How To Ship Your Saab
One of the biggest advantages of choosing us as a shipping partner is the amount of due diligence we do as a company. Before anything is signed, we make sure we provide as much information as possible to the client such that they have all the power when making their decision. Our company prides itself in its pre-shipping consultations and customer service. Here are some of the biggest points of concern we go through with our clients before they ship their Saab.
There are different types of shipping options available to customers, but the biggest decision often is whether to go for the open or closed carriers. The open carriers are more expensive, and many times come in the form of multi-carriers, with between 8 and 10 vehicles on one transport. On the other hand, the enclosed carrier is more expensive, and many times has only a single vehicle. Whatever the choice one makes, we will give appropriate advice regarding what it entails. For instance, enclosed transport is often between 30 and 50 percent more expensive. For open carriers, one might need to offer additional protection to their cars against the elements, especially considering the fact that many auto transport requests are long distance.
One of the most important aspects of the car shipping process is the pick-up and delivery. Regardless of the price, one has to agree with the client on what is convenient for them in terms of deliveries and pick-up. Typically, there are two options, door-to-door, or terminal based pick-up. In door-to-door, vehicles are picked up from home, the office or any other pre-arranged location, and delivered to another pre-arranged location. However, for terminal based transport, the car is dropped off at a terminal, before being delivered to another terminal at the destination, where the owner picks it up.
Domestic vs International Shipment
There are two basic types of shipment, domestic and international. Domestic transportation is relatively easy, whether it is local or interstate. Crossing state lines is not as tedious as crossing international borders. However, for clients who desire overseas transport, we handle all the aspects of the shipment, from the customs filings to the car loading and storage, we will also be on hand to advice on what the different overseas shipment options entail, the rates and the duration.
The subject of having items inside one’s vehicle is another sensitive one. There are several reasons why one should remove personal items from their vehicle before having it transported, most of which relate to safety. Personal items might impede the line of sight when the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded, and might be damaged during transit, or result in undue damage to the vehicle. They add weight to the vehicle and might even attract fines on the shipment company if inspectors find them. Still, some carriers might look the other way for a small minimum of personal belonging. We will advise on what is safe and where, and why it is important to keep the vehicle as de-cluttered as possible. It is also important to have at least a half a gallon of fuel in the car.
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.