Unless you are a car dealer or a gear-head, you are probably not familiar with how the vehicle transport process works. That’s OK!
ASN is here to help ease the process and answer any questions you might have. Before we make a deep dive into the logistics of car shipping, let’s start with some of the most common questions:
Q. Will my transporter pick up my vehicle(s) or will I have to bring it to them?
A. Most auto quotes are for door to door service. There are variables that come into play here. Such as: is your vehicle being picked up from a private residency or a commercial business? Often in residential areas, there might not be room to maneuvered vehicle on the truck so meeting in larger areas are sometimes needed. Note: If the vehicle is not in running condition make sure your transporter knows this before booking.
Q. Upon delivery, will I go retrieve my vehicle at a specified site or will my transporter bring it to me?
A. Again, the definite answer to these types of questions can be answered by your chosen vehicle transporter. Communicate with them, providing them full-details of your transport needs before booking.
Q. Will my car be transported with other cars? If so, how will they prevent them from touching?
A. It is likely that your vehicle will be transported with other vehicles. However, multi-car trailers use several safety mechanisms in addition to your own car’s emergency brake and transmission (park) brake for automatic transmission vehicles or placing it in a drive gear for manual transmissions.
You do have the option to reserve a private transporter who will transport your vehicle alone. This option is the more costly of the two. If you would prefer to have your vehicle transported this way, be sure to note this in your listing to only attract those transporters who can accommodate your request.
Professional carriers are attentive to leaking fluids (oil, power steering fluid, etc.) and should take precautions if there is a suspected leak.
Note: Vehicle transporters are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to properly secure all cargo. Under the Cargo Securement Rules, stating that “…must be restrained by chocks, wedges, a cradle or other equivalent means to prevent rolling. The means of preventing rolling must not be capable of becoming unintentionally unfastened or loose while the vehicle is in transit.”
Q. Will open trailer transporters provide coverings and necessary protections for my vehicle?
A. Covering a vehicle may be worse than having it uncovered, for this reason it’s not standard practice to cover a vehicle during transport. A loose cover can scratch and heavily damage your vehicle’s paint. In lieu of coverings, Auto Ship Now recommends washing the exterior of your car very well and applying a layer of fresh wax. This will help protect your vehicle’s paint and serve as a good barrier against bugs, road salt, dirt, and debris.
Q. Whose insurance pays for road hazard damage, such as a rock hitting my car?
A. If you have full coverage it’s likely you will be protected through your insurance provider. However, go over this with your transporter and your insurance provider before you hand over your vehicle for transport. Also, double check your written agreement before you sign anything. The responsible party will be listed in your insurance agreement.
Be sure to take high resolution photos of your vehicle prior to shipping. In the event that your vehicle is damaged during shipment you will want to submit these photographs along with your insurance claim.
Q. Should I empty my vehicle’s gas tank?
A. Yes! Empty the tank as much as possible, but make sure you leave a little fuel in the tank so that the car can make it to a gas station on the other end of its journey – a gallon should do.
In accordance with FMCSA regulation, hazardous materials, such as gasoline, are not permitted to be transported by a motor carrier. Take your car for an extra ride around the block or burn the tank off running around town. Either way, make sure your entire gas tank is emptied before your scheduled transport date.
Q. How do I ensure that my vehicle is empty if I need to drive it daily?
A. The week before shipping your vehicle be sure to put only a few gallons in your tank to avoid being in an awkward situation.
Q. How much time does vehicle transportation typically take?
A. This depends on where you are having your vehicle transported to and how many other vehicles are being transported along the route. Your transporter will provide you with an estimated drop-off date and a great transporter will keep up good communication during the transport process.
Remember, if you have any questions that are not answered in this article reach out to the
Leading to the ultimate question:
Q. What will it cost to transport your vehicle
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