If you need to ship your vehicle to the Florida Keys, you will need to research a reputable auto transport company first and foremost. There are several factors that contribute to what makes a company qualified to be in charge of the transport of your car. The following are good rules to follow when doing your research that will help put you on the fast track to a successful transport process.
Experience, in this case, cannot be judged simply by the number of years a company has been in business, especially when dealing with a location like the Florida Keys. Because the driver must be familiar with Highway 1, often referred to as the “overseas highway,” many companies will not have someone on staff who has taken this drive. Make sure you seek out an auto transport company who has indeed made this trip multiple times with success. This is the only true test of experience.
A reputable auto transport company will always be up front with you regarding costs and timeframes. If they seem hesitant to quote your car transport, or they are unable to give you an anticipated timeframe, you will be better off taking your business elsewhere. A truly extraordinary auto transport company will also allow you to track the progress of your vehicle along the entire route, so you can stay updated at all times.
It is important to remember that although transport can be expensive, the benefits more than justify the cost. The lack of wear and tear on your vehicle and your personal time saved is evidence of this. However, you cannot expect to have your car shipped cheaply and efficiently. If you need a more specific delivery window, you will have to pay additional for that luxury. If you are flexible with your transport dates, you will be able to negotiate a better deal. Make sure to shop around though to find the right company who most closely aligns with you and your vehicle’s specific requirements.
When you have decided to ship a vehicle to the Florida Keys, make sure to plan ahead, do your research, and above all, avoid unneeded stress. All legitimate companies maintain insurance to guard against unexpected obstacles, just make sure the level of coverage is sufficient to cover the value of your vehicle.
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.