Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tips And Warnings For Auto Shippers

You and your best friend have decided to spend the 3 months of summer following college graduation backpacking through Europe. The planning process began months in advance and you have prepared yourself for any mishaps or uncontrolled phenomenon. Despite your mothers' thinking you were out of your mind, everything seemed right. A feeling of achievement swept over you as you made the preparations.

Months of advance planning are required to backpack; packing for the venture, which countries, which cities, which hostels, airport tickets, Euro-rail transports, and money appropriations. Minus the clothes, you must prepare all the same going through the auto shipping industry. You must choose the company or broker, figure the right transportation, pickup and delivery stops; how comfortable is your vehicle's lodging, which direction you will go, how you will pay, and clothing can be included perhaps. Your car will need to be undressed of any outside gear and electrical devices; spoilers or any other specific ornaments. Here are some tips and warnings for a safe auto shipping adventure.


Be forthright with your carrier. Any extra "things" in your car or an over filled gas tank can impede the delivery process, and cost the driver extra money during checks.

Do not pay anything upfront. Steer clear of lower-priced companies as well. Cheaper rates could be a result of less experience, thus possibly damaging your vehicle. Make sure of this as companies and brokers often will go for the highest bidder and leave you and your vehicle stranded.

Research the company or broker you are using. Make sure they are insured, licensed, bonded, and registered with the Better Business Bureau.

Be sure to document and photograph your vehicle. The company you use should do the same as well at pick up and delivery.

Most importantly, before signing read the full contract. Be conscious of small print and hidden fees.


1.) As convenient and secure as this industry may sound, there are no guarantees and it can be very unstable. Mechanical issues, road blocks, and weather are just a few dilemmas that can happen.

2) When reserving your spot with an auto shipping carrier due not reserve with two different companies. If this occurs most drivers will pass on your vehicle and then you will have to do the whole process again.

3) With a credit card reservation make sure fees are not added unless a driver is assigned to your vehicle.

In any regard, you must be alert and educated. Just like traveling cross country or internationally with a backpack and high hopes, if you are not prepared you will be in more than big trouble. You can get lost, have your things stolen form you in a blink of eye and, in worst regards, hurt or killed. This can all happen to your vehicle, so use these tips and warnings as an aid, and plan away.

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