How To Ship Your Fisker
One of the good news pieces in the automotive industry last year was that of the Fisker coming back, at least for fans of one of the world’s most respected electric hybrid car manufacturers in the past decade or so. The company has faced numerous challenges in the past few years, but regardless of the troubles it faced, it still produced arguably some of the industry’s most impressive machines. Even with such an impressive electric car, the prospect of driving it cross country after purchase might be tempting, what with the open road and the chance to try out the new car.
However, in the long run, perhaps the better would be to find a reliable auto shipping company for the job. The car transport process can either be smooth or be a very difficult process depending on how one chooses the company to do the job for them. Here are some pointers everyone should follow when looking for Shipment Company.
First, it is important to understand the basics of the shipping industry, especially for those who are having their vehicle shipped for the first time. There are two basic types of shipping, domestic and international. For both, there are four possible options; freight, rail, road and air shipping. Most auto transport happens on road, and there are two general shipping options. Open carriers are those that are open to the elements and can carry a single vehicle, three or stack them up to around ten per trip. Enclosed carrier often has just the one vehicle, protected completely from the elements.
Another important factor is the pickup and delivery. There often are two options, door to door and terminal based pickup. In terminal based pickup, one drives their car to a company terminal, from where it is collected and shipped cross country, being delivered at another terminal where the owner or contact person picks it up. Door to door has the vehicle picked up at home, the office or at any predefined location, and delivered at an agreed location. Strictly speaking, there is not much of a difference between these options, except perhaps the prices. For the high-end vehicles, one might want to protect them by shipping either in a container or in an enclosed carrier.
Before making that commitment, perhaps the first thing to look for when choosing a shipping company is the experience. There will always be companies claiming to offer the best services. Anyone can place an ad online, in a newspaper or in the yellow pages offering their services. However, only a truly experienced automobile shipment company will follow through with what they promise. Handing over one’s car to the shipping company, especially if it is a brand new one, will leave one with many worries. However, with an experienced service provider, one will rest assured that they are dealing with experts who know what it takes to succeed. The car shipping industry is a tough one. Any company that has been in the game longer than a few year deserves the trust and reputation.
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.