Choosing the right auto transport carrier company can be tricky especially if you do not know how this process works. If this is the first time for you to have your vehicle transported then you should start looking for an auto transport carrier company at least few weeks ahead prior to your expected date of arrival of the car to its destination.
Here are some tips to get you started:
» Do some research on the chosen auto transport carrier companies.
» Get a price quote.
» Compare the prices and services provided.
» Check the legal documents of the company including insurance and license numbers.
» Get the transport shipping details in writing. Make sure to read the contract fully.
MCSA Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) is the best place to start if you need to verify the status of an auto transport carrier company because it has a complete list of all registered carriers. Get the MC number as well as the USDOT number of the company and go to safersys.com to verify their credentials. You an also check by using the company name. An auto transport carrier company not listed with the Department can mean one thing: it is not legally authorized to do business as a motor transport carrier.
Once you have verified the credentials and registration of the company make sure you check on the type of insurance they carry whether for liability or cargo. The insurance coverage may vary from one company to another so if you are really particular about the extent of the coverage they offer, you can either ask the auto moving company or the insurance company. If the car you are transporting is very valuable, price-wise or sentimental-value-wise, then you can request for additional coverage subject to additional payments from you.
The past clients can provide you more details on how a particular auto moving company handle their transaction. Ask how satisfied they were with the service and overall experience of the company.. So make it a point to ask for references. Auto transport review websites and The Better Business Bureau is another ideal place to get information about the comments and complaints that may have been filed against a carrier.
You may also checkout car carrier profiles and safety ratings by clicking here. View carriers accidents reports, how many truck units, drivers and other important data from SafeStat.
Once the final details of the car shipment has been finalized, ask the company to prepare and send you the contract for review.