classic car, muscle car, exotic car
Motorcycle, car, boat, powersport
families, a car is the second largest investment they have ever
made. Getting that investment safely to a new home is an important
component of a smooth move.
What are my options for
transporting a vehicle? A vehicle
can be moved with your household goods or with a separate auto
transport company. To ship your car most efficiently and
cost-effectively, it's important to know about the different
shipping techniques, such as open and closed trailers. The model of
the car, as well as the intended destination, will help determine
the type of trailer you will need.
What is an open trailer?
An open trailer is the more popular and frequently used trailer. It
carries anywhere from 10-12 vehicles at a time.
Advantage: Open trailers are less expensive than
closed trailers. The cost is determined by the weight of the
Disadvantage: Open trailers are subject to the
elements (i.e. rain, snow, wind, dirt and dust).
What is a closed trailer?
A closed trailer is a vehicle that has a covered freight area. It is
commonly used for shipping expensive or classic cars that need to be
protected. If you wish to protect your car from wind blown sand and
heat, this is your best option.
Advantage: The car is well-protected from the
elements of nature.
Disadvantage: Closed trailers cost more. Keep in
mind, the cost is determined by the weight of the vehicle.
Is my car insured?
The company which transports your vehicle(s) should provide adequate
insurance to protect against driver negligence. Ask for a copy of
the "Certificate of Insurance" and familiarize yourself with the
types of coverage provided. Consult with your current auto insurance
agent to determine whether you need supplemental coverage.
Turning your vehicle over to the
carrier. Prior to handing over
your car to a driver or transport company, be sure you receive an
"Original Inspection Report." This report provides: pick-up and
delivery information, current mileage, and most importantly, shows
the condition of your car at time of pick-up (pre-existing scratches
and dents, cracked glass/mirrors, general paint condition, etc.).
Accepting your vehicle for
delivery. At the time of
delivery, inspect your vehicle thoroughly and compare the condition
and mileage against the "Original Inspection Report". Many transport
companies also provide a copy of this report at time of delivery. If
there are discrepancies, note them as exceptions and be sure the
driver signs it. NEVER accept your vehicle at night if you cannot
verify its condition and without being signed by the driver.
What’s in your trunk?
As of 1990 the Department of Transportation ruled that you may not
load any items in a vehicle other than clothing. Auto transporters
are not licensed to carry household goods or personal items. Damage
to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is not
covered by insurance.