How to Choose a Car Transport Company

By: Thomas Morva

Whether you're shipping an expensive exotic car, a classic, anantique or a standard family car you can always count onsuccessfully locating an excellent car transport company with anauto carrier package designed to fit your needs and budget.

There are several different types of car transport companiesthat cover a wide range of services including overseas shippingand international transport, transport of custom builtautomobiles, luxury cars, antique autos, exotic cars, and thefamiliar sedan. Car transport companies are usually listed underthe following titles: car transport, vehicle shipping, and autotransport. When hiring a car transport company you have toconsider some issues specific to vehicle transport, unlike yourother possessions cars have some precise requirements likeadditional car insurance and vehicle inspection reports.

Be confident that the car transport company adequately insuresyour car. When investigating car transport companies you willwant to find out the total cost first. Be prepared to providethe following information: origination/destination, departuredate, and type of car. You will also want to consider what kindof car transport service you want. There are several optionsavailable with a wide variety of prices; for exampledoor-to-door car transport, terminal-to-terminal, enclosed cartransport, car carrier transport and rail service.

Some car transport companies may require payment in advance,while others will require a deposit. Ask for a contract clausethat waives the cancellation fee if your car is not picked up byyour auto shipping company within the time frame that you agreeupon. If you terminate your contract within the allotted timeperiod, expect to pay some fee. Occasionally it is difficult fora car transport company to certify a delivery date, however somecar transport companies will offer a guarantee that covers arental car if they cannot make the agreed delivery, find out thecost and the maximum dollars per day covered.

The car transport company should warn you of possible delaysahead of time. If you need an exact date for pick-up, mostvehicle transport services can pick-up your car and hold it at asecure location for an additional charge.

Car transport companies use various methods to move your carlong distances, such as flatbed truck, car carrier, enclosedtrailer and other more customized options, like single enclosedtrailer or two-car non-stacking enclosed trailers.

When you leave your car with a car transport company, be sureyou receive an inspection report, this document suppliesreceiving and delivery information, current mileage, and detailsthe condition of your car. Make sure to get everything inwriting.

Remember it's not the size of a company or how many trucks theyhave that makes them successful; it is the skill of theemployees behind the equipment and their commitment to customerservice. A great car transport company will have a group oftrained professionals who will come to you with experience andunique knowledge of the inner workings of the auto transportbusiness. Just knowing the basic facts about car transport willmake finding the right company a guaranteed success

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