The excitement of buying a new car can quickly be replaced with anxiety when you start thinking about how to get it shipped to your home. Your car can be one of your most expensive purchases, so you want to ensure it arrives safely and in the same condition it left in. Here are a few tips to reduce your car’s risk when shipping.
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Choose an Experienced and Reputable Shipping Company
An experienced and reputable car shipping company will have the proper equipment and resources to ship your car safely. They will also have insurance in case of any damages that may occur during shipping. Do your research and read reviews before selecting a shipping company.
When looking for the best shipping company, get multiple quotes and compare the services offered. Some companies may offer door-to-door service, while others may require you to drop off and pick up your car at their facility. Make sure they are using routing mapping software to ensure that the route taken is the most efficient and cost-effective. Be sure to consider the time it will take to ship the vehicle and the insurance coverage available. Lastly, read reviews and ask for references to ensure that the shipping company is reliable. Choose the option that best fits your needs and budget.
Be Careful of the Weather
If you are shipping your car during extreme weather conditions, there is an increased risk of damage. This can range from hail damage to your car’s paint job being damaged by the sun. If possible, ship your car during milder weather conditions.
Extra precautions you should take during extreme weather conditions include ensuring your car is clean and dry before shipping, checking the forecast for the route your car will take, and selecting a shipping company that has experience shipping cars during extreme weather conditions.
Prepare Your Car for Shipping
It would be best if you took a few precautionary measures to prepare your car for auto transport. These include removing all personal items from the car, disconnecting the battery, and ensuring enough fuel in the tank for the shipping company to get your car on and off the truck.
If you are not comfortable preparing your car for shipping, you can ask the shipping company to do it for you for an additional fee.
Insure Your Car
Most shipping companies will have insurance, but it is always a good idea to insure your car in case of any damages that may occur during car shipping. You can purchase shipping insurance from your car insurance company or from the shipping company itself.
When insuring your car, make sure to get a policy that covers the total value of your car. This way, you can be compensated for any damages that may occur during shipping.
Beware of Carjackers
Carjackers are people who steal cars while they are being shipped. To avoid this, track your car’s shipping progress and select a shipping company that offers tracking services. You should also avoid shipping your car during high-crime times and in high-crime areas.
Check the Truck’s Open Areas
When your car is loaded onto the truck, check the open areas on the truck that can be seen from the outside. If there are any open areas, ensure they are covered so your car is not visible to potential thieves. Also, ensure the truck is locked when it is not loaded or unloaded.
Avoid Shipping Your Car During Holidays
The holidays are a busy time for shipping companies, so there is an increased risk of mistakes. To avoid this, ship your car during a non-holiday period. If you must ship your car during the holidays, emphasize the importance of timely delivery and safety to the shipping company.
Following these tips can reduce your car’s risk when shipping. You can also rest assured knowing that your car is in good hands and will arrive safely at its destination.