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Understanding Auto Transport Insurance Requirements

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  1. How To Understand Auto Transport Insurance Requirements?
  2. Benefits Of Auto Shipping Insurance
  3. Shipping Company Requirements
  4. Coverage Specifics
  5. Making A Claim
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How to Understand Auto Transport Insurance Requirements?

When you need to get your car across a large geographical distance – and you don’t want to drive it – there are numerous considerations to be had. This includes thoughts about the company you want to use to ship it to the time frame needed for the car to arrive at your new destination. An additional consideration to keep in mind is that of auto shipping insurance. Just because you don’t have your car on the road, doesn’t mean you don’t need to consider coverage for the big trip.

Like traditional forms of car insurance, there are certain requirements in place when it comes to auto shipping insurance. Understanding said requirements ensures that the policy covers all core components of the shipping process and tells you just what you need to do should you find yourself filing a claim.

To start, the company shipping your automobile is responsible for carrying insurance on all cargo, including your car.  If a company tells you they don’t have this insurance, walk away and find one that does.

As an aside, always ask to see a copy of the cargo company’s proof of insurance. This is not an area to take a company at its word; the end result may be a repair bill headed towards your wallet because you didn’t check to be sure the company really has insurance to cover the auto cargo it is transporting at any given time. You can check the viability of the certificate with the actual company to make sure the policy is still active.

Benefits Of Auto Shipping Insurance

The main benefit of auto shipping insurance is that you have peace of mind in knowing that if something should happen to your car en route, the damage will be taken care of – from a financial standpoint – by the insurance company. This includes scratches, dents, and dings, or any other damage sustained by your vehicle during the loading and unloading process.

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Shipping Company Requirements

While policies among companies may vary, you can bet that your car – just the car, not the items inside necessarily – is included and will be covered under the company policy.

It should also be noted that your car will be inspected before the driver loads it to pinpoint any areas of existing damage to the vehicle. This ensures that customers don’t try to make damage claims for preexisting issues. The vehicle is then inspected again upon arrival at the end destination; this provides the shipping company and the company’s insurance carrier assurance that there are no issues that may crop up later with the vehicle. In other words, it arrived in the same manner in which it left the original destination.

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Coverage Specifics

Shipping company insurance companies are not responsible for your personal effects, so if you ship your car, keep this mind before you drop it off. Clean it out and take out any valuable items that are liable to be stolen during the trip. Take out everything from your favorite group of CDs to the face of your car radio. While many auto shipping companies pride themselves on an uneventful delivery, you can never be too sure. Since the company’s auto shipping insurance policy doesn’t cover personal items, you may find yourself incurring the cost personally if a theft occurs.

Also keep in mind that the value assigned to your vehicle on behalf of the company’s insurance provider may be far less than where your car is actually valued, particularly if you have numerous upgrades that increase the value of your vehicle. In this case, check with your personal insurance company to see if the shipping process is covered under your existing policy. They may suggest purchasmaking-a-claim.jpging a rider to extend coverage to your vehicle during shipping to ensure that it is insured to the full extent of its true value.

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Making a Claim

No process is perfect and there are times when your car may sustain damage during the transport process. When this happens, let the cargo company know and follow the process for filing a claim specific to the insurance carrier used to ensure the delivery. This information should be presented to you in your contract with the shipping company. Take pictures before you ship your car and after, so that if you should need to file a claim, you have proof to submit to the insurance company showing the damage occurred en route.

Your car is likely one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, it is important to do your part to ensure that should anything happen to it – particularly if the situation is not in your control – that you have the means and resources in place to address it swiftly. Shipping your car is a necessary evil in some situations. By doing your homework on auto shipping insurance requirements, you can feel at ease knowing that your car is covered – and to what extend – during your next temporary or permanent relocation.

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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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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
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15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
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435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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