How To Ship Your Fageol
Fageol made some of the most impressive vehicles ever trucks and coaches that can make any collector drool. With such a carefully crafted vintage vehicle in one’s possession, the next step is to look for that reputable shipping company to ferry it home. Typically, one will begin their search online, given the number of website and service provider options one is likely to encounter.
However, going online means going into shark infested waters, with companies saying anything they can to win your business. In the crowd, there will be a few reliable companies. The biggest challenge, then, is to find out who they are, especially for the first timers. Here are a few ways to navigate a crowded auto shipment industry and make the right choice.
Look at the advertisements properly
Any company can post an ad online praising the level of the services they provide. However, it takes a truly reputable company to provide the level of service they claim to offer. Here are some ways to know who says the truth and who is not.
Many companies will claim to have terminals all across the country and offer shipment to every part. While this is certainly impressive, be wary of companies that make this claim. The reality is that it is likely the job will be outsourced or will be handled by brokers. Before committing to having one’s vehicle shipped long distance by such a company, make sure you understand exactly how the company operates and to whom the vehicle will be handed over.
Examine the quotes
Another sign of a potentially untrustworthy company is their quotes. Everyone wants the cheapest rates, but when a deal is too good, think twice. Beware of those companies that charge suspiciously low prices, possibly in a bid to attract more customers. It is likely that some of these companies will not offer value for their money, and the auto shipment is likely to be more costly than anticipated, what with the possibility of hidden costs. Choose a company that charges affordable rates, but do not be afraid to pay for service that will be satisfactory.
Insurance is another point with which one can use to weed out companies. Every car shipping company is required to take out insurance on every vehicle they transport. The rules only say insurance is needed, but there is no cap on the maximum, or minimums, of insurance that companies can take out on their vehicles. The industry standard is about 50,000 dollars for every vehicle, but some companies go as high as 250,000 dollars for every vehicle. On the other hand, some companies will only go as low as 25,000 dollars.
Before committing to a company, make sure you confirm the insurance specifics being offered by the company. This especially important for those that are shipping vintage vehicles, which should have insurance as high as possible. Read the contract thoroughly before making any commitments, including the fine prints, deductibles if any, and any hidden costs. There are reliable shipping companies in the industry, and finding them will be easier with these factors in mind.
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.