How To Ship Your Almac
So you have just bought that limited edition Almac and are thinking of a way to get it home. The truth is, hitting the open road for that long distance road trip is perhaps not such a good idea. What then remains, is the option of a reliable car transport company. How exactly does one choose an auto shipping company? Here are some useful steps to follow when choosing an automobile shipping company.
It is important to understand the process before making a choice. This is because it will be difficult to understand quality, without necessarily knowing what to expect. This is especially important for those who are looking to ship their vehicles for the first time. To begin with, auto shipment involves moving a vehicle from one point to another. However, that is pretty much where the similarity among the various car transport companies end. There are many different types of services on offer. Typically, car transport can be divided into two, international and domestic.
Overseas shipment happens via sea freight or by air, while domestic transportation happens via rail or road. The majority of transportation happens locally or interstate, and by road. This is because it is relatively fast and flexible, and not too expensive.There are many different types of road transport carriers. However, they can be classified roughly into two, open and enclosed.
Open carriers can be further divided into multi-car and single car open carriers. Single car carriers carry just the one car, but the multi-carriers haul between 3 and ten cars per trip. Many of the multi-car carriers that carry more than three vehicles at a time have different loading levels for stacking the vehicles. Since open carriers have the vehicle exposed to the elements, the vehicles loaded on the top level, otherwise called top loading, attract a higher transportation fee than those at the lower levels, because of the risk of damage from debris.
There are two options too when it comes to picking up and delivery; door to door and terminal based delivery. Door to door is more convenient, as it does not involve the owner of the vehicle in the process at all. The car is picked up at the source and ferried all the way cross country to the new destination.
It is appropriate in situations where the vehicle is not in a condition to be driven, like in the case of, say, old vintage vehicles. Terminal based pickup and delivery is different, and in some instances, cheaper. It involves the owner of the vehicle dropping the car at a company terminal. From there, the company has the car shipped to another terminal near the destination, from where the owner picks up the car again.
The car shipping process can either be very successful or go horribly wrong. It all depends on how one decides to go about choosing a car shipping company. The industry is full of frauds and untrustworthy individuals with whom one must never entrust their cars. If you look carefully, though, you will find good companies able to offer these and so much more.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.