Auto Transport Tips: Be as Specific as Possible
Shipping a vehicle can be a long and complex process, even if it doesn’t sound like it at the start. A lot can go wrong when you’re trying to get a vehicle shipped, and one of the most common mistakes people make is not giving their car transport representative all the facts about their vehicle, or their pickup or delivery location. See, your auto transport representative will need information from you in regards to where you are shipping from and to, what type of vehicle you are shipping (including year, make and model), when you need to ship, and much more. Specific answers to questions will help you a lot more than you might realize.
When you first start looking for a shipping company, you’ll likely see a lot of car transport quote request forms that only ask for a city and state and the year, make and model of your vehicle. This is standard among quote providers because when shippers are pricing freight it rarely makes a difference to them if you’re shipping from one part of town or the other. However, once you actually book your shipment, you’ll likely be asked for more information in order to set everything up. The most common is addresses; in this regard, specific addresses are important mainly to give shippers an idea of where exactly they need to get to. This then allows them to communicate with you should there be any problems getting to or from your specific pickup or delivery location, and adjust accordingly.
Something else you should be specific about is what vehicle you are shipping. With so many different cars and trucks and SUV’s and vans on the road today, saying you’re shipping a “Ford Pickup” doesn’t really tell anyone anything. While you can get a good idea of what your shipment will cost with just the pickup and delivery cities, with your vehicle you’ll want to be as specific as possible from the get-go. Larger, heavier vehicles cost more to ship due to the increased weight hurting fuel efficiency and taking up extra space. If a vehicle is too big for a common carrier to ship, alternate transportation will need to be arranged, which will likely be even more expensive. Being specific with where you’re shipping and what you’re shipping – as well as when you need to ship – will allow your auto transport representative to find someone willing to ship your vehicle without any guesswork. This tends to make everything go more smoothly on the whole, which makes your shipment easier.
If you’re interested in shipping a vehicle and you’re searching for a company to help you get it moved, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online car transport quote request form. When you do, and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. American Auto Shipping is fully licensed, bonded and insured.If you have questions about our services, or need some help filling out our free quote form or just need some help understanding how the car transport industry works, give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents.