Car Transport Tips
Your first question should be “what are the total costs?”.
Request quotes from a number of transport companies and be able
to provide: the destination and origination, the type of vehicle/vehicles,
special transport services, the approximate departure date and
the type of service desired (e.g., terminal-to-terminal or door-to-door).
Use the form on our home page to request multiple, FREE auto transport
METHOD. A few vehicle transport and driveway companies
do not require any payments in advance; other companies require
that you pay between 10 and 25 percent of the total cost, or even
the full payment in advance. If a deposit is asked, the rest is
due at time of delivery – often with cash or cashiers check.
This is important!!! You should read this carefully!!! Erase the
verbal promises from your transport company. What you should be
looking for in a contract is the clause that states that a delivery
or pickup date cannot be guaranteed. Most vehicles are delivered
by car, and most companies in the timeframe will NOT promise a
delivery on a specific date. Certain things can be asked to protect
yourself against any verbal promises coming from the company:
ask the company for a contract clause and let it state in writing
the cancellation fee if the car is not collected by the company
on the date given for the pickup. Expect a fee if you decide to
cancel any agreement. A cancellation clause should be brought
forward at least one week before the pickup date.
The transport company should insure your vehicle against theft
and damage. You should ask for a copy of the insurance coverage.
Ask if the insurance of the carrier is primary or secondary to
your insurance in case of damage during transport. Make it clear
to ask that if damage to your vehicle occurs, if there is a damage
deductible. See our Auto Shipping Insurance page for more information
AND DROPOFF DATES. An estimated pickup time and delivery
time from the company should be asked for. A 3-day window should
be given during the summer and a larger window should be given
during snow bird season. The transport company should notify you
ahead of time.
It is recommended that you contact a vehicle transport bureau
and inquire about the chosen company’s history of services.
GOODBYE. Before leaving your car with a driver or transport
company, be sure that you receive an ORIGINAL INSPECTION REPORT.
This shows the condition of your car at the time of pick up, current
mileage delivery and pickup information.
VEHICLE. Your vehicle should be inspected slowly and
carefully. Compare the mileage and condition against the ORIGINAL
INSPECTION REPORT. The roof and under the bumpers should not be
neglected. Inspect those! IMPORTANT: do not accept your vehicle
at night if you cannot verify the condition of the vehicle.
The majority of these experiences are not a worry. On occasion
may a vehicle get damaged. If so happens, jot down all the damages
on the inspection report provided by your transport company and
obtain the driver’s signature. Contact your transport company.
They should work with you and reimburse you for any damages made
to your vehicle.