Moving your car without driving it yourself isn’t something you do every day, but there are thousands of car delivery companies dedicated to doing just that.
Before you arrange any services for transporting your vehicle it’s important to establish a couple of details about your car:
Basic details: Ensure you have the major details including make, model, year and registration numbers as well as the accompanying paperwork.
Running/faults: Depending on if your car is running or not, you will need to ensure that it’s in good working order for the journey. Even if your vehicle will be hitching a ride on a trailer it still needs to be loaded and unloaded. Also, any mechanical faults need to be taken note of so that when your car reaches its destination you can check that it’s still in the same working condition.
Clean your car: Making sure your car is clean is not just so that it looks nice when it reaches its new home, it also lets you notice any scratches or paintwork damage (which you should also take note of).
Condition: Thoroughly inspect your auto for any nicks, scrapes, dents or notable damage (inside and out). Leaks are particularly important to repair or notify transporters about, especially if your car is going on a multi-car trailer.
Photos: Take photos detailing the condition of your car from all angles that you can use as evidence should you have any disputes after your car is moved.
MoT: If your car is going to be driven on the road by a trade plate driver, it will need a valid MoT, so make sure it’s registered until it reaches its destination at the very least.
Last Minute Checks: Finally, before handing over your car to the transporter, make sure you conduct these last minute tasks:
Clear out: Remove any personal or loose items from your car before the move as these are unlikely to be insured during its transportation.
Checks: Make sure the car is secure (things such as fold-down roofs), ensure that fluid levels are topped up, tyres are inflated to the correct pressure and check your car mileage (if your car is being driven this will change of course, but even if it’s travelling via trailer it still may increase slightly).
Once you’ve decided when and where you need your car moving you need to decide which type of car transportation service you will need.
Types of Car Transporter: Based on your individual needs you can commission three different types of car transportation service:
Individual Trailer: An individual car transport trailer is likely to be the most expensive option; a driver and trailer are dedicated to moving your car on its own, meaning that you pay the full cost. The upside to this method is that you should have less trouble finding a service, and you can often be more demanding and request things such as a covered trailer. This mode is best suited to urgent deliveries and highly valued vehicles like classic cars and is really the only option for non-running cars.
Multi-Car Trailer: Probably the most recognised method of car delivery, this is the kind of transport that manufacturers use when transporting cars to showrooms. Because this option gives your car the opportunity to share a journey with many others it can be the cheapest option. The downside to this method is that because they’re so big they can usually only deliver to out-of-town delivery hubs, meaning you’ll have to collect it when it arrives.
Driven Service: This choice involves transporting a car by employing a driver to take your vehicle to its destination on what’s known as trade plates. A driven service can be the cheapest option but it does carries a higher risk of damage to your car (check with the transporter for their level of insurance). This method also adds to the mileage and that can be a substantial amount if, for example, it’s an international delivery. A valid MoT is needed for this service, unregistered vehicles can be driven on trade plates however.
You’ll need to arrange with your transporter how and where you will pick up your vehicle - different drivers will have different policies.
Now that you have established which kind of car transport company you require, it’s time to find one. Searching for and comparing a range of services can take a great deal of time and luck. Local firms can be found in the yellow pages or searched for on the internet.
This is where Shiply can help; listing your car moving requirements on Shiply will allow you to receive multiple quotes from our huge network of registered car transporters.
Because our transporters receive feedback on their previous jobs, you can also review the responses they have received from previous deliveries, allowing you to make a more informed choice.
Completing the Move: When your car is safe and sound at its new location you need to sign off with the transporter that you’re happy with the service provided. It is advisable to perform checks to see that the car is in the same condition as when it left.
Mileage: How far has it moved? Does this match up to your expectations?
Paintwork: Be thorough when you check, ask for any damage to be explained and compensated.
Interior and upholstery: If your car wasn’t driven this shouldn’t have changed, but check there are no marks or rubbish left on the inside.
Warning/exterior lights: It’s vital that you check this, if any major problems occurred during the move the transporter should let you know immediately.
Running: Make sure the car runs the same as when it left, check engine tone, acceleration and braking, any disparities should be reported to the transporter.
Once you’re car transport service is complete, whether the experience was great or not so great, please do leave feedback for the transport provider on Shiply. Our review system helps future customers to evaluate different transporters levels of service.