How To Ship Your McRae
It could be straight after purchase or when moving cross country, for work or family reasons. Whatever the reason, the idea of shipping a car can be intimidating, especially when it is a famous McRae. Everyone has a special relationship with their car, and handing it over to just anyone to transport might seem like a huge risk.
However, the convenience and advantages of auto transport, especially over a long distance makes it an acceptable choice. Still, before settling for a car shipping company, it is important to do some due diligence to make sure the car will be in safe hands. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a car transport company.
Insurance is perhaps the most important, but do not just take the word of the companies. Every carrier will have liability insurance, but before making a choice, make sure to understand the specific limits of their liability, including deductibles. Many will provide between as much as 50,000 on the lower limit, with some going as far as 250,000 dollars. If the company says the car is fully covered, then make sure to confirm the specifics.
It might seem like going over the top, but before transport, make sure to inspect the vehicle and take pictures before the transportation begins. The damage rates of the industry are only 3 percent, so one will likely never have to deal with the photos. However, it is comforting to know that one’s vehicle is in the best state and that any damages will immediately be apparent.
Before they arrive, make sure to understand where the McRae will be off-loaded. Many carriers do door-to-door transportation, but that does not necessarily mean it will be delivered right at the doorstep. Communicate with the transport company and find out whether their carriers will be able to navigate to neighborhood access roads. It might be necessary to meet at a convenient pre-arranged location.
Reputation is another one of the important factors to consider when making a selection. Evaluate the company’s reliability based on their past track record on licensing, insurance, experience and authority. The company must be legally registered with the government and have valid licenses. Away from that, the company chosen should be the one with favorable reviews, especially online. Look it up on such websites as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to get feedback from past customers. The BBB is especially useful as it keeps complaints for close to 36 months and indicates whether and how they were resolved by the company.
The open carrier transport is more cost-effective, but this means the car might require additional protection from environmental elements, especially if it is a vintage McRae. Maximum protection from the elements might require the vehicle to be either transported in an enclosed trailer or to be top loaded. Top-loading means having it loaded on the highest deck, where it has minimum contact with debris from the road.
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.
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