Don’t Misrepresent Your Vehicle
When you ship a car the most important thing you can do is to not misrepresent your vehicle. This seems like fairly common sense at this point, but then again we’ve been getting customers quotes to ship their vehicles for over fifteen years now, and every day there’s someone who doesn’t understand why it’s important to represent your vehicle accurately. What we mean is that you give an accurate overview of the vehicle you are shipping. This includes where you are shipping from and to, as well as the year, make and model of the vehicle you are shipping. Lying and telling your agent you’re shipping something other than what you are can lead to lots of problems.
When you misrepresent your vehicle to a company that is trying to give you a quote, you end up getting the wrong quote, to start. Auto shipping companies base their prices off where you’re shipping from and to, what you’re shipping, the popularity of your route and the time of the year. If you tell your shipper that you’re trying to transport a small sedan, when in reality it’s a large SUV, you get the wrong quote, end of story. And when you misrepresent your vehicle you end up putting more pressure on the broker and the carrier, and some companies may not even work with you and drop you as a client – if you lie about the type of vehicle you’re shipping, what else may you be lying about?
Do you see the problem? It may not seem like much, but additional weight on the carrier can throw a wrench into their plans. They work hard to make sure that they are able to cover their costs with the vehicles that they transport. Since different vehicles weigh different amounts, if a carrier is not planning to ship a pickup truck but a car, they may end up having to rearrange their shipment, causing delays, confusion and – at least for you – severe price hikes. Plus it wastes time; an inaccurate quote is not going to help you get a handle on your shipment and will likely lead to more problems down the line. Misrepresenting a vehicle just causes problems, and it doesn’t save you any money (which is why most people who do misrepresent the vehicle they are shipping do it).
If you are interested in shipping a car, though, don’t hesitate to fill out our free online car transport quote request form. It’s free, easy, and, if you don’t misrepresent your vehicle, quite accurate. We clear each company you get a quote from for both dependability and reliability, and that includes making sure each is fully licensed, bonded, insured, top-rated, and that they understand how the industry works and price accordingly. This way, you know you’ll be in good hands regardless of the company you book with. And, as always, if you have questions about our services, or need help getting your free quotes, you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.
Since 2007 Dave has written all the content and blogs for American Auto Shipping and during this time added the duties of customer support and transport logistics.
He currently resides in Washington with his three kids and their mom and cat. A fan of Marvel movies and good stories, when not shipping cars Dave can be found working on his novel, enjoying a good book or playing some tournament HALO.
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