Among decisions that must be made when an address change is imminent is whether to keep your car or not especially in the wake of cross state address changes. While there are people who will opt to sell the car, and buy another one later, moving with your vehicle is possible and easier when the arrangements are made in good time. If you have emotional attachments to your vehicle and are not ready to let it go, here are a few tips for car transportation.
What is car transportation?
Car transportation is defined as specialized shipping services for different types of vehicles from one city to another, one state to another or even from one continent to another. Even during shorter distances, the vehicles are transported in customized vehicle as opposed to driving them. The services include pick up of the vehicles, the actual transportation and delivery to the address given. These vehicles are insured before transportation to ensure that were anything to happen, the owner would be compensated adequately.
Tips for car transportation
Hire the right people for the job
Hiring the right company for the job will give you peace of mind to concentrate on the other aspects of moving. But how do you do this? First, you need to look for a company that has a proven track record and that operates within the area of transportation. Check their client reviews to get an idea of how they deal with different issues and especially how they resolve problems that may arise. Although budgets are important, in this case, the cheapest service provider may not be your best option especially in cases where there has been a problem.
Understand the scope of work
Many misunderstandings arise due to miscommunication or lack of understanding on the scope of work. To avoid this, you should ensure that you understand what the company is responsible for and what falls on you. It is good to have this written down for future reference, should need arise. Clarify what the money you are paying covers. Does it include the insurance cost or do you have to cater for this separately? If so, to what extent is your vehicle insured during transit? Go through all the written documents and ensure that you understand everything before you accept any deal. In case of custom clearance, clarify who should file the documents, pay the fees and follow up.
Terms and conditions
The terms and conditions of service are often ignored. However, you need to read the terms and conditions of this contract to understand what you are getting yourself into beforehand. It would be a shame to lose out because you could not spare a few minutes to go through the terms and conditions.
Book in advance
For some companies, booking in advance may save you some money, it gives you time to know the company you will be working with and build a rapport and it also reduces the stress of doing things at the last minute. Besides this, it may prove hard to find a company to work with on short notice leaving you stranded with the vehicle. If you could book up to 3 months in advance, the best for you but if not, two weeks in advance will also work.
It is not as complicated as it may sound. With proper and timely planning, you can transport your vehicle to your new home whether it is across continents or states without problems.