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The Five-Step Guide to Shipping Your Car

Here's a math problem for you.

You have three cars, and four people in your family aged 4, 9, 34 and 37. The cruel calculus: If you can't wrangle a family member or friend into helping, you need an auto shipper. 

This article will give you an overview of what you need to do to get that fave vehicle to your new home safely and soundly.

1. Find a Shipper. There are many ways to find auto shippers. Relocation.com matches customers with industry professionals who provide stellar service; simply request a quote on the site.

Other options include browsing through advertisements in local newspapers, phone books or the Internet. You can also seek recommendations from others who have shipped a car. If you can't find a local auto shipper, ask about local terminals or carriers where you can drop off or pick up your vehicle; these terminals are most likely associated with a company located elsewhere.

Before choosing a company to go with, find out if the company is licensed and bonded; this will help you determine if they are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).

Check with the DOT and the Better Business Bureau to determine if your auto transport company meets the regulations for secure transporting or if any complaints have been made against them.

2. Costs. In order to receive price quotes, you will be asked questions such as:
• Do you need your vehicle delivered by a specific date?
• How many vehicles will you be transporting?
• How far will you be traveling?
• How large is the vehicle you will be transporting?
• Do you want door-to-door service or will you be dropping off and picking up your car at the terminal?

These questions give you a more approximate estimate, because additional fees are applied for oversize vehicles or for immediate pick up. (An oversize fee is an additional fee for vehicles larger than the average size. Cars in this category generally include SUV's, vans or pickup trucks. Consult with your car transport company about whether this charge applies to you.)

3. The Pick-Up. Make plans at least two weeks in advance, preferably longer, especially if you are moving a long distance. The earlier you schedule your pick-up, the better your chances of having your vehicle picked up on the date you request. Many companies will also have an immediate pick-up option for an additional fee. (Keep in mind that pick-up and delivery dates are not guaranteed so plan appropriately.)

4. How Long It Takes. There is really no way to determine how long it will take to pick up or ship a vehicle. If you do not choose the guaranteed pick up service, you will be given an estimated pick up date. However, the time frame can range from one-five days depending on weather conditions and where you are located.

As it gets closer to the moving date, you will receive a specific date and time for pick-up and delivery. These details are important to record so that you can schedule properly. Remember that your car is being transported with other vehicles. This means that your car may be the first to be picked up, but the last to be delivered. If you are worried about scheduling, speak with your auto transport company for information on their previous pick ups and deliveries.

5. Is My Car Insured? It is necessary to do a background check on your specific vehicle transport company to ensure that your goods will be fully insured. All reputable transport companies will offer coverage and have a certificate of insurance available.

You may make the decision to receive additional insurance if you want supplemental coverage for scratches, dents or damage to personal items left in the vehicle. Because personal items are not permitted in a vehicle that is being transported, you cannot be covered for these goods while in transit. This is law and your transport company is not responsible for any belongings left in the trunk or compartments.

You should also inquire with your auto carrier if they are planning to use an agent to transport your vehicle. Your own auto insurance provider or home insurance policy may also offer additional coverage for your vehicle or items left inside. It is recommended that you investigate your options prior to the move.

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