How To Ship Your Avanti
Before shipping that Avanti long distance, there are a few factors one must always remember. Shipment is either national or international.
There are numerous options when it comes to domestic shipment, all depending on the budget, urgency and personal preferences. One can choose between road, rail or air transport. Road transport offers the widest array of choice
- Open trailers that carry a single vehicle
- Multi-car carriers with about three vehicles on board
- Multi-car multi-level carriers with up to ten vehicles
- Enclosed carriers
The choice most of the time depends on the size dimensions and specific needs of the vehicle. For example, a high-end luxury or collector’s item vintage car might require the exclusivity of an enclosed single vehicle carrier. This reduces the chances of damage from accidents with other vehicles or weather elements. The size of the vehicle matters a lot during shipping. It might be wise to remove accessories like spoilers making the vehicle much safer and reducing the overall cost of the shipment.
For overseas shipment, there are two options; freight or air. Air transport is by far the most expensive. It is also extremely fast, and might, therefore, appeal to a certain clientele. Ocean freight, on the other hand, comes in two options.
- The vehicle can either be driven into the ship and secured in storage below deck, or
- The vehicle can be secured in a container
Even though both options are perfectly safe, securing the car below deck exposes it to damage from humidity and the possibility of accidents from other cars.
Pickup and delivery
There are two options when it comes to picking up and delivery, door to door and terminal based delivery. Door to door is typically more expensive, and understandably so. However, if you have the means and time to transport the car between the container terminals and the final address at both ends of the auto transportation then go for the terminal based service.
There are many auto transport service providers in the industry, all offering different services at different prices. Before making that commitment, understand what exactly you want with your vehicle, and use those specifics to narrow down the search field. Looking through shipping companies online is easy, and there are tools which enable potential clients to compare quotes from different automobile shipment outlets. Comparing prices can reduce one’s expenditure by up to 70 per cent.
A fair amount of preparation is required to get the car ready for shipment. It is important to remove all personal belongings from the vehicle for several reasons. Any damage to personal belongings might not be covered by insurance. The shipment process might damage the personal effects in the vehicle, or have them damage the car. It is important to wash the car carefully and take note of the physical condition before handing it over. If possible, take pictures of the vehicle at the moment of pick up. It might be necessary to disable the alarm especially if it is to be loaded below deck on a ship.
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.