Freight and transport is a service that requires filling out a lot of paperwork with so many things to go through. The abundance of paperwork to sign and complete can deter people from going direct to car carrier companies and instead get the aid of a transport broker. However, brokers are a middle man and add little value to the overall transaction. It can often be more expensive or lead to a lower service of care for your vehicle, since the brokers take a decent chuck from the car transporters who do the actual work.
By investing some time on this exercise, the possibility of managing the interstate car transport process can be achieved without the need or assistance from any middle man.
Here I am sharing with you some easy steps that will help you go through what is involved when getting your car shipped interstate.
Find Real Car Transport Companies: The most important thing to understand is that a broker will advertise a free service for finding an interstate car transport company, but they are paid by real car transport companies that provide the service. It is often that a percentage is added on top of the quote or the job is accepted at a lower rate which eats into the profits of these real car transport providers which will impact the level of service. So bypass this and go straight to the car transport company to get a price first hand.
Understand The Contract: You need to understand the car shipping contract in detail. Make sure the agreed charges are outlined and check for any hidden fees or storage fees. Some companies can charge exorbitant storage fees for every day the car is left is storage.
Cover Yourself: When you are finally proceeding with a chosen car transport quote, make sure you cover yourself in the event anything unforeseen was to occur. The car transport company may have public liability insurance but this does not mean transit insurance is covered, so any loss, damage, dents and scratches may not be covered. It may only mean that the transport company is covered if the truck rolls over.
Prepare The Car For Shipping: The transport company may provide you with a list of instructions when preparing it to be shipped. Get your car checked by a mechanic to make sure it is mechanically sound. Most transporters require a quarter of a tank in fuel to reduce the weight of the vehicle and take some photos of your car for the inspection report.
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