Posted by Andile Mpala


Shipping a car can be risky. There’s certain measures one needs to consider when one is shipping a car. Below are some of the major considerations.

1.Beware of auto transport brokers.

Auto transport brokers are something that most people are not aware of when they ship their first car. So what exactly is an auto transport broker? They are companies that bid your shipment to a group of other shipping companies. When doing business with an auto transport broker, you do not know what car carrier or driver they are going to broker your order to. Unfortunately, customers often suffer at the hands of these tricksters because the cars are shipped with sub-par drivers that lack customer service and transport skills.

The equipment used can vary significantly in quality depending on the company the order is brokered too. The trailer may use ramps instead of hydraulic lift gates, which may damage low clearance vehicles. They may also lack oil drip pans, car covers, floor mats, etc. If you have an issue with your vehicle you will be going through two separate companies just to receive help. Get to know the driver you are trusting your vehicle with. Do not be fooled by these companies! Read more about auto transport brokers at: Be Wary of Auto Transport Brokers

2.Never give a deposit

Red flags should go up if a company asks for a deposit! Exclusive and reputable car carriers often do not require a deposit, but instead, ask for a payment when the car is picked up or dropped off. This allows you to ensure you are getting the service you expect and gives you a way to back out if they don’t live up to your expectations. We cover whether you should give auto transport companies deposit at Shipping a car? Should you pay a deposit?

3.Never base your decision on price alone

You will find that the old expression ‘quality over quantity’ is relevant in the car shipping industry especially with the cost to ship a car across the country. When it comes to how much to ship a car cross country, the cheapest is usually not the best or safest choice. Vehicle shipping companies’ pricing reflects the quality of the car shipping services’ equipment, experience, and level of service.

4.Be aware of insurance policies

It is always best to have your transporter provide a Certificate of Insurance. This certificate should include coverage amounts for liability, workers comp, cargo limits, and deductible if applicable. Typically broker companies do not carry their own insurances; only the brokerage bond. At Intercity Lines, we have $2,000,000 worth of cargo insurance that covers our enclosed transport.

5.Make your scheduling needs known

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