How To Ship Your Fitch
Automobile legend John Fitch designed and built some amazing vehicles in his heyday. If you are lucky to get your hands on one, perhaps driving it home after purchase might not be such a good idea. Such a scenario requires the help of a reputable car transport agency, someone with the willingness and experience to handle shipping any type of car long distance. The choice of shipping company might make or break the car transportation process. In order to find a suitable shipping company, here is a checklist of things one must make sure are in order.
One of the most important things one should always confirm with their shipping agent is insurance. Do not simply take their word for it; go the extra mile and confirm the extra details, what the insurance deal covers and what it does not.Regulatory authorities require every shipping company to carry insurance. However, there are no specifics on the amounts. When shipping a vintage luxury sports car such as a classic Fitch, it is perhaps prudent to have the insurance numbers known. One of the biggest worries of anyone looking to ship their vehicle locally or overseas is that it might be damaged. With comprehensive insurance, one is assured that should anything happen to their vehicle, they cost of the damages will be covered by insurance.
Another thing one should be sure of is the pickup and drop details. Normally, interstate or local shipping takes between one and seven days depending on the mileage. While many companies normally give an exact date when one should expect their vehicle, many will give a rough estimate, give or take a day. It is important to be prepared for any eventualities. Do not have your mind too fixed on a specific date as delays might happen. Those who are actively using their vehicles at the destination should arrange the shipping in advance, so as to avoid inconveniences.
The most convenient pickup and delivery system is door to door. However, if one has the means to pick up and drop the vehicle at both ends of the journey than a terminal based delivery system could be ideal and cheap. To avoid the worry and disappointment of shipments delaying, one should choose a company that offers customers the chance to track the progress of their vehicles. Companies have either mobile apps or maps on their websites, from which one can track the progress and state of their vehicle.
Another important aspect of the shipping process is the type of carrier one’s vehicle is transported in. when it comes to carriers, there are numerous options, and the choice will ultimately depend on one’s budget, personal preferences and the type of car being transported. Typically, there are two types of carriers, open and enclosed. For the lower and mid-range vehicles, the best option is the open carrier system. The high-end vehicles need the protection and exclusivity of an enclosed shipping system.
With all this confirmed, the shipping process, whether local, to or from an international location, will likely go without any worries.
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.