Whether you are shipping a car from one state to another or from the country to Canada, there are certain things that should be done to ensure that you are safe and that you do not have any problems with the shipment. While professional shipping companies handle most major details, you still have to do your share as the real owner of your vehicle.
This does not mean that you will be taken for a ride or that your vehicle will get damaged in transit. In fact, as long as you follow some guidelines and precautions, your belongings will arrive safely. As with any other move, your responsibility is always towards you. You must know the basics of shipping a car.
Before shipping your car, make sure you inspect it thoroughly. Make sure that everything is working correctly, including any security devices such as immobilizers and alarms. Check the interior to ensure that there is no damage. Check the engine for any loose wires or damaged parts and look for any leaks or dents that may be caused by water.
If you have hired an auto transport company for your shipping, they will give you a car identification number (VIN) which is used to identify your vehicle when it arrives at the new location. Make sure that this number is current, as even small repairs to a car can invalidate the VIN and render it useless. Your company will also have to provide you with a copy of your VIN. You can then use this to claim reimbursement for any repairs you made to your vehicle on your own. This is often referred to as a “recovery vehicle” and you are required to pay the difference between what your auto transport company charges you for the repairs and what you would have to pay for them.
When moving your vehicle by yourself, take along a copy of your VIN and a copy of your insurance policy. You may also want to bring along a copy of your vehicle registration, as well as a police certificate stating that the vehicle is fully operational. This evidence will help the shipping company if you are asked to present it to them after the delivery. Be careful when packing your vehicle because it is not something you can always return to the place of delivery later. Make sure that your vehicle is completely protected against damage, as you do not want it to get damaged during the journey.
Ensure that you take a mechanic’s license with you on your trip. This is especially important if you have any mechanical machinery on board. You should also ensure that the engine and tires are in good condition and that the locks and windows are in good condition. If you live in a high-risk area where a lot of people travel, you should ensure that your car is locked up and not easily breakable. If possible, you should ensure that it has been inspected by a professional service to ensure that it meets all federal, state, and city safety regulations.
It is recommended that you never ship your car to another state without having the vehicle inspected for emissions and safety. The only reason why a person should go without inspections is if they intend to use the car in another state. While this might seem like a good idea, it is not recommended because you could find yourself in trouble when the emissions inspection turns out to be negative. If you do not have these issues in good condition, then you could be in trouble when you land at the new place.
If you decide to hire a private carrier for your vehicle, make sure that you call their toll free number and provide them with the identification number of your car so that you can contact them immediately if you encounter any problems while moving your vehicle. Remember, the transportation company will take possession of your car once it has been unloaded at the other location, so it is in your best interest to make sure your vehicle is safe while they are taking it over. You could even be faced with fines or a suspended license.