How to Ship a Car

How to Ship a Car


How to Ship a Car. If you’re moving to another state and don’t
want to drive or have your car towed, here’s how to work with a reliable auto transport
service. You will need A computer with internet access
A camera and sharp eyes. Step 1. List your shipping requirements, including
your budget, your pickup and delivery dates and locations, and the approximate travel
mileage involved. Step 2. Go online and research auto shipping companies. At these sites, you can request quotes from
brokers and car shippers. Step 3. Compare shipper bids. Look for a reputable company. Select a shipper that has a fair dispute settlement
program — even among the best, problems sometimes arise. Consider using an open carrier, instead of
a closed one, or a multivehicle carrier. Step 4. Check the shipper’s insurance certificate
and safety record at the Department of Transportation website. Contact the Better Business Bureau in the
company’s locale to see if there have been complaints and how they were handled. Step 5. Prepare your car for shipping. Remove your valuables, clean your car, and
take photos of the exterior and interior from a variety of angles. Leave no more than a half-tank of gas in your
car. Step 6. Inspect your car thoroughly, inside and out,
upon delivery. Compare your car’s condition with the photos. Write up any damages on the bill of lading
and ask the driver to sign it. Keep a copy of the bill for later reference. Did you know A 1965 Volkswagen bus that was
stolen in 1974 was found in 2009 in a shipping container at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

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