The auto transport industry transports hundreds of thousands of vehicles a year, some of which are purchased by a customer from an out-of-state dealership and then transported back to them. This is a good way to go about it, more often than not, but there’s something that online shoppers can’t do, which is actually see the vehicle that they are purchasing, particularly if it is used. As the world gets more and more digitized, online shopping has become one of the best tools that people have at their disposal; no longer are we required to go anywhere, really, to get shopping done, at least not if it suits us. But there are dangers that are inherent when it comes to online shopping, namely not being able to see the “actual” product that you are purchasing – you see a picture of the thing, sure, but when buying from retail stores it’s like buying a burger at a fast food joint: what you see isn’t always what you get. This is prevalent in the used car industry, and Auto Trader recently did a great article about flood damage to vehicles and how to spot it, which is something that everyone buying a used car should do. But what if you can’t? Here are a few ways to go about it.
For starters, Carfax is your best friend when buying online. Carfax is one of the best tools for buying a used or certified pre-owned vehicle from an online dealer, because it provides a great overview of the history of the vehicle. Carfax isn’t the only vehicle history report you can find, but they’re one of the best and most widely used, and while it does cost a bit of money you’re already spending a lot of it on a car you’re purchasing out-of-state, so what’s the harm? Not all vehicle history reports will report on flood damage, so in addition to whatever vehicle report you decide to get you should also hire a private vehicle inspector before the vehicle is shipped to you. A private inspector will be able to objectively look over the vehicle and look for any problems ahead of time; you can do this at any time before you purchase the vehicle or have it shipped to you, which is something you’ll definitely want to do, especially if it’s coming from a third party or a used vehicle dealership.
Of course, once the vehicle is slated to be picked up, it will be inspected by the driver before it’s loaded onto the truck itself. This will also tell you some things about the vehicle, and as you will be inspecting the vehicle upon delivery, you’ll also be able to give your vehicle a good once-over. The inspection during the auto transportation process typically just looks at the interior of the vehicle, and the inspection will take place between the driver and whoever you’ve chosen to be there for pickup (usually an employee at the dealership or the person you bought the vehicle from). You should still inspect upon delivery, however, as that will be the best way to go about it. For more information about the auto transport industry, you can read more on our blog roll, and you can also learn more at our helpful auto transport articles section. For free auto transport quotes, fill out our free online quote form or give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live representative who can give you a quote right over the phone. It’s that simple./