When shipping a car, whether interstate or overseas
There are many different shipping methods available to you. Each with its advantages and disadvantages on how to move a car.
Prep your car for shipping:
- Wash your car thoroughly, to be able to easily note any chips, dings or other cosmetic damage accurately.
- Make a complete report of any pre-existing damage to your car. Pictures can play a vital part.
- Remove all your personal belongings from the car.
- Shut off and disable the car alarm.
- Don’t fill the gas tank, this will save quite a bit of weight.
- Secure or remove any loose parts or specialty items, such as ground effects, spoilers, or for lights.
- Fold back your mirrors.
- Lower and retract the antennae.
- If you own a convertible, ship with the top up and secured properly.
There are several ways on how to move a car
The most popular one is using an auto shipper. Some auto shippers are known as carriers. These companies actually move the vehicle. Other transportation companies are known as brokerages. They are the ones that will be arranging the vehicle transport between you and the carrier. They are the middlemen that offer convenience and reliability but will respectively run you a bit higher than hiring a carrier yourself.
Most carriers will put cars on an open-air trailer. Exposing your vehicle to the elements of nature and road debris while being transported. It is a more frequently used option and is normally cheaper than closed trailers. Open-air trailers are also lighter and more fuel efficient, therefore doing less damage to the environment.
If you are transporting a luxury car
Or a rare classic and are concerned about the effects of weather on your vehicle, you might want to consider using an enclosed truck. They offer protection for your vehicle from weather conditions and road debris. Enclosed trailers offer better overall security than open-air trailers. The cost of using an enclosed trailer is typically 60% higher than it’s counterpart, although well worth it when transporting an expensive car.
If you are on a tight budget
You might want to look into Driveaway services. These transportation companies provide a driver to pilot your car from point A to point B. Although a much cheaper option, it leaves your car vulnerable to elements and potential driver error.
If you are shipping a car overseas
Have an option of using a sea freight service that will move your car via a cargo container. However you must do your homework when shipping a car overseas, it can quickly become a headache if you don’t have proper documentation. There are laws and customs regulations that vary from country to country.
You may want to call the embassy of the country you are shipping to learn more. When you hire a professional auto shipper specializing in carrying vehicles across the ocean, they will guide you in acquiring all the necessary paperwork needed.
Consider using an airfreight service
If you have no budget cap and want to have your vehicle delivered in a timely manner, consider using an airfreight service that will fly your car over to your destination.