How To Ship Your Alternative Car
Alternative cars are a beauty, but not the kind of beauty you can subject to hours on the road from coast to coast. When moving such long distances, perhaps it is best to have a reliable car shipping company do the shipment.
But how exactly does one choose a good auto shipping company? Here are some of the steps to follow;
Perform an online search
The growth of the online platform has made it easier to find whatever service one is looking for easily. Today, there is no need of scouring listings on the yellow pages when there a random search online can reveal thousands of hits. Enter such keywords as auto transport and hit the search engine search button. Any reputable company must have an online presence, so a search online is likely to unearth a good company. Sometimes, though, a random search like this could return thousands of hits. A good way to narrow them down is to search for local companies, whose offices can be visited, and representatives can be met face to face.
The search for a reliable and cheap car shipping service must not stop at the initial search stage. It is always advisable to shop around. Select two or three companies and compare their different price offerings and the service packages they have. It is thought that comparisons like this are likely to save the customer up to 50 percent.
It is one thing for a company to promise quality on their website, and another for them to actually deliver on the promise. Anyone can say anything online, but only the companies with a stellar reputation can be trusted. The first thing to look for is the company registration. Go to the department of transport website and check whether it has been registered in the area it operates. Another clever technique when checking reputations is to look up the company on online review forums. Websites like the better business bureau can be very helpful in providing helpful information regarding the reputations of companies. The better business bureau has information going back as far as three years.
Another particularly useful way of finding a reliable company is to ask around from trusted friends or acquaintances. Find those friends who have had their cars shipped before, and ask them such questions as how much does it cost? What were their experiences? Are there any companies they would recommend for you to avoid?
If at this stage you still have not decided which company to go with, it might be time to initiate contact. Make a call to their offices, make a personal visit or make enquiries via email.
The result of this interaction will give a clear indication of just how reliable the company is. If for instance, they do not respond to question in over 24 hours, then they might not be the right company to go with. If on arrival one asks for a quote and does not get a straight answer, avoid that company.
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.