Important Questions To Ask An Auto Transporter Before Hiring Them
If you are thinking about shipping your vehicle because you are moving to a new place, or you wish to sell your car to someone who is far away from your place, then you might be looking out for reliable auto transporters who will make it a point to be answerable to all your questions before and after the shipping process. There are few questions that you must ask an auto transporter before hiring them. We have gathered few points which you must ask and finally convince yourself with the things that you were looking for.
What type of shipping services you provide and what are their costs?
Its always wise to ask this question first. You must ask them what their rates are for the weight and size of a vehicle. Also ask them about ay extra fee, and if you are responsible for import duties and taxes.
Is your company registered with USDOT and is a DOT and MC number is given to you?
Companies that function on commercial vehicles that transport passengers or shipping cargo in divided highways must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number.
Equally, the companys name and FMC number should be mentioned on the FMCs website.
Ask them if they have the correct court documents and cargo insurance coverage, along with the federal license.
A genuine company should have no problem with showing you these things.
Ask the companies for their insurance certificates and the type of insurance they provide.
All auto transporters will provide some form of insurance to its customers, but only the range of coverage varies for specific companies. Make sure to ask them all details you require about the type of insurance they are providing. If you are not satisfied with the details ask them if they would provide any additional insurance for an extra pay.
Does your company provide free shipping estimate?
A reliable car shipping company must offer you a free shipping estimate, when you answer to few simple questions like what model of car do you drive and where you need it to be transported. Well, the representative providing you the estimate would probably going to note down your name and contact information too.
Ask if they have a GPS tracking system enabled.
With the tracking system enable you would be able to monitor any rash or risky driving practices.
What payment method does the carrier use?
Ask them about the payment method the carriers use, and what forms of auto shipping payments they accept (credit card, cashiers check etc). Some car transport companies might insist on full payment in advance, while others may ask for a deposit.
What documents will I have to produce?
Make sure to ask what documents you would need to produce them before preparing your car for shipping. It would be simple documents like documentation that you own the car and a copy of your license of passport.
When would my car arrive?
Always fix the date and time for the arrival of your vehicle to the destination, this actually depends on how far in advance you call an auto transporter for them to estimate the car arrival time.
by: Miguel Covarrubias