There are many good reasons to take advantage of car shipping. You enjoy less stress, more convenience, better control of your time, and less risk of an accident happening. Take advantage of the benefits and sidestep the risks of a scam with these tips.
Know who you’re dealing with
You wouldn’t blindly turn over the keys to your home to an unknown stranger. Be just as diligent in learning about the car shipping service provider. Reading site reviews is a start, but that isn’t enough (many are bogus). Ask for the full company name, physical address and license numbers. Check sites such as Yelp, ask for recommendations from friends and coworkers and even check out the better business bureau and or Federal Motor Safety Carrier Association. Your goal is to find a reputable shipper who cares about delivering your car safely.
Skip the middleman
Deal directly with the shipper so you have a full understanding of what service will be provided, and by whom. Brokers will not provide the actual service and may not be able to give you relevant details about payment and liability.
Read the contract carefully
No one likes to read endless fine print but do it anyway. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if there is something you don’t understand. Before you sign on the dotted line or share credit card information, know what you are agreeing to. Doing so can mean the difference between a smooth transaction and your car being held for ransom.
Don’t try to get over
Scammers love it when customers get excited over too good to be true deals. Remember, a car shipping service is a business. Businesses are in the business of making money. If the car shipper promises the moon, ask yourself – what’s in it for them? Reputable dealers make money offering reliable service at a fair price. If the shipper promises more than that, it’s likely a scam.
Especially if you have never used a car shipping service before it helps to do some comparison shopping. Talking with a few providers will give you an idea of what you can reasonably expect. You’ll start to get a better handle on what questions to ask, too. Give yourself enough time before you need to ship to talk with at least three providers.
Car shipping is a convenient, safe and easy way to move your car. Get all the benefits and none of the risks when you take the time to fully understand the process and what you can expect from the provider.