Is this your first time shipping a vehicle? We know this process can be overwhelming, but with this helpful resource we hope to help you choose the right company for you. Now, let’s break it down into a few easy steps:
1. Using the Internet is a Great Source
People usually start their research by using one of the many search engines. You’ll type in a few words to help display the appropriate results. You will find a huge list of multiple companies then have no idea which one is truly right for you. You can narrow down a few companies by reviewing their rating by previous companies, however, majority of those reviews were bought. It is important to find an experienced broker that understands this industry inside and out. This is where we come into play.
CSC choses the companies we work with based on the ratings from a lead board called Central Dispatch. You cannot buy or fake the reviews on this site as it’s the main supplier of leads to the industry. Carriers and brokers share this lead board as we write reviews on the companies we work with. We only work with the companies rated 98% or higher. This includes ratings on customer service provided, tardiness, arrival and departure times, plus so much more.
2. Understand How Your Quotes are Determined
Understanding the factors that are used to calculate quotes will help you determine which company you should choose to ship one of your most valuable assets. There are several factors that the brokers evaluate to provide you with accurate and competitive quotes. Of these factors, the biggest one is the price of diesel fuel. Additional factors include the size and weight of your vehicle, the mileage between your origin and destination, how quickly you need to have it shipped, seasonal trends, frequency of the route, the operability of the car (inoperable vehicles take additional time and tools to wench the vehicle onto the hauler), as well as the type of transport. Typically, the most common and least expensive shipment type is open car shipping. If you have a more valuable, rare, or show quality vehicle, then you may consider our enclosed hauling services.
3. How to Make an Informed Decision
Not all companies within the industry are created equal. You need an honest, reputable as well as responsible and helpful company to answer all of your shipping related questions and to get the job done. Going with the cheapest car carrier is not always advisable; it may not coincide with the quality of service to meet your expectations. When given a shipping quote, look up each of the companies so you can see recent customers’ reviews, comments, and feedback. This will help you make an educated decision on which company to choose for your valuable shipment.
4. Get Your Car Ready for Shipment
Once you have chosen a company, call them to let them know you are ready to start the process. They will immediately look for an ideal driver to pick up your vehicle based on your scheduling needs whether you want to ship state to state or across country. The company will explain the time frames for door to door shipments, and they will go over the contract. Initial payment will be required prior to pick up, as well as a final payment due to the driver upon delivery. Make sure the car is clean when you are ready for pick-up. This is important so you can easily assess any preexisting cosmetic damage. Also, take any personal pictures of the vehicle prior to inspection with the driver upon pick up. A second inspection will be done upon delivery of the car, and a bill of lading will be signed off on for insurance purposes to document the condition of the vehicle.
5. Find Companies We’ve Worked with for Years
Working with a reputable broker will ensure a good shipping experience. These brokers can negotiate favorable shipping rates, they have access to dependable drivers, and they can guide you seamlessly through the shipping process. A little homework on the companies we send you will save yourself headaches and stress in the long run!
Fill out any form on our website, and we’ll send you 3 to 5 companies for your review. You already know they are highly rated companies; therefore, you can pick the ones that matched your needs exactly. Happy Shipping!