7 Auto Shipping Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid | Tips & Advice

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You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate a car beyond its monetary value. Almost anyone who owns an automobile considers these wheeled motor vehicles prized possessions that require care. In many cases, cars are more than just means of transportation; they are projects, investments, and sometimes even inanimate family members.

That’s why if you’re thinking of hiring a service to transport your car, either because you’re moving, traveling to another city, and can’t drive, or don’t feel like driving, you must consider all the scenarios you may encounter when shipping your car.

We recommend investing the time and money necessary to ensure that you’re avoiding the seven auto shipping mistakes we compiled for you on this list. The idea is to prevent setbacks, damage to your car, unexpected expenses, but above all, a bad experience that you’ll never forget.   

Via: BBC

Mistake # 1: Hiring the wrong shipping company

Spending enough time shopping around and researching auto transport companies is one of the best things you can do instead of pulling the trigger on the first company you come across online or trusting unlikely promises.

The key to getting your car transported across the country without a hitch is finding an experienced, reliable, and therefore reputable car shipping company. But you might be wondering, how do you do that? You can start by checking out this article from Jalopnik on the five best car shipping companies in the U.S. (2022)

In addition to choosing the services of one of the best car carriers in the business, you should also prepare your car for the move using a car shipping checklist.

Mistake # 2: Expecting guaranteed pickup and delivery dates

Many people considering shipping their cars expect the company they’re hiring to guarantee exact pickup and delivery times. However, it would help to always count additional days to what the shipping company promises you. Under no circumstances plan your trip around your car transport as it could mess up your plans.

With this in mind, you must do your planning properly. The general time frame for car transport over long distances is as follows:

  • 100-500 miles: 1 to 2 days
  • 500-1000 miles: 2 to 3 days
  • 1000-1500 miles: 3 to 4 days
  • 1500-2000 miles: 4 to 5 days
  • 2,000–2,500 miles: 5 and 6 days
  • 2,500–3,000 miles: 6 and 7 days

Remember that shipping a car is not like buying something with next-day shipping. We’re used to expediting everything, but auto transport is a different beast.

Many of these car shipping companies operate on windows, meaning they may be subject to other pickups and deliveries, business hours and days, and so on. But, generally speaking, the auto shipping world works in a two-day window on pickup and delivery. So expecting something beyond that is often unrealistic, and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration.

Via: Motorpasion

Mistake # 3: Skimping on rates

Okay, this mistake is tricky, and it’s easy to misunderstand the message here. We don’t mean choosing the company with the most expensive quote when we talk about not skimping on rates. Instead, it means you must be diligent and find a provider that offers you the service that suits your needs and has the reputation to back it up. Then you can consider if it’s worth spending a few more dollars than going with a cheaper option that doesn’t guarantee satisfaction.

Like everything else in life, sometimes the cheapest option ends up being the most expensive at the end of the day. For example, a cheaper auto transport company may waste your time and money, maybe damage your car, complicate your plans, or end up ruining them entirely. Whether you’re shipping a regular sedan or a supercar, you’ll want to ensure that it’s being properly transported.

If you do your homework, it’s not difficult to find a safe, efficient auto transport provider without breaking the bank.

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Via: Motorpasion

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