How to Prepare for Vehicle Shipping
The vehicle shipping industry has grown explosively since the widespread use of the Internet. People are now able to purchase cars from anywhere in the world and have them shipped to their doorstep. In fact, more and more dealerships are marketing online towards people from all over the world. Even the small used car dealers are selling cars online. These businesses are finding that these online sales are accounting for more and more of their profits.
One of the best ways to get a vehicle shipped is using Shiply, an online shipping marketplace. Enter details of your vehicle delivery into our site and receive quotes from hundreds of rated delivery companies.
Vehicle Transport is the transport of a vehicle from a seller in one place to a buyer in another place. This includes country to country shipping as well as shipping within Canada or across Canada. Auto shipping/transport was largely a commercial activity conducted by dealers, manufacturers, and brokers until the last ten to fifteen years. The explosion of Internet use has allowed this niche service to grow and reach the general consumer marketplace.
Preparing your car for shipping.
You will be completely responsible for getting your car ready for shipment. Preparing your car for transport should not take much time and will help ensure that shipping your car goes smoothly. Of course, ask your car transporter if they have any additional tips for how you can prepare your vehicle. Vehicle transportation does not need to be a hassle.
Your car insurance company may cover your car while in transit. Check with your auto insurance company to verify whether your car insurance applies during auto transport. While auto transport companies do insure your vehicle during transport, they generally do not insure personal items left in the car. Your home policy may cover these articles. You can check with your home insurance agent to verify. However, it is best to confirm with the shipping company about their policy on personal items.
Door to Door Service vs. Terminal to Terminal.
Automotive shipping companies offer several levels of service, depending on how quickly you need your vehicle shipped, how much you want to pay, and the cars origin and destination. The most common service types you will be offered when shipping your car are door-to-door and terminal to terminal service. While door to door service simplifies the auto transport process, terminal to terminal shipping offers significant savings. On Shiply, you have access to both these service, as well as combinations such as door to terminal.
Open carriers are the type of car transporters you are probably most familiar with. You are most likely to see these frequently traveling down the highway. These trailers leave the vehicle visible and open to the weather and other conditions you would encounter while driving. Most can carry up to 12 vehicles at a time. Some companies use plastic wrap or heavy tarps to protect the vehicle from dirt and damage.
Enclosed auto shipping means your vehicle will be transported in an enclosed container that allows it to get from orign to destination free from dust, sand, and other elements of the road. For a small premium you can ask for this service and in return, your vehicle can enjoy the benefits of traveling safe and protected.
Transporting a motorcycle, or ATV.
If you are transporting a motorcycle or ATV, it is loaded onto a specially-designed pallet and strapped securely with tie-downs to the pallet from strategically placed eye loops to protect fragile parts, and stabilize your motorcycle in an upright position. Your motorcycle or ATV is loaded into the truck using a powered lift gate. Enclosed transport means your bike/ATV is protected from weather, theft, and debris.
Classic or exotic car transport.
Transporting an exotic or classic car takes extra care and experience by those who are performing the move. Owners of rare, restored, or highly expensive cars need to be assured that their vehicle is in safe hands and that the people involved in the move know how to effectively handle any problems or issues that may arise.
Arrival of the car.
Remember, auto transport companies are rarely able to provide specific pick-up and delivery times. Unforeseen problems, like traffic, weather or breakdowns, can cause potential delays. Patience and preparation are essential and will make sure both you and your shipping company have a positive experience.
Once your vehicle arrives make sure you leave a review on Shiply for them, to make the decision easier for others.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
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.
How Can I Contact Shiply?
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Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
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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