Car Shipping
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Is 2022 the year you make your big move? Whatever your plans for moving this year, whether you’re going across the country or starting in a brand-new place overseas, you should consider shipping your car. Why? Well, not only is it the most convenient option, but it can also save you big in the long run. Taking your car on the road not only puts wear and tear and possible damage on your car, but it may also drive you crazy and cost you more in the process. There are many car shipping companies that can help make this a task you don’t have to worry about. Keep reading for what to expect when shipping your car.

Compare Quotes

The first thing you need to know about car shipping is that all car transportation companies are not the same. There are a variety of factors that go into the cost of shipping your car. Here are a few:

  • Size of vehicle.
  • Distance traveled.
  • Type of transport (see below).
  • Fuel costs.
  • Time of year.

Be sure to compare at least two or three car shipping companies before you make your choice. Remember, a quote should be free, and no reputable company will ask you for a deposit until it’s time to ship.

Book Early

When you’re doing your comparison, be ready to book the company when you find it. The earlier you book your transport company, the better deal you’re likely to get. As you compare companies, keep price and timing in mind. You should begin comparing companies as soon as you know you’re moving.

Choose Your Transport

Most shipping companies offer open and enclosed transport. Open transport is just what it sounds like, your car is exposed to the elements during transport. This is a perfectly safe option and the cheaper of the two by far. Because many vehicles can be transported openly, your vehicle will likely arrive more quickly. If you have a luxury or sports car that could be harmed by exposure to the elements, consider enclosed transport. While the more expensive option, your precious investment will be kept from prying eyes as well as the wind and rain. Depending on your car type and how quickly you need it shipped, choose open transport for the more budget-friendly option.

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Prep Your Vehicle

Another thing you need to know before you ship your car is what you can and cannot have in it. Most transport companies will not insure or allow anything inside your vehicle, including the trunk. Make plans to pack elsewhere and run down the tank of gas. Instead of filling up, make sure you only have about a quarter of a tank for shipping. You should also take pictures of your vehicle, note any existing damage, and discuss any issues your vehicle has with the driver.

Whether you’re moving over land or sea, shipping your car is the easiest option, if not the cheapest. Don’t forget that driving your car will result in wear and tear, more maintenance and possible breakdown, road hazards like traffic, and expenses like gas and overnight stays. It’s much easier to let the professionals handle your vehicle while you concentrate on getting your family and other possessions from point A to point B.

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