How To Ship Your Dennison
So you have scoured the country in search for that dream Dennison and have finally found a willing seller. The next big problem then becomes how to ship it home. New Zealand’s first indigenous car is a collector’s item anyone would be proud to have. However, the vehicle will likely not be in a condition to be driven. The services of a capable car transport company will, therefore, be required.
For first timers, perhaps the more important thing is an understanding of the process. It will be difficult to understand quality, without necessarily knowing what to expect. There are many different types of services on offer. Typically, car transport can be divided into two, international and domestic. Overseas shipment happens via sea freight or by air, while domestic transportation happens via rail or road. The majority of transportation happens locally or interstate, and by road. This is because it is relatively fast and flexible, and not too expensive.
The types of carriers used by the typical auto shipping companies can also be divided into two; open and enclosed. Open carriers can be further divided into multi-car and single car opens 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.
Another important aspect of the shipping process one must understand is the pickup and delivery process. Typically, there are two options door to door and terminal based delivery. Many companies will only offer door to door as it is more convenient. The car is picked up at the source and ferried all the way cross country to the new destination. It is appropriate in situations where the vehicle is not in a condition to be driven, like in the case of, say, old vintage vehicles.
On the other hand, terminal based pickup and delivery is much different, and in some instances, cheaper. It involves the owner of the vehicle dropping the car at a company terminal. From there, the company has the car shipped to another terminal near the destination, from where the owner picks up the car again.
With an understanding of the shipping process, begin the first search. Do not simply choose the first company you come across. It is advisable to shop around a little. To make the process easier, narrow down the number to at least three and make comparisons. Compare the following aspects of the service they offer
- Caliber of their client list
- Amount of insurance offered
- Proximity to their offices
The car shipping process can be tedious, especially when the first time involves such high stakes. However, with a good grasp of the process, it will be easier to navigate the field.
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.