Steps in Shipping a Car
Choosing the right company
It may get a little confusing but once you choose the right company, it will be smooth sailing from there forward. Now, finding a company may be a little tricky. You may have to do some searching but, the internet will help you significantly! I’ve found that searching the internet and using the keyword “transport” plays a big factor in the choosing process. Also, try not to choose the company just because they are cheaper. Just because its less expensive does not mean that it’s the most reliable so before anything, read the reviews on the company. The internet will give you plenty of different companies to choose from. Once you have a company locked in, make sure you have all their information (I.E. fax number, email or another way to get in contact with the company). Once that is set, you will confirm the decision with the company by signing a binding contract.
Preparing your vehicle for transport
First and foremost, you must prepare your vehicle by removing all personal items from it. Next, you should make sure you have only a quarter tank of gas in your vehicle because the gas will add a significant amount of weight to the transport which will increase the amount of fuel that will be used to haul your vehicle as well as the price it will cost you to make the transport happen. Now that you have those factors out the way, you should then give your vehicle a nice wash. This will benefit you, as well as the inspector because they will be able to identify any damages made to the car before and after the transit. Lastly, this is not mandatory but it is recommended to, turn off any alarm system before the transport to ensure a safe, hassle free relocation.
Completing the transport
now that the transport is complete, the last thing left to do is to receive the “bill of landing”. The Bill of Landing is a form that is completed by the inspector once the vehicle has reached it final destination. It will inform the owner any damages that have been made to the vehicle, only if the process of transportation may have not gone as expected. If there were any unexpected dents or scratches made, it is up to you to report it as well as sign the bill of landing to ensure that you have seen all the footnotes made by the carrier and that they were all correct.