Your Essential Guide To Auto Transport Vehicle Moving

Have you ever bought a​ car in​ one state and needed shipped just on the other side of​ the country? or​ maybe, have your car sent to​ your ex-wife, who happens to​ live in​ Canada? Or, why not, bought your car on-line, from San Francisco and need it​ in​ New York? I’m sure that, if​ this hasn’t happened yet, it​ will probably happen sooner or​ later. So here are a​ few tips in​ transporting your car within USA, or​ between USA and Canada, no matter the distance.


Bearing in​ mind that the whole process can take quite a​ while, especially on long distances, schedule your auto shipping at​ least 4 weeks before you move, giving enough time to​ arrange for a​ car mover carrier to​ pick up your vehicle. Basically, the more advance time the better. if​ you are not available, you should arrange an​ alternative authorized party such as​ neighbor, friend or​ relative you can trust to​ transfer the car to​ the car mover. Most automobile shippers offer door-to-door service.

The cost

When working with a​ Car Mover, confirm what the total cost of​ the shipping will be. as​ you obtain quotes from several car transport and auto shipping companies (some links included lower), be prepared to​ provide:

·Approximate departure date;
·Type of​ vehicle(s);
·Type of​ car transport service desired (e.g. door-to-door car transport vs. terminal-to-terminal);
·Special car mover or​ auto shipping requests (e.g. deliver at​ a​ location other than your home vs. at​ your home).

Payment method

While some car transport and auto drive-away companies may not require payment in​ advance, others require a​ deposit (10-25% of​ the total cost), or​ full payment in​ advance. if​ a​ deposit is​ given, amount due is​ always required at​ time of​ delivery – oftentimes with a​ cashiers check or​ cash. Sometimes a​ surcharge of​ 2-3% is​ required when using a​ credit card with a​ car transport or​ auto drive-away company.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must license auto shippers, transporters with a​ valid MC# or​ US DOT#.


The car Transport Company or​ auto drive-away should insure your vehicle against damage and theft. ASK FOR a​ COPY of​ INSURANCE COVERAGE. Ask if​ the carrier's insurance is​ PRIMARY or​ SECONDARY to​ your own insurance in​ the event of​ damage during car transport. Also, ask if​ there is​ damage deductible – VERIFY ALL in​ WRITING. in​ addition, your own car insurance may cover your vehicle in​ transit – check with your car insurance company to​ verify.

Inspect your car before shipping

It is​ advisable that in​ addition to​ receiving a​ condition report document from your car mover detailing any pre-existing damage to​ your car, that you take photographs of​ the car, date the photos, and attach them to​ the condition report provided by the car mover for your records. You must have a​ detailed description of​ the condition of​ your car prior to​ shipping. The condition report or​ other document used by the car mover should include current mileage, pre-existing damage of​ any type including as​ glass, scratches, paint, dents, and so on. This report is​ important in​ case any disputes arise.

Accepting your vehicle for delivery

At the time of​ delivery, inspect your vehicle SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY and compare the condition and mileage against the "Original Inspection Report" provided by your car transport company at​ origination (ALSO INSPECT THE ROOF AND UNDER FRONT AND REAR BUMPERS). if​ there are inconsistencies, note them as​ exceptions and be sure the driver signs it. NEVER ACCEPT YOUR VEHICLE at​ NIGHT if​ YOU CANNOT VERIFY ITS CONDITION – without being viewed and signed by the driver, you have little recourse if​ damage had occurred during transit.

Unresolved Disputes

Always try to​ work out your dispute with the car mover or​ auto shipping company first. They often work on a​ referral basis and are motivated to​ working out problems. However, if​ you feel you have reached a​ dead end or​ that you have not been treated reasonably, you have the option of​ filing complaints with multiple agencies (BBB, State and or​ Federal Department of​ Transportation, Interstate Commerce Commission) as​ well as​ seeking legal counsel.

As I hope everything will turn out all right with your delivery, I’m giving a​ few links to​ some major auto-transportation companies. There you should find responses that are more comprehensive to​ your questions and to​ the money and work involved in​ shipping your car from one place to​ another. -A AAAdvantage Auto Transporters (800) 233-4875 -Dependable Auto Shippers (800) 763-4165 -A Florida Direct Auto Transport (888) 432-4708 -B&T Auto Transport (866) 849-3700

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