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Finding the Right Shipping Company to Transport Your Vehicle

The time has come to ship your car and you are faced with the task of finding the right shipping company to transport your vehicle.  There is no shortage of companies out there and for the most part they all provide the same type of service, getting your car from one place to another.  There will be differences in some of the services and of course the price will be different.  You also need to know if the company is a broker or if they are a carrier.

Carrier or Broker

When it comes to transporting a vehicle there is a big difference between a broker or a carrier.  The carrier is just as it sounds they actually carry or transport your vehicle from one place to another. The have their own fleet of trucks to move vehicles, they are responsible for all business expenses and being adequately insured for the vehicles they are carrying.  All carriers must be registered with the US Department of Transportation.  If a company claims to be a carrier then make sure you verify they have the insurance and are registered.

What Does a Broker Do

A transportation broker is much like any other broker, they act a middleman connecting customers with the right carriers to get the job done.  Once you give them the details of the vehicle being moved, where it is located and where it is going along with any special transportation needs.  From there the broker should be able to connect you with the right carrier that can get the job done.

Which is Better?

They both have their advantages, if you are dealing with a carrier then you are working directly with the company that will transport your vehicle and can make any special requests and get the details down.  As for dealing with a broker there are also reasons that you would want to go that route too.  Brokers have connections throughout the vehicle transportation industry and they know which companies are more reliable to work with.  They can find the least expensive solution for you.

Price will go a long way in determining the service that you receive and what type of transportation you use.  Bear in mind that it is standard practice to put down a deposit on the services with the balance being due when your vehicle is delivered.  Before you hire either a carrier or a broke to move your vehicle make sure that you check references and look at the reviews to help vet your choice.

Options for Transporting Your Vehicle

You have just been transferred from one part of the country to another and not only do you have to get all of your belongings there but you have to get your car there as well and the last thing you have time for is a 3,000 mile road trip.  Your next option is to have your car transported, but transporting a car isn’t as easy as you think.  It takes time and there are some pretty big costs involved, not to mention you have different options when it comes to having your car transported.  Let’s look at your options for transporting your vehicle.

Open Transportation

This type of transport is one that you are probably familiar with, it is your car loaded on the back of a transport and then it is moved from one place to another.  You have probably passed one of these trucks on the highway yourself. It is the lowest cost and up to 10 cars can be transported at one time.  However your car is exposed to the elements, most of the time that is perfectly fine.  If you have a classic car then you may want to choose a different option.

Closed Transportation

It is exactly as the name implies, your vehicle will be enclosed in a carrier and protected from the weather and the elements.  If you choose this type of transportation then it is going to cost you significantly more than open transportation.  This is typically used for luxury or classic cars.

Door to Door Transportation

When you opt for this type of transportation the moving company will pick your vehicle up at your home and then deliver it right to your door at the other end.  Depending on what you arrange it may be driven there by a private person or they just bring to their transportation center and it is hauled across country in either open or closed transportation methods.  Most people will choose this type of service when arranging to have their vehicles transported.

Terminal to Terminal Transportation

This is largely used when shipping cars overseas where you bring your car to one shipping terminal and then you pick it up at a terminal at the other end.  If you are shipping overseas then your car will go into a container and cross the ocean on a ship.

There are plenty of ways to get your car from your old home to your new home in pristine condition.  The method you choose will depend on your car and the amount of money you are prepared to spend.

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