How Can I Help a Car Shipper?
Customers are always looking for ways in which car shippers and brokers can help them ship a car, but something that has gotten lost in the customer-company relationship is how a customer can help a car shipper. Being able to actually do their job is an important part of everyone’s work ethic, and there are a lot of times when customers actively hinder the efforts a car transport company puts in through one minor thing or another. Auto shipping is an industry based on the clock – a carrier makes his money by driving and delivering cars to customers, so the longer they spend at pickup or trying to figure out where to get to the less money they make in a day. You can help them speed things up by doing a few simple things before they arrive to pick your vehicle up, though, so read on to get some tips on how you can help a car shipper make your shipment easier in the long run.
One of the easiest things you can do, right off the bat, is to clean your car. You’d be surprised at just how far such a simple thing can go. Many people in today’s world use their car almost as a mini storage unit; it’s not a bad thing, of course, but vehicles can get cluttered if you’ve got more stuff than room. Auto shippers can’t ship a vehicle that has stuff in it – it goes against their license, as anything that is not a part of the vehicle is considered to be “household items” and as such cannot be shipped by an auto shipping company. Some will let you put some things in the trunk and apply an “out of sight out of mind” type mentality, but that is at the discretion of the carrier and as such you should discuss it with your agent before putting anything in the vehicle.
Something else you can do to help your car shipper is to make your pickup and delivery locations more accessible. This is, of course, easier said than done, but remember that most auto shipping services are door-to-door, meaning you will meet with the carrier at both pickup and delivery to release and receive your vehicle. Making your pickup or delivery locations more accessible is simply moving them to somewhere an 80-ft transport truck can access. This is usually required if the street you live on is cramped or allows side-street parking, or if it’s in a cul-de-sac as those can be hard to maneuver through for such a large truck. This is also something to talk to your representative about, as they can give you more personalized information based on where you are trying to ship from and to.
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle and are trying to find someone to help you with it, you can and should take a minute and fill out our free online auto transport quote request form here on our website. It’s free, takes only a minute or two, and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. We clear each and every carrier for both dependability and reliability, and that means we make sure each carrier is fully licensed, bonded and insured. If you have questions about our services, or if you would like to speak to a real person about getting your vehicle shipped and how much it will cost and the like, you can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, by dialing 800-930-7417.