How To Ship Your Ambassador.
So you have decided to move your Ambassador using an auto transport company but are totally clueless about the whole process. It is important to understand how the industry works before making a commitment.
The first thing one would have you understand is that there are two types of agents in the industry, brokers and car transport carriers. The carriers are the actual owners of the trucks which move the vehicle from point A to B. they can be hired directly, or through brokers. Brokers are the second type of agents who do not own any trucks, but look for shipping business and hire the auto transporters to execute the business.
Whatever the choice, take an active role in the process. One must understand the individuals to whom they have committed their vehicles for transportation. For instance, one must make sure the car shipping agent they choose is insured, bonded and licensed. There are ways to confirm this. One can look up their details in the USDOT website, or check their reviews on the Better Business Bureau website. Look closely into the fine print of their terms and conditions, especially those that involve insurance details. More importantly, though, take the time out and learn about the auto transport process first.
Before the actual shipment, whether domestic or overseas, understand the specifics of the process. Ask for a contract before being bound by any obligations and read it carefully. Always ask for a contact person willing to answer all the questions that might arise, including quotations. Study the bill of lading and make sure the state of the car has been described accurately in it before the process is set rolling.
When one chooses a carrier, they might, depending on the season, have to work within their schedule.Most companies will have a designated number of trucks covering a given area within a set period of time. In the summer period, for instance, these trucks might have fixed slots. The pick-up is the complicated part though. Delivery gets easier since many companies keep regular schedules.
Once the choice has been made, always ask for a quotation. Any reputable company will be able to provide quotations on demand. When they come, there will likely be terminologies one will need to learn. For instance, one might have to understand the difference between door-to-door and terminal to terminal transportation. Door to door means the vehicle will be picked up at home and delivered to the final destination. In terminal to terminal, one has to deliver the vehicle to a nearby terminal, then pick it up from another company terminal at the destination.
Those looking to ship domestically will also have to understand the differences between open and enclosed shipping. Open carriers expose their vehicles to the elements, but are the most common in the industry. In fact, over 90 per cent of domestic shipments happen with open carriers. Enclosed carriers are more expensive though, and unlike open carriers which carry up to ten vehicles at a time, only have the one car.
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.