Concerns Related to Shipping an Automobile

Posted in May 6th, 2013
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There are many concerns related to shipping an automobile from one location to another. This is especially true if the vehicle is being moved for long distances, or if it is an expensive automobile. In fact, the more the vehicle costs, the more precautions must be taken in order to ensure that problems do not occur. Moreover, a plan should be in place to address any potential problems before they arise. It is much easier to sort through all the details of how you will handle a problem before it happens, rather than afterwards. There are several factors to consider when shipping a vehicle- the cost to have it shipped, insurance coverage and who is responsible for damages are just a few of the things that should be considered before the automobile is moved.

1. Costs associated with shipping a vehicle- Make no mistake; it can prove to be quite costly to have a vehicle shipped, especially if you are shipping across the country. Shipping costs are computed at least in part by the distance that is involved, so expect to pay more if you need to have the automobile shipped across a greater distance. In addition, use caution when deciding which shipping company you will be using. If you get a quote that sounds too good to be true, remember that there is likely a reason why the cost is so low. Do not make the decision based on cost alone, but also on the reputation of the shipping company and the quality and clarity of the contract they offer.

2. Insurance coverage- If you are planning on having your vehicle shipped, it is imperative that you have insurance coverage that will cover the cost of damages if something should happen to it along the way. Your car insurance may not cover all the damages, so it is important to know where you stand with the insurance company before the vehicle is moved. If you need to purchase additional insurance coverage for the duration of time that the automobile is being moved, do not hesitate to do so. It is much better to shell out a few bucks now and know the value of the car is covered rather than being responsible for the cost of majors repairs later on. The shipping company will also have its own insurance, but do not assume that it is enough. Ask a lot of questions and read everything before you sign it. If there is something you are uncomfortable with, try to negotiate a better deal. After all, you are paying for the vehicle to be moved, so let your concerns be heard and then make sure they are addressed adequately.

3. Know Exactly Who Is Responsible For Damages- This sounds like it should be simple enough. You might think that the shipping company is solely responsible for any and all damages, but you could be wrong. You definitely do not want to find that out after the fact, so make sure that you know exactly who is paying for what before the car is ever touched. It never hurts to have overlaps in insurance coverage, and this is one situation where it is almost a necessity. Even if you sign a contract that says the shipping company is solely responsible, contact your own insurance company to make them aware of the situation. In addition, if you are taking delivery of a new car that is being shipped to you, make sure that you do not find yourself in a situation where you are stuck with the payments in the event that the car is damaged in route.

Shipping a car is much like many other things that require your careful attention. As long as you take the proper precautions, it can be done without any problems. However, if you are unprepared for potential issues that may arise, you could find yourself dealing with a lot of headaches, especially when working out the financial details of paying for a damaged car.


This is article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.