So, you finally found your dream car? Congrats! Now comes the task of making sure it arrives safely from the seller, who just happens to live across the country. When you’re looking to ship any type of vehicle over a long distance there are a few items that you need to keep in mind to ensure your dream purchase doesn’t turn into a nightmare:
Any shipping company will want some basic information before they can give an estimate or schedule for pick-up. Items like the exact weight and dimensions of your vehicle can greatly effect the requirements for the shipper. Oversized vehicles like SUVs or custom designs can also incur extra fees, so be sure to ask additional questions if your dream car goes beyond traditional dimensions. Also be sure to thoroughly read through any paperwork – especially the bill of lading – that’s presented once the shipper arrives.
2. Know Your Shipping Options
There’s definitely more than one way to ship a car. Some of the most common types of shipping vessels include:
- Enclosed or open containers
- Multi-car trailer trucks or a pick-up, often called a hotshot
- Non-stacking trailers
- Multi-level carriers (you see these commonly at dealerships)
The type of shipping options you choose will likely vary depending on the type of vehicle you’re shipping. You may also want to look around for shippers who specialize in a specific type of vehicle as well, such as classic cars or off-road vehicles.
3. Know Your Shipper
Do some ground work and background research on any person or company that offers to ship your vehicle. It never hurts to ask about items like insurance, certifications and/or if the person your speaking with is a broker or the actual shipper. Much like researching a contractor or plumber, car shippers can vary from business to business.
Above all else, never feel silly for asking questions. If you’re uncertain about any items that the shipper addressed, or not addressed, be sure to ask. And, as always, remember that if something seems too good to be true, it likely is.