Once upon a time, car buyers were pretty much restricted to choosing a vehicle from a local dealer or a private seller. Those that wanted a particular color, make, model, or year, sometimes traveled many miles, and visited dozens of dealerships to find their dream car, or checked the local newspapers daily. Even then, that perfect vehicle might never appear. Today, however, thanks to the internet, chances are that once the statistics are entered into the computer, there will be any number of options available.
Getting Your Purchase Home
Since this is a long distance transaction, once the car is located, and the buyer determines the condition, the mileage, and if the price is reasonable, the next problem is how to get the vehicle to its new location. This is accomplished either by going personally to pick it up and drive it home, or by hiring a car shipping company to do the job. Most people choose to let the professionals do the job. This is not only a time saver, but a money saver as well, since the new vehicle may very well be located hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.
Insurance is a Must!
While these shipping companies are trained to retrieve vehicles, and transport them safely and securely to their new destination, buyers should always investigate what insurance the company is providing, how much of the cost of the vehicle would be covered, and what damages are covered should any occur. This is particularly necessary if the vehicle is a vintage model, wh
ere there may be a vast discrepancy between the actual price of the car and the book price given for that year and model. Car collectors may very well pay much more for a specific vehicle, make, or model, that they have been looking for, for some time.
Normally, the vehicle is insured by the car shipping company for the actual replacement cost of the vehicle, which may vary greatly from what was actually paid. This is something that should be determined immediately so that the buyer can add more personal insurance on the car before it is shipped.
Find the Right Company
For the most part, these shipping companies are reliable, and careful with their cargo, however, it is also important to pick the right company. A little research should provide several companies to choose from, but it is up to the buyer to ask the right questions, and make sure that everything is clear before they are hired. While hopefully, the insurance may never be an issue, this is a very important factor, and it is always important to follow the old adage, “better safe than sorry”.
Kathryn Moore wrote this post especially for Hippocom.Org. With over ten years of experience in the car shipping industry, she strives to connect consumers with cheap car shipping options regardless of why they need their vehicle moved somewhere new.