The Pros and Cons of Shipping a Car or Truck
A DIY guide to the world of shipping a vehicle.
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Some people love vehicles and search all over the country to find the right one. Alternatively, some people need to re-locate for a job or family and driving a car from point A to B is not always possible. There is plenty to worry about when it comes to shipping a vehicle. Sometimes damage happens or scheduling is an issue. Whether the vehicle is a Ferrari or a Ford this video details some of the nuances of shipping a car.
1. Deciding on Whether or Not Ship a Vehicle
If a normal person has never shipped a car it maybe overwhelming at first and just driving it maybe easier. Sometimes if a buyer is planning on getting a new car the experience of doing a road trip with a friend, loved one or even alone can be well worth the memories, something shipping can strip the fun away. However, if time is worth more than the dollar amount than shipping is the way to go.
2. Open or Closer Carrier
Open trailers are far cheaper and quicker to schedule as they are more common. The issue with open trailers is that they leave the vehicle exposed to the elements which means the vehicle will likely be dirty when delivered. Depending on the season dirty can mean different things, salt, snow, ice, sand etc. Enclosed or closed trailers are the alternative which is also more expensive, usually double the cost and can take weeks to schedule. The big pro to closed trailers is that the car arrives pristine, so if a person has a high value vehicle or is concerned about condition this is the right way to do it.
3. Brokers, Trucking and Bidding
There are multiple ways to ship a car. Usually companies are brokers, which means they don't have their own trucks or drivers and they become a middle man. Other companies are both a broker and have their own trucks and drivers where they may directly transport a vehicle or contract out the job. The other system is a company like uship which winds up being a broker/broker and can add another middle man. Uship is a match maker for a shopper and shipper. One of the best parts of a uship tupe website is that vehicle owners can decide on who they want to use, see different prices and also name their own price. Word of caution, beware of fake reviews.
4. Shipping and Payment
Many brokers will take an initial fee and then it's the responsibility of the person at the delivery end to pay the driver, usually in cash. Online systems like uship will usually do all of that electronically, however be prepared either way. And lastly inspection before and after delivery is critical, if there is a problem or damage and it is not reported right away filing an insurance claim with the shipper becomes harder.