Relocating from one part of the country to another can be a big hassle; from looking for the right Vehicle Shipping company to arranging shipment of your vehicle(s), there’s always a lot of planning to be done.
Thankfully however, there are brokers that can help you make the process easier. But if you don’t want to use them, you can always carry out a search online.
Bear in mind when doing your research that there are certain criteria that must be met before you consider any Vehicle Shipping company. These criteria include the following:-
- The experience of the company
- Their reputation and reliability
- They must be registered with the appropriate bodies
- The company must be bonded
- They must have the right pieces of equipment and infrastructure to do the job correctly.
- Their fees must be competitive and offer good value for money. Click here to find out how to determine that a service provider is giving you good value for your money.
When planning a relocation that includes the shipping of a vehicle or more, people have a lot of questions on what to do and how to go about the process. In this article, we will look at some frequently asked questions and proffer simple answers about Vehicle Shipping, so stay with us…
It has been said that asking the right questions will help one to get the needed directions or guidance. That is why we have curated the following questions and answers to help you out:-
What Is The Cheapest Way To Transport My Vehicle?
Most often, the cheapest means of transporting your vehicle is to book for shipment directly with a company in your locality or region. Working with local vehicle shipping companies is actually your best bet. This is because you will be able to get all the information you want about them.
Sometimes when you work with brokers, you end up paying more than you bargained for; these brokers start you off with a juicy offer but do not reveal all the other charges that you will end up paying.
How Much Will It Cost To Ship My Vehicle?
The total cost of shipping a vehicle depends on the following factors:-
- The pickup location
- The destination
- The distance
- The type of carrier required. Check out this site for different types of vehicle transportation.
- The type of automobile
- The condition of the vehicle
Based on point number 3, a shipment to be delivered to a destination below 200 miles will usually cost not more than $300 but an interstate delivery may be expected to cost up to $1000. Interstate shipment with enclosed carrier will attract some extra $100s to the $1000.
That being said, these prices are subject to inflation and some other extraneous factors and thus not cast in stone. Therefore you need to consult the company you are considering for your shipment for negotiations.
How Long Will The Shipment Take?
The length of time that the shipment of a vehicle will take most definitely depends on the pickup location and final destination of the car. For interstate shipment to a neighbouring state, the average is 4-8 days barring any unforeseen circumstances.
However, clients are advised to give enough room for delivery at least 3 weeks in all (especially for long distance haulage) to avoid disappointment. Each company have their schedule and the delivery target that they seek to meet. This brings us to the next question…
How Far Ahead Should Booking Be Made?
Some shipping firms recommend that you book at least 1 week ahead of when you want your car to be moved. Others recommend two weeks or more. This is not to say that in the case of emergency, you wouldn’t get a shipper to move your car but this will involve extra fees and you may not get the best vehicle shipping company because of the time crunch.
It is best for you to take your time and plan ahead, consult the options that you are considering using and find out how long the shipment will take. With enough time for planning, you can negotiate and get the best offer available.
Is The Size Of The Vehicle Important To Note?
Of course the size of the vehicle matters a lot! It is one of the factors that determine the type of carrier that you will use. So from the onset of your enquiry, you need to emphasize the size of the car especially if it is a larger vehicle. Also bear in mind that this will affect the overall cost of your shipment.
These are but a few of the questions that new clients would usually ask. However, we encourage clients to ask whatever questions they have before they enter into any agreement with any company; no question is dumb. It is better to be safe than sorry.