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How Do I Find Cheap Car Shipping That Is Safe?

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/22/2019 Posted: 10/15/2015

When you purchase a vehicle from another state, or when you are in a country outside of the US, then you need to make sure you find a reliable and safe method of shipping that vehicle to you. It’s not overly difficult to find a shipping company, as there are a number of them that are just a quick Internet search away.

However, you need to find a quality company that can get the vehicle to you safely. You will also want to find cheap car shipping so you aren’t overpaying just to get your vehicle to your location. Before you run off and choose the first shipping company you can find, you need to understand a bit about the basics of the process

Locating the Right Shipper

First, you need to look for cheap car shipping that’s in close proximity to the vehicle. If you aren’t in the area, they will naturally need to pick up the vehicle from the seller or auction for you. It is essential to choose a shipper that’s capable of going to the location to pick up the car or other vehicle you bought. If you are from outside of the US, you also need to make sure the company is capable of shipping internationally to your country.

Always take the time to look into the reputation of the shipper. Check out any complaints that may have been lodged with the Better Business Bureau. The quality and reliability of the shipping company is just as important as finding cheap car shipping.

If you need to ship overseas, check if they can help ensure smooth processing through customs to get the car out of the United States and into your country. Any company that advertises international shipping should be able to help you with this, but you always want to double-check to see what type of help they can provide.

Always make sure the company has enough insurance available for you to cover your vehicle. While damage in shipping is rare, it can occur occasionally. You need to be covered in the event this happens.

What Factors Into the Cost?

One of the most common questions people have when looking for cheap car shipping is how much it will cost. The truth is that the cost varies between shippers, and there are several other factors that play a part.

You will have to consider the distance traveled, for example. If you bought a car from an auction and need to ship it to a neighboring state, the cost will be less than if you need to ship internationally to the Middle East. Additionally, you have to consider the value of the vehicle, and the method of transport. The shipper will be able to explain their costs and the options you have available for shipping.

What Is the Process?

After you’ve taken the time to explore the different options for cheap car shipping and you have your quotes, you can choose the company that best matches your needs. At this point, you will need to talk with the company about arranging the pickup of the vehicle, as well as the particulars of shipping to your location.

Some companies will require that you pay the entire shipping fee before they will pick up the vehicle. Other times, they may only require a deposit, and then you will pay the balance on delivery. If you are buying and shipping within the United States, the company may offer to ship the vehicle directly to your home, although this will typically require an additional fee. They will generally ship the vehicle to a delivery depot that’s close to you.

When you are shipping overseas, they will not be able to provide home delivery, as your vehicle will have to go through customs. They will let you know the port where you will need to deal with customs and pick up your vehicle.

Another question that many people have when using cheap car shipping is how long it will take for the vehicle to arrive. Once again, it varies. Those who are shipping from nearby states will typically find that it takes only a few days to a week to get the vehicle. Those who are shipping overseas may have to wait several weeks before the vehicle arrives in their country.

Talk with the shipping company to see what type of estimate they are able to give you in regards to the timeframe. You might find that another shipper can offer faster shipping for the vehicle, although it could cost a bit more.

When You Get the Vehicle

First, make sure there was no additional damage incurred during the shipping process. If there is, then contact the shipper immediately to file an insurance claim. When you are buying a vehicle from a used car auction, keep in mind that it could already have some damage. Know what type of damage the vehicle has before you start blaming the shipping company.

If the vehicle is simply going to another state, you should be able to pick it up at the depot and drive it home, unless you opted for the company to bring it to your address. However, if it is a salvage title, you will not be able to drive it until the vehicle is repaired, re-titled, and insured. You may need to have it towed to your property.

When importing the vehicle to another country, you will have to go through a similar process with customs and salvage titles. You need to make sure you can register it in your country, and then insure it before being able to drive it.

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