How To Ship Your Gardner
A few experts from St. Louis can claim to beat or even match the excellence of the Gardner cars of old. With such a valuable vintage in your possession, you can only trust an auto transport company with a proven track record with it. The shipping process can either go smoothly and without incident, or go disastrously wrong.
The difference between these two scenarios is the choice of shipping company. Here are some pointers to what a proper shipping company should offer:
Even after receiving all the assurances of quality service and reliability, there will still be a considerable amount of lingering worry within the mind of the individual whose car is to be shipped with regard to the state of the shipment. Choose a company that offers tracking services for its vehicles to avoid this nightmare. Many companies have an online portal from where customers can track the progress of their vehicles, with some going as far as offering photos.
Thoughtfulness is always a nice touch regardless of the service one is receiving. Those who have a busy schedule will appreciate a company that offers to deliver door to door. While it might be cheap to have the car delivered to a terminal and picked up by the owner or a contact person, door to door delivery saves time, money and the effort involved in traveling even more. Door to door delivery is especially convenient for the transportation of vintage cars. Many times, vintage cars are in a condition where they either cannot be driven any considerable distance or be driven at all. Door to door delivery will, therefore, be the better option.
When it comes to quotes, it has always been thought that a company gives quotes up front is the most trustworthy. However, anyone who understands the shipping business will tell you that a lot goes into the determination of costs. Even vehicles that are the same age and model will likely attract different shipment costs. Choose a company that offers live rates, meaning every vehicle is judged based on the destination, weight, and other details.
Handing over the car shipping company representatives involves a considerable amount of risk. The longer the vehicle is in transit, the more the risk the vehicle will have of getting damaged. One of the more important elements of a good shipping company will be the insurance cover. Insurance should vary depending on the element of risk, the distance and the value of the vehicle.
The shipping industry is a tough one, one with just as many untrustworthy individuals as there are good service providers. Anyone can claim to offer quality. However, one should only trust those with a proven track record with their cars. The auto shipping industry is a tough industry to survive in. Any company that has consistently delivered for years is definitely worth consideration.
It might seem like an uphill task choosing the most reliable car transport partner. With the pointers mentioned above, though, the process will be much easier.
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.