Auto Shipping Preparation
Auto shipping across Canada is easy when you are prepared. People are now able to transport cars across the country easily. Whether you are moving and need to bring your vehicle with you, or have just bought a car on eBay, transportation is now widely available. People and dealers are selling cars online, allowing buyers to purchase a vehicle from anywhere in the country and ship it with ease. This article contains a few tips to ensure your move goes smoothly.
Create a checklist. There are a few major things to do before handing over the keys of your car to a vehicle transport company. Thus, it is good to create a checklist first and then move down every step, especially when you are moving your car across Canada.
Search for car transport companies. Since you will be moving your car across the country you will need a shipping company that can deliver nationwide. Comparing the different options can be time-consuming. Phoning around, comparing prices and service can take hours. With Shiply, you simply enter the details of your delivery and receive quotes from companies, allowing you to make your decision stress-free.
Contact a few car shipping companies. Once you’ve had a couple of quotes, the next step is to ask any questions you have for each carrier. This will help you gauge their experience and service quality, as well as weigh up what you are getting for your money.
Choose a company and verify its legitimacy. Once you are happy, accept a quote. You can then verify the company’s licenses, ratings, and insurance policy. Check their USDOT number and BBB rating. It is a good practice to also read reviews of what other customers are saying about the company's policies and practices. On Shiply, each company has a profile with customer reviews and some information about their company. You can use this to help make your decision.
This is the best way to make sure the company you have chosen is going to deliver what they have promised, and most importantly, your car in the same condition as when it was picked up.
Prepare your car for shipping. It is important to have your car's interior and exterior cleaned before pickup to make the inspection easier. The truckers always inspect a car before loading it onto the trailer and mark down any scratches and damages your car has. You should also go through the inspection with the trucker. This way you will be sure that everything is marked correctly when you sign the Bill of Landing and the inspection report. When Preparing your car for shipping across Canada you should also remove any loose parts such as ski and bike racks, rear spoilers, and spare tires as well as all other covers and modifications you can remove.
Wash your car thoroughly even if will be shipped on an open trailer. You want to be able to note any chips, dings, nicks or other cosmetic damage accurately. Remove any personal items from your car. Shut off or disable the car alarm. Don't fill the gas tank of the car if the tank is between a quarter to half of a tank, this will save quite a bit of weight. Secure or remove any loose parts or specialty items from your car such as ground effects, spoilers, or fog lights. If you have wide mirrors, fold them back. Lower and remove/retract the antennae. Make sure the battery is charged, that the tires have proper inflation and top off all of the fluids on the vehicle. Be sure to let the driver know if there are any leaks.
Ship convertibles with the top up and secured properly. Try to seal any holes or open seams in the top to prevent air or moisture from causing damage. If you cannot raise the top, you should attempt to cover it with a secure fitting tarp that can resist high winds.
Prepare a careful list of any operational problems or steps necessary to start, stop, or drive your vehicle on and off of the trailer.
Make a complete report of any pre-existing damage your vehicle may have. You may want to go as far as taking pictures (and dating them) of the vehicle prior to shipping it.
Once your vehicle has arrived, check it for any damage. If you are happy with the condition of the vehicle, sign it off with the company. Once the move is completed you can leave feedback for the company on Shiply, to help others with making their decision.
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Does Shiply Cover My Area?
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Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
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When Will I Receive A Quote?
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How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
Does Someone Have To Be Present For Pickup And Delivery?
In most cases, the car delivery company will require you to be in attendance for the pickup and delivery of the vehicle. This is because there are likely to be release forms that you need to sign, as well as handing over the keys for the car.
Can I Keep Items In My Vehicle?
Most car delivery companies will be fine with you keeping some personal items in the vehicle when it is transported. However, there are two important things to remember: 1. The weight of the items may affect the price of the vehicle delivery, and 2. Any items in the vehicle will not be covered by insurance for the transport of the car itself.
Can I Transport My Vehicle If It Isn't Running?
You can transport your vehicle if it isn’t in running condition, however, this will be more expensive as specialist equipment is required to load and unload the vehicle.
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