Tips 101: How To Avoid Car Transport Issues

enclosed car transport
enclosed car transport

When shipping a car, it’s critical to understand the process and how it’s moved. It’s important to understand your relationships with everyone involved in your cargo, from the broker to the carrier. We write about it a lot on this site because we really believe in it. You’ll have a better experience if you know what to expect from start to finish. Understanding is vital because it leads to solutions before issues arise. We believe in preventing problems from occurring. So here are some quality suggestions to prevent troubles with your auto shipping carrier.

 Plan With Your Auto Transporter

 Working with your auto transporter is perhaps the most critical component. Their job requires them to know all the tactics to ensure your vehicle arrives in perfect condition. But what does “coordinate” mean? For starters, being dispatched involves being assigned to a carrier. This includes approximate collection and delivery dates, as well as your driver’s name and number. This allows you to plan around certain dates and contact your driver. Communication with your driver is vital. They must keep you informed of their progress, whereabouts, and other pertinent information as they travel hundreds or thousands of miles to move your automobile. Keeping in touch with your driver makes the whole process go more smoothly.  Obviously, everyone has a timetable to follow. We get it. But carriers also have schedules, which are sometimes crammed with pickups and deliveries. They must be to keep making money and keeping their vehicle fueled and on the road. Coordinating with your car shipping provider saves everyone time and money.

Clean And Ready To Go Car

 Many individuals ignore the importance of having the vehicle clean and ready to ship. No, not the outside – a little dirt on your car can help protect it from tiny scratches during transport.

No, we’re talking about the cab. Personal items, such as ashtrays or spare cash, should be removed from this area. The main problem is that auto transport companies aren’t licensed to transport household goods. Anything that isn’t part of the vehicle is a home item. And most carriers won’t mind if your automobile is a little messy inside – that’s fine. Trouble starts when you load up the car with personal items like clothes and boxes. This is a huge concern! Considering how enormous and hefty a car is, a few books or cartons may not be an issue. But it’s a problem. Auto shippers must adhere to rigorous weight limits, and the weight of their truck and the other automobiles on it is already close to the maximum. If they are overweight, they must avoid weighing stations, wasting time and money. If you absolutely must have stuff in your vehicle, please notify your representative so we can notify the carriers. This avoids weight difficulties and ensures seamless transport from start to finish.


 The most important thing is to be available. This is an important step in the enclosed shipping process that can save you time, money, and headaches. We recognize that individuals are busy. Everyday tasks include work, family time, chores, and errands. Even during a worldwide pandemic. Unsurprisingly, hectic schedules can and do cause scheduling difficulties. However, schedule conflicts are issues for your carrier and your Auto Shipping Group shipment consultant. When your vehicle is assigned to a carrier and a pickup window is announced, be ready to answer the phone. Your driver will contact you to arrange a pick-up time. If your pickup site is out of their truck’s reach, you’ll need to organize a suitable loading spot. It’s not like ordering a pizza. You can’t place an order and everything is done magically without your help. To cooperate with your carrier on pickup and delivery, you must first make yourself available.

 Ask Questions Before Problems Emerge

 Ask questions regarding your shipment! No one knows how the car transportation industry works. It’s fine! People don’t know a lot of things because they shouldn’t. That said, it is our responsibility to know how the auto shipping market works and how to assist you. When it comes to relocating their automobile, consumers are often their own worst adversaries. And it typically stems from a simple misunderstanding, not malice. They don’t understand how things operate, but instead of asking questions and being rational, they act as if they do. That’s not how things work in the real world, and asking the right questions can save you a lot of time and heartache. Can’t make pickup? Ask if you can do more. Need a time estimate? Ask!

Recognize Payment Terms And Requirements

 Many people seem to misunderstand how payment works. We’ve already discussed paying for your auto shipping service, but just in case you missed it, we’ll recap. When you reserve your shipping with us, we charge a modest portion of the total cost upfront. It’s normally around 20%, however, it varies depending on the road. So, for a $1,000 order, you’ll pay a $200 deposit when you schedule your shipment. Most down payments are made by credit card, but we also accept cash and checks. The remaining balance — in this case, $1,000 – goes to your carrier. Almost always, but not always, it is paid at delivery. Payment is usually made by cash or money order. Some carriers accept Zelle or Cash App payments. Cash is needed to deliver autos because carriers don’t know when they’ll be able to deposit checks. Even then, checks might bounce, causing issues. 

In summary, You pay us $1,000 for your cargo. You pay us $200 in front and the carrier $800 at delivery. Those figures will vary when you arrange a shipment with us. It’s virtually always the same. Exceptions include full payment upfront or payment upon pickup instead of delivery. To learn more, contact an agent. If you have any questions about our automobile transport services, please contact one of our friendly employees at Auto Shipping Group.


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