How To Ship Your Kissel
A car of such class and value as a classic Kissel deserves only the very best in terms of car shipping.Here are some of the steps one should follow when looking for an auto transport company.
Those who have not done this before will likely start from scratch. Look up car shipping companies online to find suggestions of a company to use. One will most likely find hundreds or thousands of hits, though, so they should be prepared to look through many sites. To narrow down the field, look for companies that operate locally.
Another clever way to filter out the companies is to ask for suggestions from people who have had their vintage vehicles shipped before. Look especially for the exact type of service you require. For instance, ask those who have had their vehicles shipped to or from overseas locations for suggestions if you are looking for international shipment. The search should not stop here, though. It is always advisable to shop around. Pick about three companies and make comparisons on various aspects of their service.
The first point of comparison should be insurance. Different companies offer different levels of insurance. While the department of transport requires every car shipped by an auto transport company to be insured during the journey, there is no limit on the amount of cover. Given the value of a vintage car, insurance should be adequate to cover the cost of any potential damages during the journey.
All auto shipping companies definitely ship vehicles from point A to B, but that is where the similarities between them end. Different companies offer different services, some of which might be appropriate for the shipping of a classic vintage. Look for a company that offers enclosed shipping, the exclusivity required for such a valuable car. Exposing the vehicle to the elements through an open carrier might risk damage. Furthermore, it might be damaged from oil spills from the other cars, or from loading and unloading to add or remove other vehicles along the way. Another important service is tracking.
Any reliable company should be confident enough to share the details of the shipping process with the customer. Tracking can either be done through regular messages, or through GPS tracking information provided by the company. The technology is available so there really should not be an excuse. Gauge the quality of the customer service the company offers before committing, make phone calls to the company, visit their offices or ask them questions via email and gauge how they react.
Everyone looks for cheap service, but the most important factor to consider is the value for money. Do not pay too much for service that can be found somewhere elsewhere at a cheaper price. Likewise, do not be swayed by cheap prices so much that you ignore elements of shipping process that are important. The payment methods a company offers its clients might also be an indication of its reliability. Steer clear of companies that ask for cash up front.
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.