If you own a luxury vehicle then you understand the importance of protecting your investment at all costs. This includes taking the right steps to have your luxury vehicle shipped properly. Putting trust in a company to safely ship your luxury vehicle can certainly be a nerve wracking process, so here are some helpful tips to ensure your vehicle arrives safely at its destination.
DO Research Auto Shipping Companies
To safeguard your luxury car, it is essential to choose a reliable auto transport company. Take some time and research a few companies, checking their ratings and reviews. You should also check the carrier information and records of their agency by using their MC number. A reputable company should also be registered through the USDOT, and they should provide you with a copy of the carrier’s insurance to check their coverage. It is vital to perform your due diligence in order to find the best auto transport company that will handle your car professionally and responsibly.
DON’t Forget About Insurance
You can’t assume that your personal auto insurance will cover your vehicle while in transport. Always check with your insurance provider and talk with them about adding additional coverage. You should also talk with the auto transport company about their insurance coverage and explore any options to add additional insurance if needed.
DO Prepare Your Vehicle for Shipment
There are several things you should do to prepare your vehicle for shipment. Start by washing your vehicle inside and out and record any existing damage. Take pictures of the inside and outside of your vehicle, including the engine and the undercarriage. Make sure the battery is fully charged, the tires are inflated, and the gas tank is no more than one-quarter full. Finally, remove all personal belongings from the vehicle.
DON’T Select an Open Carrier
Though they are a cheaper option, open air carriers are not the best option for luxury vehicles. Bad weather conditions and falling debris could damage your vehicle while in transport. Enclosed carriers are a much better option for luxury vehicles. This method provides added protection and security for your valuable vehicle.
DO Inspect Your Vehicle Upon Delivery
When you vehicle is close to its destination, you should receive a call from the carrier with an anticipated date and time of delivery. Upon delivery, be sure and thoroughly inspect your vehicle. Bring the photos you took prior to shipment so you can compare your vehicle’s condition. In the unlikely event that your vehicle was damaged, make sure it is reported and noted on the Bill of Lading.
The cost to ship a car is based upon the size of the vehicle, the distance it is being shipped, and the value of the vehicle. Therefore, it should be expected that you will pay a higher price to ship a luxury vehicle. DON’T try to find the cheapest price, as this can sometimes be a red flag that the shipping company is not as reputable. When it comes to shipping a luxury vehicle, it is worth it to invest the extra money to ensure your vehicle arrives safely.
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.