Tips to Choosing the Right Auto Shipper
If you've never shipped a vehicle before, the whole process can be a bit overwhelming at first. There are, however, a few things that you can look out for that may help you choose the best vehicle shipping company for your needs.
Perhaps the first thing to observe while doing your comparison shopping is how willing they are to show you their insurance policy and explain the coverage. If the company does not insure their cargo, or will not offer proof, scratch them off your list. They may seem upstanding but if they are not insured, they probably cannot afford it - a very bad sign. They could be embroiled in legal issues or just simply operate their business very badly and are looking for another sucker to fleece before they close their business. Don't be that sucker. This could be just another example of someone who wanted to be an entrepreneur, but had no idea how to run a successful business.
The company you choose must be honest and reliable and financially sound enough to offer you several policies from which to choose. There are two types of insurance in the industry, primary and excess. The primary will cover damages independently of your current personal insurance policy. Excess coverage is just that, it covers damages in excess of your currently held personal policy. The company should be eager to describe what types of accidents and damages their policy covers so you can make an intelligent choice of the coverage you need to purchase from them.
Once you have these issues settles, you can move on to the next stage of preparing and submitting your car. There are several types of trucks and services. You have probably seen more open carriers than container carriers around. Open carriers are preferred by many customers because they are less expensive. In many cases the distances the cargo has to travel are particularly large, and if weather is fair open trucks often move out more quickly.
Generally shipments by sea use container shipping. The drawbacks of container shipping are the obvious increase in price as well as the less obvious time factor, Auto shipping companies are not quick to ship partial containers so you may have to wait a considerable amount of time before your container is full and ready to depart.
Inside a closed truck or container your car is more secure. It is less likely to be stolen or damaged by elements outside the shipping process, like weather or vandals. If your car has to endure a long trip or if it is an unusual vehicle, an expensive or fragile collector's item, and if you want to hold on to what you have already spent a fortune buying and maintaining, best opt for closed carrier shipping.
Companies, that is - good companies, offer insurance for every shipped vehicle: any damaged while the car is handled by the company will be compensated. Moreover, they arrange for liability insurance of at least $800, 000 which covers damage to large numbers of cargo. No business company worthy of its name finds it profitable to mishandle or endanger the property of their clients. They make sure you are insured. Beware of fishy organizations which even so much as hint at reluctance to offer adequate insurance or neglect to mention it.