The Truth About Auto-Transport Companies
Auto-transport companies are designed to facilitate a
person's need to transport cars from one location to
another. Whether a person is moving or they have sold their
vehicle via Internet auction, the car can be transported
without adding mileage or road wear to it.
In some cases, it's just easier to transport a car rather
than make the lengthy drive out of time considerations.
There are some things to know about auto-transport
companies in advance.
The process of shipping a car from one location to another,
especially across long distances, requires planning ahead
and doing your homework. Whether you are a frequent shipper
or a first timer, always shop the price with various
different car transport services.
Factors such as costs of gas, number of cars already going
in that direction and seasons can impact the expense.
The auto transport service will need to know where the car
is going from and to, the make, model and year of the car
as well as when the customer wants the car to ship. Most
transporters will not guarantee exact dates, if one
promises you that then make sure you have it in writing.
All transport companies require a contract, which should be
carefully reviewed prior to signing. The contract will
cover information needed on topics like damage to the
vehicle, delays, cancellation and accident as well as
If insurance is not listed on the contract, it's a good
idea to find out what the transporter offers by way of
In general, auto transporters are safe, trustworthy and the
vehicle will arrive in great condition. However, the
contract stipulates all conditions for recourse, including
reimbursement for damages in the event there are any, so be
sure to look it over carefully.
The transporter will inspect the car upon arrival at either
the depot it will be departing from or when the truck
arrives at the house where it is kept. Either way, the
inspection will note in writing and by sketch, all nicks,
dings, dents and other hints of damage on the body of the
vehicle. This is the 'Origin Inspection Report' and should
be held onto or forwarded to the receiver of the vehicle.
When the car arrives at its final destination, the receiver
should take the time to slowly go over the entirety of the
car and verify that nothing is different from the
inspection report. Without this verification, if the
receiver signs the driver's release form then the
transporter is no longer liable for any damages that might
be discovered later. So make sure the receiver has the time
to do the work correctly.
Auto transporters provide an invaluable service for people
who must relocate cross-country, across stateliness and
even across oceans. There are transporters who will take
vehicles to and from Hawaii, Europe and other foreign
destinations. So whether you are relocating yourself,
selling your car or purchasing a car, an auto transporter
can service your needs.