Auto Transport Tips: The Auto Transport Inspection
This may be old news by now, but your auto transport inspection is incredibly important when it comes to shipping a car. You need to actually do an inspection with your carrier and also take it seriously, and this blog post will (hopefully) explain why.
See when you ship a car you have to do an inspection – it’s actually required. You have to sign off on the inspection report along with your driver. These are primarily for insurance purposes, and gives insurance companies a good basis of comparison. This is mostly in the event the vehicle is damaged during transport, though, which is rare.
Do I have to do an auto transport inspection?
Yes, you do. Okay, if you can’t be there, you can have someone else do it for you, but someone has to. This can be a friend or a coworker or a family member, thankfully. Really, it can be anyone so long as your shipper knows who they are and their relation to you. The worst thing a carrier can do, aside from totaling their truck, is pick up the wrong car.
So they want to make sure that doesn’t happen. But an auto transport inspection is also to make sure that customers aren’t trying to get away with insurance fraud. You’d be surprised at how often that can happen, you know.
It’s relatively easy – unmarked pre-existing damage to a vehicle has, in the past, tried to be passed off as damage during transit. Naturally carriers don’t want to pay to repair damages they didn’t cause, and insurance companies don’t either.
To avoid that, they require an inspection. And to make sure the inspection is done right, they make both the customer and the carrier sign off on it. Make sure to do your inspection, be thorough and be truthful. It can end up saving you a lot of time, money and hassle if you just do it right the first time.
Do I need to do an inspection to get a free quote?
No, though you will need to do an auto transport inspection when your vehicle is picked up. But that comes later – for a free quote, just fill out our online quote form. It’s completely free for you and won’t take more than a minute or two. However, it will get you a free, no-hassle quote to ship your vehicle right away. We work with only top-rated carriers who are fully licensed and insured, so your vehicle will be in good hands from pickup to delivery. If you have questions or concerns, don’t worry. You can contact one of our agents any time at 800-930-7417.