Easy Steps to Auto Transport

By Bob Frost

The shipping of a vehicle means different things to different people. To some, it's an object - simply a car, a boat, an RV, ATV, or motorcycle...to others, it's a very personal thing like transporting a cherished family member.

Foremost in choosing a Carrier for auto transport should be finding a comfort level that is good for you. Price is a very important item while other important issues will surface during this important process of selection.

You must be sure that your carrier is insured properly.

Does your selected carrier possess the proper licenses & permits ?

You must insure that your carrier has a good safety record.

* Reputation: Is this carrier going to project a professional attitude ?

A safe modern truck and trailer is important to the entire process of auto transport.

The Broker you ultimately use should only provide those carriers that meet a strict code of ethics and conduct. Auto transport is a serious business and requires companies and individuals that project these qualities.

Properly insured means having liability insurance as well as cargo insurance coverage, to not only cover your vehicle, but also any possible exposure to liability that may come along in the process of moving your vehicle. Most top companies today carry a minimum of $250,000.00 in cargo insurance and at least $1,000.000.00 in liability is standard.

Minimum licensing required by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requires carriers to have a minimum of Motor Carrier Authority (a license) a DOT number (licensing) in addition to the expensive permits required by each and every state the driver passes through. These permits are a means of taxing the drivers for the use of the highways by each state.

A careful professional driver having a safe record is very important to you the shipper. Getting your vehicle safely to it's destination is even more important than shipping it.

Reputations follow drivers just like they do the rest of us. What is important to you is whether or not your selected carrier has a reputation for being in compliance with his contract, as well as just being reasonable to deal with. If you should happen to feel uncomfortable with the carrier from the beginning, simply talk to another that "fits" better with your personality and needs. Getting along with your carrier is important and through the use of review sites on the web, you can get a pretty good idea of the relationships he has had with other shippers in the past. These reviews normally share enough detail to make this clear.

Stay away from drivers of "junk". Today's successful company or driver is going to come well-heeled in modern equipment that is well maintained and showing the pride of ownership. Usually looks goes hand in hand with safety, reliability, and maintenance when describing a "big rig". You can usually count on worn out looking equipment being worn out.

This discussion is really all about selecting carriers and companies that meet or exceed the above descriptions. Rest assured that when you utilize a good broker you will only hear from those types.

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