Cross-country Car Shipping – What to Discuss in The Initial Consultation?
Many people are still confused about why it is recommended to hire a car shipping company instead of driving it on their own to the final cross-country destination. For short moves driving your car is a cheaper option than shipping, but if the move is cross-country it is convenient and worth it. It is also safe and healthy for your vehicle to travel in an enclosed carrier rather than get driven all those miles.
You can consider Ship A Car, Inc. for your cross-country car transport needs. SAC has a direct connection with the largest and reliable carrier network and can make your car transport experience smooth.
If you are evaluating other car transport companies in your locality, then there are some essential things you need to discuss during your first consultation.
In the first call, you need to talk about the shipping service cost. You desire to be aware of whether the services offered are worth what you pay for. Are their charges genuine? Questions to ask them –
- Can you offer an overall estimate in writing, is it for free?
- Will there be any hidden or other charges that I need to be aware of?
The cost factor depends on factors like distance, car model, shipping method, pick & drop location, car condition [operable or not], special handling needs, demand, fuel price, seasonal rate fluctuations, and more. Generally, the cost of a car shipped in an enclosed carrier will cost more than an open trailer. The distance to be transported within the state is less than the cross-country shipping cost.
- Can you offer details on the cost calculation?
When you are making arrangements for cross-country car shipping, it is essential to find out if the potential car transport service provider has the necessary documents to legally operate or not. If he doesn’t it can be a huge loss in terms of time and money. Don’t go into the details but just ask the following –
- Are you registered with the transport department for a nationwide vehicle transport?
In the US, transportation companies need to get registered for traveling across the state. You can even check the license number on the DoTs [department of transport] website or FMCSA link.
Some car shipping companies ship vehicles exclusively via open carrier, while others offer enclosed trailer services. Besides, there are single and multiple car shipping options. Some companies offer exclusive services for transporting non-working or inoperable cars, while a few don’t. So ask –
- What kind of services do you offer exclusively?
All reputable and reliable car transport companies are fully insured. They will have sufficient coverage to handle emergency happenings. You can ask for specific details like –
- What is your standard shipping insurance alternative?
- Will liability insurance cover the whole car or only specific parts in case of the worst scenario?
- Can I buy extra insurance coverage for my car?
- Have I to pay any deductibles?
You can even request to check their insurance policy, if they are hesitant to show then it is a red flag!