How To Ship Your BMW.
Whether it is after purchase or when relocating cross country, the idea of shipping one’s car, especially when it is BMW can be intimidating to say the least. Everyone has a special relationship with their car, and handing it over to just anyone to transport might seem like a huge risk, especially for interstate transportation.
However, the convenience and advantages of auto transport, especially over a long distance makes it an acceptable choice. Still, before settling for a car shipping company, it is important to do some due diligence to make sure the car will be in safe hands. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a car transport company.
Typically, reputation is the first factor to go by when making a selection. Evaluate the company’s reliability based on their past track record on prices, licensing, insurance, experience and authority. The company must be legally registered with the government and have valid licenses. Away from that, the company chosen should be the one with favourable reviews, especially online. Look it up on such websites as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to get feedback from past customers. The BBB is especially reliable as it keep complaints for close to 36 months, and indicates whether and how they were resolved by the company. When doing international shipment, go for a domestic company whose offices are easily accessible.
Of course insurance is paramount, but do not just take the word of the companies. Every carrier will have liability insurance, but before making a choice, make sure to understand the specific limits of their liability, including deductibles. Many will provide between as much as 50,000 dollars on the lower limit, with some going as far as 250,000 dollars. Even if the car shipping company says the car is fully covered, confirm the specifics.
Typically, there are two types of auto transport carriers, open and enclosed. The open carrier transport is more cost-effective, but this means the car might require additional protection from environmental elements, especially if it is a vintage BMW. Maximum protection from the elements might require the BMW to be either transported in an enclosed trailer, or to be top loaded. Top-loading means having it loaded on the highest deck, where it has minimum contact with debris from the road.
It might seem like going over the top, but before the actual car transport, inspect the vehicle and take pictures. The damage rates of the industry are only 3 percent, so one will likely never have to deal with the photos. However, it is comforting to know that one’s BMW is in the best state and that any damages will immediately be apparent.
Agree on the specifics.
Before they arrive, make sure you understand where the BMW will be off-loaded. Many companies do door-to-door transportation, but that does not necessarily mean it will be delivered right at the doorstep. Communicate with the transport company and find out whether their carriers will be able to navigate to neighbourhood alleyways. It might be necessary to meet at a convenient pre-arranged location.
While convenient, relatively fast, cheap and reliable, shipping a BMW will obviously leave the owner with an element of worry. Confirming these points means one can rest assured that the company they choose will deliver on their own terms.
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.
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