to things that you can afford to lose in the off-chance of a bad occurrence in transit; do not store important documents, jewelries, expensive gadgets, letters, memorabilia or anything of that sort.
4. Try To Transport The Vehicle In Winter
Summer is usually the peak season for shipping a car and when transport fees are at their most expensive. If you are on a budget or just trying to save money, then do keep in mind that in winter the shipping fees are more affordable. This is great if you are really not in a hurry to have your car with you in your new address or location.
5. Have The Car Checked For Any Damage Before Shipping It
Before the transport company takes your car away for shipping you must have a checklist on every damage the car currently has both on the engine and the body. This is beneficial to both you and the driver designated to ship your vehicle. You must discuss this with the company you have entrusted your vehicle with so that there will be no dispute in the unfortunate scenario that the car gets a dent or any other damage you were not aware of before you had it shipped.
Those are the major ones to remember, but here are other things to be aware of:
– Try to ask for an exact date when the car will arrive. Different companies have different schedules for the same location.
– Turn-off any car alarm or security system your car might have.
– Ask for a tracking number. Most car transport companies have this service already, and are more than happy to give you a tracking number that you can check online to monitor where the car is exactly.
I’m sure many will agree that our vehicle is both an investment and necessity. So it only makes sense that we put a little bit of our time to educate and empower ourselves about what exactly we need to be aware of when entrusting our cars to a shipping company. The joy that we get once our car arrives safe and sound is well-worth the effort.