Are you moving out of state soon? How will you get your vehicles there? This situation can present a dilemma when it comes to your vehicles. Specifically, how do you go about transporting cars to another state, especially when you already have to move everything in your home?
Typically, you have two options: You can drive your cars to your new home or you can ship them out of state using a vehicle shipping company.
But what’s the process like when you use a vehicle shipping company? How can you be sure your car will arrive safely at your new home?
That’s the subject of today’s blog post as we examine the steps you need to take to ship your car out of state. Here’s how to ship your car safely so you can feel confident it will arrive in the same condition it was shipped in.
Whether you’re moving or shipping a car to a child in college, you’ll feel a lot better about shipping your car if you know you’re in good hands. That’s why it’s so important to talk to the people at each auto transporter you are considering for your shipment.
Call each company and ask them the questions you have. Let them know about your key concerns. Narrow your list of companies by how professional they are in addressing your needs.
Carefully read the reviews from past customers. It’s especially helpful to read the average reviews they receive, such as the three-star reviews on a five-star scale. Those reviews often provide the most detail and give you a preview of what to expect.
Some companies are known to manipulate reviews. So as part of your process, check Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau for more background information about any shipment companies you are considering.
Once you have a shipping company you feel comfortable with, it’s time to schedule your shipping date. A good transporter will have an online booking and payment system or you can book in person. Make sure you have a written confirmation of your shipping date.
We advise booking at least two weeks in advance to get better prices and more available delivery dates. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and face paying an extra emergency shipment fee.
With a pickup and delivery date on the books, you will need to prepare your car for shipment.
First, wash your car so any dents and scratches are visible. You will be inspecting your car along with your trucker to account for all blemishes. You can take pictures of your vehicle before and after transport and the trucker will likely give you a bill of lading as well.
Empty your tank to 1/4 full as the extra fuel will add to the weight of your car and the hauling cost. Remove your belongings and hand your keys to the driver.
When you transport your car, you will receive a shipping window. Depending on how far the shipment is, you could wait two to three weeks to get your car back.
Feeling anxiety during this time period is natural. Your shipment company will provide you with a way of tracking your car through GPS. This way you can see where your car is during it’s route to the destination.
When you receive the car, you will want to do another inspection. If the car is in good condition, then you wil sign the bill of lading. If there is new damage to the vehicle, then you will need to file a claim.
The key to transporting cars to another state is to choose a reputable company. You’ll feel better knowing your car is in good hands, and you’ll be able to track it’s location until it arrives at its destination.
Schedule early to make sure you get a good shipping period that works for your schedule and to take advantage of better pricing.
If you need to move a car, let us help. Contact us now to discuss your needs and to receive a free quote.