Transporting a car across the country
As is the case when it comes to moving your home, the relocation of your vehicle to another state requires a lot of planning and preparation. And, just like in home moving as you decide for the right moving company, in this case too you’ll be looking for the right car moving company that is reliable and affordable. Of course, when you’re relocating it short distance, you simply get in the car and drive it. But when it comes to transporting a car across the country or even overseas, moving a vehicle with a professional moving company is the most reasonable solution. There’s panoply of choices for you to choose from, from paying a local college student as a driver to hiring a professional auto transport company. In the end, your budget and relocation preferences will have the final say, but here are some tips for the best and safest ways of transporting your vehicle.
Number one on your list of priorities is searching for the most affordable and most reliable vehicle moving company. Before you find yourself in the situation of choosing one, you first need to contact a couple of car shipping companies. Most companies are happy to provide you with a free moving quote, so just ask for one. Once you’ve checked with a few companies, review their ratings and choose the one that suits your needs best.
Get as much info as possible
Most moving companies are rather friendly and will keep you informed and answer any questions that you might have. With that in mind, learn about every step of your car’s relocation process – how it’s transported whilst in their hands, how long it takes, what are your options, can you keep track of the progress online at any point in time and similar.
Ways of transporting
After you’ve contacted and chosen a vehicle shipping company, you can check for all the moving options they provide. How do you want your vehicle transported? The most popular and a cheaper way is an open trailer. The other, more expensive, option is an enclosed truck. This is the option you should choose if you’re worried about the weather conditions, say if you’re moving it during the winter, or if it’s a new, expensive vehicle that you want taken care of. Another pro of going with the enclosed truck is that it is far safer from any unexpected damage than the open trailer.
Hiring a professional driver
This is a great option when it comes to short distances and also an affordable one. So be sure to check out hiring a driver, provided by a professional service. Some of these companies will even allow moving belongings, as well as pets, in your vehicle.
Hiring a non-professional
The opposite end of the spectrum, you need to transport your vehicle to another state or city but you are operating on a tight budget. Consider hiring someone you might know, or a student you can trust to drive your vehicle. Stating the obvious, but this option is far riskier and you should make sure that your insurance covers car accidents and thefts in case you go with this one.
Carefully read the moving documentation
Don’t skip any parts of the moving documentation. Car accidents and damages rarely occur with professional movers, but you’ll surely want to know what to do if it happens to you. Be clear on the conditions your vehicle is being relocated on before you sign anything. What are the usual procedures if anything unfortunate happens, will you get reimbursed, what if the moving company doesn’t take responsibility for any damages. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your vehicle.
We wish you the best of luck with transporting a car across the country and should you need any help with it, give us a call!