The 3 Biggest Mistakes in Auto Transport

You’ve probably seen car carriers out on the road, but like most people, you’re probably a beginner when it comes to automobile transport. In this article, we will list the three biggest errors—and the most commonly misspoken phrases originating from car shippers.


“I Know My Car”

Regardless of how well you know your vehicle, the transporter doesn’t know anything about it—so it’ll be your word up against theirs if your car arrives with new scratches or dents. It’s vital that you inspect your car and take photos before and after it’s delivered, to determine whether damage has occurred. Many drivers don’t realize that the few minutes they spend taking pictures can save significant hassle and time. It helps drivers and shippers avoid conflict, and it makes the claims process easier.

“I’ll Fill My Car With Stuff to Save on Moving Expenses”

It may seem smart to cram everything you can into your car when you’re paying for enclosed auto transport, but it’s actually illegal. If the carrier has to make a sudden stop, anything inside the car can become a projectile. Carriers aren’t licensed to move household items, and loading them into your car can leave the carrier open to hefty fines. Moreover, if something is stolen or lost, the carrier isn’t liable—and the loss isn’t covered by insurance.

“I’ll Be Fine. I Don’t Need to Insure My Car During Shipping!”

It’s best (and safest) to pay a little more now to avoid paying a lot down the road. Many people decide to roll the dice, declining the insurance the carrier offers—and they end up paying significantly more in the event of a claim. We advise you to spend a little extra now on shipping insurance, and to ensure that you buy enough coverage to replace your vehicle if a total loss occurs.

The carrier likely has basic coverage, but you may need to purchase supplemental insurance, especially if you’re moving an exotic, rare or classic car. Understanding the carrier’s deductible is important, as is the consideration of cargo insurance from a third party.

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the auto shipping industry, and people make many mistaken assumptions about their rights and responsibilities. By learning what’s acceptable (and what’s not), you can move your car across the country safely, securely and relatively inexpensively.

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