Car Moving Companies Explained

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Car Moving Companies Explained

Staff Writer · Oct 8, 2009

Car moving companies can be a life saver if you can’t drive your car to your final destination. However, there are a few things you should know before you hire one. Here’s a basic explanation of car shipping.

Finding Car Shipping Companies

The process of finding a company to ship your car is similar to finding a moving company to ship your belongings. You should only consider a car transporter that is licensed. Research the Better Business Bureau’s website at www.bbb.org and similar websites to review any complaints or disputes brought against the car moving companies you’re considering. Also, if you need to ship your car internationally, you can find a car carrier to do that too. They will know the regulations of the country, and how to properly process any required documents.

Car Delivery

It would cost too much money for you and the car transporter if yours was the only car they shipped. Instead, your car will be transported with other cars, which means they will make many other stops along the way. When your car will arrive all depends on where it was loaded on the carrier and how many stops the car transporter needs to make. You won’t be able to get a fixed date for your car delivery, but they can estimate it within a few days.

Weight Limit on Personal Items

If you’re counting on packing as much as you can in your car as part of your move, you need to know that there is a weight limit (usually 100 pounds) on personal items. You may also be required to pack everything in the trunk of your car. If you opt to do this, make sure you pack things that you don’t mind losing or won’t miss too much if stolen. A better option is to move all of your personal things together yourself, by mail or by hiring a moving company.

Damage or Theft

You and the car shipping company should make sure that your car is covered by insurance. The carrier should have insurance, but you want to be very clear on what it does or does not cover. For example, you want to make sure that your car is protected against damage and theft. Remember, you car will transported to several cities along the way, with other cars. You may already have insurance coverage, but it may not cover damage or theft when shipping your car. You should purchase as much coverage insurance from the car shippers as you can, if it’s available. If the insurance they offer is not adequate, get a rider from your insurance company to obtain full coverage for shipping your car.

Contracts

You want to make sure you read the contract in detail, and ask many questions before signing a contract with a car shipping company. Be prepared to pay a deposit fee of up to 25% of the transportation cost. When the car is delivered, the rest of the payment will be required. Keep in mind that they usually don’t promise a delivery date in the contract. However, make sure that the contract allows you to cancel if they don’t pick up your car by a certain date or within a certain time frame, such as one week after scheduled pick up.

Once your contracts are signed, and you’ve got adequate insurance, you are in a business relationship with the shipping company for weeks to come. Keep this in mind as you research the reputation and qualifications of car moving companies. Only hire a company that is solid.

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