The best way to ship a car to another state
Normally, car’s owners are looking for a professional carrier in case of long-distance delivery as it’s quite easy to drive on your own if the trip is occurring within the state. The same time shipping a car to another state has its special features and details. Here we will help you to get a better understanding of them.
It’s always easier to follow the approved sequences of the steps which will not let you miss some important point. Despite the fact that every particular case may have some significant differences, every process of transporting a car to another state can be planned in the following way.
- Choosing the transporter. This is one of the most essential parts of the whole process. If you need to ship cars to another state, you need to find out which companies are the most trustworthy. To do so, you can check the recent reviews and overall rating of the carrier. Normally, people are leaving feedbacks on the company’s website or some online-platforms. The choice of the transportation services’ providers fully depends on the locations. Of course, when being in a rural area you will have much less choice of the companies than living in some big cities. The final step you need to do is to double check the company's legality on the official website of the Better Business Bureau.
- Getting a preliminary quota. You don’t need to make dozens of calls or send emails to figure out the price the company may offer to you. It’s enough to use the online-calculator of the transporters’ websites. You just need to insert the basic information in regards to the original and final destinations for your car to be shipped to another state as well as some details about its make, model and year. In most cases, at this stage you also need to think about which type of the transport you are going to use as it also significantly affects the price. Open transport provides a much better price while an enclosed one gives you extra protection and more tailored service. It is especially important in case of such long trips as your car may face a variety of different weather conditions and other negative effects. Additionally, enclosed transportation hides your vehicle from the potential vandalism and theft.
- Scheduling. Depending on the route it may take from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to deliver your property across the country. Beside the standard rate you can also consider an expedited one which has not a significant difference in cost but may move you in the queue much faster. For those who cannot afford to wait at all there is always a possibility of taking an express package with a delivery within 24 hours.
- Vehicle’s preparations. Most people think that shipping a car to another state has nothing to do from their side. It’s not true. First of all, they need to make sure there are no personal belongings as well as extra equipment left in the car as transportation companies are quite strict in regards to the additional weight. In regards to the fuel limitation, mostly it’s allowed to keep only a quarter which will be more than enough for loading and unloading the vehicle. In case you have a necessity of keeping something inside the car or even requesting a pet’s transportation together with a car, everything can be discussed separately.
The car must be clean so all the scratches and dents are visible as most transporters will make pictures before and after delivery.
Also, it can be required to prepare appropriate documentation like registration and insurance, but this is fully dependent on the requirements of the particular carrier as well as the particular state's regulations.
Details to keep in mind
In regards to the insurance, in most cases it’s already included into the quota, but you need to carefully and attentively check if the coverage is enough for your vehicle. Some exclusive cars can cost much more than 100,000 USD which is basically the most common insurance coverage in these cases.
As soon as your car is delivered you need to carefully check its condition. To make it easier, some huge transporters offer a complimentary wash service upon arrival.
Customers’ reviews – one of the most efficient and reliable sources of information. And you can use them not only as a tool to find an appropriate transportation company that fits your requirements but also to share your own experience. That’s how the reputation and the rating of the company can be kept updated and trustworthy.