5 Common Vehicle Shipping Questions Explained
Vehicle shipping has been a booming industry in the United States for several decades; however, it is not a very well-known service to the majority of Americans. For this reason, most people are uncertain of how to find a quality auto transport company when it comes time to move their vehicle cross-country or internationally.
Outlined below are 5 of the most common questions about vehicle shipping among customers in the U.S. In order to get the best service and pricing, you need to familiarize yourself with the car shipping process and know what questions to ask when you begin shopping for auto shipping services.
1. How do I choose a vehicle shipping company?
There are hundreds of car shipping companies in North America, from large conglomerates with massive transport fleets to the small company with only a few trucks. You will find the best service and pricing only by comparing the companies thoroughly. You will want to ask them if they are licensed and insured, how they determine pricing, their shipping schedule and how often they run late. Those are just a few of the important questions to ask. Once you have spoken with at least 3 companies, you can make a highly informed decision and feel comfortable you made the best decision.
2. Is there any paperwork required to ship my car?
If you are shipping your car within the country, you will not be required to complete any shipping documents with the transport company; they will prepare all the paperwork necessary to transport your vehicle ahead of time and the driver will have all the information ready for you when he arrives to pick up your car. Typically, the driver will arrive at a specified time to pick up your vehicle and he or she will perform a mandatory inspection of your vehicle and make notes of any evident damage. This is to protect you and the transport company in case any damage occurs to your vehicle during shipping. (Note: If you are shipping internationally, there are many important documents required.)
3. Do I need additional insurance protection when shipping my car?
If you encounter any vehicle shipping companies that do not have enough insurance coverage to cover any damage to your vehicle, run as fast as you can and don’t look back. You should never have to get extra insurance coverage when shipping your car. Ask to see proof of insurance coverage to ensure your car will be safe from pickup to delivery. It’s not a bad idea to check with your insurance company as well to see if you do have any protection coverage from damage resulting from transporting your vehicle.
4. If my car doesn’t run, can I still ship it?
Absolutely. Your car does not need to be driven at any point, so shipping it will not be a problem. However, you will need to inform the vehicle shipping company of the fact that your car does not run. Some companies may not want to bother with your vehicle, but most will still ship it at a marked up cost.
5. Will the car shippers be driving my car at any point?
Your car will typically only be driven when the transport driver is loading your vehicle onto the truck and unloading it once it arrives at its destination. When using terminal-to-terminal vehicle shipping services, the driver will need to drive your car to the terminal for you to pick it up, but that is the extent to which your auto will ever be driven.