How To Ship Your Carlton
The little known Carlton was a limited edition vehicle manufactured by Marlboro. As unique as they come, having to move such a vehicle with you long distance can be tedious. Driving is out of the question, obviously, given the fragile state of the car.
The only choice that remains is having it shipped interstate by a reliable shipping company. Even then, with such a valuable classic, one must be sure the company they choose sis the right one for the job. But how exactly does one find the right company? Here are some tips.
Registration and licensing
Every company is required to be registered by the Government through the department of transport, and maybe in the states in which they operate. One of the most useful ways to confirm the reliability of the company is to check their registration details. These details are normally within the public record, and can even be accessed via the registering authorities’ websites. Accessing these websites for information on the companies chosen might even reveal the company disciplinary records. If they have been punished or been the subject of fines in the past, then this information can be found on these websites.
Use the internet
The internet is an open and free tool, and anyone with an internet connection can post anything they wish. Anybody can set up a website advertising their ability to offer quality automobile services on the cheap. However, knowing the car shipping industry, not everyone should be trusted to move the car cross country. Luckily, online reviews can give the customer a clearer picture of the reliability of the website they deal with. Many company websites tend to have sections for past customer reviews. These are, however, controlled by them, and it can be difficult to find a company that posts negative reviews about themselves on their website. There are more independent online review forums like the better business bureau that will offer a much more honest opinion.
Most car shipment options
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.
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.