If you are traveling a long distance, it could be easier, less expensive and less wear and tear on your vehicle to have your car transported instead of driving it yourself. By shipping your vehicle, it takes a lot of weight and trouble off your mind. However, you will want to ensure that your vehicle is insured during the auto transport process to protect yourself from any damage that might be incurred to your vehicle during the car shipping process.
Before choosing an auto transporter, do your homework. Get several quotes from qualified auto shipping companies. In doing so, you will ensure that you receive competitive rates and services.
All of the auto movers on AutoMove are fully licensed, bonded and insured. But not all insurance is alike, so be sure to ask the transport companies for their insurance certificates, and ask them about their insurance coverage. At a minimum, auto transport companies are required to have cargo and liability coverage on their insurance policies. In the event that there is damage to your vehicle during transport, the damage or loss will be covered by their insurance company.
Insurance coverage varies from company to company, so be sure that all your questions about their insurance coverage is answered before selecting an auto shipper. Get everything agreed upon between you and the auto transport company in writing.
It is also advisable to contact your own personal auto insurance company to determine your vehicle's coverage during the transport process. Your insurance company may also be able to provide additional auto insurance coverage while your vehicle is being transported.
At AutoMove, we recommend removing all personal items from your care before shipment. Neither your personal insurance, not the transporters insurance company will cover the costs of loss of personal property from your vehicle. Personal property can also add extra weight to your vehicle, adding to the cost of the car transport. The extra weight of the personal property inside of the vehicle may also cause damage to your vehicle, both on the interior of the vehicle as well as the exterior of the car and the undercarriage.
When you drop your vehicle off for shipment, a complete inspection of your vehicle will be performed by the transport driver with you present. Any scratches, dents and other defects on your vehicle will be noted on the bill of shipment, as well as the odometer reading of the vehicle. You will sign the bill of shipment and hand over your keys to the vehicle.
The vehicle will then be prepared for shipment.
Once the vehicle transport has been completed, you will have to prepare another inspection of your vehicle. Whilst doing so, thoroughly inspect the vehicle with the bill of shipment and any new damage should be written on the bill and signed off by both you and the driver.
This documentation will then be sent on to the insurance company to get your vehicle repaired and serviced if needed.
To get competitive quotes from over 30 reliable and trustworthy Australian companies, get in touch with AutoMove today to find out more about how we can help you easily solve your auto moving problems.