Moving Your Car

When Driving is Not the Best Option

Larry Jewett - March 14, 2014 04:22 PM


It's important to ship your car with a company that knows what they're doing.

Courtesy of Dependable Auto Shippers

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 In today’s world, people move around..a lot. Few live in the town where they were born and when it’s time to move, great care is exercised in making sure the possessions you’re keeping make it to their new destination.
 Often, there’s a car involved in a move and it’s not one that’s driven. It’s your baby, your collector car starter kit or maybe a couple of them. When the time comes to move a car, finding a qualified professional is key.
 John Roehll is the executive vice president of Dependable Auto Shippers, which has been in business for 60 years. “We started as a driveaway company delivering cars to Florida and then became a broker,” he said. “We became a carrier in 1991 and are now the largest shipper of privately owned vehicles. Our expertise has come full circle.”
 For most, a car is more than a possession. It can be a big investment, whether for use or hobby and putting it in the hands of a qualified professional is a must. Bottom line: Do your homework. Some cars need special treatment…does your shipper know that? Roehll offered some quick tips for consumers to consider and protect themselves against an unhappy ending.
 1) Ask what type of trailer is being used. There’s open container and closed container. Open is cheaper, but the protection is less from flying debris or the elements.
 2) Take detailed notes of the condition of your car before loading it into any hauler. Damage is unlikely, but it can happen to even the best (human error factors in here). Protect what you have and inform the shipper before you get started. If you don’t feel your car will be protected to the best of the company’s ability, find another company.
 3) Hire the right people for the right job. If the car is being sent overseas, only qualified companies can address it and this is especially true for those who sell classics. Make sure you have and understand the insurance requirements.
 There’s a lot more to shipping a car, so we’re going to get into more detail in an upcoming issue of the Cars & Parts digital magazine (available May 9). For now, think before you buy and be very cautious. No one wants to buy a car that is misrepresented, so don’t allow your real deal to be handed off to a company that misrepresents their shipping ability.
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