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Shipping a Car

Shipping a Car

Moving? The first thing you need to do is contact professional Melbourne FL movers. We can pack, load, transport, and unload the contents of your home. Our team of expert movers treats you just like family and we know your belongings are more than simply things. They are memories that matter.

We want to give you great tips to assist you with a smooth move and if you are like most, you own a vehicle. Many people aren’t sure how to get their vehicle where they are headed. If you are relocating a significant distance, you may need to hire someone to transport your vehicle. If so, there are a few options for shipping your car, and like many things in life, you truly do get what you pay for. That’s why it’s so important to do your research when it comes to choosing an auto-transport company before you sign that contract. If you’re moving long distance and you need to choose among several bids, do yourself a favor and understand the basics before you choose a company to ship your car.

You will have several shipping options should you choose to ship your car. The enclosed option is generally best for those who are shipping a classic or very expensive car. The enclosed trailer protects the car from damage made by rocks or weather. If you’re transporting a car in an enclosed trailer from Florida to the west coast, expect to pay up to $2,000.

Open shipping is the most common option. Your vehicle will be shipped by a car carrier on the back of a truck, just like the kind that delivers new cars to a dealership. For an open shipping move, plan on spending $1,000 to $1,400 from Florida to California.

If you get the full-service option you can expect more but keep in mind there is a higher price tag attached. Your pick-up and delivery dates are guaranteed, usually from door-to-door. If your transporter is late, they should rebate a portion of the fees toward a rental car for every day your car isn’t in your possession.

If you don’t need your car in a timely manner, the economy option may be for you. The cost is low, so your car will be placed in a lower priority than the higher-paying customers. In turn, it could take a few days or even weeks to get your car back. If you depend on that car, this may not be a viable choice.

An important part of researching the best vehicle transporter is to ask for proof of insurance, federal license and bond requirements. If the company has insurance, be sure you know how you’ll be covered in case there’s damage done to your vehicle. After all, transporting a vehicle is a risky move. The company probably isn’t going to pay if a pebble scratches the paint. Knowing coverage amount is crucial to a move. Also, once you’ve settled on the company and the mode of transportation, you’ll want to get documentation. When the hauler shows up to take away your vehicle, the hauler should take pictures and document any scratches, dings, or dents. The pictures will be dated for record-keeping purposes and attached to the shipping invoice. In case of damage disputes, these pictures will be on file.

Check the contract before you sign. Make sure the estimated pick-up and delivery dates are correct. Also be sure that the insurance coverage and delivery location are crystal clear.

Following these guidelines should allow you to drive your vehicle in your new hometown soon after you’ve moved in, thanks to A Mother’s Touch Movers.

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