The Truth About Auto-Transport Companies


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Auto-transport companies are designed to facilitate a person's need to transport cars from one location to another. Whether a person is moving or they have sold their vehicle via Internet auction, the car can be transported without adding mileage or road wear to it.

In some cases, it's just easier to transport a car rather than make the lengthy drive out of time considerations. There are some things to know about auto-transport companies in advance.

The process of shipping a car from one location to another, especially across long distances, requires planning ahead and doing your homework. Whether you are a frequent shipper or a first timer, always shop the price with various different car transport services.

Factors such as costs of gas, number of cars already going in that direction and seasons can impact the expense.

The auto transport service will need to know where the car is going from and to, the make, model and year of the car as well as when the customer wants the car to ship. Most transporters will not guarantee exact dates, if one promises you that then make sure you have it in writing.

All transport companies require a contract, which should be carefully reviewed prior to signing. The contract will cover information needed on topics like damage to the vehicle, delays, cancellation and accident as well as insurance coverage.

If insurance is not listed on the contract, it's a good idea to find out what the transporter offers by way of insurance.

In general, auto transporters are safe, trustworthy and the vehicle will arrive in great condition. However, the contract stipulates all conditions for recourse, including reimbursement for damages in the event there are any, so be sure to look it over carefully.

The transporter will inspect the car upon arrival at either the depot it will be departing from or when the truck arrives at the house where it is kept. Either way, the inspection will note in writing and by sketch, all nicks, dings, dents and other hints of damage on the body of the vehicle. This is the ‘Origin Inspection Report’ and should be held onto or forwarded to the receiver of the vehicle.

When the car arrives at its final destination, the receiver should take the time to slowly go over the entirety of the car and verify that nothing is different from the inspection report. Without this verification, if the receiver signs the driver's release form then the transporter is no longer liable for any damages that might be discovered later. So make sure the receiver has the time to do the work correctly.

Auto transporters provide an invaluable service for people who must relocate cross-country, across stateliness and even across oceans. There are transporters who will take vehicles to and from Hawaii, Europe and other foreign destinations. So whether you are relocating yourself, selling your car or purchasing a car, an auto transporter can service your needs.

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