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Car shipping is the transport of a vehicle from a seller in one place to a buyer in another place. This includes country to country shipping as well as state to state shipping. Auto shipping and transport was largely a commercial activity conducted by dealers, manufactures and brokers until the last ten to fifteen years.
There are basic steps that each consumer must take when moving a car. When a car is shipped, it is loaded onto a carrier. This carrier is what transports a vehicle to a new place. Before shipping, each car must be subjected to records and inspections. Records of damage and other markings of a vehicle are kept so that a company is not liable for damage that did not occur during transport.
Customer service as well as reputation are two things that are very important to car shipping companies. Most companies will make sure to post the information regarding how long they have been in business and how many customers they have served. There are also umbrella companies who can work to point consumers to various transport companies that they work with. This is one way that consumers find information about different companies.
There are many peculiar things about car moving process that you need to know before you use that service. First of all you need to understand that pick-up and delivery terms are estimates, not guaranteed dates. There are many unforeseen problems that can arise on the road including traffic jams, unfavorable weather conditions and mechanical breakdowns that can contribute to delays. Curiously enough, the major cause of delays rests upon the customers themselves. They fail to arrive at pick-up or drop-off locations on time, try to make last minutes changes to the arranged routs or delivery terms and so on. Remember that much depends on your punctuality and reliability. The better you fulfill your part of the deal the sooner you will get your car.
Be on time to meet the auto shipment truck in the previously defined pick-up spot that is easy to get to, both for you and your car mover. If you are late you’ll delay not only your own delivery but may also keep other clients waiting for their cars. Before you leave your vehicle with the car moving company, don’t forget to receive an inspection report describing the current condition of your car and spelling out all the existing scratches, cracks and so on. You will need this report to check your vehicle’s condition upon delivery.
Make sure to be on time at the drop-off spot as well. As soon as your car is delivered by the car moving company, run a slow, thorough inspection checking against the report you were given before. If there are any discrepancies between the report and the actual condition of the vehicle, note them down and make sure that the truck driver signs the paper.
Selecting auto moving method is an important decision. You can choose between open and enclosed trailers. Open trailers are fully or partially exposed to the outer environment but are cheaper than enclosed ones, which are a kind of mobile garages that protect your car from the elements. Your choice will depend on the type of vehicle you need to move and the money you are ready to spend.
Customers are sometimes confused as to what door-to-door vehicle shipping method actually means. When your car is shipped door-to-door it doesn’t necessarily presuppose that the truck will stop right up your front door. The truck driver will get your car as close to the pick-up or delivery point as possible in terms of law and safety. Shipping trucks can be as long as 75 feet and require a lot of space for maneuvering. If the access to your house is restricted by some obstacles such as trees or tight turns, the truck may stop at a nearby parking place.
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