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Insurance is a very tricky industry. You can easily find yourself in trouble after paying for a cover that reimburses you peanuts or nothing at all when something goes wrong. That’s why it is very important to make sure that you fully understand what your insurance policy covers for your long distance moves and if there is something that you can do to ensure that you are better protected from any unexpected occurrences.
Let’s look at some of the things you can do to prepare your goods for moving insurance so that you can rest assured that you are protected when the moving company comes to collect them.
There are two options here. You can either decide to go with a professional moving company, or you can opt to roll up your sleeves and manage the move yourself. Each of these options has implications on the kind of moving insurance you should have so make up your mind on the method that you are going to use before moving to the insurance element.
Keep stock of the valuables you would like to be covered by your moving insurance cover. This will help you to better weigh your options when discussing the cover with your moving company or insurance agent.
Moving companies are required by law to provide you with an insurance cover for your belongings. However, this cover is usually not sufficient and it comes with special conditions that could give you a hard time when you make a claim. For example, you might be paying for a cover that only protects goods that are in boxes that have been packed by the moving company. This would mean that you are not covered if you pack a box and the goods get damaged in transit.
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If you are moving to a new country, you might find that the difference in cost of living makes your household goods much more expensive. Since any eventuality will result in you replacing the lost or damaged items in your new country, it only makes sense they be valued using prices from your destination country.
You might be tempted to declare the value of your shipment lower than it actually is so that you don’t end up paying the full amount. Although undervaluing looks like a clever plan, it could land you in trouble when you find yourself needing the cover. You will be compensated for the declared value which will be lower than the actual value of your belongings. In other words, you will get a compensation amount that won’t be able to replace the damaged items.
Moving insurance isn’t as complicated as most people think. You only need to make sure that you understand all the terms and conditions that come with it and you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you are protected no matter what happens during your move.
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.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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