Prepare Your Car for Shipping: A Checklist for Working with Auto Movers

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Auto Movers are an excellent option for anyone moving to a new location. Whether you’re moving to a new town, or a new state, this type of service can provide a professional touch, the ease of moving, and perhaps even a more economical solution than driving it yourself.  So, as you look to make a decision, here are a few things to consider as you begin your search.

Identifying Auto Movers

With the pool of services available, you’ll no doubt have many more questions once your search begins. Take your time, ask all your questions, and your hard work will pay off in the end.

Searching for car movers can be as simple as going to your favorite search engine. Using keywords such as car movers, auto transport, or auto shipping will immediately provide a number of companies to choose from. And, with all these options how do you choose? Well, in addition to company information, many of the transporters you find will often provide up to a dozen different quotes to choose from. As you look through your search results, look specifically for those services which also provide multi quote listings and price comparisons.

Identifying Great Services

Once you’ve decided on a company or two to choose from, don’t stop yet. Make sure to put together a list of questions that will both help you to keep costs low and understand better exactly what you’re getting for the price.

On the surface, all auto moving companies do basically the same thing. They take your car from place to place, safely. But, what additional services offered beyond this basic function is where you may find the greatest value. If your car is traveling coast to coast, will they pay to have it washed? No doubt you’ll be picking up a lot of bugs and dust when transporting your vehicle a great distance. Also, are you allowed to transport items inside the vehicle? Most companies do not allow for personal items to be placed inside the vehicle to avoid breakage. So make sure you know ahead of time before filling the car with belongings, otherwise you may find yourself having to unload your stuff in a hurry. And, where you drop off and pick up your car is very important. Look for a company who offers door to door service. Having to drive to a truck stop or shipping center is often far out of the way and may expose you to an unsafe area that you are unfamiliar with.

Identifying Costs

Total cost will always be a main factor in transporting your auto, so also ask when is the best time to make your trek.

If you have the flexibility, many transport companies have more affordable rates during off-peak season. Ask your company if there is savings should you be willing to wait. If time is of the essence, then make certain to get your quote in writing. You may be asked for payment upfront, or in partial payment at the beginning or at the end. This is typical of most companies, however, you must still make sure that once the driver arrives with your vehicle they cannot demand additional payment in order to give you your vehicle.

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