There are several reasons why auto shipping has become increasingly popular. It’s a safe, hassle-free way to transport your vehicle long-distance. However, if you have never shipped a car before, you may not know what to expect at the delivery and pick up points. When you choose a reputable car shipping company, picking up your vehicle should be a simple process. Here are a few things you can expect when your vehicle arrives on delivery day.
Schedule a Pickup Time
Prior to delivery, you should receive a call from your auto carrier with an anticipated delivery date. At this time, you will schedule a time to pick up your vehicle. The auto carrier will also verify your pickup location. Some carriers will deliver your vehicle directly to your home while others will have your vehicle delivered to a specified location. These terms are decided at the beginning of the shipping process.
Inspect Your Vehicle
Upon your vehicle’s arrival at its destination, it is critical that you conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Having a record of your vehicle’s condition prior to shipment will be helpful in the unlikely event that your vehicle is damaged. If you are not comfortable conducting the inspection yourself, choose a trusted representative to inspect the vehicle for you.Be sure and check every angle of your vehicle for cosmetic damage and look at the car’s undercarriage as well. Check the odometer and start up the car to check for any mechanical problems.
Sign and Complete Payment
Once you have completed the vehicle inspection, you will be asked to sign a Bill of Lading to finalize the transaction. In the event that your vehicle has been damaged, you must note it on the Bill of Lading. It is critical that you note damage at this time, as this is your only opportunity to inspect and report any damages. Payment for the service will also be due upon delivery.
For most customers, the pickup process is quick and easy. A representative should be available to assist you in any way and the shipping process is complete as soon as the vehicle has been delivered.
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.