September 20, 2012 3:40 am
What are your options for transporting your vehicle?
A vehicle can be moved with your household goods or with a separate auto transport company. To ship your car most efficiently and cost-effectively, it’s important to know about the different shipping techniques, such as open and closed trailers. The model of the car, as well as the intended destination, will help determine the type of trailer you will need.
What is an open trailer? An open trailer is the more popular and frequently used trailer. It carries anywhere from 10-12 vehicles at a time.
Advantage: Open trailers are less expensive than closed trailers. The cost is determined by the weight of the vehicle.
Disadvantage: Open trailers are subject to the elements (i.e. rain, snow, wind, dirt and dust).
What is a closed trailer? A closed trailer is a vehicle that has a covered freight area. It is commonly used for shipping expensive or classic cars that need to be protected. If you wish to protect your car from wind-blown sand and heat, this is your best option.
Advantage: The car is well-protected from the elements of nature.
Disadvantage: Closed trailers cost more. Remember, the cost is determined by the weight of the vehicle.
Is my car insured? The company that transports your vehicle(s) should provide adequate insurance to protect against driver negligence. Ask for a copy of the “Certificate of Insurance” and familiarize yourself with the types of coverage provided. Consult with your current auto insurance agent to determine whether you need supplemental coverage.
Turning your vehicle over to the carrier.
Prior to handing over your car to a driver or transport company, be sure you receive an “Original Inspection Report.” This report provides: pick-up and delivery information, current mileage, and most importantly, shows the condition of your car at time of pick-up (pre-existing scratches and dents, cracked glass/mirrors, general paint condition, etc.).
Accepting your vehicle for delivery.
At the time of delivery, inspect your vehicle thoroughly and compare the condition and mileage against the “Original Inspection Report.” Many transport companies also provide a copy of this report at time of delivery. If there are discrepancies, note them as exceptions and be sure the driver signs it. Never accept your vehicle at night if you cannot verify the report condition and without being signed by the driver.
What’s in your trunk?
As of 1990, the Department of Transportation ruled that you may not load any items in a vehicle other than clothing. Auto transporters are not licensed to carry household goods or personal items. Damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is not covered by insurance.
Published with permission from RISMedia.