If you are in the market for a new or used car or truck, you may need to know how to have it moved to your home without driving it on your own or having it towed. This is especially true for someone that may purchase a car from an online seller or purchases a classic or vintage car that needs restored before it can be driven at all. There are quite a few reasons that someone may need to have a car moved by a pro instead of driving. These include: Making an online purchase from a seller in another state.Taking a vacation and having a limited time to travel to the destination.Buying a classic car from a seller a far distance from home.Buying a vintage or modern car that needs repair work before it will run.Buying an off-roadvehicle that needs a little TLC before taking it to the mud.Interstate accidents far from home.When you are faced with a situation where it is not going to be convenient to drive, you will be tasked with finding a way to get the car home in a way that is not only affordable, but most importantly, safe and secure for the car. Hauling a car on your own or having to tow one can be dangerous, especially if it needs to go a long way. Hauling can also be expensive as it will cost more for gasoline in the truck that pulls it as well as maintenance such as having the oil changed or replacing tires sooner than necessary on a truck that has to overwork by pulling a heavy load. When you find that you need to order parts for a truck in order to haul another car, you may quickly realize that it is better to find other options to move the car.
Another option would be to drive the car on your own if it is drivable or hire someone to drive for you. While this may seem like a low cost option top move a car, it can put a lot of wear and tear on a car and could wind up costing you more in the long run. If you are buying a classic car, driving will most likely not be an option at all because you will want to make sure the car is fully protected as it is being moved to your home or to a storage facility.
Hiring a Professional
An option that many people have found to be beneficial as well as far less expensive than they thought it would be, is to hire a reliable professional auto transport company to move the car. As a car owner, you can effectively move a car from one cost to the other for around $1000 depending on the type of car you own and the carrier that you want to use for shipment. This is not bad at all when you consider that your car will not have any unnecessary wear and tear, no added mileage, no overnight hotel stops or bills for food along the way and no stress and fatigue from having to drive hundreds of miles on your own. When you are searching for a reputable shipper, you should consider a few important details: Your overall budget to move the car.The flexibility you may have for delivery dates. Auto transport does not run on a tight schedule and you may often see delays or even quicker delivery times than expected. Since weather, road conditions and even other customers can affect delivery times, you will need to have plenty of patience during the time your car is transported.If the car is inoperable or oversized, it may cost a little more to ship depending on the company and the size of carriers they own.If enclosed transport is important to you, it will be very important to ask the company upfront if they offer both open and enclosed shipping options.You should be aware that most auto transport is handled with a multicarrier that can carry many vehicles at one time and since the driver will need to pick-up and drop off other cars along the way, you will need to be a little flexible with your time when it comes to scheduling delivery of your personal vehicle. If you want to have your car in a more secure spot on a multicarrier, be sure to request that it be loaded on the top rather than the bottom level of the truck. Top loading will cost a little more than loading from the bottom but it is typically safer for the car than the bottom is.
You may also need to consider whether to use open transport at all or if your car would be better off with enclosed transport. Pricing will vary between the two options but here are some things to keep in mind for both: Open Vehicle Transport. This is the most common type of auto transport and is used round the world for all types of motor vehicles, new and old. Cars are exposed to the elements and they are susceptible to damage on an open carrier more than they would be with an enclosed environment. Enclosed Vehicle Transport. When it comes to having a safe environment when shipping a car, nothing is safer than an enclosed vehicle transporter. Cars are not at all exposed to the elements and they will be tucked away securely inside of a sealed trailer or container for shipment. Enclosed vehicle transport is going to have a higher price tag than open, but if you want to really protect a classic or expensive car, this is the way to go. Before you hire a company to move the car for you, be sure to take some time and thoroughly check them out. Check online reviews that customers have left so you can see how they have treated people in the past. A great place to check is with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) although they cannot offer referrals, you will be able to see if anyone has lodged a complaint and if so, how the company has responded.
It is also good to check to make sure that the company is licensed and insured and that they are current with their USDOT registration. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a great reference for this information as well as driving records and other pertinent information that you will need to help with your decision on whether to hire a specific company to handle the transport of your car.
Get The Car Ready to Go
Booking professional transport may be a little time consuming but be sure to take time to get the car itself ready to go before the driver arrives to pick it up. To get the car ready you can keep the following in mind: Take all personal and valuable items out of the car.Wash the car and make sure that all surface areas are clean and completely grime free.Disable the car alarm. If the alarm cannot be completely disabled, be sure to let the driver know how he can shut it off if it should happen to set off during transport.Take photos of all areas of the car and file them away in a safe location until the car is delivered. Photos should note any existing damage as well as note when there is no damage at all.Remove any loose or aftermarket accessories from inside as well as outside of the car.Secure convertible tops.Lower the fuel to less than a half tank and make sure there are no fluid leaks.When it is time for the car to be delivered, be sure to request to meet the driver during the day. When cars are delivered at night it is very easy to miss signs of damage because of limited site in dimly lit or dark areas.
A-1 Auto Transport is located in California providing domestic and international shipping for cars, boats, motorcycles, RV's, ATV's, freight and military. Offering low-cost shipping and great customer service to keep our clients happy and coming back. A-1s philosophy is to provide the best customer service in the industry. GPS tracking devices give you peace of mind and also knowing that A-1 is fully insured you will never have to worry. Free quotes are given online or over the phone. With shipping options for luxury cars to older vehicles, we have the right option for you.
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