Preparing A Car for Shipping Overseas Made Easy

This is a subject that many of you have probably never given much thought. But one thing about knowledge is that it is better to have it, and not need it… than it is to need it and not have it. So, here is a quick guide to the things you might need to know before shipping your car. 

The first thing you need to think about is the distance that you are traveling. If it is only a short distance away, you would not be wise to use a shipping service. This kind of service is intended for cross-country or overseas transport. Driving your car from California to Georgia (for instance), would cost a lot when you think about fuel, lodging, food, time spent away from work, to say nothing of the risk of having an accident. It’s much easier and cheaper to ship a vehicle for a trip of this length. 

You will need to carefully consider the company that you hire to ship your vehicle. If you are shipping a particularly rare or valuable car, this is even more important. Your vehicle represents a fairly large investment, and you don’t want to trust just anyone with it. As far as automobile transporters go, I recommend direct express auto transport. They have a good record for results and a solid customer service record as well. You can check here to find out a little more about them. 

You will probably have several options for the way in which your car will be shipped. You can simply have it put onto the carrier as is or covered with a protective barrier. As you might guess, the difference is the price. If you want your vehicle covered, it can actually cost a lot more. You should also have a higher-security option that involves transporting the car in a closed trailer. That will, of course, be more expensive. However, it is the only good option when shipping an antique car, a show car, or anything else that must be preserved at all costs. 

Before you turn your car over, you have some work to do. Do a thorough inspection of the vehicle, both inside and outside. Take pictures as you go, and make sure they are time stamped. You can also hire a professional inspector who will check out every part of the vehicle and present you with proof of the inspection. This is done simply to cover your bases if something goes wrong. 

Along that same line of thought, you should also let your insurance company know what you are doing and make yourself aware of any policies they may have. Most insurance carriers will cover this kind of damage as long as there is proof of them having occurred after the vehicle was turned over, but you still want to make sure. 

And finally, make sure you don’t get too impatient. Remember, you are ordering a car, not a pizza. I only mention this because you will wear down your nerves and drive yourself crazy.

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