car shipping services in Texas can seem like a very overwhelming task, but if the following
simple steps, suggestions and tips are followed, the process can be quick and
1. Get quotes
2. Read and understand the agreements
3. Check the insurance
Some of the most frequently asked questions are “What will be the total cost to ship my car?” and “How do I find the shipping company that best suits my needs?” The best and easiest way to get these answers is to submit a request for several car shipping quotes and then compare prices and shipping companies to find the one that best suits your needs. To best customize your offers, you should be prepared to provide the following information:
*Approximate date of departure
*Year/Make/Model of vehicle(s)
*The type of car transport service requested, such as open or closed car transport.
After receiving the quotes, find out what payment method the carriers use and what payment methods are accepted (credit card, cashier’s check, etc.). Some car shipping companies do not require any type of advance payment; others will require a deposit of 10-25% of the total fee. Occasionally the carrier will require full payment in advance. Carriers can vary greatly in their billing methods, so be sure to ask what it is.
Read the contract carefully and get any questions you may have answered in writing. Make sure you are satisfied with the answers before you sign anything. Don’t rely on verbal promises. After signing the contract, your trucking company will always refer you back to your contract with any questions or complaints you may have.
Be sure to look for any clauses that may state that there are no guaranteed pickup or delivery times. Although most vehicles are delivered within the estimated time frame, many carriers do not guarantee a delivery date.
For your protection, be sure to request a clause (in writing) that waives any cancellation fees if the car is not picked up by the shipping company within an agreed upon number of days of the scheduled pick up date.(3-14 is standard) If you are promised an exact date, get it in writing, as well as remedy if the carrier is unable to perform as promised. (Discounted rate, no cancellation fees, rental reimbursement, etc.)
Every licensed and bonded carrier will have insurance to cover any damage or theft while in the possession of the car carrier. Ask for a copy of the carriers insurance coverage and see if their insurance is primary or secondary to your own vehicle insurance. It’s also a good idea to check with your own insurance company for coverage during transit. Be aware that usually no insurance company covers things left in the car during transport. This is why most companies do not allow personal belongings to be carried in your vehicle. Also keep in mind that excess weight in the car could damage the chassis when loading and unloading.
You will be asked to inspect the vehicle on both handover and handover to ensure there is no damage. This is for the protection of all parties involved. It is a good idea to wash the car beforehand to make it easier to document the condition of the car. Be sure to note the mileage and the underside of the front and rear bumpers. Don’t choose your car if you can’t verify its condition. Problems do not occur often, but if the vehicle is signed for and then damage is found, you will have little or no recourse.
While most Auto transport companies Florida experiences are smooth and worry-free, if you find damage, document it with the driver, get their signature, and then contact the shipping company. The shipping company should work with you to reimburse you for any damage caused.
If you take all of the above into consideration and ask the suggested questions, you should have an easy and hassle-free car transport experience. Happy Shipping!