The Process of Shipping a Vehicle
Although there may be some variables depending on your particular situation, your vehicle, and the auto transport company you choose, there are some basic elements that are used in most vehicle transport processes.
First, you will need to get the shipping rates for the vehicle so that you can select the company of your choice. There are several ways to do this. Once you're comfortable with the autoship company you've selected, you'll need to take care of paperwork, pay a deposit, and schedule your automated pickup and delivery.
You will have many decisions to make along the way. You may need to seek outside help from family or friends in the vehicle shipment process. If you need to take your car somewhere to be picked up, or if you need to pick it up somewhere other than your home, you may need one-way transportation.
Preparing your vehicle for shipment, photographing it, and inspecting it are additional steps to take before shipping the car. There is a lot to do, but your vehicle transport company can help you get organized with the process, and may even have documentation that gives you advice on how to go through the process more efficiently.
Once your vehicle is on the road, there are still a few things to do. You may want to track the progress of your vehicle during the journey to the new destination. Once you or your designated representative receive delivery of your vehicle, an additional inspection and possibly more photographs will be required. Final payment will need to be made and more paperwork will need to be signed.
If there are problems with your vehicle, be sure to discuss them with the driver or terminal agent and document them well. Find out in advance what your auto transport company's policy is for handling damage to shipped vehicles and strictly adhere to it.