If you’ve ever shipped your car before, you know how difficult it can be to find a reliable carrier who won’t charge you a fortune and who will deliver your car on time. Here at GAATCO Auto Transport, we help by giving you auto transport quotes from reliable carriers so you can make the best decision for your own car. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when going through the car shipping process.
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Where in the country are you shipping your vehicle? It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are several cities in the nation that see thousands of transported cars per year. Not to mention, the more popular the city, the lower your auto transport quote could potentially be. If you’re considering using auto transport services, the following cities are undoubtedly the most popular when it comes to shipping a vehicle from state to state.
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
Los Angeles, California
Guide to International Auto Transport
Relocating to another city in the United States has its challenges, but moving to another country overseas adds an entirely new set of obstacles, like what to do with your favorite automobile. Depending on where you’re moving to, it may be possible to have your car shipped overseas by an international auto transport company, but before you choose this direction, there are certain things you should consider. Here are a few things you should think about before shipping your car overseas.
What is the Transportation System Like in Your New City?
Many countries overseas have very good public transportation systems; in fact, some are so good that you may be able to get along well enough without your own vehicle. Meanwhile, the streets of other countries may be hampered by congested traffic and drivers who are well-adapted to driving in such frenzied environments. Before you decide to take on the cost of shipping your auto to another country, research and find out as much as you can about the driving conditions to make sure you’re making the right decision.
How Much Do Cars Cost in Your New Country?
The cost of car shipping internationally can be quite expensive, so before you choose it, you may want to find out how much new cars sell for in your new country. You can choose to sell your existing car and with the money you were going to spend on auto transport, you might be able to afford to purchase a new car once you get settled in your new city.
Choosing the auto transporter you’re most comfortable with. Once you have received quotes from carriers, you have to go for transport.
- Know the type of transport service you want to hire, and make sure the company you hire can offer you this service. Depending on your needs, time frame and budget, you may choose open transportor closed transport, terminal-to-terminal service or door-to-door service.
- Communicate with carriers using the question and answer function on your listing. Here you can clarify one another’s questions and get a clear understanding of all issues before booking.
- Check each transporter that you consider for DOT and MC numbers. All auto transporters are required to be registered with the Department of Transportation and must have an active USDOT and MC number. You can double check these on the carrier’s profile page by clicking the hyperlinked numbers. The exceptions to this rule are forwarders and brokers, who only have MC numbers. With registered transporters you get licensing and quality. They have to hold themselves to higher standards and you should too. A few minutes of research could save you from major headaches in the long haul.
- Review the liability and cargo insurance coverage of your carrier on their profile. All Carriers are required to have insurance. Most of our carriers have their insurance informationlisted in their profiles. Although the amounts of coverage vary, after booking you should request written proof of a transporter’s coverage. This is not too much to ask, and a reputable carrier won’t hesitate to provide you with this information. Most household policies won’t cover a car in transit, so check with your specific insurance company before booking to see if they have “rider” policies. Most importantly, like all things relating to money, contracts or insurance: read the fine print.
- Check your transporter’s profile for feedback. Here you can see the carrier’s past performance, history, and experience. By checking their ratings, you can get a clear picture of the way they handled shipments in the past and their success with customers. After the transaction is complete, we encourage you to leave feedback and share your experience. This way, you can help future customers decide on a vehicle transporter. There’s no better way to thank your transporter for a job well done than by leaving a glowing feedback score and comment.
- Choose a carrier. This decision is based on their ability to accommodate your time schedule, type of service they offer, insurance, price and credibility. Use common sense and follow the GAATCO terms and conditions when choosing a transporter for a comfortable and safe transaction.