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How to Ship Cars Bought at an Auction?

By Mike Richards Updated: 05/22/2019 Posted: 10/16/2015

You did your research. You found the ideal car at the vehicle auction. It only needs some minor repairs before you can get it back out on the road. Everything is great … except you forgot about how you would actually get the vehicle to you. All of the effort you put into choosing the right vehicle is for naught if you can’t get the car to you. What you need to do is find a shipping company that can bring the car to you.

Where Do You Need to Ship?

There is a very good chance that when you buy at the online vehicle auction, it is not going to be in your state, or even your country for that matter. This means that you need to have a shipping company that can pick up the vehicle from the auction site and ship it to your location.

Sometimes, this simply requires shipping from one part of the United States to another. Other times, you will have to ship it to a port, and then have it shipped to your country. This could require two separate shipping companies, which can get expensive. A better option is to find a single company that can take care of the terrestrial transportation, as well as the overseas shipping.

Think about where you need to ship and then start looking for companies in the area that can ship the car from the vehicle auction to you. Check out their website to see what type of services they can offer.

You also want to get a quote from the company to get an idea of how much it will cost. Different companies have different prices, but most will generally be around the same cost.

You should also make sure that you check that they have enough insurance to cover the cost of your vehicle. This can be difficult to determine when you are buying a salvage car from a vehicle auction. Make sure you know the market value for the vehicle and that they can cover at least that value.

Making Shipping Cars Bought at a Vehicle Auction Easier

In some cases, the auction, or the third party dealer you worked with at the vehicle auction, will be able to help you with the shipping. Some can also help with customs if you are shipping the vehicle overseas. This can make getting the vehicle to you much easier.

However, it’s still a good idea to consider the price of the shipping, as you may be able to find a shipper that can do the job for less. Just remember that price isn’t everything. You also need to make sure that they are a quality company that will keep the vehicle safe while it is in transit.

Proper shipping is essential if you want to ensure the car from the vehicle auction gets to you safely and in a timely manner. Always research the company and get quotes before choosing the shipper.

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