How To Ship A Car
By: Ricky Lim
I imagine it would be quite a daunting task for someone who has
never shipped a car before. Hence I decided to write a short car
shipping guide that focus on the most crucial things to take note
of based on my experiences.
Car Shipping Quote
The first thing to do is to determine your budget and then get
a shipping quote. I usually get car shipping quotes from five different
companies before narrowing my options. If the destination you are
shipping to is remote or out of the "common" routes, be prepared
to pay a lot more. Common routes are frequently traveled destinations
by car shipping companies usually major cities and ports. Some shipping
quotes will indicate whether the shipping route is common or out
of the way.
Car Shipping Season
I did not realize that car shipping is seasonal until one of the
car shipping company told me. Basically, there are some periods
in the year where it is actually cheaper to ship your car assuming
the destination is the same. It is best to ask the car shipping
company about their rates throughout the year. You may realize that
by delaying to ship your car by a month or two could save you hundreds
When To Pay
I would highly advise you to pay the car shipping fees only after
the car is delivered to your destination. The reason being is that
some car shipping companies might take their own sweet time to deliver
once they have your deposit. They know you have committed to them
and unlikely to get another car shipper and will push you around.
Another reason is that after the car is delivered, you can do
an assessment of your car to see if it has been damaged during shipping.
The car shipping report will be given to you before the car is shipped.
The car shipping report details all the information on your car
such as any scratches on the car, meter readings etc.
Use it to compare after the car has been delivered. Some car shipping
companies will push you around if you have already paid the money
and try to delay or not care about the car. At least, if you have
not paid the deposit, you still have some bargaining power.
Ask if your car is being insured during shipping. It is better
to have insurance coverage in case of any problems. Some shipping
companies may impose an additional charge for insurance coverage
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