Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How To Ship An Automobile

How To Ship An Automobile: Basic Overview
Having an auto transported can be a confusing process, especially for someone who’s never done it before. Here are the basic elements of the process of shipping a car, from planning to delivery:

• Determine the type of transport you need (see below)

• Find companies that offer the service and get multiple quotes

• Compare prices and services from the companies you contacted

• Ask questions about anything you’re unsure of

• Prepare your auto for transport

• Document any existing damages

Know Your Auto Transport Options
There is more than one way to ship a car and it’s important to know what your options are.

Door-to-door transport - You auto is picked up from your location and delivered right to your destination.

Enclosed container shipping - If you need an extra layer of protection and safety for your auto during transport, enclosed container is the way to go.

Open air auto transport - Open air transport is considered the basic service in the industry.

Roll on/Roll off - Ideal for international car transport, roll on/roll off means your auto is driven onto a transport boat and then driven off when it arrives at the location.

Things To Do Before You Ship

Before turning your vehicle over to an auto transport company, there are some important steps you should take to ensure safe transit. This section will cover some of the most important steps you can take to make sure your auto arrives on time and in good condition.

Make sure you disable any alarm systems. Auto transporters typically move several cars in one load and it can cause a significant delay--and a potential added cost--if they have to stop for an alarm going off.

Most auto transport companies request that you keep no more than 1/4 tank of gas in the car during transport. This is for both safety and payload reasons.

Remove any external items or special equipment on the car, including fog lights, spoilers, antennae. This is a very important step and not taking care of it can be a costly mistake. If you’re shipping a convertible, make sure the top is up and securely fastened.

Before turning your vehicle over to an auto transport company, it’s a good idea to check the air pressure in the tires and make sure the fluids are topped off. It’s recommended to have a professional do this since they can check for any leaks as well.

Lastly, document any existing damage to the vehicle. Be as thorough as possible and take pictures if you can.

Auto Transport Insurance 

Every vehicle transport quote should include insurance that covers your auto from damage during the moving process. While the basic insurance covers most cars, it’s a good idea to inquire about additional insurance if you need a luxury, classic or high value vehicle moved.

Special Instructions

If there is any sort of special instructions or care required for you car during transport, make sure to include detailed information and instructions for the driver. This can included anything from a tricky door handle or window to starting the car if anything out of the ordinary is required.

Author: Joshua Benson is a writer for A1AutoTransport.com, an auto transport company that operates in the U.S. and internationally. www.a1autotransport.com