Whether you’re a snowbird migrating to the Sunshine State for the winter or a young professional who’s just landed a job in Florida, there’s a host of logistics that accompany such a move. Shipping your car, for instance, requires forethought and knowledge. Here are some tips to bear in mind if you’re planning to transport your vehicle to Florida.
Do Your Research
Selecting a shipping company that suits your preferences and needs will bode well for the shipping process. Given the vast amount of options available, selectivity is warranted. Be as choosy as you’d like, for your precious cargo will be in the hands of someone else. According to experts, the truth is in the reading. With that said, testimonials are your best friend when it comes to nailing down a specific shipping company. Above all else, you’ll want to decide on a company that’s in close proximity to where you’ll be staying. Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa are the major cities you’ll want to look into.
Don’t shy away from asking straightforward questions. If you’re unsure about what’s included in the cost, how long it’ll take to ship, or anything else that arouses curiosity, inquiring goes a long way.
Be Wary Of the Sun
Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State for a good reason. If your vehicle is sensitive to the sun, you’ll likely want to invest in an enclosed carrier. Otherwise, exposure to the sun could damage your car’s paint job.
Set A Time Frame
Be mindful of how long it will take the car to ship to your destination. What shipping companies find particularly peeving has to house your car for an extended period of time due to a lack of planning. What’s more, it would be quite an inconvenience to arrive in Florida only to find that your car won’t be arriving for another two days. With that in mind, establishing a time frame is always prudent.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Savvy car owners prime their car for the journey ahead in case things go amiss. It’s for this reason why taking inventory of your vehicle, removing personal items, and cleaning the exterior are essential before the car shipping process is underway. Should your car arrive with a foreign dent or scratch, it’ll be easy to discern whether or not it was your doing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.
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