Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Learn how to select the right car shipping company

Some of the things that have to find out about the company are whether they are bonded, how long they have been in business, what services they offer and what the total cost will be. You have to provide some information to the company like what type of car do you have, its origin and destination and the departure date. They will ask you what type of service you require. Whether you want terminal to terminal, door to door, open auto transport or enclosed shipping service. Door to door shipping means they will pick up the car from your home and deliver it to your new home. There is terminal to terminal which is where you take it to a shipping location at the area of departure and pick it up at a shipping location at the area of arrival. 

The shipping location could be a truck, train or shipping terminal. Decide whether you want your car to be transported covered or uncovered. For each type of service, cost will also be different. In open car transport your car will be exposed to various elements like sun, snow, rain, storm which may harm your car. But one advantage is shipping cost will be low. Enclosed car transport means your car will be protected from elements like sun, snow, rain etc. But for this service, shipping cost will be a bit high.

Some companies may ask their client to make full payment up front and some will want a deposit and then the rest of the fee when the car is delivered. Do find out whether company will cover any inconvenience that is caused if your car is not delivered on time. Most companies will cover the cost of a rental car if the delivery of your car is delayed. One more thing to remember is before the transport company picks up your car do get a certified inspection done from them. Take pictures of the car also. Do take note of the damage if any in the car and what the current mileage on the car is on the day of pick up.

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