How to Organise Motorcycle Shipping
Contact local shipping companies for a price quote. There are a number of national and regional companies that can ship your motorcycle, but you want to make sure you get a good deal from a reputable business. Start by looking up local shipping companies online or in the phone book. Once you find some you like, contact them to get a price quote on shipping your motorcycle. You should try to get at least three quotes to ensure you have an understanding of a reasonable price.
The whole process can be very time-consuming. Alternatively, you can list the details of your move on Shiply and let the delivery companies come to you. All of our companies have feedback from customers.
Choose between open and enclosed shipping options. Open and enclosed shipping options refer to the type of trailer your motorcycle will be housed in as it travels. Enclosed trailers will protect your motorcycle from the elements and from dirt and grime on the road. Open trailers offer less protection, but often come at a significantly lower price point. Consider the time of year and region your motorcycle will travel through when choosing between enclosed and open trailers. If your motorcycle will be exposed to extreme heat or inclement weather, you may choose an enclosed trailer option. Remember that an open trailer may be left out in the elements for hours or days, regardless of weather.
Identify the end location. Some vehicle transport companies offer door to door delivery service, while others expect you to come pick up your motorcycle at a designated location (terminal to terminal). Having the motorcycle shipped directly to your house may be more convenient, but will also likely cost more. Shipping your motorcycle to the closest major city will likely cost significantly less than shipping it to your door.
Ask about the insurance protecting the motorcycle en route. While the motorcycle is being transported by a shipping company, their insurance or bond should cover any damages to your bike, as well as theft. However, different companies have different policies and you may be left responsible for a deductible if something were to happen to your motorcycle. Ask to see the shipping company’s insurance agreement and inquire about what to do if damages were to occur. Make sure to ask about any deductible you may be responsible for if the motorcycle is damaged while in transit.
Inspect your motorcycle for signs of damage upon receipt. When your motorcycle arrives, look it over for any signs of damage and address it with the shipping company. The company may reimburse you for the cost of repairs or pay for the repairs at a designated facility, depending on the situation and their insurance coverage. Make sure to take pictures of the damage to substantiate your claim. Contact the shipping company directly to discuss the damages.Make sure to keep copies of any paperwork you complete regarding the damages until they have been repaired.
Once your vehicle arrives and you are happy with the move, sign it off. Don’t forget to visit Shiply and review the transport company, to help others when making their decision.
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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 motorbike delivery company will require you to be in attendance for the pickup and delivery of the motorbike. This is because there are likely to be release forms that you need to sign, as well as handing over the keys.
How Much Fuel Should I Have In My Motorbike During Transit?
Generally, you should aim to have around a quarter of your tank full if the motorbike needs to be moved during transport. This allows for easy loading and unloading of the motorbike but will not add too much extra weight to the vehicle.
Can I Ship My Motorbike If It Isn't Running?
You can ship your motorbike 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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