If you’re planning a big move, then you are most likely asking yourself the question of, “how am I going to move my car?” Moving is already a stressful task, and moving cross-country will add an immense amount of stress to this already daunting task.
With the help of Gabe, Marketing Manager at uShip, we are going to uncover these 6 important questions people ask when they are considering to ship their car cross-country.
Why choose to ship my car when I can drive it?
There is that convenience of not having to drive the car yourself or even tow it if you’re the one driving the moving truck across the country. One of the overlooked advantages of shipping a car is that it eliminates some of the wear and tear. The miles the car travels on a car hauler are miles that won’t be on an odometer. And if the car is being shipped via closed transport it will be protected from the elements.
How much am I going to spend in order to ship my car?
Every detail matters in determining price. The size and weight of the car and the distance are the most basic factors, but accessibility and flexibility go a long way in getting better pricing. Being flexible on pickup and delivery dates is attractive to transporters since it allows them some time to optimize their routes for their other customers.
Accessibility also greatly benefits the transporter in that they can manage their hauler easier and can get back to a common route quicker. If the job is easier for them to do, the price is going to be better.
Should I choose terminal to terminal or door to door, and what does this even mean?
Terminal-to-terminal is when a car is dropped off at a facility for shipping and then delivered to another facility where the vehicle can then be picked up. Door-to-door is when a car is picked up as close to its usual parking spot as possible and then delivered as close to its new parking spot. Door-to-door seems to be more common because of the convenience factor of not having to travel to a facility at any point.
Facility fees are sometimes overlooked, so any cost benefit from terminal-to-terminal might not exist when you factor in the costs associated with fees and the cost of getting to the facility.
Can I pack my car with things I need to move before it’s shipped?
Packing a car with personal things is a quick way to get the transporter to deny shipping the car for you. There’s a liability in transporting goods that many don’t want to risk responsibility for or they straight up don’t have the license to transport goods.
It’s in the customer’s best interest to not do this either as cars are often shipped unlocked and transporters won’t be liable for anything missing or damaged.
What happens if my car is damaged while being shipped?
It’s always best to do a little research on the transporters you are considering to make sure they have the right legal authority and insurance. While damages are incurred in less than 5 percent of cars in transport, you want to make sure you’re covered in the rare event of an issue.
A typical licensed auto transporter will have at the bare minimum liability insurance but those who also have cargo insurance are better. Cargo insurance should cover any damage caused in transport and you pay the deductible. Do realize the terms of coverage vary widely and are very much worth inquiring about. Some personal auto insurance may cover the vehicle in transport but those policies also vary. It’s recommended to call up your auto insurance agent when you’re researching transport to assess your coverage but also let them know the vehicle is being transported.
What should I keep in mind before getting my car shipped?
Make sure the car doesn’t have any fluid leaks. If your car is being hauled with other cars, you don’t want to be responsible for any damage to them
Now that we have a clearer view on how to ship a car enjoy the peace of mind. If you have anymore questions about shipping a car, or anything at that matter don’t be afraid to leave a comment below or contact uShip.