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Transporting Your Car

Aug 17, 2007
If you are relocating to another state or another country for employment or family reasons, you may need to hire an auto transport company for your vehicle. But which company should you trust? How will they transport your car? What do you do if there is damage to your car? These are the questions that many people ask when they think of auto transport. But there are ways to ease your fears and help you select the right company for your transportation needs.

The more you know about what to look for, the better off you will be. This site also tells you what to do before you allow the company to take your car away. Tips you will find include:

Obtaining multiple estimates before choosing a car transport company.

If you are transporting an antique vehicle, you should consider paying a little more for an enclosed container. This will give the car an extra layer of protection.

Make sure to have the car serviced before transporting it. This includes the undercarriage as well.

Always inspect your car before and after transport. If you want, take pictures so that you will have an even better basis for comparison in case of damage.

Let your insurance carrier know of any damage to the car before you pay to make the repairs.

If you need to transport a car out of the United States, you should to the following in order to ensure that your car will be safe during the trip:

You have three options when it comes to international auto transport: international moving company, freight service, or international auto transport service.

You should be aware of customs and freight laws that may prohibit you from moving certain items from one country to another.

Documentation you will have to provide to customs includes: car title, and personal identification. New cars may need a manufacturer`s state of origin while older cars may need a bill or sale or other documentation to prove who owns the car.

You should be prepared for an auto inspection in certain ports and customs inspection. Do not put any items in the car that do not belong as you may lose them. You will have to pay export fees on the car and you may have to duty fees as well.

The more you know about transporting your car, the easier it will be. It is important to understand all of the laws that surround international car transport and what to expect once the car arrives in another country.

Even if you are only traveling across the United States, you should still do your research. Knowing your rights will help in case there is a problem with your car once it arrives. Keeping a record of recent maintenance, mileage, amount of gas in the car, tire pressure, and items that are in the car will help if there are any problems.
About the Author
Idan Lavi used to be the owner of a professional Moving Company in New York City, making him the ideal author for a guide on moving just about anywhere.
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