Friday, 6 May 2011

How to Save Money on Auto Transport?

Many people find auto transport very expensive. You can save on car shipping, if you follow four different options. The economic guide is considered the cheapest option. Choose this option only as a last resort. Biggest drawback of this option is your vehicle will be shipped only if transporters find space to load your vehicle. Those customers who pay a higher amount are given more preference. Their car will be shipped first and at last if the truck has some left over space, your car will be loaded. The second option is open category, in which your car will be shipped in an open truck. This option can be afforded by lower and middle class people. But the negative effect would be that your car will be exposed to sun, heat, snow etc.

The third category is the Enclosed category where in your car will not be exposed to sunlight. But this option is more expensive than Open category. In enclosed category classic, sports, exotic cars are loaded into the truck. The full service category is a guaranteed, more personalized service. In this category, transporters will pick up and deliver the vehicle at your door step. This is the most comfortable option but if you can afford. Car shipping companies charge more if they pick up the car from your home and deliver it to your new home. If you choose terminal to terminal shipping you can save money as it is less expensive when compared to door to door service. Your car will be loaded and unloaded in a terminal; if you can drop your vehicle there and pick it up from the terminal your overall cost will be cheaper.

Many car transport companies do offer auto insurance cover. But do remember to speak with your insurance broker whether this cover will be adequate. You can save money if you use your own auto insurance cover instead of the shippers. Before shipping your vehicle do check your car. Before handing over your car to the transporter, do check that is it driven properly. Because if it is not in working condition, then auto shipping company will charge you an extra fee for loading and unloading the vehicle. Many auto shipping companies also charge for a shipment based on weight. If you want to cut down on overall weight so that you are charged less then note down a few things. Most car tanks can carry somewhere eleven to thirty gallons of gas. See to it that the fuel tank is mostly empty. Remove all the extra seats. Other items like tool boxes, add-ons and other extras all add weight. If you reduce all these items from the vehicle you can cut down on the weight of the vehicle and this can lead to reduction in cost.

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