How To Ship Your Python
Technology has made it possible for the production of vehicles with amazing capabilities. The Python, a water car, was one of the most exclusively manufactured and lost. Naturally, with such a car, one would expect the required shipping services to be of the highest quality. Here are some things to expect when looking to ship such a rare vehicle.
Depending on one’s needs and budget, it is important to understand the options available for the auto transportation process. Perhaps the most important is the choice of carrier. There are two basic types of carriers available in the market.
- Enclosed carriers: these have the vehicle completely protected from the elements but are often more expensive and exclusive. Could be ideal for expensive vehicles or old vintage cars.
- Open carriers: these have the vehicle exposed to the elements. Open carriers can be further divided into multi-car and single car open carriers. Single car carriers carry just the one car, but the multi-carriers haul between 3 and ten cars per trip. Many of the multi-car carriers that carry more than three vehicles at a time have different loading levels for stacking the vehicles. Since open carriers have the vehicle exposed to the elements, the vehicles loaded on the top level, otherwise called top loading, attract a higher transportation fee than those at the lower levels, because of the risk of damage from debris.
When shipping to or from overseas locations, there are three shipping options available. The vehicle could be driven below deck in a ship, and secured, or could be shipped in a container via freight. The third option is air transport, which, like enclosed carriers, are much more exclusive and expensive.
Another important element of the shipping process to consider is the pickup and delivery. There are two basic options often offered to customers;
- Door to door delivery and pickup: this method is more convenient and does not involve the owner of the vehicle in the process at all. The car is picked up at the source and ferried all the way cross country to the new destination. It is appropriate in situations where the vehicle is not in a condition to be driven, like in the case of, say, old vintage vehicles.
- Terminal based delivery and pickup: requires the owner of the vehicle dropping the car at a company terminal. From there, the company has the car shipped to another terminal near the destination, from where the owner picks up the car again. Can be much cheaper and ideal for those who have the resources to pick up and drop the vehicle at both ends. It might be necessary for areas where the access roads cannot allow huge carrier trucks to pick up or drop the vehicle at home.It could be impossible, though, if the vehicle is not in drivable condition.
The car shipping process can go one of two ways; smoothly without any incident, or horribly wrong, with the car coming in late, damaged or the service being otherwise sloppy. All this depends on the planning one does before the shipping process begins.
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.