Planning to transport your vehicle does not have to be hard or time-consuming. Using AA Car Transport’s online AA Car Transport quote system is a simple and fast option that is available 24 hours a day. If you feel more comfortable speaking with a person, contact one of our car transporter specialists that are available from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday. We have listed some of the things you need to keep in mind when hiring a vehicle transport company below. If you need additional car shipping information or have questions that are not answered, please call us at (800) 516-3440 or fill out our online Auto Shipping Quote form.
The same as when you are preparing for a trip and create a check list to make sure you have done and are taking all you need in order to travel worry free; car transport requires a check list in order to ensure a hassle and stress free experience. Many people have the wrong idea and expect their car transport company to take care of all details. Don’t get us wrong, as a car transporter we do gout our ways in order to accommodate and make sure each car is safe and ready to be shipped; however there are some details we recommend you, our customer, to take care of. Not only to ensure the smooth ride, but for your record, in case insurance companies need to be later involved.
Go over this simple and easy check list we have created to help our customers prepare their vehicles for the trip.
Planing Guide Tips:
- Doctor’s Orders. We like to think of our customers cars as if they were our own; therefore we not only treat them as such, but think of them as people. It might be silly but we encourage our customers to also see their vehicles as such. We recommend having your car fully inspected by a certified mechanic and do and overall check of engine, tires, fluids and brakes. We understand some of our customers can do it themselves, however it is the same as self prescribing when you feel sick. It is better to get a professional opinion before having to take care a bigger problem later. Later on when car is delivered and car presents a leak and tire wear, you will be able to identify immediately as you know in what state car was in before shipping. Also if all of sudden car starts leaking along the way, for security reasons drivers are obliged to unload car and storage and other transportation services will be covered by customer. If for some reason this leakage wrecked another car’s paint, you will also be responsible for this car.
- Make it a Kodak Moment. As well as having a certified mechanic review the car, it’s important you review the car as well for scratches, dents, and any other type of marks. Take pictures of the inside and outside of car in detail. This will help compare once car is delivered and check for new lines, scratches and dents. You may find it tedious and pointless now, but once scratches occur, these pictures will be your proof for insurance purposes.
- Ensure the Insurance. Don’t assume that because it is a car transporter taking your car from one point to another, insurance is part of the package as well. Make sure the carrier you are using provides full insurance for your car in case of any loss or damage along the way. Request a copy of insurance for your records and as proof that this company will respond for you not only when charging your card but when they scratch your car as well.
- Extra Baggage, Extra Fees. Check with your carrier what other regulations they have in order to transport a car. Some companies require that the gas tank be only half tank full or even one quarter full to eliminate extra weight on carrier. Also ask if you’re allowed to take personal belongings in car as each carrier has different policies. In the case they do, ask how much, what type of items and if these are covered by the insurance. Finally safely secure or remove equipment aside from the car’s original state. Custom made modifications, ornaments, antennas or fog lights usually need to be removed from vehicle. Check with your carrier what are their policies regarding these items.
Mark off each item as you go to ease up the preparation process. It will only take you a small amount time to revise your car deeply and follow this check list compared to the amount of time you will lose in case any mishap happens along the way and your car is affected. These simple steps will help you avoid inconveniences, save a lot of time and most importantly help you save a lot of money.
We hope our planing guide suggestions have been helpful. At AA Car Transport, we strive to offer the best in customer service. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us toll-free at (800) 516-3440 or fill out our online Car Shipping Quote form.
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AA Car Transport offers customers four major types of car transport services. The different types of services are intended to help meet the vehicle transport needs of all of our customers. Please explore our car transport services and shipping information throughout our site to help you decide which vehicle transport option is best for you. Please contact one of our car transport specialists if you have any questions or need to make special arrangements.