How To Ship Your Volkswagen.
If you are looking to ship your Volkswagen long distance and have had those horrible stories about other people’s experiences with shipping companies, it is probably because they did not take their time in choosing a reliable car transport company. Depending on one’s vehicle needs, personal preferences, and the distance of the shipment, everyone has different auto transportation requirements. However, the automobile transport companies also know this, and will say just the right thing to win one’s business. Even then, there are genuine companies willing and able to go the extra mile to provide the best service. But how exactly does one find these companies? Here are some helpful tips when choosing a car shipping company.
Just like any other service provision industry, there are two ends of a spectrum when it comes to companies that ship cars long distance. There are those that are looking to make a quick buck and are not necessarily concerned with quality, then there are those that have a reputation for quality and honesty. The easiest way to know the difference is to look at company reputations. The most reliable company will be the one with favorable reviews and a strong reputation over a long time. Check under the better business bureau for any complaints and details of whether they were handled or not. If one is unsure, then ask a targeted company for a list of past clients and their contacts, and call them with questions about how their services went. It is likely that a company will publish a negative review on its website.
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Price is another important consideration when choosing an auto transport company. While prices are standard for many and will depend on the distance and the nature carrier chosen, the catch is in the hidden costs. Many companies are have hidden costs or require additional payments over and above the payment for the shipment. When choosing a long distance shipping company, only go for those whose quotes are inclusive of everything, especially insurance. When it comes to insurance, ask the company to provide details and the extent of cover they provide. If there is anything in the vehicle not covered by insurance like stereo systems, remove it before the shipment begins.
To maintain your peace of mind, have the company provide details of the progress of the shipment. Interstate shipments take time, during which one will be always worrying about the progress of their vehicle. Even for companies with helpful customer service representatives, having to call every day asking about the shipment can be tedious, having a reference number with which one can track the shipment online, for instance, does wonders for the worry many people have, and indicates the confidence the company has in their ability to deliver as promised.
Always choose a company that puts everything on the table. For overseas shipping, go for the one that offers both air and freight. For domestic shipping, choose the company that has all the different options, from rail to road, open and enclosed shipment.
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.