Your Next Perfect Vehicle Online
Your Next Perfect Vehicle Online

Buying Your Next Perfect Vehicle Online

David Stone
Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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    Your Next Perfect Vehicle Online

    Though automobiles represent the bright spot and passion of many Americans’ lives, car shopping is generally thought of as quite difficult and stressful. Dealerships can be misleading, overwhelming, and frustrating. Making several trips to different lots can leave you feeling exhausted and like you’ve made little progress.

    However, with the advent of e-commerce, the process of searching for new/used vehicles has adapted swimmingly. Buying and trading your vehicle online has never been easier, with some dealerships letting you complete every step of the process on their websites.

    However, despite the simplicity of online car shopping, there are still several factors involved, each critical to the process overall. For example, if you’re considering delivering and trading-in your vehicle remotely, you must take the extra step of learning about auto transport.

    Fortunately, you won’t have to look very far for all the information you need regarding buying, trading-in, and transporting remotely. Read on to discover how you can successfully purchase your next dream-vehicle online, a once complex process now made simple.

    Why should you buy a car online?

     

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    Whether you’re buying a new or preowned vehicle, you can make your purchase intelligently and easily online, instead of in-person. All you need is a device and an internet connection – no more making time-consuming calls using the phonebook!

    If you’re the kind of person who dreads face-to-face negotiations, especially with car salespeople, online shopping will likely be ideal. And although negotiations certainly still occur during online shopping, they are noticeably easier and less stressful to successfully conduct.

    You may also enjoy car shopping online if you like to do your research and pick out a specific car in a specific color or with certain features as you’re not limited by geography. Car shopping online makes it easier than ever to look at a wide range of vehicles to compare and contrast your many options.

    In many cases, you can completely avoid leaving your home altogether – even when signing paperwork and picking up the vehicle. However, unless you know for a fact which make and model of the car you’re interested in it’s still recommended you visit a dealership to test both sitting in and driving the vehicle before you buy.

    That said, just because online shopping is smoother than shopping at a dealership, it doesn’t mean no work is involved. Anytime you make a major purchase like a car you will need to allow yourself time to take careful consideration.

    How do you buy a car online?

    From a distance, buying a car online is not that different from buying one in person at the local dealership. The best way to purchase a vehicle online is to formulate an effective strategy and give yourself plenty of time.

    There’s a general checklist you can follow in order to make the car buying process easier than ever before. When you have a great plan in place it will help you purchase the car you’ve been dreaming of without unexpected complications. If one item seems overwhelming or tricky, take your time to have a solid understanding before going forward.

    Know your budget for your online vehicle purchase

    It’s good to have an anticipated budget in mind before you begin shopping online. You need to examine your finances, vehicle-related and otherwise, and set a realistic budget. Knowing how much you can spend overall is essential to determine which vehicles will fall into your price range and which should be taken out of consideration.

    Remember that a car’s expenses are more than just the monthly payment amount. Also, take into consideration the cost of maintenance, cost of insurance, and even current gas prices. Making a responsible choice to consider the total cost of the vehicle can help you to form a truly honest budget for your next car.

    If you’re still paying for another car, you may have to finish making payments before buying a new one if that’s in your best budgeting interest. Otherwise, you must make a new or further financing agreement with the dealership and/or lender before requesting another car loan.

    Budgeting doesn’t need to be scary, just be realistic, and choose a car that you can afford. Remember if your financial situation should change you can always upgrade your car going forward!

    Seek your pre-approved loan if needed for the online vehicle purchase

    You may want to get a pre-approved loan before beginning your online car shopping search. Not only is it responsible, but it will also help you determine a price range and negotiate with any dealers without being locked into their financing options.

    A pre-approved loan can also help turn your budget into action and help you narrow down your search. Additionally, it will signify to any dealers you’re considering the price they must compete with to become your next vendor.

    There are several ways to get a loan online: you can always visit a bank, credit union, or third-party lender. Or take advantage of the power of the internet by utilizing an online lending website, which will get you multiple offers. This can be incredibly handy and help you keep your car search completely online.

    After formulating a budget, getting approved for a loan will likely provide your search with momentum and self-confidence since you’ll know exactly what cars you can look at and know you’ll have the ability to be driving it soon if you so choose.

    Make a vehicle decision

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    Now comes the most enjoyable part of car shopping: make a list of all the vehicles you’d love to own! Dream big, or small, putting a car on your list doesn’t lock you into a purchase, but you can seek for one that fits within your budget. Once you have your list you have to follow up with the less enjoyable part: narrow down your list by what’s financially realistic and available.

    Depending on your personality it may be very difficult to make any vehicle decision since the choices could seem overwhelming; for others, the decision is no harder than blinking. If you don’t know what kind of car you want don’t take any further steps until you’re sure so you don’t end up with buyers regret.

    Remember that you can always visit a local dealership to get a better idea about any vehicle you’re considering buying. Be prepared to remind the salesperson you’re “just looking,” and feel free to sit in the driver’s seat for evaluation. Or take a car out on a test drive.

    While this is a fun part of the experience, remember not to get so wrapped up in the experience that you end up making a deal you might regret. One of the main benefits of shopping online is that you have the wherewithal to walk away or slow the process down if you need to. to control your impulses and refrain from making any deals.

    Look for car deals, which is easier online

    Another useful aspect of shopping online is that you can take advantage of shopping for the many sales and promotions offered. Most dealers will attach sweet deals to the vehicles that aren’t selling in the marketplace. This could be a valuable opportunity for you to take advantage of any car (new or otherwise) or lease deals.

    First, you should check to see if the specific vehicle model you want qualifies for any of the dealership’s deals. If your vehicle doesn’t qualify for any deals now, don’t worry – check to see if a similar model does.

    Even if you must make a slight compromise, such deals as cash rebates and low-interest financing can make a difference. They can help lower the price you’d pay for your new or pre-owned vehicle or reduce/eliminate interest from the loan. Occasionally, you can even find deals that improve the trade-in value of your current car.

    Moreover, check if the dealer is offering any lease deals, which reduce the cost of signing or your monthly payment. Finding a great deal or sale can help you get closer to securing an economically friendly online car purchase.

    Do research on the dealership you are buying from

    As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t make your big vehicle decision after visiting only the first dealership website on Google. Make a thorough search of several new and used car dealerships to find your ideal candidate – each inventory is different.

    Just because you’re doing most of your shopping online, however, it doesn’t mean that you cannot utilize in-person search techniques. A quick visit to your local dealership may give you the chance to check out the same make and model in person.

    The car you find just might not be in the same color or trim line, but the basics will be the same. This will give you an idea and feel for the vehicle. The size and comfort are things that you can truly only see for yourself in person.

    The great thing about shopping online, though, is you can expand your search beyond the parameters of your local area. You may find your dream vehicle is awaiting a delivery from another state altogether. Shopping online allows you to look for the exact features you want from that unique color to the after-market entertainment system.

    The whole point of this step is to search high and low in every possible inventory before rendering a purchase decision. Each dealership specializes in something different and offers different deals, so take advantage of your online powers and research thoroughly!

    Discuss and negotiate online for your new car

    Buying a car online

    Now, just because you have eliminated the need to negotiate in person, realize that shopping online can still offer you some room for negotiating. Once you have found a dealership with your ideal vehicle in stock, email, or chat with their internet sales department.

    Whereas face-to-face salespeople can be a source of anxiety for many car shoppers, online negotiation represents a welcomed change. Online representatives generally provide a much less pushy experience than in-person salespersons – namely, they assume online shoppers are more knowledgeable.

    That said, you must keep your wits about you when discussing and negotiating with an online car sales representative. Luckily, when you’re online you can take all the time you need to say what you mean to say. So, keep the conversation focused on the price of the car you’re considering, politely sidestepping unsolicited financing and trade-in questions.

    For used cars, be sure to ask for a copy of the vehicle history report or get the VIN for a Carfax report. Remember, just like in an in-person setting, you’re in control and can back out of any conversation if you’re uncomfortable. Carefully check the report and make sure that the condition of the vehicle is accurate and there are no issues.

    Get the vehicle checked out by a local trustworthy mechanic

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    You may have finally found the perfect car. Don’t let your exhilaration force you into making a hasty (and reckless) decision. A car is a big purchase. Having it inspected can save you from wasting a ton of cash on a lemon.

    It might take a little creativity to have a car inspected remotely but it’s totally doable. First, talk to your seller and let them know of your intention to get an inspection performed. If they seem leery, that should serve as a huge red flag to you.

    Next, find a mechanic to perform the inspection that’s located near the vehicle. You likely don’t know anyone personally in the location. Luckily, the internet is a goldmine of reviews and resources for you to find a great and honest mechanic.

    One option is to find a well-rated, independent mechanic in the area. Reach out and coordinate an inspection with the seller. Your mechanic may have to go to the vehicle or the seller might have to drive it to the shop. Either way, you’ll get a full inspection from an unbiased third party which can prevent you from buying a car with a lot of problems.

    Another option is to talk to the mechanic or shop that you currently use. Maybe you visit a chain car shop that has a location in the area. See if you can coordinate an inspection by a trusted mechanic at that sister shop. This will give you the confidence and peace of mind that an employee from a familiar organization is making sure your new vehicle is in great shape.

    Complete the online vehicle sale

    After the test drive and the conversation with an online representative, it will finally be time to complete the sale. Depending on your online options you may be able to complete the sale completely remotely. It’s possible you may still have to physically show up to the dealership to finish the sale, though negotiations should be complete.

    But before you show up, ask them what paperwork they need from an outside lender regarding any pre-approved financing loans. This way you won’t feel pressured to take the dealer’s loan option if you don’t have it on your person.

    Moreover, if you’re trading in your old vehicle, then your dealership will need to complete an appraisal at this time. This can significantly save money on your new car – even if your trade-in is worth less than you first thought.

    As always, read each document thoroughly before you sign to ensure you aren’t hit with any hidden fees or regulations. The agreement should reflect the deal previously discussed, and if anything is wrong, make them fix it before signing it.

    The power of saying “no”

    One of the biggest tools to have at your disposal throughout the entire process is the power of saying “no.” Having this ability, free yet priceless, will ensure you make the best possible deal and help you avoid any potential pitfalls.

    If you’re someone who has trouble saying “no,” don’t feel bad – it’s genuinely normal; however, recognize this and plan accordingly. Seek some help from a friend, family member, or partner – anyone you trust – and try to find some motivational self-help so you will feel comfortable in the moment to say “no” if it’s in your best interest.

    Keep in mind that you can always decline any offer and find another dealer if any unacceptable changes should occur. You don’t need to feel pressured at the moment, especially when there are plenty of reputable dealerships around. If you are uncomfortable or feel like a situation is snowballing out of your control feel free to walk away.

    If the dealership tries selling you extended warranties or protection products, politely decline and express your wish to research those products independently. You should find and compare any add-ons with third-party vendors and extended warranties with your insurance company before purchasing anything impulsively.

    Have your new vehicle delivered via auto transport

    Luckily, getting your new care delivered to you can be a simple and straightforward process. First, you want to find an auto transport broker that can coordinate getting your car to its new home. They will work with different transporters to find you the best deal that works for your specific needs.

    Though delivery dates and times cannot be guaranteed (it’s industry standard), carriers generally deliver their vehicles promptly. Moreover, it generally takes your carrier a few days for every 500 miles traveled to reach their customer’s delivery destination. But the ease of online car shopping can outweigh any delivery delays.

    You’ll need to coordinate if you would like your vehicle delivered to your home or to a terminal. This is up to personal preference and your specific location. Either way, you will want to be there upon its arrival to look it over and get the keys.

    You will need to choose the correct type of transport for your new vehicle. Traditional transport is the most cost-effective. Your car will travel with others on a large auto carrier. However, if you are splurging for a luxury or classic car, you might want to look into other options that will work out better for you.

    Enclosed carriers carry multiple vehicles but protect them from the elements and debris from the roadway. Maybe you’ve purchased an oversized vehicle and need special transport. Your broker can secure a flatbed to bring your car to you. It just may be more costly and take a little longer to arrive.

    Receiving your new vehicle from the internet

    When your car arrives, you and the driver must thoroughly inspect the delivered new/used vehicle and fill out the Bill of Lading accordingly. The inspection won’t take very long – typically about ten minutes– but it will determine if any damage occurred during the transport.

    During the inspection, you should look at the vehicle’s mileage before and after shipping, located on the Bill of Lading. After marking down any issues, you and the driver must sign this document, and each of you receives a copy.

    If your driver’s insurance covers any damage, this should be documented on the BoL; then ask where to file the claim. Pay the remainder of your bill, even if damages occurred, call your agent, and ensure you both signed the BoL!

    Utilize auto transport for your trade-in vehicle

    You might also need to ship your trade-in vehicle to its new location. This will put you on the other end of the auto transport process. However, a great transport broker can still help you navigate getting your vehicle to the right place.

    Secure a contract to get your old vehicle where it needs to be. Before it leaves, you must properly prepare it for loading upon your arranged carrier transport. Your broker-agent will further explain these details, but it’s also important for you to understand everything that is involved.

    Remove any personal belongings (digital accessories, equipment racks, etc.) and note the mileage and condition on the BoL before loading. Moreover, disconnect the alarm system and provide both the remote and a copy of the key to your carrier driver.

    If your car’s inoperable, tell your agent immediately; otherwise, ensure tires are inflated, brakes/steering work completely, and windows are unblocked. Keep only ¼ tank of gas in it to ensure the vehicle doesn’t weigh too much once loaded for transport.

    If you don’t follow procedures, you are likely to run into issues, such as added fees or a rejected transport. So, to be safe, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to prepare your old vehicle for trade-in transport.

    Enjoying Your New Vehicle

    You must understand the process of buying a perfect vehicle online isn’t the same as ordering a meal on your smartphone. It’s a huge decision that can take plenty of hard work – but it’s worth it to become a satisfied customer and new car owner without the hassle of driving around to different dealers.

    From the online purchase of the vehicle to the vehicle’s transport, you must stay diligent and patient above all else. Because the more you understand all the options and risks at play, the better your final purchase decision will be.

    After all, you don’t want to put your vehicles in the hands of some unqualified dealership or auto transport company. But you’ll only avoid those pitfalls by purchasing the perfect vehicle online if you’re willing to put in the time.

    And no matter how challenging or complex the process may become, remember there are people to help you through it. In the end, you will have an awesome new/used vehicle to show for it – so have fun and good luck!

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    What type of auto transport is best for your needs?
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    What Type of Auto Transport is Best for Your Needs?

    David Stone
    Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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      What type of auto transport is best for your needs?

      In the United States, purchasing a vehicle is second in importance only to purchasing a home. People love their vehicles, which is why the auto transport industry exists for remote pickup/delivery.

      But whether your vehicle is traveling near or far, there’s a lot involved in arranging transport. That’s why it’s important to make sure you understand both your needs and the complex nature of auto transport.

      Fortunately, you aren’t alone in evaluating these choices. Read on to discover more about what type of auto transport will serve you best given your unique circumstances.

      More on Auto Transport

      Though the auto transport industry produces $12 billion annually, according to IBIS, to most people, it remains elusive. However, one only needs to imagine large semi-truck-like beasts hauling multiple cars down a highway to get the picture.

      The industry is constituted by a three-part relationship between customer, broker, and carrier. Just like eBay allows users to sell or bid for products, auto transport occurs over a complex, fluctuating marketplace.

      And like eBay, there is no final or guaranteed price until a bid takes place and is accepted. What’s more, the lower your offer, the longer it takes to get picked up; whereas the reverse is true.

      You use a broker’s resources and know-how to introduce your transport request on their marketplace to find the best carrier. Once a carrier sees your request and wishes to provide transport, they’ll bid, and your broker reports it to you.

      Then, you and your broker agent will negotiate the best price until all three parties come to a transport agreement. At this point, your agent will draft an agreement, which finally guarantees the price of your transport.

      As you can tell, the process is slightly tedious, which is why you want to understand the ins and outs. But if you choose the right broker, the process becomes much smoother, and in turn, you ensure a successful transport.

      Pick the Right Broker and Carrier That Will Have Different Auto Transport Options

      To reiterate, choosing the right broker is essential, as all other good factors flow from this decision. But first, you must know a bit more about these terms, “broker” and “carrier.”

      Brokers are there to represent you during the process of auto transport and cover as much liability as possible. To do so, they confirm FMCSA licensure and insurance information of all carriers considered for your transport.

      However, a good broker agent is responsible for more than simply crossing T’s and dotting I’s. They must negotiate price and shipping time (not delivery time, which can’t be guaranteed) in the favor of everyone involved.

      Your broker-agent, therefore, uses their expertise to secure the best deal. So, even though brokers charge a fee, they save money and time in the end by delivering the best option.

      Now, a carrier is something entirely different than the broker; but they are equally integral. A carrier is essentially the driver, vehicle, and respective company, all in one.

      The carrier usually hauls multiple vehicles simultaneously upon a specific route, which is why the road is their primary focus. But even still, they will contact you throughout the transport process to provide updates about scheduled loading/unloading at your destination.

      Ultimately, a driver is entrusted with the final responsibility of ensuring your vehicle is properly prepared for loading/unloading before driving. Together, both you and they must inspect and sign-off on the vehicle, a critical component of the process.

      Understand Cost and Insurance Will Help You Decide Which Auto Transport Type to Use

      One of the first steps in your auto transport journey is to chip away at the expected cost of transport. This occurs in the form of receiving a quote from one of your broker’s representatives via online or telephone.

      Understand that the quote doesn’t guarantee a price – as mentioned above, only paying a deposit and signing an agreement does. However, the quote still matters, as it affects the bidding and provides an idea of some basic economic realities involved.

      Quotes affect the bidding and, as a result, the scheduled transport because lower quotes don’t get prioritized by bidding carriers. However, worth mentioning is if you can be patient and/or plan accordingly, you can save money with a lower quote.

      The quote also includes the deposit price, which is due upon signing the terms for transport with your broker agent. The good thing is that paying the deposit goes towards the final price, which is also guesstimated in the quote.

      Remember nothing’s due until you sign the agreement and pay the deposit, as this ensures the carrier is en route. The remaining balance is only due upon the loading or unloading, which is to be collected by your carrier.

      But that final price is ultimately determined by unstable variables of time and distance, in addition to shipping/delivery methods. Still, your broker ought to be able to provide a simple cost breakdown in addition to reasonable payment options.

      What’s more is the quote you receive from the outset will also cover an insurance fee, necessary for overall liability. In the event a vehicle is damaged, this insurance fee will play a vital role in picking up the pieces.

      Thus, it is highly recommended you keep a copy of every document involved in transport for insurance reasons and contingencies. Moreover, you should check with your personal auto insurance company to inquire if they cover auto transport accidents beforehand.

      Finally, you should always investigate your carrier’s insurance policies, because each one’s coverage varies depending on their vehicle. By accepting a carrier, you accept their terms of insurance, and it’s important you feel you’re in the driver’s seat.

      Pick the Right Shipping Method for Transporting Your Automobile

      You might choose enclosed auto transport when deciding which auto transport method.

      One of the most important choices you can make after choosing a broker and a carrier is the shipping method. And there are three shipping methods prevalent in the auto transport industry to choose from: open, enclosed, and flatbed.

      Open transport is the most common method and, as a result, most quotes will assume this method of transport. Open carriers don’t have roofs or siding, which isn’t ideal for expensive cars; still, they are incredibly common transport options.

      Open transport carriers vary in size; however, most open transports carry 7-10 cars and generally ship out in 3-5 days. Open transport is the most cost-effective method, as the bill is essentially split between more customers.

      Enclosed transport is the second shipping method available, though not readily, and is widely recommended for expensive vehicles, almost exclusively. Enclosed transports are enclosed for further protection against the elements, unlike open or flatbed carriers, ideal for expensive vehicles.

      Because of the smaller base and lesser demand, enclosed transports are harder to come by and arrange for customers. This, in turn, makes them more expensive – 30% to 56% more so – than open shipping carriers.

      Flatbed is the final and least-used shipping option; it is also the most expensive because they haul fewer vehicles. That’s because these vehicles are incredibly heavy and cannot fit into an open carrier; even still, cost varies, weight/size/condition depending.

      Flatbed transports are harder to quote due to all the factors involved, so thorough communication with a representative is recommended. It also takes longer to arrange transport, so you should plan accordingly as much as possible.

      Choose the Best Delivery Method When Choosing Which Type of Auto Transport To Use

      Choosing the appropriate delivery option is essential to ensure your vehicle arrives in a way conducive to your needs. There are two main delivery options to choose from: door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal – however, a third hybrid option is sometimes offered.

      Door-to-door is the most common delivery method, and like open transport, it’s defaulted to for most quotes. With this method, the carrier loads and unloads the vehicle at your chosen destinations, ideal for most customers and drivers.

      Door-to-door is also the most cost and time-effective delivery option, as it can be executed on a straightforward route. Still, some destinations with narrow roads are inaccessible for bulky carriers, necessitating further coordination between carrier and customer when applicable.

      Compared to door-to-door, terminal-to-terminal costs more and takes longer because terminals aren’t often readily available, except for in big cities. With terminal-to-terminal, you leave your vehicle at an agreed-upon terminal for transport to another chosen terminal, closest to your destination.

      Terminal-to-terminal is recommended for customers unable to coordinate, indifferent to potential elemental damage, and capable of waiting to drive again. If you meet those criteria, this delivery option saves time and expenses for carriers, as they combine shipments for delivery.

      The third hybrid option (door-to-terminal or terminal-to-door) mentioned above is harder to find amongst brokers, but when available, it’s appealing. This is especially true for customers who can only be present for part of the process, so ask if necessary.

      Shipping Can be Different for Each Auto Transport Company

      Choosing an auto trasport method.

      Once you’ve arranged for your vehicle to be transported, you must properly prepare it for loading upon your arranged carrier. Your agent should inform you of these details, but you must understand what’s expected of you beforehand.

      Remove all personal belongings from your vehicle, including digital accessories, luggage containers, equipment racks, and any modifications. Additionally, note mileage and condition, including any external damage, upon the Bill of Lading before loading your vehicle for transport.

      Furthermore, disconnect your vehicle’s alarm system and provide both the remote and a copy of your key to your driver. If your car is disabled or inoperable, you must disclose this immediately to your agent before any further action occurs.

      Moreover, you must ensure your tires are inflated, your brakes and steering fully operational, and your windows are unblocked. Worth noting is no firearms, ammo, or fire extinguishers may be left in the vehicle during transport, for safety reasons.

      If you wish to pack your vehicle for transport, you must limit belongings to the trunk and respect weight limits. Exceeding a weight limit can cause increased charges or even a rejected shipment, so stay within 50lbs when packing.

      However, items considered integral to the vehicle, like spare tires or car seats, or jacks may be included. As an aside, keep only ¼ tank of gas for transport, as any more can cause unnecessary weight.

      Following each of these procedures is vital to ensure shipping occurs smoothly and your transport needs are met. To do so, give yourself plenty of time to prepare your vehicle for shipping.

      Think About Auto Delivery When Choosing an Auto Transport Company

      Brokers and carriers cannot guarantee fixed delivery dates and times, as per the nature of the slightly unpredictable transport industry. Please understand that delivery times can vary depending on distance and weather, but generally, carriers arrive promptly.

      Still, you will stay informed from your carrier as to when arrival can be reasonably expected. Generally, it takes a few days for every 500 miles being traveled.

      It’s also important to note the delivery process is an involved procedure in which an important inspection must occur. Both you and the driver, upon delivery, must inspect the vehicle and fill out the Bill of Lading.

      The inspection is necessary to determine if any damages to your vehicle have occurred during the transport process. Inspections don’t take very long – ten minutes, usually; however, they require serious attention and effort.

      Compare your vehicle’s mileage upon delivery to pre-shipment mileage located on the BoL and note any issues thoroughly. Both you and the driver must sign this document and receive a copy for the process to be final.

      Any damage covered by the driver’s insurance should be marked and signed-off accordingly; then ask where to file the claim. If your BoL isn’t signed by both of you, all claims will be rejected.

      After the inspection, pay the remainder of your bill, even if you faced problems such as vehicle damage. Your broker will have to take it from there, so contact them immediately.

      Final Thoughts

      Which auto transport method should I use?

      Transporting your vehicle remotely is made even easier by understanding the options in accordance with your needs. A good broker and carrier are essential too, so make sure to do your research before making the decision.

      But if you understand the stakes, you’ll have fewer problems. So take your time and enjoy the convenience of remote transportation!

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      HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

      REQUEST A QUOTE

      First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

      BOOK YOUR ORDER

      We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

      VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

      Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

      VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

      Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

      What to Look for in an Auto Transport Company

      David Stone
      Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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        The United States has long been a vehicle obsessed country, and that won’t change any time soon. That’s why the auto transport industry continues to evolve and thrive today.

        Because whether someone is transporting their vehicle across the state or the nation, they care deeply about its safety. And so, they hire professionals to get it from point A to point B, entrusting them with their prized possession.

        If you’re interested in taking advantage of auto transportation, there is always much to consider. And this is especially true if you’re new to the industry.

        Thankfully, you don’t have to choose at random. Here’s what you should look for in an auto transport company.

        Learn about the auto transport industry.

        If you’re still unsure what auto transport is, just imagine long, semi-truck-like things hauling 7-10 cars down the highway. This a perfect representation of this complex industry, an example most people can identify in their own driving experiences.

        The industry makes 12 billion annually according to IBIS and Googling “auto transport companies” will generate a billion responses instantly. Clearly, those scenes on the highway aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

        Take some time to learn about the industry you’ll be dealing with. You’ll know why it’s so important to make the right decision.

        Understand how auto transport companies work.

        How to find a good auto transport company.

         

         

        First, it’s important to understand the general nature of these companies themselves. Auto transport is a process that primarily deals with brokers and carriers.

        The process is remarkably like eBay. You sell or bid for a transport (carrier) through a third-party (broker), with no price guaranteed at the outset.

        A carrier then sees the vehicle – or more appropriately, the transport – you’re attempting to sell/buy on the broker’s database. If a carrier wants to transport, they bid, and the broker then reports that offer to you and helps negotiate.

        When you, in turn, accept a carrier’s offer, the broker will draft an agreement and finalize the price. You should not pay a dime before this point.

        Make sure you understand what to expect from negotiations with a legitimate company. This way you’ll be able to spot red flags – more on that later.

        Find the right broker when finding an auto transport company.

        An auto transport broker is a company that represents you through the auto transport process. They cover liability, ensure your carrier is properly licensed and insured, and in general secure the best transport option.

        Some brokers, like Mercury, let you name your price and assist in strategic negotiations. And even though brokers charge a fee, they save people money in the long run and ensure the safest option.

        You want to be sure to pick the right broker. Otherwise, you could be walking into a nightmare first experience with auto transport.

        Choose the right carrier for the job.

        At base, a carrier company provides transport. But since most transports haul multiple vehicles at once, there is a lot of planning and strategy involved.

        Because a carrier is always on the road, they don’t have time for facilitating negotiations – that’s why brokers are involved. However, once a carrier is chosen, they will communicate with customers before loading/unloading and double-check the vehicle once arrived.

        If you and your broker select the right carrier, you will have nothing to worry about. In the rare case that an accident occurs, you can be sure your carrier will be cooperative and helpful.

        Learn how insurance works in auto transport.

        What to Look for in an Auto Transport Company

        Any legitimate broker will include the insurance fee in the quote and final price. This fee is necessary to cover the customer, carrier, and broker in the event of an accident on the road.

        Worth noting is how each carrier’s insurance policy varies; additionally, your auto insurance may cover accidental shipping damage. When you accept a carrier, you accept their insurance – so investigate all the factors before proceeding, and keep all documents.

        Make sure to talk about insurance with your broker agent. They will ensure you are prepared for all the variables.

        Know what to expect with auto transport costs.

        The first indicator of the price is a quote from your broker. And though it doesn’t guarantee the final price, it will give you an idea of basic costs.

        Due to the competitive nature of the bidding process, the lower the quote, the longer you’ll wait. But if you can be patient, this is a fine way to save money.

        Additionally, the first payment due occurs upon signing the agreement with the broker. This deposit goes towards the final price, and the remaining balance is due when you meet the carrier.

        The main factors affecting price are time, distance, shipping, and delivery. Still, a legitimate transport broker will provide simple cost breakdowns and payment options.

        By knowing what to expect regarding transport costs, you’ll be better prepared from the beginning. Don’t be afraid to get multiple quotes.

        Learn the three available auto transport shipping methods.

        There are three primary shipping methods in auto transport: open, enclosed, and flatbed. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

        Open transport is the most popular method by far, and most quotes you will receive will assume this shipping option. Open carriers don’t have roofs or siding, carry 7-10 cars, and ship in 3-5 days, representing an inexpensive transport option.

        Enclosed transport is second, primarily used for expensive vehicles, and isn’t as readily available as open, taking longer to arrange. They are enclosed for protection against the elements, and, as a result, cost 30-56% more than open transport.

        Flatbed transport is the most expensive and least-used option, hauling only a few vehicles at a time, each one very heavy. They haul vehicles that don’t fit in open, and their costs are determined by weight, size, and condition of the vehicle.

        Be realistic about what sort of transport your vehicle requires. Ask your broker-agent what they recommend, and make sure to discuss any concerns before the agreement.

        Choose the most appropriate delivery option.

        Getting the best auto transport company.

        In auto transport, there are two main delivery options: door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal. Additionally, some brokers, like Mercury, let you combine the methods in a hybrid fashion as needed.

        Door-to-door is the most common delivery option, like open transport, and is the default for quotes. It’s convenient (because pickup/delivery occurs at your chosen destination), inexpensive, and timely, though some roads are inaccessible, requiring extra planning.

        Terminal-to-terminal is more expensive and a longer process (some don’t mind), as terminals aren’t common, save for big cities. It involves leaving your vehicle at an agreed-upon terminal for transport to another agreed-upon terminal close to your destination.

        And if you can only be there for part of the process, hybrid options are a solid third option. Whether door-to-terminal or terminal-to-door, some brokers and carriers will do whatever they can to ensure you get what you need.

        Ask yourself if you can coordinate a door-to-door delivery with your carrier; if you cannot, consider the alternatives. A representative should help you decide between straight terminal shipping and a hybrid option.

        Prepare for the pickup of your vehicle.

        Choosing the right auto transport company.

        Yes, there’s still more to this whole auto transport business, especially from a customer standpoint. You must prepare your vehicle for pickup, and though your agent will discuss this, you should know ahead of time.

        To begin, remove all personal belongings like digital accessories, luggage containers, equipment ranks, and any vehicle modifications. Take a note of your vehicle’s mileage and condition, as you and your carrier will need to report this information.

        Disconnect your vehicle’s alarm system and provide the remote and an extra key to the driver. If disabled/inoperable, tell your broker asap; they will tell you to park it in a safe location for transport.

        Make sure your vehicle’s tires are inflated, its brakes and steering are fully operational, and the windows aren’t blocked. And no firearms, ammo, or fire extinguishers may be left inside, either.

        When packing your vehicle, most brokers will require you to respect a 50lb weight limit, reserving luggage for the trunk. Loading any more can lead to increased charges and rejected shipment.

        However, items like spare tires, car seats, and jacks – items integral to the vehicle – are a given. Keep 1/4 tank of gas at most; any more is unnecessary and adds unwanted weight to the load.

        These procedures will make the loading process much easier, and safer too. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to prepare your vehicle.

        Make sure you’re ready for the auto transport delivery process.

        Any good broker will admit they cannot guarantee delivery dates or times, due to the nature of the industry. Delivery varies depending on distance and the weather.

        Though the delivery process offers certain unpredictability, your carrier should keep you informed in transit. A rule of thumb is it takes a few days for every 500 miles traveled.

        You are responsible to inspect the vehicle alongside the carrier once they arrive with your delivery. This won’t take long, but it’s imperative you both fill out the Bill of Lading, notating any damages which occurred.

        Make sure to conduct the inspection of your delivery in good daylight and have a towel handy to discern dirt. Compare mileage at delivery to mileage before transport – then both of you must sign the BoL and receive a copy.

        Any damage done specifically attributed to your driver that can be covered by their insurance should be marked accordingly. And after they sign, you must pay – even if an accident has occurred.

        Moreover, ask them where to file the claim concerning their specific insurance procedures. Keep in mind that without a signed BoL, the claim will be void.

        Finally, contact your broker. They will be able to help you out with the rest of the process.

        Look out for broker scams.

        Always research before selecting your broker: there are bogus companies that take advantage of newcomers. Here is a little of what you can expect.

        Visit the websites of brokers and check with the Better Business Bureau. Ensure your broker has an MC Docket and US DoT number displayed somewhere on their website.

        Automatically be skeptical of guaranteed delivery date parameters – they cannot promise a date. If you’re in a hurry and require strict date requirements, book asap and discuss this with your agent.

        If they don’t accept major credit cards, move along: this is abnormal and makes it impossible to dispute charges. And if they only accept PayPal, that’s just as bad because it means they don’t qualify for a merchant account.

        Always double-check the fine print. Some brokers will try to pull a fast one on you on your final bill.

        If they promise free gas cards, don’t buy it. Just Google the scam and you’ll see there won’t be any gas cards coming.

        If they ask for a deposit before assigning a carrier, that’s unethical. You shouldn’t pay anything until a carrier is confirmed.

        And if they claim they already have a truck or carrier ready for transport, that’s not how transport works. There’s a whole process they must follow, and this is a huge red flag.

        Remember that auto transport is a legitimate industry. That said, go with companies that have established reputations, like Mercury.

        Pick the right auto transport company!

        How to choose the best auto transport company.

        Picking the right auto transport company is quite a process – but it is nevertheless one you shouldn’t take lightly. Headaches, financial blunders, and the safety of your vehicle are on the line.

        Though it might seem like a lot of work right now, a thorough selection will pay off in the end. Choose the broker who will work with you to secure the best possible deal, with agents standing by to help.

        Take the time to genuinely understand what to expect – the good, the bad, and the ugly. You’ll be glad you did, and it will allow you to appreciate the smooth transport process.

        You deserve to have your vehicle in safe hands, arranged by a broker with your best interests in mind. Pump the breaks and refer to this simple guide: you’ve already done half the work!

        GET A VEHICLE SHIPPING QUOTE WITHIN MINUTES

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        CAR SHIPPING OPTIONS

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        Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
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        2020-01-21
        Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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        Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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        OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

        HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

        REQUEST A QUOTE

        First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

        BOOK YOUR ORDER

        We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

        VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

        Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

        VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

        Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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        Don’t Ship Your Vehicle Until You Read These Cost-Saving Tips

        David Stone
        Updated July 19, 2021 by David Stone

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          budgeting for an exotic car

           

          The cost to ship a vehicle depends on different factors, like mileage and vehicle type, and may fluctuate depending on your needs

          Key takeaways:

          • Several factors determine car shipping rates, from distance to vehicle type
          • There are different ways to lower your shipping cost, like using open carry transport
          • Mercury Auto Transport is your reliable and affordable vehicle transport service

          Do you need to transport a car from one place to another? Maybe you just purchased a car online from another state or are relocating for a job? How can you figure out how much it should cost to send the vehicle there?

          Shipping a vehicle isn’t an everyday expense, and the actual amount you pay can vary. Differences like seasonality, type of service, and mileage can bring your bottom line up or down. When it comes to the cost to ship a vehicle, here’s what you can expect, as well as tips for bringing the cost down. 

          Factors that determine the cost to ship a vehicle 

          Car transport is a service that moves vehicles from one location to another. The average cost to ship a vehicle is anywhere from $500 for short trips across the state to $1,500 for cross-country transports. 

          Of course, the final price depends on many factors, such as: 

          • Distance traveled: Mileage is the #1 factor in the cost to ship a vehicle. The average cost to ship a vehicle is $1.00 per mile for short distances (1-500 miles), $0.75 per mile for medium distances (500-1000 miles), $0.50 per mile for long distances (1,000-2000 miles), and $0.40 per mile cross-country. Per-mileage pricing includes labor costs, fuel charges, and tolls. As you can see, longer distances cost more overall but less per mile. 
          • Route: The highways and roads a carrier takes when transporting your vehicle affect cost. For example, routes through big cities with more traffic congestion can impact the transport time. Additional route considerations include physical road conditions, street construction, and bad weather. 
          • Vehicle Type: The size and weight of your car matter, as does the model. For example, carriers have limits on the number of cars and weight they can carry, thus, a heavier car is more expensive to move. Luxury, antique, and collector cars usually require an enclosed carrier, which also impacts rates. 
          • Seasonality: The time of year your vehicle will be transported is important. Pricing increases in the summer during peak car-shipping season and slows down in the winter. 
          • Shipping dates: It’s best to book your transport service as far in advance as possible because shipment date figures into the cost. If you leave your car pick-up dates flexible, you can often save money. 
          • Transport type: You have a choice between open and enclosed car transport. Open transport is cheaper and the more popular choice among consumers. Customers shipping luxury or vintage cars that need more protection usually choose the more expensive enclosed type. 
          • Vehicle condition: A running vehicle is easier to manage and therefore qualifies for better rates. If your car isn’t in working condition, it will require extra accommodations to be loaded and transported, which increases the cost. 
          • Car characteristics: Vehicle details such as height, length, and curb weight will affect the trailer type needed for transport, and thus the cost. They may also require certain accommodations, like being held in a specific place on the trailer. 
          • The number of vehicles: Two cars cost more than one. 
          • Car bidding process: A carrier will bid on how much your shipment will cost, which can be a little unpredictable. 
          • Location: Metro areas usually have a lot of trucks available to carry out shipping orders, whereas small towns may be more limited.

           

          Tips to bring down the cost to ship a vehicle

          There are two types of auto transport carriers that ship cars – open car transport and enclosed car transport. Open transport carries vehicles uncovered on the hauling truck whereas enclosed transport covers the vehicles. Open car transport carriers are cheaper and more popular because many people don’t require their car to be covered, even though they will be exposed to weather and possible debris. 

          There are two delivery options for your car – terminal-to-terminal car shipping and door-to-door transport. Terminal-to-terminal shipping requires taking the car to a drop-off location and picking it up from another. Door-to-door transport is when the carrier picks up your car from a convenient location (like your house) and delivers it to your desired destination. Terminal-to-terminal shipping costs more money because it is much more convenient for the customer and racks up daily terminal storage fees. Door to door is cheaper because it requires more work for the customer.

          You can save more money by shipping your vehicle during the off-season (late fall to late spring), instead of summer to early fall, which is the most popular time to ship a vehicle. 

          Another way to lower the cost is through discounts. Many auto transport companies offer discounts for a variety of situations. These include: 

          • Military discounts
          • Student discounts
          • Senior discounts
          • First-time customers
          • Return customers
          • Multi-car shipments
          • First responders
          • Early birds
          • Vehicle fleets

          At Mercury Auto Transport, we do not charge a service fee until you choose your carrier, unlike other auto transport companies, and the carrier is not paid until they safely deliver your vehicle. 

          Choose Mercury Auto Transport for secure, inexpensive vehicle shipping

          Many factors go into the cost of shipping a vehicle, from distance traveled to time of year. Depending on what you need, several options can lower your price, such as choosing to ship open-carry terminal-to-terminal. There are also a variety of discounts to leverage depending on your situation. 

          Mercury Auto Transport is a nation-wide, full-service auto shipping company that can transport your vehicle safely and securely from anywhere in the country. Our process is transparent and trustworthy, and we’re always working to get you the best deal. Call us today for a quote and let’s get started.  

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          Absolutely fantastic. Guys were far better than I could have hoped for. THE NEXT DAY... NOT A SCRATCH OR DING.... STRAIGHT TO MY DOOR.
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          2020-01-21
          Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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          Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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          OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

          HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

          REQUEST A QUOTE

          First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

          BOOK YOUR ORDER

          We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

          VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

          Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

          VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

          Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

          Selling and Delivering Your Vehicle Remotely

          David Stone
          Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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            For many in the United States, buying a vehicle is the second most important purchase decision, after buying a house. You have likely invested tens of thousands of dollars into your vehicle, and unless you’re Elon Musk, that’s some serious change.

            People love their trucks, vans, and of course, their cars. This is why an entire industry exists for people to remotely ship and deliver vehicles: the Auto Transport Industry.

            But whether it’s commuting clear across the country or just across state lines, you wouldn’t trust your vehicle with everybody. You’d want a safe, timely, and cost-effective transport, a driver with prudence, and someone to set everything up.

            At Mercury Auto Transport, we understand there are a lot of factors at play. And we want people to genuinely understand how each one impacts the larger process. That’s why we’ll provide an unbiased account of what you can expect.

            We’re confident Mercury represents the best choice in the auto transport industry, and we’re certainly not alone in thinking that. That’s why we are proud to be transparent.

            If you’re a first-timer, buckle up – you won’t be driving. This is how you sell and deliver your vehicle remotely.

            Overview – How Do We Deliver Your Sold Vehicle

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            There’s a lot involved in arranging the transport of a vehicle. Consider, for example, all the delivery and transport options, licenses and insurance, and rates and fees.

            Unfortunately, not all brokers and carriers are forthcoming about transport, but we like to exist in stark contrast to them. Here we will introduce ourselves; along with the auto transportation industry; plus, the before, during, and after the process of transport.

            Who or what is Mercury Auto Transport?

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            Mercury Auto Transport is considered a leading broker in the auto transport industry, and for good reason. We’ve served for thirteen years; and we’re good at it if testimonials and a 4.9 BBB rating are any indications.

            For added emphasis, we are a broker – not a carrier; we do not physically transport vehicles, as carriers do. But we provide an integral part of that process by arranging transport and facilitating negotiations between you and the carrier.

            We have access to more than 13,000 licensed and insured carriers throughout the United States. This includes a federally recognized database, NHTSA.

            You’d work with us, a broker, and then we’d post your vehicle and proceed to help you choose a carrier. More specifically, you’d get a quote and be assisted by a personal agent, who can help you through each step.

            What is auto transport?

            Picture long, semi-truck-like beasts driving on the highway, supporting 7-10 cars. It may seem crazy, but the image represents a complex industry made knowable by good brokers.

            The auto transport industry makes about 12 billion annually, according to IBIS World. And a cursory Google search of “auto transportation companies” will generate a billion responses in less than a second.

            The auto transportation industry – more specifically, the relationship between customer, broker, and carrier – essentially works like eBay. Just as eBay allows you to sell-via-posts or bid for products, we are the glue bonding together the entire process.

            But what’s more is there’s no final or guaranteed price unless and until a broker physically finds you a carrier. And the lower your offer, the longer it will take to get picked up; whereas the opposite is usually true.

            How do I get this car to the new owner?

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            Once a carrier sees the vehicle you’re selling or buying on our database and wants to transport it, they bid. A carrier will then see your post (a bid for transport), and think “to bid, or not to bid?” When they bid, we report those offers to you, helping you render the best decision, guaranteed.

            When you accept an offer, one we are both confident in, you can draft an agreement with our agent. They will walk you through each step; and through this agreement, they will guarantee the price of your transport.

            You won’t ever have to worry about hidden fees or charges, as we are upfront about our fees and rates. Unfortunately, not every company is.

            What is an auto transport broker? 

            Brokers represent customers in the auto transport industry and are intended to cover as much liability as possible during transport. For example, Mercury confirms FMCSA licensure and insurance information of carriers, both of which are vitally important, before confirming transport.

            But a good broker provides something more than just the essential service of confirming a legit carrier and arranging transport. A good broker will negotiate with the carrier on price and shipping time in favor of their customers.

            Mercury lets you name your price on a vast yet predictable open market, starting the offer low, increasing when necessary. Our agents use their expertise to secure the best deal together, confirming with you every step of the way. Additionally, we offer a standby list, where carriers can fill empty spots with your vehicle if possible.

            Even though brokers charge their customers a fee, we save people a lot of money in the long run. Mercury can find you the best carrier, for the best price, for the quickest pickup/delivery, which is why we thrive.

            What is an auto transport carrier?

            As we’ve mentioned, a carrier is essentially the driver, but their job is a bit more detailed than that. If you’re wondering why few carriers broker their own transports, it’s because they’re so busy on the road.

            Auto transport usually involves hauling multiple vehicles at a time for economic reasons. So a carrier is primarily concerned with their route, so they can deliver their vehicles effectively. Still, your carrier will contact you prior to pickup/delivery dates to confirm scheduled loading/unloading time at your chosen destination.

            They are then entrusted with double-checking the vehicle prior to loading or upon delivery. You, or your designated person, and the carrier will inspect and sign-off on the vehicle, which we’ll discuss more later.

            Insurance

            Included in the quote and the final agreed price is an insurance fee. The following information breaks down why that fee exists, just so you know why it exists.

            There’s a lot of money riding on transport. In the unlikely event that a vehicle is damaged, it’s important to make sure everyone is covered. That’s also why we stress keeping a copy of every document involved in your auto transport experience.

            You should check with your personal auto insurance company to see if they cover any accidental damage incurred by shipping. Moreover, double-check your carrier’s insurance policy, because depending on the type and size of their transport vehicle, coverage varies.

            Ultimately, by accepting a carrier, you accept their terms of insurance. We want you to feel secure with them at the wheel, and that you’re in the driver’s seat.

            Cost

            First, get a quote from one of our representatives by either filling out a form or by calling. It doesn’t guarantee a final price, but it does account for some basic costs and economic realities involved.

            Quotes affect scheduled transport, as lower quotes don’t get prioritized; but be patient and/or plan accordingly, and you’ll save money. Included in the quote is a deposit, which you pay upon signing with a broker, and which goes towards the total price.

            Absolutely nothing is due unless and until you sign the agreement and the carrier is en route towards your destination. The remaining balance is then due upon loading/unloading, to be collected by the carrier.

            Time, distance, and methods of shipping and delivery play significant roles in determining the final cost. Despite all the fluctuating numbers, we offer simple to understand cost breakdowns and payment options.

            Shipping methods for your newly sold vehicle

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            There are three main shipping methods in the industry, and Mercury provides each one; but not all shipping methods are equal. More specifically, we offer open, enclosed, and flatbed carrier transport services; and we are happy to breakdown the differences.

            Open transport is the most used method, representing 90% of national shipping operations; therefore the quote you’ll receive assumes open transport. Open carriers don’t have roofs or siding – not ideal for expensive cars; still, open carriers are incredibly common.

            Though there are different sizes, the most common open transports carry up to ten cars and ship in 3-5 days. It’s easier for your carrier to split the bill between ten customers and determine a route accordingly.

            The next shipping method is commonly referred to as enclosed transport. Enclosed is the second most used transport method, recommended for expensive cars, and isn’t as readily available as open transport.

            These transports are enclosed to protect against the elements, unlike open or flatbed transports. You can see why they are sought out by a small yet solid base of loyal car enthusiasts!

            It generally takes us longer to find you an enclosed transport carrier due to the smaller base and less demand. They ultimately cost 30 to 56 percent more than open shipping methods. But if you’re interested in enclosed transport, we’d be happy to arrange a quote for you and proceed from there.

            Flatbed transport is the last and least-used shipping option. It’s also the most expensive, as they haul just a few vehicles, each incredibly heavy.

            Flatbed transports haul vehicles that can’t fit into an open carrier. However, there is no one-size-fits-all price: weight, size, and condition of vehicle largely determine the cost.

            It’s harder to quote flatbed prices, so we highly recommending calling one of our representatives for this service. This method takes the longest overall, so we recommend planning as much as possible.

            Delivery options for your sold vehicle

            There are two main delivery options in the auto transportation industry: door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal delivery, both of which Mercury offers. We’ll explain the key differences as well as some hybrid options to consider in special circumstances.

            Door-to-door is the most commonly used delivery option, and like open transport, it is the default when receiving a quote. The carrier’s driver picks up and/or drops off the vehicle at your chosen destination, which works best for most drivers.

            Door-to-door is also is the most cost and time-effective option for your delivery convenience. However, some locations like narrow roads are inaccessible for transport vehicles, in which case we recommend coordinating a convenient meeting point.

            Terminal-to-terminal costs more and takes longer than door-to-door because terminals aren’t readily available unless you live in a big city. It involves leaving vehicles at an agreed-upon terminal for drivers to transport them to another terminal, nearby your destination.

            We only recommend terminal-to-terminal if you dislike coordinating, don’t mind potential elemental damage, and aren’t in a rush to drive. It saves time and expenses for carriers, however, as they can combine all shipments by heading to a general region.

            Lastly, if you want to combine terminal and door delivery, either via door-to-terminal or terminal-to-door, we can do that. Most people use this hybrid option when they can be there for only part of the process. Either way, we will work with you and ensure you receive the best and most fitting delivery method.

            Preparing for pickup

            after you sell a vehicle where how to get it to the buyer?

            Now you know about us, the industry, the different methods for shipping and delivery, and all the transport carrier options. But it’s important you understand what you must do to prepare your vehicle for pickup. Your agent will go over all this information with you, but we recommend you know the specifics ahead of time.

            You must remove all personal belongings such as digital accessories, luggage containers, equipment racks, or any modifications from your vehicle. Note the mileage and condition, including any external damage, prior to shipping, listing everything on the BOL.

            We also recommend you take “before” pictures and wash the vehicle also makes for a more accurate inspection process. This will be useful during the inspection process later.

            Disconnect the alarm system and provide the remote to the driver; make a copy of your key for your driver. If your car’s disabled or inoperable, disclose this immediately; and once a carrier is assigned, park in a safe location.

            You must ensure tires are inflated, brakes and steering are fully operational, and that windows aren’t blocked whatsoever. Additionally, no firearms, ammunition, or fire extinguishers may be left in the vehicle; you must transport these items another way.

            We understand you may want to pack the vehicle you wish to transport; however, every vehicle has a limit. Exceeding that limit can cause increased charges or a rejected shipment, so stay around the 50lb mark when packing.

            Items integral to the vehicle – such as spare tires, car seats, and jacks – may be included. Please pack things (including your antenna) in your trunk and keep ¼ tank of gas or less for weight purposes.

            It may seem trivial, but these procedures are essential to a smooth loading/unloading process. To ensure no problems, including added fees, please give yourself plenty of time to prepare your vehicle for shipping.

            Preparing for delivery of your newly sold vehicle

            At Mercury, we can’t guarantee fixed delivery dates or times, we can only promise what’s standard in the industry. Delivery times can vary depending on distance, weather, the road; but carriers generally arrive in a timely manner.

            However, no matter what, you will stay informed. As a rule of thumb, it can take up to a few days for every 500 miles traveled.

            The delivery process is more than a simple baton pass. During this phase, an important inspection must take place.

            You must both inspect the vehicle and then fill out a Bill of Lading document before paying and parting ways. Inspections don’t take very long, but they’re necessary, as they determine if any damages occurred on the road.

            We recommend doing the inspection during the day and having a towel handy to distinguish dirt from damage. Then compare your vehicle’s mileage at delivery to the pre-shipment mileage located on the Bill of Lading document. After marking down any issues on the BoL, you and the driver each sign and receive a copy.

            Any damage by the driver covered by their insurance should be marked and signed-off the driver before being paid. Then you must ask them where to file a claim, as each carrier has their own insurance policy procedures.

            If your BoL isn’t signed by the driver and yourself, any claim you file will be rejected. So be sure to get it signed! And feel free to take a picture or even a video of it, with your driver in the picture.

            After the inspection takes place, you pay the remainder of your bill and hopefully leave a happy customer. However, even if you face problems, you must still pay the transport fare to the carrier. Just contact us after you have completed the paperwork and we will handle it from there.

            Look out!

            transporting a vehicle after selling it

            Now that we’ve gone over the delivery process, there’s just one more area we want to cover. You should always do your research when it comes to choosing an auto transport broker for buying or selling remotely.

            Again, we want to provide an unbiased account of what you can expect. And so we have no problem helping you eliminate bogus auto transport companies.

            When shopping for brokers, visit their websites, check with Better Business Bureau, and call with specific questions to verify credibility. We welcome any inquiries and want you to feel as reassured as possible, especially if you’re new to this process.

            Don’t work with companies that fail to display their Mc Docket and DoT numbers – essential as liquor licenses to bars. Our MC Docket (647319) and US Department of Transportation (2242305) numbers are readily accessible on our website.

            Be skeptical of guaranteed delivery date parameters; these are impossible to guarantee due to the nature of the business. If you are dealing with strict date requirements, please discuss that with us in advance so we can develop a plan accordingly.

            Additionally, don’t work with any brokers who refuse to accept major credit cards, as that’s almost unheard of. And it makes it almost impossible for you to dispute any charges and get a refund if necessary.

            Moreover, if they only have a PayPal account for accepting payment, that’s an immediate red flag. It means they cannot qualify for a merchant account, and you are asking for trouble by working with them.

            Always check the fine print, and always ensure all fees are quoted and included in your negotiated price to ship. Some brokers give a quote and then increase the rate due to a hidden “extra-charges” clause, spiking your bill.

            Popular auto transport scams

            If they promise you free gas cards, it’s a scam. Google search “free gas card scam” to find out more. It’s safe to say you shouldn’t count on free gas any time soon.

            Next, if they ask for deposits before assigning a carrier, it’s a scam. Remember to never pay anything until a carrier is confirmed and you get a driver’s contact information.

            And if they claim they already have the truck, ask for the trucking company’s information. They won’t give it to you, and you can hang up with peace of mind.

            If they claim to have carriers in your area, it’s likely a scam. They can’t know if a carrier is in your area, because they’re on the road.

            And if they are in your area, they’re already loaded up to capacity. They are required to have an order submitted before communicating with carriers.

            Final Thoughts

            delivering your car to the new owner once you sell it

            As you’ve probably gathered by now, selling and delivering your vehicle remotely is a big decision to make. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be made a little easier with the help of a great broker.

            Though many of these factors may be overwhelming to digest at first, our agents are ready to offer their support. You can contact us at any time, day or night, for a quote or inquiry.

            After all, what’s most important is that you genuinely understand the auto transport process. And taking the time to ensure that you do is what separates a shady broker from a fantastic one.

            By choosing Mercury Auto Transport, you are ensuring the smoothest transport process available, as proven by many years of expertise. We look forward to working with you for all your transport needs!

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            HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

            REQUEST A QUOTE

            First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

            BOOK YOUR ORDER

            We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

            VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

            Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

            VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

            Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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            moving for work

            How to Inspect Your Vehicle Before and After Shipping – Important Tips

            David Stone
            Updated November 23, 2021 by David Stone

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              moving for work

              After their home, a vehicle is most likely the second-largest purchase for most Americans. According to Kelly Blue Book valuation experts, the average price of a new car in January 2020  was $37,851. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or merely view your automobile as a means of transportation, that’s a significant investment. So, entrusting your vehicle to someone else’s care can be a bit traumatic, particularly if you’re transporting your vehicle across the country or the state.

              To help reduce your anxiety, especially if you’re a first-time shipper, we’ve prepared this article to provide a comprehensive list of actions you should take before, and after, transporting your vehicle. Follow these steps for peace of mind and to ensure a safe and damage-free experience.

              Preparing Your Vehicle for the Transport Process

              We understand that you may feel some of these actions are tedious; however, we consider them prudent to ensure your vehicle is delivered safely and in the same pristine condition as when you handed the keys to the carrier. Follow these steps to reduce any risk of mayhem significantly.

              Keys – Rule #1 – never give the carrier your only set of keys!

              Yes, you must provide the selected carrier with keys to the ignition, trunk, gas cap, and any locked compartment. The driver obviously requires keys to drive your vehicle on and off the carrier. However, please take the time and the initiative to have a duplicate set of keys made and leave only the copies with the driver. Important note: verify that the copies fit all devices and compartments in advance. Then keep your original set of keys in your possession.

              How Much Fuel Should You Leave in the Tank Before Transport

              There is no need to fill your gas tank. In fact, we highly recommend that your gas tank is at one-quarter tank or less, the more fuel, the more unnecessary weight for the carrier. Your car will only be driven on and off the carrier, so any additional fuel is redundant. The Department of Transportation has weight regulations, so please be sure there is no more than a quarter tank at pickup.

              Make a note of the current mileage before shipping and be sure it is indicated on the carrier’s shipping documents.

              Packing Your Vehicle for Transport

              Speaking of weight restrictions – don’t overpack things in your vehicle. Every vehicle has a weight limit based on its make and model. Going over these limits by a significant amount can increase charges or even cause the shipment to be rejected. Relatively light personal items may be packed in the trunk as well as luggage or small boxes; however, we recommend no more than 50 pounds maximum.

              An infant car seat, spare tire, and jack are considered integral parts of the vehicle. Hence, they may be included.

              Remove any aftermarket or custom items such as racks or spoilers prior to shipping. Likewise, if you have any loose parts on the exterior of your vehicle, be sure to secure them or remove them. We suggest you also remove your antenna and place it in your trunk. If your car has the feature, be sure to turn-in your side-view mirrors.

              Remove all personal belongings from the vehicle to protect your privacy and proprietary information. Don’t forget to remove all your electronics and digital accessories, as well as any valuables.

              One last point on packing, do not allow anything to obstruct the views out of the windows. This item is mandatory and is for the safety of the carrier’s crew. The driver often loads these vehicles onto the trailer with the mirrors folded in, using only the windows. If the driver’s view is obstructed, the potential for damage and injury increases exponentially.

              Items not Permissable / Illegal During Shipping

              Firearms, ammunition of any type, and fire extinguishers cannot legally be transported in a vehicle on a car carrier in certain municipalities. Be safe and transport these items in another manner. These items may be carried in your personal vehicle, provided they are locked and secured and out of reach of the driver and passengers.

              Alarm Systems

              If there is an alarm system, disconnect it before shipping, and provide the alarm remote to the transport driver. Don’t inconvenience the driver during transport.

              How to Prepare Your Car for Shipment if it is Disabled or Inoperable

              If your vehicle is currently inoperable, you must disclose this to your broker in advance. Once a carrier is assigned, the car must be parked in a safe location for pickup, with easy access to the driver, inflated tires, and fully operational brakes and steering.

              Can I Ship an Over-Sized or Modified Vehicle

              Unless otherwise previously disclosed to the broker’s dispatch department, vehicles that are factory stock cannot exceed certain height restrictions or minimum clearance. Vehicles being transported must have at least six and a half inches of ground clearance. The maximum height is seven-feet high; otherwise, the broker may be unable to accept your vehicle for a regular auto trailer. Understand, failure to meet these criteria may increase your estimated rate.

              Wash Your Vehicle Before Shipping

              Cleaning your vehicle prior to pick-up will enable an accurate vehicle inspection report and speed up the “walk-around” at pick up and again at the destination. Make a note of any existing damage such as dents, scratches, or paint chips, and take photos for your records. Be sure all existing items are noted on the carrier’s Bill of Lading.

              Rarely do vehicles get damaged in the shipping process; however, better to be prepared to recognize any possible new issues.

              Final Inspection at Your Destination

              Upon delivery, you must do a proper inspection with the trucker. This “walk-around” inspection is a relatively simple process that takes about ten minutes. Be sure to conduct this exercise during the day to ensure you and the driver have excellent visibility of the vehicle. If any new damage has occurred during transit, you will need the damage documented on the Bill of Lading and signed by both you and the trucker to submit an insurance claim.

              Remember, it is your right, your responsibility, to inspect your vehicle at the time of delivery. It is also your right to mark on the Bill of Lading any issues you might find with your vehicle. And, be sure to compare the mileage at delivery to the pre-shipment mileage on the Bill of Lading.

              After the inspection, you are still legally bound to pay the trucker the transport fare, even if there is an issue with the vehicle. If there should be an issue, your transport broker is available to provide guidance and assistance.

              Mercury Auto Transport

              Mercury is a leading auto transport broker, in business since 2007, with over 218,000 satisfied customers. We have access to more than 13,000 licensed and insured carriers covering the United States. We provide best-in-class systems and processes for door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal deliveries, on open, enclosed, or flatbed transports.

              As stated in our introduction, we provide these helpful tips to help ease your mind and ensure a safe and damage-free experience. You may also want to check out our Procedure Checklist page for more information and free downloads to print and keep for your records.

              Once you do your research, you will see that choosing the right auto transport broker can make all the difference. Feel free to check out Mercury Auto Transport with the Better Business Bureau to see our ratings, and view our website for customer reviews.

              We’re sure once you do your due diligence, Mercury Auto Transport will be the obvious choice.

              Feel free to call us today at 800-553-1828 or visit our website at https://mercuryautotransport.com/

              for a free quote or to discuss your next move.

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              Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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              Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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              REQUEST A QUOTE

              First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

              BOOK YOUR ORDER

              We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

              VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

              Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

              VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

              Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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              how to prepare for auto transport

              Top 10 Tips to Ensure a Safe Auto Transport – No Surprises!

              David Stone
              Updated November 23, 2021 by David Stone

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                how to prepare for auto transport

                Whether you’re company just relocated you to a new city, you’re traveling to vacation at your second home, you’re retiring to a warmer climate, or you just purchased your dream car from an out of state dealer, you’re going to need someone to transport your vehicle.

                Google auto transportation companies, and you’ll get over a billion responses in .82 seconds. How can that be? Simple, auto transport is big business, estimated at some $12 billion annually, and there are over 4,500 providers in the space.

                Mercury Auto Transport is one of those companies. We are an auto transport broker, and we’ve been in business since 2007, with over 218,000 satisfied customers, as evidenced by the customer testimonials on our website and our Better Business Bureau rating of 4.9 of 5.0 stars.

                The experts at Mercury Auto Transport have prepared this article to provide you an overview of the relationships in your car’s move, the different types of auto transport companies, brokers versus carriers, and how the process should work.  Mercury employs a best-in-class process. In this article we contrast our process with others, perhaps a bit less professional. It’s important to understand these differences before deciding on the right auto shipping company for your situation.

                Our Top 10 Tips to Ensure a Safe Auto Transport will give you peace of mind, and no surprises when selecting a car transport service.

                Tip #1 – “We’re in your area”

                Auto brokers cannot know if a carrier is in your vicinity before you book. Beware if they tell you “we just happen to have a truck in your area.” Until they have an order and start communicating with the carriers, they have no idea where the trucks are. They are telling you what you want to hear to get your order!

                At Mercury, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers will see your vehicle is available for shipping.

                Tip #2 – Guarantees

                Beware the broker who tells you, “your deposit guarantees a spot on the truck”. At this point in the transaction, they have no idea if a truck will take your order.

                Conversely, the Mercury process is as follows: No deposit is due until you approve your carrier and agree upon final logistics. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at the time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                Tip #3 – Asking for Deposits BEFORE Assigning Carriers

                Another red flag is when a broker asks for a deposit before they have an assigned carrier. Never pay a deposit, broker fee, or admin fee until the broker has a carrier confirmed, and they give you the name and phone number of the driver. Should the broker tell you they do have a truck, get the name and phone number of the trucking company. If they fail to divulge the name and phone number, cancel your order. Why cancel, because the broker does not have a truck, and now they can charge your credit card to buy more time.

                At Mercury, no deposit is due until you approve your carrier and agree upon final logistics.

                Tip #4 – “Gas Cards”

                Some brokers tell you they will give you a gas card worth $200 to $300 when your order is complete.

                We suggest you not consider this offer in your due diligence process. In fact, we recommend you not waste your time. These are not actual Visa Gas Cards – they require you to save your receipts and send them in for a rebate. Google “Free Gas Card Scam” to see what you aren’t getting.

                Tip #5 – Auto Broker vs Transport Carriers

                The industry is comprised of auto transport brokers and transport carriers, and it’s crucial to know the difference when seeking vehicle transport services. As an example, Mercury is a transport broker. They do not ship cars – they charge a fee to find the appropriate carrier for you and negotiate rates.  Transport carriers do the actual work of picking up your vehicle and delivering it to your chosen destination.

                Some brokers are both a broker and a carrier. They may lead you to believe they will transport your vehicle on their truck, when in fact they will broker it to a different carrier. There is nothing wrong with the broker using another carrier; the issue is in the deception.

                The Mercury process discloses their approach, using only licensed and insured drivers and carriers, from the Central Dispatch national load board.

                Tip #6 – Missing Fees Inside of Quote

                Make sure all fees are quoted and included in your negotiated price to ship. Beware of broker’s quotes that have fees buried in their Terms and Conditions. Failure to accurately disclose fees can result in your paying $150, $250, or $300 or more than what you expected.

                Read all terms and conditions and understand them before you sign. And, watch for those small-font disclaimers on the very bottom of your emailed quotes.

                Another example of a standard disclaimer.

                At the top of the email in Large Font – “We can transport your vehicle for the Total Price of $xxx”.

                At the bottom of the email, in tiny font – “Indicated rate is automatically calculated based on previous similar shipments on a similar route. The rate is subject to the carrier’s confirmation due to limited availability.”

                At Mercury, we explain the process and disclose all fees to the customer, so you know precisely what to expect. We discuss all the pertinent details with you and ensure all your needs are met. We guarantee the final price when you approve your carrier, no surprises. We believe full disclosure at the outset will allow you to make the best decision.

                Tip #7 – Increasing Rate After Signing

                The broker’s role is to help you strategize and negotiate rates to find the appropriate carrier for your situation.

                Beware the broker that delivers a full-price quote, yet their terms allow them to increase the rate without your prior agreement. Some companies have clauses that state, “the customer agrees to allow us to increase the carrier’s pay in $50.00 increments until the vehicle is accepted for transport by a carrier. This can be done up to a maximum of $250.”

                These escalating fee agreements can result in your carrier presenting you with a bill for more money than what you thought you were going to pay. Read the terms and understand them before you sign.

                Tip #8 – Charging for Chargebacks

                While every transport company includes in their terms an agreement that there will be no chargeback on your credit card, some state they will charge you a fee if you do a chargeback. This violates the Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Merchant Agreement. Should your carrier charge you, report them, and they will be fined.

                Tip #9 – They Don’t Accept Major Credit Cards for their Broker Fee

                If your transport broker does not accept a major credit card as payment, beware. When using a credit card, you have recourse for conflict resolution, by disputing the charges. If you pay by other means, they have your money, and regardless of what happens, you will not be refunded.

                If the company only has one payment option such as PayPal, stay away! The only reason a provider would do this is that they cannot qualify for a merchant account.

                Tip #10 – Look for Disclaimers

                When negotiating with a potential transport broker, look for any disclaimers on their terms and conditions, contracts, and emailed quotes. This is especially important if you have strict parameters for pick up or delivery dates. Some brokers will promise they can meet your specific times, and even go so far as to say they guarantee it. Read their terms, and they always have an out.

                Mercury does not guarantee specific dates. Why? Because vehicle trucking companies never guarantee them, for obvious reasons.  Your carrier may have up to ten other clients to accommodate with conflicting schedules. Possible delays may occur due to traffic, weather, and, most commonly, timing conflicts with different loads.

                At Mercury, if you have strict date requirements, we discuss those details in advance and develop a plan of action and solution. The difference is honest discussion, planning in advance, and working as a team.

                Here is an example of a typical disclaimer, usually in incredibly small font:

                “Indicated dates are approximate and are subject to the carrier’s confirmation due to limited availability, No Refunds.”

                What should be asked is, if drivers cannot guarantee delivery dates, how could your broker?

                In Conclusion..

                We sincerely hope you find this information useful. Most brokers and carriers are professional, conscientious, and follow proper protocols. You are now armed should you encounter any less than best-in-class providers.

                To learn more about how Mercury determines your quote, and our No Money Down Guarantee, please visit our Auto Transport Guide. We’re sure once you do your due diligence, Mercury Auto Transport will be the obvious choice. At Mercury, there are never any surprises or hidden fees – Guaranteed!

                Feel free to call us today at 800-553-1828 or visit our website at https://mercuryautotransport.com/

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                2020-01-21
                Called Eric La Gra from Mercury Transport he was able to get my truck shipped immediately got me a transporter who did a fantastic job.
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                2020-01-21
                Joel at Mercury Auto Transport did an excellent job arranging to transport my vehicle quickly and at a competitive price.
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                OUR TRUSTED VEHICLE SHIPPING PARTNERS

                HOW AUTO SHIPPING WORKS

                REQUEST A QUOTE

                First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

                BOOK YOUR ORDER

                We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.

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                buying an exotic vehice

                Strategizing Your Auto Transport – What You Need to Know

                David Stone
                Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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                  Every October, the snowbirds return to the warm, Southern climates, and each May they depart. You can almost gauge the changing of the seasons by the number of auto carriers on the road. It’s like observing the cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano.

                  Whether you’re a snowbird commuting from Minneapolis or Chicago to Arizona, or a native New Yorker heading to Tampa for the winter months, or perhaps you just purchased the vintage car of your dreams online across the country, you are going to intersect with the Auto Transport industry. IBIS World, a market research company that provides reports on thousands of industries worldwide, pegs the Vehicle Shipping Services market at some $12 billion annually. That is big business, and there are a myriad of providers, over 4,500 per IBIS World.

                  Before shipping your vehicle, whether it’s cross country or across the state, it will help to educate yourself on the intricacies of auto transport to make your experience less stressful and more economical.

                  In this “What You Need to Know” article, we will address pertinent details such as:

                  • An overview of the relationships in your car’s move, broker versus carrier
                  • Delivery options, terminal or door-to-door
                  • The type of transport, open, closed, or flatbed
                  • Insurance, who’s responsible
                  • Rates and fees strategies, with sample costs for popular routes
                  • Estimated delivery times
                  • Preparing your car for transport
                  • Verifying your provider’s credentials, the importance of the MC Docket Number
                  • And, much more

                  Once you do some research, you will see that choosing the right company for your transport can make all the difference.

                  BROKER VERSUS CARRIER – ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

                  Auto brokers and auto shippers serve different roles, and it’s crucial to know the difference when looking for vehicle transport services.

                  Auto Transport Brokers

                  Transport brokers do not ship vehicles. Rather, they charge a fee and find the appropriate carrier for you. Brokers have access to a wide range of car transporters through National Dispatch Boards and can often negotiate a far better rate than you could find on your own. Choosing the right broker is vital to getting a reputable carrier for the lowest price possible. Not all brokers are created equal in this talent.

                  Quality transport brokers do a thorough background check with each carrier for every shipment. They verify their ratings, references, and obtain a certified copy of their insurance certificate, and ensure they are licensed with FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration).

                  Even with the fee they charge, using a broker saves people money. Because of their flexibility in choosing from several carriers, going with an auto transport broker also tends to result in a quicker pickup than you could get when calling an individual carrier.

                  Auto Transport Carriers

                  Auto transport carriers do the actual work of picking up your vehicle and delivering it to your chosen destination. They are on the road and don’t have the time or resources to interact directly with customers, and so they rely on auto transport brokers to find work.

                  In addition to negotiating rates and timing on your behalf, your broker is responsible for verifying the carrier’s ratings, references, and securing a certified copy of their insurance certificate.

                  The above explains the crucial role of the broker as your representative and intermediary in this transaction. Choosing the right transport broker is vital.

                  When shipping your vehicle, it’s essential to consider the available services that best suit your situation. There are several options to choose from when transporting your vehicle:

                  Vehicle Pickup and Delivery Options

                  You have two distinct options for vehicle pickup and delivery. Cost and convenience will determine which choice is right for you.

                  Door-to-Door Shipping

                  Door-to-door transport offers greater convenience, the carrier’s driver picks up the vehicle at your home and drops it off at your chosen destination. Note: some locations are inaccessible for carriers who cannot navigate narrow neighborhood roads, you may need to compromise and set up a delivery point close to your destination. In addition to being more convenient, door-to-door also costs less when you consider terminal and storage charges in terminal-to-terminal shipping.

                  Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping

                  In this instance, you drop off your vehicle at a pre-designated terminal, and the driver transports it to the terminal nearest to your vehicle’s destination – less convenient than door-to-door, and more expensive. We suggest you use terminal-to-terminal only when absolutely necessary.

                  Which Type of Transport – Open Transport Versus Enclosed Carriers or Flatbeds

                  One of the first things you’ll need to consider when hiring a professional vehicle shipping service is whether you want your vehicle to travel in an open carrier or a closed carrier.

                  Open Transport Carriers

                  Open transport carriers are considered the standard carrier in the industry today. These steel skeleton carriers have no roof or siding to protect your vehicle from the elements, making this a less than ideal choice for classic or luxury cars.

                  Enclosed Transport Carriers

                  Not as readily available as open transport carriers, these enclosed carriers are the upper echelon of transporters. We generally recommend enclosed transportation services for luxury cars, exotic vehicles, sports cars, and restored classics.

                  Flatbed Carriers

                  Flatbed transporters are the least used of the three types. These carriers haul anything that can’t fit or can’t be loaded onto a standard open auto transport carrier. Because there are so few available Flatbeds, they tend to be more expensive.

                  Insurance – Who’s Responsible

                  The insured carrier doing the actual shipping should include insurance in their quote. Determine in advance if their insurance is primary or secondary to yours. Also, in advance of shipping, check with your personal automobile insurance company to determine if they cover any damages that shipping might incur. Finally, find out if the shipping company’s insurance comes with a damage deductible and keep written copies of everything in the event of an accident. You accept the carrier’s terms by releasing the vehicle to their possession.

                  The Important Stuff – Rates and Fees

                  Transport prices are based on seasonal market demands for cars to be moved at any given time. Each quote is prepared based on the season and the current national rates. An experienced broker will work with you, will strategize to develop an appropriate price to offer carriers to meet your requirements.

                  Strategizing Offer Prices

                  The Auto shipping industry is an open market system, much like a bidding system such as eBay. Understand, when talking to brokers, there is no fixed, final, or guaranteed price until your broker locates a carrier for you. Usually, the lower you are willing to offer, the more time it takes to get picked up, and conversely, the higher you are ready to offer, the less time it takes to get picked up.

                  Lead time is important, the more time you have until your car needs to be transported, the more money you can save. The best transport brokers will have a strategy such as “name your own price” to develop an initial offer considering the various timing variables. They start negotiations with a lower offering to their carriers seeking the most cost-effective rates, and increase the offer little by little, as needed.

                  Another strategy used by best in class brokers is standby mode. This approach allows a carrier to fill an empty spot with your vehicle as a filler. If one of their loads gets canceled, your vehicle will move up in the available load list. This both saves you money and helps the driver to get a full load.

                  As to broker fees, never pay a fee until you have a signed agreement, and the carrier is en route to pick up your vehicle. There should never be any hidden broker fees when dealing with a reputable broker. Seek a broker with a fair and relatively simple to understand all-inclusive fee structure that covers door-to-door service, tax, tolls, fuel, and insurance coverage. We reiterate, there should be no money down, no hidden charges, and no cancellation fees.

                  To provide you with some idea of transportation costs, below are some examples of typical fees for popular destinations:

                  FROM

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                  California

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                  $ 561

                  Chicago

                  Phoenix

                  $ 883

                  Phoenix

                  Denver

                  $ 699

                  New York

                  Tampa

                  $ 850

                  Chicago

                  Tampa

                  $ 875

                  Estimated Delivery Times

                  Delivery times are a function of distance. Our standard rule of thumb is as follows:

                  • 0-500 Miles:1-2 Days
                  • 501-1,000 Miles:2-3 Days
                  • 1,001-1,500 Miles:3-5 Days
                  • 1,501-2,000 Miles:4-7 Days
                  • 2,001-2,500 Miles: 7-10 Days
                  • 2,500+ Miles:10-14 Days

                  Time frames are subject to some deviation due to potential weather or other road circumstances. That said, shipments are typically on time, and there is always communication with the carrier.

                  Preparing Your Car for Transport

                  Some useful tips for preparing your car for its journey.

                  Clean out the Car

                  Remove all personal belongings from the vehicle to protect your privacy and proprietary information. Don’t forget to remove all digital accessories, any valuables, and disable your alarm system. You should also remove after-market accessories such as removable luggage containers and bike or equipment racks on your vehicle.

                  Inspect Your Car Before Shipping

                  Make a note of the vehicle’s mileage and condition, including scratches in the paint, and get the driver to write them down on the moving documents. Take a few photos before and after your car is shipped in case you need to file a claim for any damages that occur during transport. In the unlikely event that your vehicle is damaged, it’s important to note it on your final bill of lading report.

                  Verify Your Provider’s Credentials

                  As you develop your list of prospective providers, we suggest the following steps to validate their credentials and credibility:

                  • Contact each company, acquire their full legal name and any (DBA) Doing Business As names
                  • Research how long they have been in business
                  • Review testimonials and referrals
                  • Check the Better Business Bureau for complaints

                  The MC Docket Number

                  Finally, we recommend you not engage with any company that does not prominently display their MC Docket number and US Department of Transportation number on their website.

                  Mercury Auto Transport

                  As we stated in this article’s introduction, once you do your research, you will see that choosing the right auto transport broker can make all the difference. We provide this unbiased report to help educate you, the customer, on eliminating the stress from your vehicle’s transport journey.

                  As an auto transport broker, we want you to be armed with the knowledge to understand the relationships in our business, important considerations in planning your car’s move, and a strategy for negotiating fees and services. We’re sure once you have this knowledge and see how Mercury Auto Transport stacks up versus our recommendations and the competition, the choice will be natural.

                  Here’s a quick checklist to illustrate our capabilities, credibility, and credentials:

                  Mercury Auto Transport

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                   Broker – with over 13,000 carrier options on the National Dispatch Boards

                  Delivery Options

                   Door-to-Door or Terminal-to-Terminal

                  Type of Transport

                   Open, Enclosed, or Flatbed Transports

                  Insurance

                   Only work with licensed and insured carriers

                  Rates & Fees

                   Proven negotiating strategies to enable our customers – Name Your Price and Standby Mode features

                  Delivery Times

                   Industry standards

                  Credentials

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                  Our reviews are paramount for our success

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                  Ways to Make Your Cross Country Move Easier
                  Ways to Make Your Cross Country Move Easier

                  Ways to Make Your Cross Country Move Easier

                  David Stone
                  Updated November 24, 2021 by David Stone

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                    Ways to Make Your Cross Country Move Easier

                    A Step By Step Guide for a Seamless Long-Distance Move to Your New Home

                     

                    You’ve made the jump and opted for a move to another state. Whether for work or simply for preference, a big move is a huge deal. It’s an exciting change. However, the process of getting everything moved a long distance can be daunting.

                     

                    Planning your move carefully can make or break this momentous occasion. From how you prep for your move to who you hire to help, your move can either be stressful or a seamless success. Putting thought into the steps of your big move can pay off in a great transition. You may even find that your planning allows you to enjoy the process.

                     

                    There are several things that you can do to make your cross country move go off without a hitch. Here are a few helpful hints, from start to finish, that can make your move easier.

                     

                    Plan Ahead to Make Your Cross Country Move Easier

                    Ideally, you have a decent heads up before making your big move. However, even with short notice, planning ahead can help a ton. Make sure to get the ball rolling on your move planning as soon as possible.

                     

                    Setting a Budget Will Make Your Move Across Country Less Stresful

                    Just as you did when searching for your new home, a budget is important. This allows you to have a solid framework when making the rest of your decisions regarding your move. It also gives you a clear picture of whether your priorities revolve around saving money or making things easier for you.

                     

                    That size of your home and the number of belongings you own will largely dictate your moving costs. Do a little research to get a general idea of how much it may cost to move. Then, decide if you want to be on the lower or higher end of this range before you move forward.

                     

                    It’s important to take all of the costs that might pop up into account. Are you going to need to order take out as you pack up your kitchen? Do you need to invest in packing materials or special containers? Sometimes these unforeseen expenses can blow your budget, so it’s best to plan for them from the start.

                     

                    Maybe your company is supplementing your moving costs. This is a great help in offsetting expenses. Consider the amount that they are allowing and if you are willing to go above and beyond that for the premium services that you want.

                     

                    There are some great ways to save some cash and valuable time on your move. Order some pizza and have a packing party where your friends can help you pack. Ask a neighbor to help you move that heavy piece of furniture. Your family will be happy to spend your last few days near them by helping you box your belongings.

                    Plan Convenient Meals When Moving Long Distances So You Can Focus On Getting To Your New Home

                    During your move, your kitchen will likely be temporary out of service. You also may find that your days get away from you and meal prep is impossible. Taking the time to plan some convenient meal options can take one task off your plate during the busiest parts of your move.

                     

                    Grab a crockpot and meal kits for easy dinners. Microwavable meals are a great way to grab a quick bite in the middle of the day. Stock up on easy to prep foods like bread and lunchmeat, especially if you have kiddos around.

                     

                    Start saving those coupons for take out, especially if you have others helping you pack. You also want to fill your fridge with drinks and easy snacks to keep your crew fueled. If hiring movers, it’s a nice gesture to have bottled water and healthy treats on hand during their time at your home.

                    Consider Child and Animal Care To Reduce Moving Stress

                    Cross country moving tips

                     

                    Packing and moving is a pretty complicated operation. There are fragile belongings and electronics being moved around your home. Heavy objects are being precariously handled. This, and kids and pets milling around, can be a recipe for disaster.

                     

                    Having a plan in place for animal and child care is essential, especially if you have young kids. Not only will it make things go much more smoothly, but it will also make sure that your family and movers stay safe.

                     

                    Consider scheduling movers when your children are already out of the home, like during the school day. Schedule a playdate or ask a babysitter to watch your little ones away from your home. The nominal cost of child care will be well worth the avoidance of stress and potential injury.

                     

                    Not only can animals get in the way during a move, but their safety is also at risk. Your door will be likely wide open for hours, giving your furry friend the opportunity to escape. Considering crating your pet to keep it safe during moving hours. Doggie daycare or pet-sitting services are also great options to make sure your four-legged family member stays safe.

                    Do a Little Research So You Know The Cross Country Plan

                    Tips on moving across country

                     

                    Moving to a whole new area can be a scary thought. This is especially true if you are unfamiliar with the area. Not to mention that your family members might be stressed and worried by the thought of starting over. Make your move easier and more fun by learning about your new area.

                    Learn About Your New Area So You Can Navigate Easier When You Get There

                    Take some time to virtually check out your new home. Kids love checking out places on Google Street view. Sit down and play with the map, allowing them to familiarize themselves with their new neighborhood.

                     

                    You don’t need to wait until you get to your destination to start making connections. Online platforms like Next Door and Facebook community pages can help you get to know your new neighbors. They are also a wealth of information like what’s going on in the area and the best schools, restaurants, and other places to check out.

                     

                    Your realtor can also give you some good tips and info on your new stomping grounds. Remember, you are going to want to plan meals in advance. Get a list of great take out and pizza places ahead of time. Ask about the most convenient and well-stocked grocery stores near your new home.

                    Timing Your Move Right Can Make Your Cross Country Move Easier

                    Hopefully, you have the flexibility to choose your moving date. As you are getting to know your area, you’ll gather information to time your move right. This can help you choose the most ideal date or even season for your move.

                     

                    If you are able to choose the time of year that you move, great! This allows you to avoid major holidays and inclement weather. Not only will this make moving much easier, but it can also save you in costs. Movers tend to charge a premium or are often unavailable during holidays and long weekends.

                     

                    If you have children, the school schedule is a factor to consider. Try timing your move in advance of the first day of school. That way, they are getting a fresh start with their classmates. If this isn’t possible, look for times like spring or Thanksgiving break. This will allow them to get to know their new home for a few days before jumping back into the classroom.

                    Purge and Pack Wisely, And Eliminate Redundant Activities

                    Tips for moving across country

                     

                    The method you use to pack can both lower your costs and make unpacking much easier. Take the time to gather supplies, get organized, and be strategic. You’ll thank yourself as you’re unpacking in your new home.

                     

                    Sell or Donate Unneeded Items So it is Easier To Move Your Things

                    It’s senseless to pay to move items that you don’t want or need. Taking the time to get rid of these things can save you cash. It also saves you the effort of trying to find a new place for them in your new home.

                     

                    Take a hard look at items as you’re packing. Have you used that small kitchen appliance in the last year? When is the last time you wore that old coat? It may be worth it, and even therapeutic, to purge your home of this clutter.

                     

                    Host a moving sale to offset some of your moving costs. You can also list items on sites like Craigslist or LetGo. What you no longer need, someone else may enjoy for years to come.

                     

                    You can also donate unwanted items to lighten your load. Find a great charity or organization and drop off the items that are still useable. You’ll feel great helping others, and may even be eligible for a tax write-off.

                    Gather Packing Materials Early Can Help Eliminate Stress So You Can Moving Long Distance

                    great tips for moving across country

                     

                    Another great way to save money and make things easier on you is by gathering packing materials early. This will help you feel more organized throughout the packing process. By having all of your packing essentials in one place, you’ll feel much less flustered and overwhelmed.

                     

                    Check around your office for old copy paper boxes. These file boxes have handles, making them super easy to move. They are also super sturdy and perfect for kitchen supplies and other heavy items.

                     

                    Ask your grocer for old, clean produce boxes. These are also super sturdy and have convenient handles. The wine department can also provide an awesome option. Compartmentalized wine boxes are ideal for keeping fragile items safely separated.

                     

                    Saving everything from plastic grocery bags to newspapers can give you plenty of packing material. When you order items online, save the boxes and bubble wrap.

                     

                    If you have a decent amount of luggage, you can even use your suitcases for packing. Just remember to save enough to pack for your trip to your new home. Investing in plastic storage tubs is another great option. They are great for moving and will give you a permanent organization solution for other items in your next house.

                    Color Code Labels by Room So It is Super Easy to Unload Your Items

                    Make things easier for everyone by color coding labels by room. This will help either you or your movers get everything to the right place upon arrival. A quick glance is all that’s needed to place each box in the correct room.

                     

                    Think about your new home, not your current one, while packing. With a different layout, you may need to reorganize your space and your belongings. Label each box clearly with the room that the items should go in within your new space.

                    Hire Great Movers That Make it Easier for You

                    great tips for moving cross country

                     

                    The decision to hire movers can save you time, stress, and a ton of hard work. Your moving team is one of the most important decisions you will make for your move. Make sure you select your moving company carefully to protect yourself and your belongings.

                    What to Look For

                    If using a relocation service, your employer may already have a list of approved movers. These are usually reputable and well known. Ask around for co-workers that have relocated for their experiences.

                     

                    Starting to find a mover from scratch can be tough. There are a lot of options out there. The services and what is covered can vary from company to company.

                     

                    Look for a company that specializes in long-distance moves. After seeking referrals and recommendations, make a shortlist of possible choices. Have a few come to your home and provide you with a quote on your move.

                     

                    The cheapest option is not always the best. Be leary of any quotes that are either shockingly low or abnormally high. Go with your gut and how the interaction with the mover went during your estimate.

                     

                    The company that you choose should be licensed, bonded, and insured. They should also be registered with the United States Department of Transportation. This ensures they can safely move your belongings from state to state.

                    Sign a Contract With the Movers for Piece of Mind

                    Once you’ve landed on a company, it’s time to sign a moving contract. As with any legally binding document, you should review it carefully. Make sure all of the details are accurate before signing your name on the dotted line.

                     

                    Look for additional charges within the contract. Are there extra fees for moving items like your grandfather clock? Does your new neighborhood have logistical challenges that could warrant extra costs? Make sure these are clear and agreed upon in your agreement.

                     

                    Make sure the timeline for delivery is outlined. You also want to have a good understanding of how to handle lost or damaged items. Check that the total valuation for all of your belongings is accurate in your contract.

                    Communicate Clearly So That Things are Moved Right

                    From start to finish, communicating with your movers can go a long way. Make sure to be patient and work together. If a problem arises, open lines of communication will make it much easier to fix.

                     

                    Work with your mover to do an inventory of your belongings. Discuss any special handling that you would like. Be clear about your preferences and special requests. When asked nicely, many movers will be happy to go above and beyond to meet your needs.

                     

                    Your movers will be in your home, handling your precious belongings. Trust them to do their jobs at a professional level, and reward them appropriately. There’s no standard on the amount you should tip your movers. However, you should tip what you feel is best given the time spent on your move and the number of items.

                     

                    Transport Your Vehicles So You Dont Have To Worry About Them

                    how to make your cross country move easier

                     

                    Depending on how far you are moving, you might be flying to your new home. Even if you’re driving, your family likely owns multiple vehicles. Transporting your car to its new home can make moving so much easier.

                     

                    Finding an Auto Transport Company That Will Make Your Move Easier

                    Finding an auto transport company can be overwhelming, especially if you have never shipped a car. Take your time and do your research. Look for a great value and an even better reputation.

                     

                    Ask your friends and neighbors if they have any recommendations. Online reviews are also super helpful in getting an idea of a company’s level of service. Your realtor or moving company may also have some great insight.

                     

                    Once you narrow your search, it’s important to make sure any auto transport companies that you consider is licensed, bonded, and insured. Get a firm quote as well as details like the timeline of your car’s move in writing.

                     

                    Choosing the Best Type of Transportation

                    Look for an auto transport company with options that fit your needs. You might need a special type of transport according to your situation. You can work with your transport company to find the best choice for you and your vehicle.

                     

                    Most autos are transported by open-air transport. Your car is loaded on the traditional car carrier and shuttled to your new home. With the number of cars on the carrier, this keeps cost low, making it a cost-efficient option.

                     

                    If you are transporting a high value, luxury, or classic vehicle, you may want to splurge for some additional protection. An enclosed carrier may cost a little more. However, it will protect your treasured car from the elements like the weather and debris from the highway.

                     

                    Maybe you have an oversized vehicle that simply won’t fit on a multi-car transportation vehicle. No worries, it can still be conveniently transported. By using a flatbed carrier, your auto transporter can still get your large vehicle to your new destination.

                    The Auto Transport Process

                    No matter which you choose, you want to make sure to follow the process to a tee. Inspect your car with your transporter when it’s picked up from your home. Once it’s delivered, a final inspection with the driver will also need to be done. If you aren’t able to be present at either pickup or delivery, make sure you have a trusted person to be there in your place.

                     

                    If there are any issues, don’t hesitate to let your carrier know. They are trained to deal with these situations and will be ready and willing to help. Since you have done your research, you will have chosen a carrier experienced in quickly remedying these issues.

                     

                    Prepare for Hiccups So That You Can Get Through it Easier

                    tips on how to make your move across country easier

                     

                    As with any major process, there are bound to be hiccups along the way. From delayed movers to lost items, things simply happen. Being prepared for these issues can help you resolve them quickly.

                    Keep Good Records

                    Create a folder with all of the information pertinent to your move. That way, even if you are en route to your new home, you can swiftly resolve any issues. In this folder, you should include:

                     

                    • Your mover’s contact information and contract
                    • Your auto transporters contact information and contract
                    • Your inventory sheets
                    • If possible, contact information for a trusted party at both your old home and your new one
                    • Any information you need to access your new property
                    • Your travel plans to your new location

                     

                    Have a Backup Plan

                    Having a backup plan ensures you don’t panic when things don’t go perfectly. This will allow you to calmly encounter any issues and work through them.

                     

                    Maybe your movers are delayed because of unforeseen circumstances. Make sure you pack enough basic needs to last for longer than expected. You might not have a washer or dryer to do laundry so extra clothes are a must. Upon arrival, stock your kitchen with easy meals and paper plates for mealtimes until your kitchen tools and dishes arrive.

                     

                    You may find that your new home isn’t ready upon your arrival. It’s tough to prep a new house from a distance. Managing painters, cleaners, and repairmen is an arduous task, especially from afar. Some of the pre-move in steps may fall through the cracks.

                     

                    Make sure you arrange an alternate place to stay in the area if this occurs. Look for a pet-friendly hotel if needed. With a set plan, your family will have a place to wait patiently for the final touches to be made on your new home.

                    Enjoy Your New Home After Moving Across Country

                    how to make cross country moving easier

                     

                    Once you arrive in your new space, all of your planning will be well worth it. Your belongings will be organized and ready to be easily unpacked. Your vehicle will arrive safely, ready to take its place in its new garage.

                     

                    Moving across the country can be both exciting and terrifying. However, with the right planning, you can make it easier and less stressful. As you get settled in your new home, you will be grateful for the smooth sailing process of your big move.

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                    REQUEST A QUOTE

                    First, we post your vehicle through our network, including all National Dispatch Boards for Auto Transport. This is where all licensed auto transport carriers can see your vehicle is available for shipping.

                    BOOK YOUR ORDER

                    We present offers from FMCSA Licensed and Insured Carriers. When you accept an offer, we send your service agreement that guarantees the price, door-to-door service and 100% bumper to bumper insurance. There are never any hidden fees or charges, guaranteed.

                    VEHICLE IS PICKED UP

                    Not until you approve your carrier and final logistics is your deposit due. Your deposit is included in your quote and goes toward the total price. The remaining balance is due at time of delivery. Nothing gets done without your approval.

                    VEHICLE IS DELIVERED

                    Your driver will contact you prior to your pickup and delivery dates to schedule a time for loading and unloading. Once your vehicle reaches its destination, you do a final inspection of your vehicle and pay the driver the remaining balance. You and the driver both sign the Bill of Lading and each keep a copy.