There are several reasons why people need to use car transportation services, and we will count some of them in a minute, but, no matter what the reason is, there are some tips you ought to follow if you don’t want your car to be damaged during the transportation, as there are laws that release car transportation companies from liability in certain circumstances.
First Steps in Moving a Vehicle
Whether you’re using local or international vehicle shipping services, the first step of moving a vehicle is finding auto transportation companies while thoroughly checking what the services each company offers are and of course, their respective prices.
The idea is to hire a professional company which will be able not only to transport your car, but to do so while guaranteeing its safety. You don’t want to hand over your car at one side and receive it all scratched on the other.
Things to Do Prior to the Delivery Date
In order to make sure you get the vehicle back in the same condition you hand it over, there are several things to do. The first one is to take your car for inspection and treatment, so you’ll know its exact current condition. The second thing you want to do is wash your car, either by yourself or by getting professional auto washing services. Either way, the idea is to take pictures of the car as proof of its condition prior to the move – take pictures of your car from all angles and go over them with the transportation company’s representative and make sure they keep it all on the record.
Before Handing Your Car Over
Before handing the car over make sure you’ve received a copy of the written agreement between you and the international vehicle shipping company. Also, make sure you get all your things out of the car – the law says that should something personal inside the car get lost or broken, the transportation company cannot be held responsible.
You can leave items that are considered part of the car’s tools, such as the jack or the wrench, which can be found in any car – but, still, we recommend going over them with the company’s representative – to ensure the company acknowledges their existence.
Another important thing is to never pay the full cost of the transportation service beforehand, as most serious companies will ask for a down payment of only 10%-25%.
That’s it! you’re ready – good luck!