Your_Essential_Guide_To_Auto_Transport___Vehicle_Moving

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					Your Essential Guide To Auto Transport & Vehicle Moving

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Have you ever bought a car in one state and needed shipped just on the
other side of the country? Or maybe, have your car sent to your ex-wife,
who happens to live in Canada? Or, why not, bought your car on-line, from
San Francisco and need it in New York? I’m sure that, if this hasn’t
happened yet, it will probably happen sooner or later. So here are a few
tips in transporting your car within USA, or between USA and Canada, no
matter the distance.

Scheduling

Bearing in...


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auto, transport, vehicle, move, moving, interstate


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Have you ever bought a car in one state and needed shipped just on the
other side of the country? Or maybe, have your car sent to your ex-wife,
who happens to live in Canada? Or, why not, bought your car on-line, from
San Francisco and need it in New York? I’m sure that, if this hasn’t
happened yet, it will probably happen sooner or later. So here are a few
tips in transporting your car within USA, or between USA and Canada, no
matter the distance.

Scheduling

Bearing in mind that the whole process can take quite a while, especially
on long distances, schedule your auto shipping at least 4 weeks before
you move, giving enough time to arrange for a car mover carrier to pick
up your vehicle. Basically, the more advance time the better. If you are
not available, you should arrange an alternative authorized party such as
neighbor, friend or relative you can trust to transfer the car to the car
mover. Most automobile shippers offer door-to-door service.

The cost

When working with a Car Mover, confirm what the total cost of the
shipping will be. As you obtain quotes from several car transport and
auto shipping companies (some links included lower), be prepared to
provide:

·Origination/destination;
·Approximate departure date;
·Type of vehicle(s);
·Type of car transport service desired (e.g. door-to-door car transport
vs. terminal-to-terminal);
·Special car mover or auto shipping requests (e.g. deliver at a location
other than your home vs. at your home).

Payment method

While some car transport and auto drive-away companies may not require
payment in advance, others require a deposit (10-25% of the total cost),
or full payment in advance. If a deposit is given, amount due is always
required at time of delivery – oftentimes with a cashiers check or cash.
Sometimes a surcharge of 2-3% is required when using a credit card with a
car transport or auto drive-away company.

Licenses

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must license auto
shippers, transporters with a valid MC# or US DOT#.

Insurance

The car Transport Company or auto drive-away should insure your vehicle
against damage and theft. ASK FOR A COPY OF INSURANCE COVERAGE. Ask if
the carrier's insurance is PRIMARY or SECONDARY to your own insurance in
the event of damage during car transport. Also, ask if there is damage
deductible – VERIFY ALL IN WRITING. In addition, your own car insurance
may cover your vehicle in transit – check with your car insurance company
to verify.

Inspect your car before shipping

It is advisable that in addition to receiving a condition report document
from your car mover detailing any pre-existing damage to your car, that
you take photographs of the car, date the photos, and attach them to the
condition report provided by the car mover for your records. You must
have a detailed description of the condition of your car prior to
shipping. The condition report or other document used by the car mover
should include current mileage, pre-existing damage of any type including
as glass, scratches, paint, dents, and so on. This report is important in
case any disputes arise.

Accepting your vehicle for delivery

At the time of delivery, inspect your vehicle SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY and
compare the condition and mileage against the "Original Inspection
Report" provided by your car transport company at origination (ALSO
INSPECT THE ROOF AND UNDER FRONT AND REAR BUMPERS). If there are
inconsistencies, note them as exceptions and be sure the driver signs it.
NEVER ACCEPT YOUR VEHICLE AT NIGHT IF YOU CANNOT VERIFY ITS CONDITION –
without being viewed and signed by the driver, you have little recourse
if damage had occurred during transit.

Unresolved Disputes
Always try to work out your dispute with the car mover or auto shipping
company first. They often work on a referral basis and are motivated to
working out problems. However, if you feel you have reached a dead end or
that you have not been treated reasonably, you have the option of filing
complaints with multiple agencies (BBB, State and or Federal Department
Of Transportation, Interstate Commerce Commission) as well as seeking
legal counsel.

As I hope everything will turn out all right with your delivery, I’m
giving a few links to some major auto-transportation companies. There you
should find responses that are more comprehensive to your questions and
to the money and work involved in shipping your car from one place to
another.

www.carmoves.com -A AAAdvantage Auto Transporters (800) 233-4875
www.dasautoshippers.com -Dependable Auto Shippers (800) 763-4165
www.afldir.com -A Florida Direct Auto Transport (888) 432-4708
www.btransport.com -B&T Auto Transport (866) 849-3700