Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Things To Consider When Shipping A Vehicle

Thinking of transporting your car abroad?
There are a number of ways in which car shipping can be carried out with minimum fuss and ease, this can be in an open container trailer or a closed one, this will of course entirely depend on the vehicle and its worth, alternatively, you can do it the old-fashioned way of driving it yourself.
Some of the most important factors to take into consideration is not just the cost of transporting the vehicle but also that you need to take into account the risk while driving, the wear and tear of the vehicle, expensive tolls if you are driving through France, devaluation of the vehicle due to increased mileage, not to mention the price of fuel and your own personal time in driving from A to B.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways for shipping your car is via a reputable car shipping company; here are a few pointers worth considering when selecting a good company:
1) Are they FULLY insured should the unthinkable happen
2) Does that insurance cover them FULLY in the countries your vehicle will be transported through
3) Do they offer open or enclosed trailers or an option to suit you
4) Have they shipped a vehicle like yours in the past
5) Can they provide any references from past clients
6) How long will it take for your vehicle to leave to its final destination
7) How long will they take to deliver your vehicle to you
The person handing the vehicle over to the shipping company will have to provide certain documents which the company transporting your car must have in their possession in order to make the trip, this is a legal requirement:
1) Copy of the original V5 vehicle ownership document
2) A Copy of the passport of whoever is handing the vehicle over
Before you entrust your vehicle to a car shipping company, take a few precautions so that there aren't any misunderstandings later on:
1) Make note of any scratches, marks or bumps
2) Take photos of the car just before handing it over
3) Remove all your personal belongings
4) Make sure you leave the key fob with alarm/ immobiliser
5) Check for any leaks and that the car runs well, some transport companies will not ship vehicles that don't run, make sure you clear this with your chosen company first.
When you work out the cost of driving or taking the ferry you can see why so many people opt to have their vehicle transported internationally by professionals but following this advice will reduce potential problems.

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