Arranging Auto Transport – Here’s How to do It
There are several reasons why you might need to transport your car. You could be relocating for work, thinking about taking a long-term vacation or looking forward to exhibiting your vintage car at a national car show. Whatever the reason, knowing your car is going to receive the best treatment, care and understanding are essential. And it's much safer than driving a long distance yourself or having it towed. On top of the issue of safety, it also means there’s no additional or unnecessary wear and tears on your engine or tires. It’s also worth mentioning that using door-to-door car transport is less stressful for all concerned.
Arranging auto transport might seem like a complicated undertaking, but it's easier than you think. To help put your mind at rest, SGT Auto Transport has decided to provide this handy guide to how auto shipping works.
When you reach the end of the article and are ready to make a booking, get in touch with our shipping advisors on (866) 774 6570 and request a free car shipping quote.
Make Your Transport Arrangements in Advance
Before you make a firm booking with a multi-car trailer company, you first have to decide on dates. It's best to arrange shipping as far in advance as possible. You’ll have to decide on a window of dates because there are so many variables that can affect the timing of such a service. There are also times of the year that are busier for car shipping companies. Spring or late fall are the best times, as demand is lower.
When considering your auto transport plans, there are other things you have to think about, such as your budget and whether you have any special needs. You might require military PCS car shipping, for example, or higher level auto transport. If you’re looking to transport a vintage, custom, classic, or luxury vehicle, enclosed transport is better than open auto transport trailers. Other options include guaranteed pickups and express auto transport.
Do Your Research
Make sure you do your research before deciding on the best car shipping company for your needs. The best place to start is by looking for customer feedback. You might have friends, family members, or colleagues who have shipped vehicles recently and are willing to make a recommendation.
The world wide web is another excellent resource for anyone looking for auto transport companies. Visit websites such as TrustPilot, Better Business Bureau, Review Centre, and Transport Reviews. Stick to three companies that look very promising if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by the choices.
Get in Touch with Several Car Transport Companies Near Me
When you’ve done all your research and have a list of three names, it’s time to get in touch with them and request a free no-obligation quote. You may be able to do this online by entering your vehicle details together with a few other bits of information. Here at SGT Auto Transport, for example, we’ve created a handy online calculator for your convenience.
We're able to provide a free quote instantly. However, not all autotransport trailers companies offer this option. You may have to wait for a company representative to telephone you or send an email.
Keep a note of all the relevant information, including prices and availability. That way, you’ll be able to make comparisons. Something else to be aware of is that quotes are usually valid for a specific time. The price is a temporary one and may be subject to change if you don't make a firm booking within seven days.
Book Your Door to Door Car Transport
With a handful of quotes, you're ready to make your choice. Select the best autotransport trailers company and make your booking. Before you contact the shipping company, write a list of any questions you want to ask. Ask for information about insurance, cancellation policies, and how to get in touch with the trucker who is picking up and delivering your car.
Make sure Your Vehicle is Ready for the Trip
Once you've made a firm booking and received confirmation, the temptation is to sit back and wait for the scheduled pick up date. There are, however, several things you can do if you want your shipping service to run like clockwork.
• Gather together all the necessary documentation, for example, your current photo ID, confirmation of your booking, the car’s registration, and proof of car insurance. Make sure it’s stored together in a safe place.
• Check with your insurance company about the coverage for your vehicle during the shipping process. Generally, auto shipping carriers provide insurance but it’s smart to double-check.
• Make sure you’re available to meet the driver at the pickup and delivery location. If you're not available, you need to appoint someone you trust to act on your behalf.
• Clean your car, both inside and outside.
• Make a note of any existing damage, such as scratches or dents.
• Run the gas tank down to no more than quarter full.
• Check your battery is fully charged.
• Check fluid levels in your vehicle and top off if necessary.
• Remove all personal items from your vehicle.
• Remove any parking permits, passes, or your EZ Pass. Removing them prevents them from being accidentally scanned at any tolls during the journey.
Hand Over Your Vehicle to the Shipping Truck Driver
When the day arrives for your vehicle to be picked up, make sure you’re at the pre-arranged location within plenty of time. You’ll be kept up to date with the progress of truck and trailer by the transport company.
When your car is picked up, the driver will go over the bill of lading with you or your representative. A bill of lading is a formal agreement between you and a vehicle shipping company. It gives details of the cargo and the condition it was in before shipping. You’ll use this document later when inspecting your vehicle for any damage upon delivery.
Be Ready at the Final Destination for Delivery
Throughout your vehicle's journey, you'll receive regular updates on its location. You’ll also be informed when it’s due to arrive at the final destination. When your vehicle is delivered, carefully check its condition against the bill of lading. Make sure your car is in the same condition as when the driver picked it up. If there are any discrepancies, take it up with the shipping company as soon as possible. Likewise, if there are any other issues or questions. The ideal time to get in touch with the shipping company is before the driver leaves.
Now all there is to do is take a deep breath. Get settled inside your beloved vehicle and drive away.
If you’re ready to take the next step and transport your vehicle, get in touch with us here at SGT by dialing (866) 774 6570, today. Our friendly shipping advisors are waiting to answer any questions.