How to Transport A Mobility Vehicle?
Mobility vehicles are specially built to accommodate drivers that use wheelchairs. The vehicles can be used by the disabled regardless of their handicap. It does not matter whether your disability is mild or severe you can get one for yourself. Fortunately, there are many to choose from giving you a chance to choose the best. After making the decision to buy a mobility vehicle, the next step is to plan for its shipping. To get the best services when transporting a mobility vehicle, you need to consider the factors below.
Hire specialist shipping company
Shipping companies that transport regular vehicles can be easily found online. However, when it comes to mobility vehicles, you need a specialized shipping company. These companies have a better understanding of the vehicles and offer the best transport options. Ask for referrals from family or friends that have shipped similar units. In case a suitable referral is unavailable, consider checking online. Narrow down to three or five companies and do research on their services. Read through reviews by former clients before making a final decision to hire them. Also, give priority shipping companies that have shipped mobility vehicles locally and abroad.
Available shipping options
Mobility vehicles are available in different sizes and designs. In most cases, their shipping is done using truck carriers. These truck carriers can be open-air or enclosed versions. The open air version is much more affordable but leaves your vehicle exposed to potentially harmful elements. On the other hand, enclosed ones are much safer but costly to hire. Nevertheless, the special nature of mobility vehicles requires that special transportation be sought. The best transportation option for your vehicle is an enclosed carrier. If possible, have them transport it on its own to minimize chances of damage.
Cost of transportation
Transporting a mobility vehicle can seem very costly at first glance. To get the best rates, you need to compare prices from different companies. Most companies have shipping calculators on their sites that give you an estimated cost for transportation. Use the calculators to find out the rate for mobility vehicles from three to five companies and then choose the most affordable one. Also, it is important to consider their payment policies before booking. Go for companies that allow free booking with the initial payment being made when you have been assigned a carrier. The final payment should also be required after successful delivery.
Preparation of mobility vehicle
After selecting your auto transport company, you need to prepare the mobility van. Preparation involves cleaning and confirming that the car is in good condition. Check the fuel tank to ensure that it’s at the correct level as instructed by the company. Your battery should also be fully charged. In some cases, car owners are advised to check on anti-freeze levels to avoid engine problems caused by varied climates when being shipped. If your vehicle is not running at all, you need to mention it to your shipping company. Vehicles that are immobile always attract a higher fee because of the extra resources used in their handling.
When booking for transportation of mobility vehicles you are likely to be asked about your preference for delivery. Most companies offer terminal-terminal or door to door delivery to local and overseas clients. For these specialized vehicles, delivery to your doorstep is convenient especially if it is new because you can immediately test its wheelchair access. However, this option attracts a higher fee than delivery at the nearest facility run by the company. Terminal delivery will require you to arrange for pickup at the auto transport company facility. This option is ideal for those that have no valid address for drop off or those looking for a cheaper option.
Type of insurance cover
Transporting a mobility vehicle using a reputable shipping company is not risk-free. For this reason shipping companies invest in insurance for the benefit of customers. Even so, the cover provided should be comprehensive enough to give you piece of mind. Ask your auto transport company about the particulars of the insurance to know if your mobility van is well covered. If the cover is wanting, consider buying another one specifically for your car. Most times, the insurance will cover critical issues that will guarantee compensation in case of damage on transit.
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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.