If you are planning to ship your vehicle, you may be considering how to choose the right auto transporter. When you enquire about auto shipping companies just ask them if they are broker or carrier. Schedule your auto shipping 4 weeks in advance, giving enough time for a car mover carrier to pick up your vehicle. If you are not present, ask your friend, relative to transfer the car to the car mover. Most of the auto transport companies offer door to door service. Sometimes it may be difficult to drive in a large truck carrying your vehicle in a residential area.
So auto shipping companies tell their customers to drop their vehicles in a terminal from where they will pick up the car. See to it that your vehicle is insured. Before shipping your vehicle, the truck driver will inspect your car for any scratches or damages and note it down in the bill of lading. This document should be signed by both parties. The same procedure is followed upon delivery.
Do check your vehicle before signing the bill of lading. If you find any damages while unloading you can claim for damages now but not at a later stage. Do not keep personal belongings in the car as it may damage the interiors of the car. Some items like spare tires or carjacks can be found in the trunk of the car but do tie it down properly.
When working on the total cost of the shipping, provide information for other things also like origin/destination, departure date, type of vehicle, type of car transport service desired and auto shipping requests, etc. Some car shipping companies require a certain amount of deposit or full payment in advance. If you make full payment prior to auto shipping service, use a credit card so that charges may be disputed if circumstances warrant such actions.
Do check their license certificate. Do contact the local Better Business Bureau as well as verify that the shipper’s license is valid and active with the appropriate transportation agency. It is important you take time to check references and get all the services agreed to by the company in writing. If any problem arises with the auto shipping company try to settle it. However if you feel you have reached a dead-end or you are not treated reasonably you can file a complaint with multiple agencies (BBB, State or Federal Department of Transportation, Interstate Commerce Commission) as well as seeking legal counsel.