With the rise of e-commerce, car transporting has grown in popularity. Many new companies have formed in order to give clients the best service possible at competitive rates. Some companies are better than others so it has become increasingly important for potential customers to research the reviews of the transport companies that they would like to hire. Each company offers different services and buyers of especially delicate cars, like classic cars, should consider what services will suit their needs best. The amounts of shipping options are endless and shipping classic cars is one of the best ways to transfer the cars between two points.
There are two main types of vehicle transporters in the shipping business. The first type of vehicle transporter is a large company that owns numerous transporter trucks and has more established business records. The second type of vehicle transporter is an independent company that may only have a few trucks on their fleet. The independent companies are usually accessed through a transport broker that the customer contacts. Transport brokers are the middlemen that facilitate the transaction between a client and an independent transport company.
Each company has their own way of protecting vehicles for transport. Depending on the company or service that you choose you may be able to transport your car in an enclosed trailer. Companies that are less established commonly use an open trailer to transport cars. Enclosed trailers usually cost more money to ship with but offer a greater amount of protection, which you may need if you want the most optimal protection for your classic car.
You should also consider purchasing additional insurance through your current insurance provider for your car shipment. Insuring your car for its shipment will provide you with the peace of mind that your car has additional protection in the event that anything should go wrong during the shipment. Many transport companies offer their own insurance coverage, which may cover your vehicle if you choose to utilize it, but you will need to do additional research on what is covered under their insurance plans.
One of first steps that any car owner should take before choosing a transport company is reading the reviews of the companies that they would potentially like to use. There are many ways to access the reviews of transport companies such as on internet forums or the websites of the companies themselves. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers services on their website that allow consumers to read the safety records, among several other pieces of information, for many shipping companies. It would be best for you to choose a company that is registered with both the FMCSA and Department of Transportation (DOT).
Shipping a classic car is a great way to transfer your car between places. Through careful research and preparation you will be able to choose a company that will cater to your needs best.