Some Auto Transport Do’s and Dont’s
So, when you ship a car, there are some things you should do to help make it easier but also some things to not do in order to make things easier. These are auto transport do’s and dont’s, and they’re important to know. A lot of car shippers just assume that people know these things, but unless they’re told customers just sort of wing it. Many times, they inadvertently do things that they don’t realize is actually harmful to their efforts to ship a car. This is why we’re compiling this blog post of auto transport do’s and dont’s for you. If these are things you know then you don’t have to read it. But for those of you that are shipping a car for the first time, well, here are some things to do and not do when shipping a car.
Some more auto transport do’s and dont’s
Do make sure you have all the correct automobile information. This includes the correct year, make, model and VIN number to start. This information will help your shipper more accurately quote your shipment and will help the driver identify the vehicle quickly at pickup.
Don’t lie about what you’re shipping. Lying about the vehicle you’re transporting is a bad idea. Misinformation leads to bad quotes and can lead to delays and price hikes from companies that don’t want to deal with your B.S.
Do get multiple quotes. Multiple quotes from different shippers will help you zero in on the right price for you. Just going with the first company you get a quote from can backfire due to bad pricing methods or low reputation in the industry.
Don’t assume that auto shipping is an available-on-demand industry. Carriers have strict schedules and aren’t just waiting around for you to call them. Wait times for pickup can last days after dispatch, as carriers have their own routes to run and have to factor your pickup into their already-busy schedule
Do try to book your shipment as soon as you know you need to ship a car. Waiting can result in delays and missed deadlines due to the nature of the industry. Expedited shipping is one thing – procrastination, though, should be avoided.
Don’t blame your representative for the driver’s mistakes. You book with a broker, but a carrier ships your car. They are separate entities, and should be treated as such. Brokers work hard to provide you with honest, reputable carriers, but it’s a hard job as there are literally thousands of trucks on the road. If a carrier makes a mistake, it’s not the broker’s fault, just like how when your coworker screws up it’s not your fault.
Can I get a free quote to ship my car, though?
You most certainly can. The best way to get your quote is to fill out our free quote request form. You’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. You can compare prices and services and also speak to an agent over the phone. More importantly, they can also help explain the cost of auto transport and why it can be so expensive. Those companies are cleared by us ahead of time, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be in good hands. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact one of our agents any time at 800-930-7417.