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Our move from California to Alabama

June 4, 2008 · Print This Article

Two years ago, my wife and I moved from California to Alabama. We got a moving truck rental for our things, but we would need one of our cars transported across the country and we weren’t sure where to begin. Although it was confusing at first, we found that having your car transported is a fairly straightforward procedure done by an auto transport company.

The first thing we were told by the auto transport company is to have a realistic time table. Make sure to start the process at least four weeks before you need your vehicle shipped, allowing adequate time to find an auto carrier. Next, look into the local transportation services and see which one fits your needs. If the price is the most important point for you, having someone drive your vehicle can be a cost-effective alternative. If this isn’t feasible for you, you will need to decide between door-to-door and terminal-to-terminal shipping by an auto transporter.

You will also need to research the different auto transport truck and trailer types in order to decide what works best for your car. The type of truck and trailer you choose will impact the price and speed of your delivery, as well as determine the amount of exposure your vehicle will face during transport. Once you have an idea of how you would like your car transported, you will need to choose a auto transport carrier. Be sure to carefully investigate the car transporter you choose. Double check your insurance coverage, both the protection provided by the carrier as well as your own insurance.

Before dropping off your car, you will need to prepare it for transport. A few simple steps will ensure that your vehicle is ready for its journey. Make sure that the car is in good enough shape to handle the drive. The last thing you want to have happen is for your vehicle to break down on the road in the middle of nowhere. Make sure that the driver of your car has all the important papers (proof of insurance, license) just in case of an emergency. Finally, knowing what to expect from your carrier on the day of you shipment will make the whole process easier on everyone.

At both the pickup and delivery of your car, help your driver by being on time and prepared. Make sure you ask any questions you may have beforehand. Don’t show up five minutes before the driver is supposed to leave with a list of a dozen questions. Often times, the drivers hired by the transport companies will not have the answers you are seeking.

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