Shipping a Car: The Benefits and Risks

When shipping your car, you’re not going to see it again for a little while. If you’re especially attached to your long loved classic, or sleek new exotic, you may feel (understandably) anxious. To help, we’ll go over the benefits and risks of shipping your car.

The only real risk of shipping your car is potential damage. But, auto carrier-related damage is very rare. Your vehicle is exposed to more risk driving on the road. If you follow certain procedures, you can reduce your risk further. For starters, remove any racks, fixtures, or other exterior accessories. You should also remove any heavy cargo (such as tools or parts). These steps will make the vehicle easier to load/unload, and will also keep those items from accidentally damaging the vehicle.

For the ultimate safety of your vehicle, opt for enclosed car transportation. Before you hand the car over, have it washed and document its condition by taking pictures from all angles. In the event of any damage, you’ll be well-equipped to file a claim with the auto carrier’s insurance company.

The main benefit of shipping your car is preserving its value. It’s common knowledge that cars with less mileage are more valuable. It may not cost much in gas money to drive a long distance – but such a trip could lessen your car’s value by thousands of dollars.
Another added benefit of auto transportation is reducing the need for wear-and-tear maintenance. If your car doesn’t need to drive the distance on its own, then it’ll be a longer time before it needs gas, an oil change, tire rotation, or other scheduled maintenance. It’s also less likely to be involved in an accident or exposed to the elements.

If you ever have any other questions or concerns about shipping your vehicle, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Written By: John Andrews

Posted in: Auto Shipping 101

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