If you need to ship a vehicle internationally or domestically, you will be faced with countless auto transport companies vying for your business. It is important to figure out exactly what you need, so you can find a company that is able to meet and exceed your expectations.
Although, you may assume that companies charging more will offer better service if you subscribe to the adage, “you get what you pay for,” in this industry, that is simply not the case. Take your time shopping around and thoroughly vetting any prospective companies before making a commitment. It is absolutely possible to find a reputable and reliable auto transport company that is able to provide you with great service without breaking the bank by following these steps.
Step 1. Search Online.
Many companies provide free online quote calculators that will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay. Others offer online live chat options or will call you or follow up with an e-mail providing you a quote for free. Once you have narrowed it down to a few companies that fit your needs and budget, check online review websites such as Yelp and verify their standing with the Better Business Bureau to ensure they have a great reputation for good service.
Step 2. Contact Company Directly.
This is important because it is crucial to have an actual contact within the company you can reach if there are ever any issues with your car transport process. It will also allow you to form your own general opinion of their professionalism and make sure they live up to their reputation. Be wary of companies pushing an immediate sale on you, because if their price and quote are good, then those tangible factors should be enough to sway you in their direction.
Step 3. Verify Insurance Limits Are Sufficient.
All auto transport companies are required by law to carry an industry minimum level of insurance, but depending on what type of vehicle you are shipping, you may need to inquire about and possibly purchase more. A high dollar or luxury vehicle may not be adequately covered by standard levels, and you do not want to tempt fate when it comes to your car.
Step 4. Prepare Your Vehicle for Transport.
The auto transport company you select should give you exact rules regarding preparation, but it is always a good idea to make sure your gas tank is less than ¼ full and you should remove any items on the vehicle that could be damaged in transport. The weight of the vehicle plays a factor in cost, so make sure you don’t leave any personal items in the trunk or in the seating area as well.
Obviously, the distance of transport does play a huge factor in the cost of shipping a vehicle, but there are so many other variables as well. With a little patience, a lot of research, and common sense, you can be shipping your car the low cost way in no time at all.
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.