Your Simple Guide for Finding an Auto Transport Company
By MovingQuotes.com Staff
Chances are pretty good you’ve never moved before, let alone shipped a car.
Where to start? Simple: Find a company to ship your car.
Not so simple: Finding the RIGHT company to ship your car. That’s the
question we’ll answer here.
You can locate advertisements for auto shippers in various different places
including your local paper, phone book or by searching the Web. You can even ask
a friend or colleague if they have any suggestions if they’ve shipped an
Also tap the expertise of your moving company: Moving companies are known for
offering recommendations because they generally have partnerships with various
transporting businesses and have a vested interest in making sure you get a
Relocation.com can also help you locate an auto transport company that offers
you quality service. Submit a request for a quote on our site and companies will
contact you with prices and information.
Whichever companies you investigate, please inquire with the Better Business
Bureau (BBB) about any complaints made against the auto transporter you have
Still Can’t Find One
If you are having difficulty finding an auto shipper in your area, don’t
sweat it. Auto transport companies usually have various terminals in different
states. This way you can pick up and drop off your vehicles without traveling
Whatever you, make sure the necessary route for pickup or delivery can be
accessed by the truck. Shipping carriers usually have difficulty maneuvering
down narrow streets or neighborhoods. Always consider large, nearby parking lots
as alternative location for pick up or delivery.
After finding a few quality companies, do not rush to decide on a car
transporter -- shop around for prices, and remember that quality of service
should always override price. If the offer seems too good to be true, it most
likely is, so don’t jump at a low-ball offer. Reduce the hassle of future
complications by investigating different companies and requesting referrals.
Shipping the Car
You should always review the Bill of Lading with your driver to ensure that
you understand the terms and conditions for transport.
According to the law, leaving items in your vehicle while it is being
transported is not permitted. Only items necessary for your vehicle to function,
such as spare tires or jacks, are allowed. If you happen to leave goods in the
trunk or elsewhere and they become damaged, your insurancewill most likely not
offer coverage. (See more here on preparing your car for transport.)
Auto shipping companies generally use agents to ship vehicles. Inquire with
your preferred car transporter if they plan to do this. If so, ask to see the
“certificate of insurance” to ensure that your car will be covered and that the
coverage is reasonable.
If you wish to request additional insurance you must specify that prior to
signing the contract.