Tips for Long-Distance Vehicle Transport

Long-distance vehicle transport has become increasingly popular and is one of the easiest ways to transport a vehicle.

With many different car transport companies and options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.

To help you make a more informed choice, here are some things you should know about long-distance auto transport.

Driving a vehicle from one location to another can be time consuming and stressful, not to mention the wear and tear it puts on the vehicle. Which is why auto transport companies can make the process much easier and less stressful, especially for those who don’t have the time to drive their vehicle a long distance.

Not Every Company is Created Equal

When you are paying money to have your car shipped, you want to be sure you are using a transport company you can trust.

Start by researching the company and reading reviews. Websites like Product Reviews and Google Reviews

You can even use car forums and reviews websites to ask for recommendations to ensure you are picking a reputable company.

Check for Transit Warranty

When handing over your vehicle to a shipping company, you want to make sure the company has appropriate risk mitigation practices should anything happens.

Generally, less than 1% of vehicles moved will experience some sort of damage which is a high achievement considering a large portion of vehicles we’ve been moving have been second hand with common wear & tear.

If a claim needs to be raised, we’ll review the first copy of the survey conducted at collection (or drop off) & gauge the difference with mark-ups on the final delivery (or customer collection) survey.

If we find reasonable evidence that there are fresh damages on the vehicle that did not exist at the time of collection, we’ll request that the customer visit an assessor and provide an estimate for repairs on the new damages only.

You may also check with your own insurance company to see if your vehicle is covered during transport.

Delivery Times Cannot be Guaranteed

Some auto transport companies may require a certain window of time for scheduling a pickup and delivery. This window is usually between two and three days.

Unlike airlines, auto carriers encounter several variables that can affect delivery time such as weather conditions, traffic, and road closures. So, be wary of any company that says they’ll guarantee delivery.

There are Different Types of Transport

You have the option to ship your car in an open or enclosed trailer.

Open trailers are usually cheaper, but the vehicles are subject to potential damage from weather conditions and road debris.

Enclosed trailers are typically more expensively priced because there are so few of them on the road. But, they keep your vehicle safe from outdoor elements and potential theft.

If you’re looking to transport a luxury or prestige vehicle, enclosed trailers may well be a better option.

Prices can Change any Moment

While auto carriers should be able to provide you with a fairly accurate quote for shipping your vehicle, there are several variables that will determine the actual cost.

These include the size and weight of your vehicle, the location of your delivery (door to door or depot to depot), the distance of your transport, and the type of transport (open or enclosed).

Pricing can change frequently and many companies will guarantee the quote if its in writing so its best to get a quote now and then potentially confirm the pricing closer to making the booking.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Shipment

Once you have chosen a car transport company, you will need to take the proper steps to prepare your vehicle for shipment.

  • Clean your vehicle inside and out and take pictures of your vehicle’s condition;
  • Make a note of any scratches, dings, or dents;
  • Remove all personal items from inside the vehicle;
  • Make sure the fuel tank is only a quarter full; and
  • Check to make sure your battery is fully charged.

You can find more information on preparing your vehicle for transport here.

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If you need to ship a vehicle to any part of the country, it’s easier than you think and probably more affordable too. Find out by get your quotes online today. 

Patrick Kashani

About Patrick Kashani

Patrick Kashani is the National Commercial Manager at Carways Pty. Ltd. and a vehicle logistics industry leader. With more than two decades of experience in logistics, supply chain and automotive transport industries, he has seen the best (and the worst) of what the industry offers its customers.