There are times when you may want to ship your car from one city or country to another. Maybe you are relocating for a new job, or you have purchased a car in a dealership or a private party in another state.
It is not wise to drive your car for a long distance. You should look for an auto shipping company to move your car from one country to another. If you have never shipped a car before, you might be having some worries. Here are some of the questions you should ask and things you should keep in mind when planning to ship your car from one state or country to another.
Open carrier or enclosed auto transport?
An open carrier (uncovered) is the cheapest method to ship your car, but not always the best. In an open carrier, your car will be susceptible to debris and elements that may be flying in the path of the truck. An enclosed (covered) auto transport is more expensive than an open carrier, but it gives your car most protection. An enclosed auto shipping can be 60% more expensive than the open carrier, and it is the best for classic or high-value cars because of the added protection.
Open transport of scheduled pick up?
In a scheduled pick up, you set the day and time you need or want to have your car picked up by the shipping company. The shipping company sends a carrier to pick your car from your home or any other place of your choice at the set time. It is the best option if you want the vehicle to leave at a certain time or when you have a tight delivery timeline. But you need to know that a scheduled pick up is more expensive than open transport, especially when you give the shipping company a short notice.
Open transport can help you save some dollars in your car shipping quote. It is the best option when you don’t have a set time when you want your car picked. In this case, you have to wait until you get a phone call from the shipping company when they have a carrier going where you want your car to be. You should notify the shipping company, one or two weeks before the week you want to ship your vehicle. The company sends a carrier to pick your car when they are ready to ship your vehicle. It is less expensive than the scheduled pick up because your car will be transported with other vehicles going in the same route. If you opt for open transport, you should plan for at least one month in advance.
Be prepared to wait
You may have shipped a package from another state, but car shipping does not work in the same way. It can’t happen overnight if you are shipping to another country or state. Deliveries within the USA can take up to four weeks, while international deliveries take between 6 to 8 weeks. It may not always take that long, but don’t expect the shipping company will be able to ship your car overnight.
Choosing the best auto shipping company
There are dozens of auto shippers, and choosing the best for you can be tricky, especially if it is the first time. There are some factors that you should consider before making your decision. You should research about the auto shipping company of your choice and read its online reviews to avoid disappointments.
There are many scammers in this industry. Some of the auto shippers you’ll see online when doing your research are not real. They are scammers who want to steal your money and vehicle. To avoid falling in the hands of scammers in the auto shipping industry, you should confirm the shipper’s license and insurance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Price is one of the main factors to consider when choosing the auto shipping company that is right for you. Different companies will give you different quotes. You should compare the quotes from different companies before making your decision to avoid paying more than you should. You also need to keep in mind that the lowest quote is not always the best. Make sure you opt for a reliable company that you can trust, but not the one offering the lowest quote.
The shipping cost depends on several factors. Some of the main pricing variables include:
Delivery between two major cities may be cheaper than between small towns because more carries cover these routes. The distance between where you want to ship your car from and the drop-off will dictate the price.
2. Vehicle size
The size and value of your car will also affect the shipping cost. A bigger car takes more space while a heavy car adds more cargo weight hence a high shipping price. An expensive car has a high insurance cost, which will then raise the shipping cost.
The car shipping price varies from season to season. Because very few people ship their cars during winter, the shipping rates may be lower during this season. But that does not mean winter is the best time to ship your car. Your car may take longer to reach your home because of bad weather and closed roads.
Before signing any deal, it is wise that you check the company’s liability insurance coverage because anything can happen to your car during transport. The company of your choice should have about $50,000 and $100,000 in coverage. You should also check with your insurance to know what they will cover in an event of an accident along the way.
Before shipping your car, the shipping company will inspect your car for dents, scratches, and other damages and note them. You should make sure to check the inspection report for errors before signing. The company will give you a copy of the report which you should use to inspect your car for damages that may have occurred during transport.