What can YOU do to ensure your auto transport process goes smoothly?

Most people who decide to enlist the aid of a reputable auto transport company have little to no experience in the industry.  For this reason, they are at the complete mercy of the company they decide to hire.  While the vast majority of companies will help you through the process from beginning to end, others may not be quite as forthcoming which can lead to a less than stellar experience.  There are some general rules and guidelines you can follow in order to ensure a stress-free and painless experience.

  1. Make the right decision from the start.  When the need to move a vehicle arises, there are a couple options you may choose to utilize.
    1. Hiring a driver.  This is a good option when the distance is too long for you to drive, but not quite long enough to warrant using a vehicle carrier.  Hiring a driver tends to be less expensive and somewhat quicker, but there tends to be more risky factors inherently in doing so.  The driver may not carry the proper insurance, which could leave you at risk for liability in the event of an accident.  There may even be higher risk of an accident if the driver is not competent and experienced enough.
    2. Hiring a carrier.  This is the best option when the vehicle needs to travel a considerable distance.  It is much safer and dependable than hiring a driver, and while more expensive, you can have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is in the best hands possible from start to finish.  Remember that you can request a customized quote to ensure you are not paying extra for things you don’t need, such as an enclosed carrier in some situations.
  2. Begin the process early.  By starting your research AT LEAST a month before you need your vehicle shipped, you will allow yourself adequate time to compare auto quotes and negotiate the best possible rate available.  Waiting until the last minute will most definitely guarantee that you will be stressed out trying to find an affordable auto transport company on such short notice.  It will also leave much less room for negotiation when you have an impending deadline.
  3. Stay organized.  Auto transport companies are not responsible for personal items in your vehicle, and many will even charge more because the weight of the vehicle can be increased.  Make sure your vehicle is empty of all valuables, and that the gas tank is only between 1/8 and ¼ full as dictated by the company you choose.  You will also want to make copies of all important documents, and make sure you have on hand your original vehicle title, registration, photo ID, and insurance papers at all times.
  4. Complete the process.  You may think that you’re off the hook once you receive your car at the final destination, but it is very important to inspect your vehicle closely, making note of any new blemishes or any obvious damage.  It also important to notate the mileage, both before and after the shipment, as any large discrepancies should immediately be brought to the attention of the auto transport company.

Advantages to Using Online Auto Transport Quotes

We live in a digital age, where almost every question known to man can be answered with a swipe of a mouse and the click of a keyboard.  So, when shopping around for any service, a little internet research can go a long way in helping you make an informed decision.  Sure, some may opt to use old-fashioned research methods, such as opening up your local yellow pages, but this will limit your search in so many ways.  Unless it is way outside your comfort zone to use the internet, your computer can be your best friend in finding a reputable auto transport company to do your bidding.

Advantages:

  • Immediate Quotes:  By filling out a simple online form, you can receive a nearly instantaneous quote from a multitude of different car shipping companies.  You will then be able to compare and contrast these competing quotes all from the comfort of your own home.  No more driving all over town, visiting different offices, or even being stuck waiting on hold continuously with the phone glued to your ear.  These quick, personalized quotes will save you a great deal of time and money during the initial selection step of the process.
  • Online Customer Care:  Many companies have agents on a live chat-line around the clock to assist you with any questions you may have, whether it is regarding your quote, or checking the progress of your vehicle shipment.  These service professionals have extensive experience and knowledge in the auto transport industry and are available at the push of a button to aid you.  If the company does not offer live chat, many will provide an e-mail address you can contact to receive information.  Again, this will save you a drive down to the office, or a frustrating game of phone tag, and provide you with the same answers you would otherwise obtain.
  • Instant Services:  Some companies provide you with the opportunity to track your vehicle throughout the shipment process on their website, so you know at all times where your vehicle is located.  Oftentimes, you can create your own custom package on the website based on your needs, all the way from picking what type of container you would like to selecting the amount of insurance required.  Finally, making payments is extremely EASY and IMMEDIATE when you can do it online, using most credit cards, as well as PayPal, or directly from your checking account if you so choose.

There will always be those who fight back against technology, and prefer to stick to what’s most comfortable to them.  However, these people end up doing themselves a great disservice, which can result in a large loss of time and money.  Don’t be one of those people!  Use the resources at hand and online to ensure a painless process from start to finish.

Why Use an Auto Shipping Company?

When deciding to enlist the help of an auto transport company, many may wonder why the need is even there.  After all, wouldn’t it be much more cost-efficient to just drive the vehicle from point A to point B yourself?  Of course, that answer is rendered obsolete if the vehicle you are shipping is either non-operational or simply cannot be relied upon to drive a long distance safely.  However, if you have a vehicle in good condition and you feel up to a long drive, you may contemplate attempting the trip yourself.

The obvious cost of making the drive would be gas, and gas alone; or so it would seem at first.  Of course, this would be the only perceived cost if you are able to make the drive with no overnight stops.  If you do need to stop along the way, please also factor in the cost of lodging and food while en route.

You must also look at the possible damage that can be inflicted on your vehicle during a road trip to fully get a broader picture of additional charges you may be unexpectedly hit with, either on the journey, or as a result of the long drive.  For instance, through no fault of your own, you may end up in a car accident, and you would then need to deal with the hassle of insurance and the paperwork involved in that process, which can be a headache in itself.  You must also take into account the wear and tear put on your car when adding that many miles in one fell swoop.  Most vehicles are not built for long, monotonous drives, and this can lead to a variety of mechanical problems in the long run.

You may also encounter another unexpected roadblock, such as a flat tire, which can slow down your progress anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on where it happens.  Of course, as with any long distance trip, there is no accounting for acts of God, which can impede your progress even more so.

Now, all of these obstacles do not even take into account the issues that come along with a lengthy road trip for you, the driver.  Many people, especially in the midst of a major move, can simply not afford to take the time it would require to drive their vehicle from the starting point to the final destination.  You may also find that long drives can wreak havoc on your body, and you can suffer from major exhaustion, or even a much more debilitating and frustrating condition, such as boredom.

This is not to say that EVERY situation requires the help of an auto transport company.  If it makes more sense to drive your vehicle a mere 2 hours from point A to point B, then by all means, save yourself some money and do it.  Just be sure to weigh out the costs and benefits before you get behind the wheel.  Because once you find yourself in a sticky situation, in the middle of nowhere, with a flat tire and a dead cell phone battery, it may be just too late to call for back-up.

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