You might have bought a new car online or have an old one that you want transported to your new home. Also there might be several options online advising you to part with your precious money all in the name of transportation. However, do not believe all that you read for there are several cheaper options that can save you a bundle of money. Even if you were to hire an auto transport company to do the job for you, there are several tricks that can help you out.
Combine to Save Money
Rather than going in for a small van or truck which can just fit in one car, go in for bigger carriers which can carry more than 5 cars at a time. In that way, you can actually divide the cost, so to speak, and get a cheaper rate for transportation.
Driving it all the Way
Some people suggest that driving your car to the destination will be the cheaper option. However, you will have to consider the gas that you will be using and in case the journey spans several days, then you will have to pay for meals and your stay along the way. The plot will thicken when your car breaks down and you will have to pay for emergency repair services. So consider driving as an option only if the distance is less and you do not have to pay for motels and keep your fingers crossed for no accidents to occur.
Make the Car as Light as Possible
Do not put anything inside your car as that might make the car heavy which in turn will increase the price of shipment. Also, your insurance would most probably not cover for the goods and will not cover for any damages occurred to the car or the goods during transit. Also keep only just enough gas for the car to be driven in and out of the carrier. However, that does not mean that you should remove the hubcaps and it is probably just an urban legend that has grown wings in the recent years.
Easy Pickup and Delivery can Knock-Off the Dollars
Keeping in mind that it is a car that we are talking about and that there is no need for the transportation company to make difficult journeys to the interior of a small town, you can always drive the car to an easy pickup point so that you save on the miles. Similarly, you can arrange to pick up the car from a terminal rather than have them deliver it at your door. Just be sure to be there on time as some companies might charge you by the hour and you will have to pay for your tardiness.
Don’t Rely on Quotes
Online quotes have become famous as they will give you an estimate within seconds. However, the quotes are only for basic information and you will need to have a chat with a consultant before you believe the quote that they give. Sometimes, the quote might include services that you do not need and sometimes you might end up paying for services that you never used. So do not miss out on the consultation and pay for only what you really need.
When you have an expensive car like a Mercedes or a Rolls Royce, chances are that budget is not a problem for you. In fact, you might even be willing to pay the extra dollar to see that the spotless car remains spotless. In such cases, you must know that expensive cars cannot be handled in the same way as other inexpensive cars. Even a small scratch on an expensive car can run up to hundreds of dollars and you will also not want just about anybody to take care of your car. So here are a few tips that will help you in shipping an expensive car.
Choose a Specialist
Most car moving companies will be willing to ship your car for you but they might not know how to care for your car. So do not choose companies that cater to all kinds of cars. Rather choose ones that are dedicated to moving only expensive and one-of-a-kind cars. These companies will not hire amateurs to handle your car and they will have equipment and vehicles that are built specifically for expensive cars. This is vital as such tools will minimize damages that can occur during transit. They will also be prepared to take care of any problems that might occur on the way.
Checking the Credentials
Everything may seem alright but it is still better to do some extra research than to be sorry later on. The research that is recommended is not “googling” but going to the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration which gives a lot of information about motor transport companies that can save you a lot of money, scratches and heartache. The website would have recorded the company’s history and you can also check whether the company has any lawsuit filed against it. So even if the company claims that they are specialists, check them out before entrusting your luxurious toy into their hands.
The Right Vehicle to Transport Your Expensive Car
Most expensive car transport companies would only use enclosed vehicles for transportation. Although they are more expensive than open carriers, they will help to ship the car with minimal damages. In case the company has open carriers, ask them whether they also transport other kinds of cars. If they do, then they are not specialists and you can start your search again. Always go the company to see their vehicles and the way they do things. Never depend upon hearsay and always do your own research.
Don’t Keep Anything Inside the Car
You might have heard this before but this is still an important point. Keeping things inside the car might damage the car while it is being moved. Even worse, it can act as a projectile and cause severe damages to the insides of the car as well as to other cars that are being shipped along with it. Moreover, such damages will not be covered by insurance companies and you might end up paying for all the damages. So keep your car interior clean and do not leave anything that could become a potential problem.
A motorcycle may be smaller and lighter when compared to cars but when it comes to shipping, it has its own challenges. Riding the bike to the destination may seem like a good and cheap option but it has many risks. First of all, you will be all alone in a lonely stretch of road with no one to help you if your bike breaks down. The nearest workshop may be miles away and you might be stranded for hours together before your help arrives. Secondly, it is not safe to ride a bike alone for several days at a shot.
Securing a Bike in a Van
For those of you who love to ride a bike, the idea of packing it in a van might seem ludicrous but it definitely has its advantages.
- Your bike is an expensive toy and you will be saving on wear and tear when you transport it via a van. You can ride the bike for pleasure when you have safely settled in your new destination.
- Even if there is a breakdown, you can be sure that the motorcycle transporters will have all the equipment at hand to start repairing. Also most companies have good on-road support and they can get the van going in no time at all.
- You can safely take a plane and be in your new home to welcome your bike.
- In case you have bought the bike from an online merchant, then it is better to get it transported by a van as you do not want to have any damages even before you lay eyes on it.
The vans that auto transport companies use will have specially designed interiors with straps to hold down the bike securely. Experienced movers will also secure the bike by keeping its break on by special methods so that it does not move after securing. They might also use crates that are designed for motorcycle transportation which again might come with wheel stoppers and straps. Also check whether the company uses standard straps and not just ropes as they might loosen during the transportation.
Why Not Use a Trailer
Most of the time, auto transport companies will advise you to use a van rather than a trailer as it is safer and faster. Trailers are not allowed to go fast on highways and they restricted from going in lane three also. Also they come with a speed limit which is not the case when you use a van. So if you want an easy and fast move, choose a van.
Using Ramps or Manpower
If you have ramps to load the bike, then it will make your work much easier. However, when there is no ramp, a bike can be easily loaded into the van with the help of two people. A bike is not all that heavy and the job can be done by 2-3 people without any fuss. Of course, when there is a ramp a single person can easily load the bike by riding into the van. If you are concerned you can always ask the transport company about their loading methods.