By easternray, Mar 21 2017 08:19AM
Transportation of vehicles, a process which involves time, effort and money of two – three parties: the owner, the broker, and the carrier. Obviously, pickup and delivery of vehicles play a huge part in the process. There are a number of options of pickup and the same may be said for delivery too. Most companies offer only a handful of the options and hence the owner has to be prepared to face the challenges the process might throw at him/her during pickup and delivery. But to be ready to face these challenges, one has to have a general idea on how the pickup and delivery is made. One also has to know the options which are and aren’t provided by the company he/she has chosen. Here are the key things you should expect at a vehicle pickup and delivery by vehicle transport companies when shipping your car across the states in the USA.
Most times, pickups work in two ways. Either the owner meets the carrier at a predetermined spot to hand his/her vehicle over for shipping or, if the road conditions and other necessary criteria are met, the carrier might be able to pick the vehicle up from the owner’s doorstep. One important point the owner has to keep in mind that he/she has to be clear with the payment arrangement made with the company beforehand and the carrier should also be made aware should miscommunication or misunderstanding occurs. This also helps the owner and carrier to have a good professional relationship all throughout the process. The process works better when the owner and the carrier maintain a good relationship as it allows for easier building of trust between the two parties.
It is also a good time to reconfirm with the driver the terms of the agreements, payment methods, insurance terms and method of contact. It is important to make sure that the vehicle is ready to be transported beforehand. This would also be a good time to let the carrier know the uniqueness or any mechanical flaws with the car. Although the company might have checked before if the car is running or non – running, any other aspects about the vehicle which has to be mentioned to the carrier, has to be. After these are done, the carrier will conduct an inspection of the vehicle to make sure no other abnormalities pop up, and/or if any damages to the vehicle happen in transit, it would be easier to identify if this was present before the beginning of transit.
Once the inspection is complete, the carrier will note his/her findings from the inspection in the Bill of Lading. This will be signed off by both the carrier and the owner. This is also rechecked at the time of delivery. It is also advisable to note the odometer reading for later comparison should a discrepancy arise in the mileage of the vehicle. The odometer might show a slightly high reading due to the loading and unloading procedures, but otherwise there shouldn’t be any significant fluctuation.
Since trailer auto transportation uses road networks and highways to deliver the vehicles to their owner miles away from the destination, the exact time of arrival cannot be predicted. This is because the carrier would face circumstances which he/she cannot predict. If the circumstances cannot be predicted, the carrier would not know what to anticipate. This implies that the company usually estimates the time of arrival with a particular period of time. It is advisable to keep healthy contact with the carrier to know the progress of the transit and to know if there is to be any unexpected delays. This also helps the owner keep note of the condition of his/her vehicle in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
A few other tips would be to arrive at the designated meeting spot on time, in case the carrier is not able to make a delivery to the owner’s house. This can happen if the road network near the owner’s house is not truck – friendly or if the road conditions are bad. Or simply that the company does not offer the service.
It is also advisable to conduct an inspection while taking delivery. In case on feels that he/she is not qualified to do so, trusted personnel can be brought in to conduct the inspection on behalf of the owner. This would help bringing to notice any damages that the vehicle sustained during the transit and comparing it with the initial condition of the vehicle. This would come in handy when/if the owner has to make reimbursements claims.