5 Major Mistakes to Avoid Next Time You Ship a Vehicle

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    Shipping of vehicles is quite risky but necessary. Many misfortunes are encountered when shipping vehicles, which is mostly caused by mistakes made in the process. These mistakes could either be from you or the shipping companies, but they can be totally avoided if you take the necessary steps.

    Are you looking to import a vehicle for the first time, and you are worried about what the outcome would look like? 

    Well, you can ease up your mind. Join us as we list out five major mistakes you can avoid when you ship a vehicle.

    1. Using a shipping company without proper research: Thanks to the internet, you can get any information you need, without stress. Before using a shipping company, go online and do proper research on them. Check if they are properly registered and recognized by the government, and please, very importantly, read their reviews. Avoid falling into bad hands by simply doing a thorough background check on the company.
    2. Picking cheap services over quality:  This is a frequent mistake people make. To save costs, they end up using illegal shipping companies with no name, and it mostly ends badly. Go for quality when picking a shipping company to get your vehicle shipped in without complications and stress. Shipping in a vehicle requires trust, and that is what you should consider when choosing a shipping company.
    3. Unverified insurance: Do not ever neglect the need to do a proper insurance verification on the insurance coverage of the shipping company you are to use. Make sure your vehicle is properly insured before shipping it. Anything can go wrong when shipping a vehicle; the shipping industry generally is risk-filled. Insurance verification is a backup plan for you if things go wrong.
    4. Not properly preparing the vehicle: There are many necessary requirements when shipping a vehicle. One of the important requirements is to inspect the vehicle before shipping it properly. It would be best if you took a proper note of your vehicle’s condition, preferably take pictures of it, before it gets shipped. This can serve as a form of proof if the vehicle gets dented in the shipping process. Ensure the car’s fuel level is one quarter, and the tires are appropriately deflated for safety reasons.
    5. Leaving personal belongings in the vehicle:  This as well is one of the common mistakes people make. There are rules guiding shipping vehicles; not putting any belongings in them is part of it. Leaving your belongings in the vehicle is risky. They can get damaged, or worse, stolen, and the shipping company cannot be held responsible for whatever happens. If you need to get your belongings shipped, do it the right way and avoid creating unnecessary problems for yourself. 

    Avoid these five mistakes next time you ship in a vehicle or if you are shipping in a vehicle for the first and get your vehicle shipped without complications.   



    Is my vehicle insured?2021-01-20T03:58:59-05:00

    Yes, your vehicle will be insured against any transport damage caused by driver negligence. Our drivers carry a minimum of $1,000,000 in liability insurance. Each driver is also required to carry a minimum of $100,000 or move in cargo insurance (depending on the size of the truck the vehicle is being transported on) Enclosed carriers require more cargo insurance.

    How do I prepare my Vehicle?2021-01-20T03:58:43-05:00

    Please have no more than 1/2 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle, repair any chips and/or cracks in your windows and make sure your vehicle is prepared for changing weather conditions. For additional tips, see our Vehicle Shipping Checklist.

    Can I put luggage or any personal items into my vehicle?2021-01-20T03:58:29-05:00

    Yes, you are allowed to put up to 100 lbs. of personal belongings in your vehicle. It must be confined to the trunk area and must be well secured. All personal items in the vehicle are placed there at the owner’s risk; they are not covered by the truck’s insurance. We do not recommend packing electronics, breakable items, or valuable items. An additional fee will be charged if you put more then 100 lbs. into your vehicle.

    What are my payment options?2021-01-20T03:58:18-05:00

    Cashier’s check, postal money orders, personal checks, or company checks will be accepted for your deposit only. For the remaining balance due, all payments must be made via cash, cashier’s check, postal money order, or official bank check ONLY. No credit cards are accepted for the final payment.

    What if my vehicle gets damaged?2021-01-20T03:58:07-05:00

    It’s very unlikely that your vehicle will be damaged – but should damage occur, please be sure to note it on the Bill of Lading and have the driver sign it. Claims cannot be processed by the driver’s insurance company if the damage is not noted at the time of delivery.

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