In the age of Amazon, online buying can extend even to vehicles. For example, you might buy a used car from Ebay. The only catch is that, like any other online purchase, you’ll likely need to have your vehicle shipped to you. You also might need to ship a vehicle if you’re relocating, or you might ship from an out-of-state dealership if you’re looking for a specific vehicle model. These are the top tips for making the shipping process smooth.
Because even a used vehicle is worth thousands of dollars, it’s critical to pick a shipping company you feel you can trust with delivery. You have two main options for doing this.
The cost of shipping a vehicle can range anywhere from $600 to $3,000. With this range in mind, there are a few key ways to whittle down the expense.
In general, ask the company to spell out all fees - some don’t disclose everything. A good rule is that you’ll pay more the longer the shipping distance and bigger the size/weight of the vehicle are.
Most national vehicle deliveries take up to a month- international deliveries can take double that. You can get the ball rolling faster, however, if you’re quick about your deposit and faxing, scanning or emailing paperwork, such as the authorization for the shipping company to pick up the vehicle.
Most shipping companies provide liability coverage up to $50,000-$100,000. Not every business does, however. Verify the amount and cost of the coverage if it’s available, as it might be included by default in your quote. If it’s not offered, look at your auto insurance. If you already have comprehensive coverage, it might cover damage to a vehicle in transport. If you don’t have sufficient coverage, you might want to purchase more.
The shipping company is responsible for providing you with an inspection checklist for before and after the shipping. They’ll do a basic walk-around, but it’s wise to do a full inspection yourself (or hire someone) both before and after shipping. Take photos as visual evidence of the vehicle’s condition.Written by Margarita Hakobyan
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