Mistakes to Avoid When Vehicle Shipping
When it comes to moving a car or other type of vehicle, the obvious first choice would probably be to drive it ourselves. However, there are times when taking either isn’t possible, or it would just be very inconvenient and take a long time. What are we meant to do in those circumstances? Shipping or transporting a vehicle is something that we can do with a service provider or applicable company. It involves putting the vehicle into a shipping container (whether that is covered or uncovered is up to the customer and will impact pricing). Once it’s dropped off at the depot, it will be transported to the arranged destination. You can read more about the nitty-gritty of the process on this page. With all of this in mind, it’s not difficult to see how some mistakes can be made along the way. Today, we’ll discuss some of the issues that could crop up, as well as how you can avoid them happening!
Not Researching Enough
It’s easy to assume sometimes that we can just plug in a search on Google and call it a day in terms of deciding to purchase something – be that goods or services. The instinct might be to just go with the top results on the search page, but it’s important to remember that these are sponsored. Bearing that in mind, it can really help you out if you dig a bit deeper and do some proper research into the various options that are out there. Now, if you’re not really sure how to go about that, it might help to check out this resource: https://library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/15-steps. Essentially, just remember that to find the best option for you, it might take some work. It will be worth it, of course. Don’t take shortcuts!
Being Unprepared for Shipping
Next, we turn our attention to a mistake that can happen on the day of the transport. Most of the time, you’ll either be taking your vehicle to the depot (with alternative transportation planned to get back home), or a driver will arrive to pick up your car. It’s important that you are prepared for this moment. What might that entail? Well, obviously, you’ll want to have the keys to your car ready for them. Ideally, they should not be attached to a keychain that has other keys on it. Chances are you’ll have to move your key to have this be the case, so that’s critical to remember. Beyond that, though, have your ID on you. The registry papers for your car can also help verify your identity. They’ll be inspecting the vehicle before taking it, so it being clean is a pretty big deal as well. This way, when the bill of lading is established, any pre-existing damage will be documented.
Not Cleaning Out Your Car
As we mentioned above, when it comes to door to door vehicle shipping, you need to be ready as soon as the driver arrives to pick up your car. This includes making sure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle are spic and span. Most notably, you’ll want to ensure that you haven’t left any personal items behind inside. You see, beyond just increasing the weight of the vehicle, there’s also a chance that these items could end up lost. Most transport companies will not cover the cost of them if that were to happen. Better safe than sorry in these situations – it’s probably best to just take them out beforehand. Try not to leave this until the last minute, if possible. It’s not fun to scramble around in a panic to get this stuff sorted out.
Falling For Marketing Gimmicks
The last mistake that we’d like to discuss here today has to do with some of the claims that certain companies make in relation to car transportation. The biggest one that we see is these companies claiming that they can get a vehicle to their destination within a day with no exceptions. At the end of the day, this just isn’t realistic. One might even call it too good to be true – after all, there are all sorts of obstacles that we might end up facing in transit. For one thing, it’s impossible to fully predict the traffic that will be happening.
Beyond that, though, shipping takes time. This is especially true for a large item like a vehicle. We can’t exactly get one-day ground shipping with a car, so it’s not realistic for a company to make this claim. Just watch out for these click-bait marketing techniques. Of course, not every company that says this stuff is bad. That’s not what we’re saying. As long as you’re cautious and you do your research, then you should be able to find one that works for you!