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 to move your vehicle it’s important to establish a couple of details about your vehicle:
Basic details: Ensure you have the major details of your vehicle 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 order.
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 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 it will need a valid MoT, make sure it’s registered until reach 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 moving service:
Individual Trailer: An individual car transport trailer is likely to be the most expensive option; a driver and trailer are specially designated to moving your car meaning that you pay the full cost of the move. 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 a cheaper way to move a car. The downside to multi-car trailers is that because they’re so big they can only deliver to out-of-town delivery hubs, meaning you’ll have to collect it when it arrives.
Driven Service: This choice involves a car delivery by employing a driver to take your vehicle to its destination on trade plates. A driven service can be a cheaper option but 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, that can be a substantial amount if, for example, it’s an international move. 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 transporter you need, it’s time to find one. Searching for and comparing a range of services can take a great deal of time. Local firms can be found in the yellow pages or searched for on the internet.
The web is a great place to find reviews of car transportation companies; although some smaller companies may not their own webpages they may still have feedback on independent review websites.
This is where we can help; listing your car moving requirements on Shiply will allow you to receive quotes for your move from registered car transporters.
Because our transporters receive feedback on jobs they complete, 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. 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 of your car.
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.
If using a driven service, they may help with the pre and post-transport check. If using a car they should have arranged with you how you’ll go about collecting your vehicle i.e. door to door, or at an out of town location. If you used a multi-car transport you might need to use public transport or get a lift to go collect your motor.
Once you’re happy with everything please do leave feedback for the transport provider on Shiply. Our review system helps drivers improve their service and helps other users evaluate different transporters.