Signing a contract on faith, having your car picked up already that day, then in Paris or Pompeii having the shipment delayed and finally the vehicle is delivered with damage you have no proof of being there before, is the last thing you want after hastily trusting to the first trucking company you come across.

Good companies might inform you on how best to submit your property for transportation themselves, but it is best to be self-informed, save time by preparing your car beforehand, and make sure the busy clerk doesn’t forget a point or two: the responsibility for any overlooked issues will rest wholly with the client.

Rather than being a careless slacker, where your car is concerned it is better to be fastidious. It is not uncommon for occurrences of scandalous customer service involving expensive cargo. With particular attention to the motor inspect your car minutely before admitting a company clerk. It is better to be fully aware of the motor’s condition, so that later you don’t have to wrack your brains about never seen before wires and suspect conspiracy unnecessarily.

Removing any removable customized accessories such as radios, alarms, mirrors, etc. is better. Be sure to make sure there aren’t any personal valuable or belongings inside the car that can be seen by anyone. The tires should be checked for wear and air. In the agreement to be signed by both parties there should be written record of any damage. In your presence the car will most likely be checked by a company official, but don’t be afraid to nag him with small details. Obliging their customers is something good carriers companies will be glad to do, and a display of negligence might deter bad companies from carelessly handling your property.

There are too many insurance policies insistently offered over the phone and by mail for a reasonable person to pay for all of them and you would be perfectly sane – despite what the agents would have you to think – not to insure your every body part and organ. But no matter how trustworthy the company is or seems to be, it is better to buy insurance from them against damage and theft.

Decide whether you want primary or excess insurance and inquire beforehand if the company offers the one you prefer. The primary insurance policy will cover damages independently of what is covered by your regular auto insurance. The excess policy covers only what your regular insurance doesn’t: make sure you know precisely what you are and aren’t currently covered against.

There are companies which specialize in shipping exotic vehicles, antiques or classic cars. Their carriers are specially designed to handle such precious property, but an insurance contract which will cover everything that is dear to you about the unit is still advisable.

Inspect your car with the truck driver, it is also a good idea to take digitally-dated photos of your car prior to shipping. In the presence of the driver/official inspect immediately for damage this will help in filing a claim if new objectionable damage is found.

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